Category Archives: Special Collections

A Flying Writing On How The Crude Woodsman Spread His Words

Follow the Golden Rule. Love your neighbor. Show more empathy. Secure more funding for the humanities. Listen to more opera. These are some of the answers people gave when asked what change they would make to society today. The question … Continue reading

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Why Green Tigers Turned Out In Honor Of St. Patrick

Study the cartoon Jimmy Swinnerton created for the March 18, 1898 edition of the New York Journal and you’ll find some interesting Irish-American trivia to share on St. Patrick’s Day. Swinnerton’s notorious tiger characters take to the streets for New … Continue reading

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Have You Seen The Newest Girl With Her Hair All In A Whirl?

“Have you seen the newest girl with her hair all in a whirl?,” asked Harry B. Smith in his lyrics for “The Nell Brinkley Girl,” a song from the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908. This sweet curly-haired girl was not to … Continue reading

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Beadles And Bill-Stickers Washed Down Wastel And Cocket With Salop

Listen to the conversations that ensue when a score of librarians gather, and you’ll understand why I scampered over to Columbus College of Art and Design’s Packard Library for an open house. In the course of the first five minutes, … Continue reading

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“Fanny, You Look Very Nicely Indeed. What Have You Got On?”

“A woman can never be too fine while she is all in white.” So Edmund Bertram said to Fanny Price when complementing her on her dress, in a scene from Jane Austen’s 1814 novel, Mansfield Park. Now I understand the … Continue reading

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How Did Mr. Sedgwick’s Dog Stand Still For That?

When a railway line was proposed for the Lake District in 1844, William Wordsworth was beside himself. Thoughts of trains intruding on the area’s natural beauty — and uncertainty about the moral character of the strangers they carried — were … Continue reading

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Grow Your Knowledge Of Mary Gardens

A Book of Hours is a beautiful thing. Vivid colors, miniature paintings and hand-lettered texts make these little medieval prayer books extraordinary works of art.   Study the decorative borders framing this devotional text from the collection of The Cloisters … Continue reading

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