Guest post from Manuscripts processing assistant Lucayo Casillas
Blog topic: Manuscripts
The Stanford Libraries recently acquired its second cuneiform tablet. The acquisition was in response to the high level of use of the first tablet held by the Libraries, a Sumerian cuneiform tablet from 2056 B.C.E. which was a gift of David C. Weber in 1990 (https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4083797).
Last year, I had the pleasure of processing one of the most fascinating collections I’ve had the opportunity to work on: the Gary D. and Myrna R. Lowe Collection of Big Tree materials. As the title suggests, the Lowe Collection by and large consists of photographs, prints, postcards, ephemera, pamphlets, government reports, periodicals, and souvenirs related to ‘Big Trees’ -- the original vernacular term for the awe-inspiring redwoods we know today as giant sequoia trees.
I had the pleasure of attending the recent open house held at Academy Hall on Stanford's Redwood City campus, which houses the Media Preservation Lab, Conservation Services, and much of the Department of Special Collections. Here are some things that caught my eye:
The physical materials in the Chiapas Photography Project collection have been processed and are now available for research. The finding aid to the collection can be viewed here at the Online Archive of California. The materials in the collection include administrative files, public activities files (including flyers, pamphlets, and booklets), photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, correspondence, publications, and audiovisual media.
- An account book binding formed from leaves recovered from a thirteenth-century legal codex, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment.
- French frisket fragment. (13th century?)
- Musical manuscript containing vocal works by Dufay, Grenon, and Binchois : [The Boorman Fragment]. Northern Italy, ca. 1430.
- Johannes. 1475. Compendium quattuor librorum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi. [Augsburg]: [Günther Zainer]
- Ulricus. 1480. Fraternitas cleri. [Ulm]: [Johannes Zainer].
- Diogenes Laertius, Ambrogio Traversari, and Benedictus Brognolus. 1490. Diogenes Laertius De uita & moribus philosophorum. Impressum fuit Venetiis: Impensis nobilis uiri Octauiani Scoti ciuis Modoetiẽ sis.
Part Two – Term and Soft-Funded Staff in Collection Services