From Rowan Public Library: Rowan Public Library’s Edith M. Clark History Room collections are directly benefiting from a dedicated teleworking Library Staff. They are updating and transcribing collections. This provides valuable information for all researchers. The History Room concentrates primarily on Western North Carolina genealogy and history. This includes all areas of Rowan County. Holdings […]

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An unpublished manuscript by acclaimed author Shusaku Endo was discovered at the museum dedicated to his works in Nagasaki, Japan. This complete novel is the first time a fair copy of a finished novel by Endo has turned up since is death in 1996.  The discovery was made on June 26, 2020. The work is […]

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Over the last couple of years most of us have followed with concern, horror and then anger resulting from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh thefts criminal actions. The case reminds us of how fortunate we are to be working, collecting, and maintaining the extraordinary and fragile, and often unique, works created through the centuries that […]

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It was during Ireland’s battle of Independence. He was captured on June 26, 1920, while fishing on the river Blackwater in Co Cork.  General Cuthbert Lucas would “escape” on July 30, 1920. Letters between the husband and wife and Lucas’s secret captivity diary are now digitized.  Available online, Thursday, June 26, 2020. This is made […]

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Gallatin 1809 Letter Not long ago, we shared with you the gift of L. Dennis and Susan Shapiro to the Huntington Library. The Shapiro collection includes letters and manuscripts penned by United States presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama. It is particularly rich in primary sources for historians of the Early Republic. Not only […]

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It began in 2017. Became public in 2018. Over 300 books, maps and manuscripts from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, PA were missing.  What turned out to be a 25 year venture between two men came to light.  Discovered during an insurance audit. We have been sharing information as we have received it. You can […]

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Over the next three years, The National Library of Israel is making more than 2,500 rare Islamic manuscripts from its Islam and Middle East Collection freely available online. These manuscripts span the ninth through 20th centuries.  The texts feature items from royal Mamluk, Mughal and Ottoman libraries. Also, the online portal will offer item descriptions […]

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