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Archive: May, 2015

The literature of the First World War

Special Collections’ current exhibit, The Great War: A Centennial Remembrance, features some of the novels and poetry produced during and after the First World War. This month marks the centennial of the war’s first famous collections of poetry, Rupert Brooke’s 1914 & Other Poems. Brooke wrote the sonnets of 1914 in December of that year …

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More Marginalia!

As promised, a few more interesting examples of marginalia from Special Collections history of printing collection. A reader has drawn smiling suns casting shadows on a castle in the astronomy textbook Sphaera Mundi, printed by Henri Estienne in 1511. Inscriptions and doodles from multiple generations of owners of a 1608 copy of Pliny’s Natural History …

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Marginalia is the term for the jottings, scribbles, doodles, annotations and notes readers make in the margins of their books. Though ranging from the mundane to the insightful (and sometimes even entertaining), these markings provide evidence of books’ use and readers’ interactions with a given text. For some antiquarian books there may even be evidence …

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Victorian Book of the Month: May flowers edition

Floriology, also called flower language or flower symbolism, was popular during the Victorian period. Sentiments were attached to specific varieties and colors of flowers, so that giving or wearing flowers was a way to send a symbolic message. A number of books on the flower language were published throughout the Victorian period. Some even included …

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Parting words from a student processor

One of our student manuscript processors recently graduated from BYU, and the following is a post regarding her experience working in the Perry Special Collections, written on Wednesday, April 22. It is a great example of a student’s perspective of the benefits of working in Special Collections and what can be learned from historical documents. …

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