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At the James Ford Bell Library

The Great Auk

By Anne Good, Assistant Curator Most biologists agree that a “sixth extinction” is currently underway due to human activity in the natural environment. Just how far into it we are is a matter of debate,...
Handwritten note, marking the antipode of London on a map of the Americas, ca. 1603.

The other side of the world

By Anne Good, Assistant Curator Preparing for a class presentation on early American maps led me, serendipitously, to a fun discovery: antipodes -- specifically the antipode of the Bell Library. I was searching UMedia for 16th...

New year; new blog!

By Anne Good, Assistant Curator In 2019, Bell Curator Maggie Ragnow and the incredible photographer, Natasha D’Schommer, collaborated to produce the book Tulips, Chocolate & Silk: Celebrating 65 Years of the James Ford Bell Library....

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