Vaultaire

Because I love vaults and the things often kept in them.

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Special Collections at the Movies: Planet of the Apes
Released today is the eighth film in the Planet of the Apes franchise, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”  Set ten years after its predecessor “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” this film promises a darker, more engaging science-fiction world than any other Apes film before it.  In honor of the new movie, Special Collections is proud to bring you “Books of the Planet of the Apes”!  If you’ve got a monkey on your back, swing in to Special Collections and check out some of our simian stuff!  
Read more in the latest post on the Special Collections blog by student assistant David Henderson

muspeccoll:

Special Collections at the Movies: Planet of the Apes

Released today is the eighth film in the Planet of the Apes franchise, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”  Set ten years after its predecessor “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” this film promises a darker, more engaging science-fiction world than any other Apes film before it.  In honor of the new movie, Special Collections is proud to bring you “Books of the Planet of the Apes”!  If you’ve got a monkey on your back, swing in to Special Collections and check out some of our simian stuff!  

Read more in the latest post on the Special Collections blog by student assistant David Henderson

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"Absorbent and yellow* and porous is he…"

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The Wonder Sponge: And We are Not Talking about SpongeBob SquarePants

A popular tool in our St. Louis Paper Lab for cleaning mold from records is our foamed natural rubber sponge erasers. Every work station has a pile of them! These soft erasers do wonders in cleaning mold from the paper’s surface. The erasers come in “brick” sizes and are easily trimmed down into smaller pieces which are held more easily in your hand. But an important word of caution! Although softer than hard erasers these can still be abrasive, and can cause damage if used on paper surfaces that are soft and friable due to more extensive damage.

(*Ok, so the Wonder Sponge is really more off-white than yellow.)

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Feeling adventurous? Sign up for the Sleepover at the National Archives on August 2 and explore some of history’s most exciting frontiers!

This summer’s sleepover theme is “Explorers Night,” allowing campers to journey to the Arctic, visit Outer Space, and discover the American West as they explore the National Archives Museum in a unique after-hours experience. Young explorers can chat with famous pioneers like Meriwether Lewis and Louise Arner Boyd and learn about life as an astronaut through artifacts straight from the National Air and Space Museum (like the “space toilet” and “living and working in space” discovery stations)!

Guests will be treated to movies in the museum’s William G. McGowan Theater before turning in for the night, and will enjoy a pancake breakfast flipped by our very own Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero in the morning. 

Tickets are $125 per participant or $100 for Foundation members, NARA employees, and contractors. To register for the Sleepover at the National Archives. Learn more.

We hope to see you at the sleepover—and don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure!

Omigod dreams do come true!

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The undoubted highlight among Houghton’s miniature books is a collection of nine tiny manuscripts created by Charlotte Brontë and her brother Branwell in their early teens. Handmade and extremely delicate, the books have now been conserved and completely digitized. For more on these remarkable volumes, see this story in the Harvard Gazette.

Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855. Juvenilia, 1829-1830.

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Houghton Library, Harvard University

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Books with Personality-Sneak Peek 3

Girolamo Mercuriale. De arte gymnastica…, 1577

This title loosely translates to “Of Jerome Mercvrialis the Art of gymnastics of book six: in which exercises of all kinds of ancient, places, modes, faculties. In short, whatever pertains to the exercises of the human body, carefully explained.”

Six books on the art of gymnastics is the oldest known book on physical culture and sports medicine. This particular book has survived 437 years and has a story to tell. Throughout the book there are many bookworm trails, brown foxing, tears, and a broken spine. By the looks of it, the life of the book seems to have been pretty rough, but useful. There are notes and underlining by a reader, possibly used as a study tool, but what is most interesting are the images. Classically inspired plates show images of men wrestling, fighting, bathing and exercising throughout the volume. It appears someone with access to the book took ink to paper, covering many of the male figures’ pelvic areas. We can only speculate why this was done. Could it be someone felt the images were not modest enough and were compelled to censor the images? Is the defacing akin to a more modern prank, such as drawing a mustache on a photograph? Was someone just plain bored? The reason may remain a mystery.

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