Blog topic: Rare books

"Always On Duty; or, The Life of a New York Fireman" - Cover of Brave and Bold Weekly

Dime novels digitization collaboration launches

November 16, 2020
by Hannah Frost

This month Stanford Libraries is launching a collaborative project to expand access to our extensive holdings of American dime novels from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Dime novels, which flourished in the United States in the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century, featured an ever-evolving array of popular fiction genres: frontier stories modeled on the work of James Fenimore Cooper, detective stories, westerns, romances, sports stories. Widely read in their day, dime novels provided cheap fiction for an expanding reading public. Today, many dime novels are in particularly fragile condition due to the cheap nature of the paper used in their production, and collections are spread across the country with few institutions holding complete runs of major dime novel series. 

Stanford Special Collections & University Archives share statement on potentially harmful language in cataloging and archival description

September 9, 2020
by Ann K.D. Myers

Stanford Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives has published a Statement on Potentially Harmful Language in Cataloging and Archival Description. The statement was developed by staff across the department over the past two months, with additional input from staff in Stanford Libraries’ Metadata Development Unit...

Image of St. Hubertus as a stained glass panel, divided into sections

Metal, paper, glass: the devotional object and the challenges of interpretation

August 25, 2020
by Kathleen M Smith

Welcome to Part 2 of our blog post series, Metal, paper, glass. As Elizabeth Ryan noted in her blog post, subtitled Perspectives on a stained glass panel and other objects in Stanford Libraries Special Collections, we were inspired by this striking stained-glass object to explore how we each interact with a variety of unusual materials in our collections, and to share our different perspectives.

Rare book cataloging projects during shelter-in-place, part 1

May 14, 2020
by Ann K.D. Myers

Rare book cataloging activities are somewhat limited during shelter-in-place, since without the books in hand, we cannot create complete and accurate catalog records for them. We may do some preliminary cataloging of some new acquisitions based on dealer descriptions and other information, but for the time being, we have been focusing our efforts on editing existing metadata for rare books. In this post, I'll describe a project that has been completed; in part 2, I'll describe a large, on-going metadata cleanup project.

Rare book cataloging projects during shelter-in-place, part 2

May 19, 2020
by Ann K.D. Myers

Rare book cataloging activities are somewhat limited during shelter-in-place, since without the books in hand, we cannot create complete and accurate catalog records for them. So, we have been focusing our efforts on editing existing metadata for rare books. In my previous post, I described a project that has been completed; in this post, I'll describe a large, on-going metadata cleanup project.

Carleton Watkins. The Wreck of the Viscata. 1868.

Carleton Watkins Spotlight exhibition launched

May 8, 2020
by Peter P Blank

Among the many great treasures destroyed in the April 18, 1906 earthquake and the fire that followed were the last remaining papers, glass plate negatives, and photographs still in the possession of the ageing Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). This tragic loss is deepened by the realization that days before the massive quake on April 15 Harry C.

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