Document Conservation: Today’s challenge In 2019, NEDCC [Northeast Document Conservation Center] worked on the conservation of the State of South Carolina’s seven Constitutions. They also worked to conserve a certified copy of the 1790 Constitution. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History was concerned with prior restoration techniques. Were they affecting some of the […]
John Holmes Jenkins was a Texan. He was a gambler. A rare book collector. Poker pro “Amarillo Slim” Preston described Jenkins as “a sneaky, clever rat.” John Holmes Jenkins’ life and times is illuminated by Santa Fe rare books dealer, Manuscript Society member and onetime Jenkins acquaintance Michael Vinson. His new book is , “Bluffing […]
Manuscript Digest – May 2020 – This complimentary e-digest, launched in 2012, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more.
August 2, 1939 – Physicist Leó Szilárd writes a letter signed by Albert Einstein. It is sent to Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is an attempt to warn the president that Nazi Germany may be working on a fission bomb. The U.S. should begin work immediately on its own nuclear weapons research. September 1, 1939 – […]
Stacie Peterson is exhibitions manager and registrar at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been working for eight years to digitize letters, diaries, journals. They are from soldiers, sailors, and families during the First World War. Today, the National World War I Museum and Memorial has found […]
Volunteers Needed Become a Digital Volunteer. Help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. The Smithsonian Transcription Center wants your help making its collections more accessible. Librarians, archivists, and museum staff work hand-in-hand with digital volunteers to transcribe historic documents and collection records. The kinds of items you work with are endless. Transcribe field […]
In The Hunt for History, Manuscript Society member, Nathan Raab shares some fascinating stories about his professional exploits. Whether it’s the first report of Napoleon’s death or an unpublished letter penned by Albert Einstein to a curious soldier, every document and artifact Raab uncovers comes with a spellbinding story. It often offers new insights into […]
March 6, 2020 is the 214th birthday of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. How Do We Celebrate Thee? Visit the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. It is home to thousands of items related to Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It has amassed one of the world’s largest collections of physical and digital […]
David Library of the American Revolution is partnering with the venerable American Philosophical Society. Located at Fifth and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the partnership results in the David Center for the Study of the American Revolution. This center has much to offer anyone interested in all things “revolutionary.” American Revolutionary. The David collection is […]
Manuscript Digest – April 2020 – This complimentary e-digest, launched in 2012, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more.