Special Collections

Submitted by jgoffin on Tuesday February 25, 2014
Submitted by jgoffin on Thursday January 09, 2014

Have you ever found yourself wishing for a printing press built to authentic nineteenth-century standards? Of course you have. And fortunately T.C. Hansard has anatomized the press and provided a detailed description of its parts, in his 1825

Submitted by jgoffin on Wednesday November 20, 2013

If anyone makes a special collections horror movie, this would undoubtedly be one of the scariest villains:

Submitted by jgoffin on Wednesday October 16, 2013

Working in a special collections library I've often thought to myself, "If I just took a random book off the shelf, I'm sure it would be fascinating somehow." Here's a quick post to demonstrate that. On Tuesday, while preparing for one of our

Submitted by jgoffin on Saturday August 03, 2013

For over a year now, we've been offering a regular series of portraits of members of the book trade. Today's post is a little different, because now

Submitted by jgoffin on Wednesday July 10, 2013

It's a little late for the July 4th celebrations, but here are a few images from an item in our World War II propaganda collection. This is a coloring book produced for children and including its own two-sided pencil that fits into a sleeve in

Submitted by jgoffin on Wednesday June 12, 2013

Fifty years ago in London the International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition included an ambitious exhibition on the influence that the invention of the printing press had on the 500 years of human history that followed. The

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Submitted by jgoffin on Wednesday May 29, 2013

There are good-engraving days...

Submitted by jgoffin on Friday March 22, 2013

If you think digitization is an easy process, check out the latest post at Brown University's Curio blog, which discusses the procedure they undertook to digitize

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