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  • [+] More Albert Einstein's complete archives to be posted online 

    Albert Einstein's complete archives to be posted online
    Published since 22 Mar 2012

    Great news: The Guardian and Associated Press report that the Hebrew University of Jerusalem puts online 2,000 documents from the Albert Einstein archives including unseen letters, postcards and research notes.

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Time Travel for Dummies 

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Time Travel for Dummies
    Published since 06 Jan 2012

    When my accountant said, “Hey, you’ve had another good year,” my response was, “You’ve got to be kidding!” But then, looking back, I remembered some happy referrals, several fascinating consignments and, in general, quite a bit of successful book scouting.  Ten Pound Island’s  invoices and check stubs (all digital!) told the story in detail. My "new business model," concocted so painfully over the past year, paid off. I dropped the California, Florida, and New York book fairs, cut expenses way back, moved from hard copy to web based catalogs, and quoted a lot more books using specially tailored, richly illustrated e-based catalogs.

  • [+] More Unfinished Books and The Private Library 

    Unfinished Books and The Private Library
    Published since 17 Nov 2011

    The term completist, as applied to book collectors, has always struck this writer as something of a misnomer.  In one sense, the term certainly is applicable: i.e., it describes the attempt to collect everything a particular author ever wrote, or everything a particular publisher ever published, or everything ever written about a particular topic.  On the other hand …

  • [+] More The Gravell Watermark Archive: Taking watermarks online 

    The Gravell Watermark Archive: Taking watermarks online
    Published since 18 Jul 2011

    The Gravell Watermark Archive ( is bringing together more than 50,000 watermarks from America and Europe, including 7,500 images collected by American-watermark expert Thomas L. Gravell and about 45,000 unpublished marks documented by Charles-Moise Briquet. On the website, you can search for stags, swans, or unicorns, creatures from a medieval bestiary produced long ago by wire attached to a paper mould. (Watermarks are made by placing a design made with thin wire on a paper mould. The paper formed over the wire is thinner and translucent when held up to a light source.) 

  • [+] More A Tribute to J. Ch. Brunet 

    A Tribute to J. Ch. Brunet
    Published since 28 Apr 2011

    As the twentieth century draws to a close, with frontiers about to disappear and the Europe of 1993 in the offing, it may be interesting to observe that for a very long time, indeed for centuries, there has existed a category of persons who took no note of frontiers. These 'avant-garde' Europeans, or rather world citizens, are the people who deal in books - bibliophiles, bibliopoles, and bibliographers.

  • [+] More Manuscripta mediaevalia - Medieval Manuscripts Online 

    Manuscripta mediaevalia - Medieval Manuscripts Online
    Published since 15 Feb 2011

    75.000 medieval manuscripts, available online: Manuscripta mediaevalia is a joint venture of the State Library Berlin (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin / Preußischer Kulturbesitz), the State Library Munich (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München) and the German Documentation Centre for the History of Arts (Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg).

  • [+] More Digital Finding Aid for Early Copies of Edmund Spenser's Works 

    Digital Finding Aid for Early Copies of Edmund Spenser's Works
    Published since 04 Feb 2011

    The Spenser Archive Finding Aid is the first bibliographical database with links to collections all over the world that house 16th and 17th century copies of works by the English poet and colonial administrator Edmund Spenser. The database is open to editors, bibliographers, scholars and students of the history of the book, curators of collections, rare book dealers and private collectors. You can browse editions and folio parts, and you can search for copies in libraries in North America, Europe and Australia. The information has been gathered and carefully checked over many years by dozens of contributors.

  • [+] More Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 

    Published since 18 Jan 2011

    The Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography by Charles W. Bailey is available from Digital Scholarship with live links to many included works.

  • [+] More Online Archive of the John F. Kennedy Collection 

    Published since 14 Jan 2011

    The archive at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)   includes thousands of historical papers, documents and images:  irreplaceable records of the struggle for Civil Rights, the conflict with the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, the efforts to land a man on the moon, the prevention of a nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and American art and culture in general.

  • [+] More Music Manuscripts Online - The Morgan Library and Museum 

    Music Manuscripts Online - The Morgan Library and Museum
    Published since 17 Dec 2010

    More than forty celebrated music manuscripts from the extraordinary permanent collection of Morgan Library will be available online for the first time. The website Music Manuscripts Online officially launches on Monday, December 20, 2010. The goal of the is to create and to provide online access to high-quality images and descriptions of music manuscripts owned by The Morgan Library & Museum. More than 900 manuscripts containing approximately 42000 pages have been digitized and described. These include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Mozart, Puccini, Schubert, and Schumann.