This post was written by Catherine Falzone, cataloger.
While working in the stacks one day, I happened upon a mysterious book.
I had never seen these characters before, but luckily the book came with a key:
Using it to translate the title, I discovered that this was the Deseret First Book. With that information, and the picture of the Salt Lake Temple on the cover, I deduced that it was a Mormon publication. A bit of research led me...Read More
Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
An often overlooked source of historical and cultural memory is the ephemeral format of sheet music. The New-York Historical Society houses an extensive sheet music collection numbering close to 15,000. Many of these are from the 19th century, but a significant subsection contains popular songs from the early to mid-20th century. One of the most famous and widely recorded early blues songs is W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis...Read More
Written by Geraldine Granahan, Preservation Assistant for the McKim, Mead & White Architectural Record Collection.
Recently the staff of the library and conservation department spent a fun afternoon in our conservation laboratory attending a workshop on the process of making cyanotypes, or as they are more commonly known -- blueprints (so called because they contain the pigment Prussian Blue).
The pigment itself has an interesting history, having been discovered by accident in or around 1704, when a...Read More
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