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      The Best from Pen and Press: Exhibit sneak peek

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      Take a sneak video peek at our current exhibit at Elmer L. Andersen Library: The Best from Pen and Press, which includes 3,000-year-old cuneiform tablets, a 16th century "Remembrancer Scroll," and much more. The materials come from the James Ford Bell Library, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the University Libraries' Rare Book collections.
      Crewel worked Gold Bond Stamp Company Creed produced by wife of early Gold Bond Stamp Company executive – “The Progress of this Company will begin and end in the hearts and minds of the men in this room.”

      When private and public meet in a corporate archive

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      In late 2014, Carlson Companies and the Curtis L. Carlson Foundation donated the corporate records and personal papers of both company founder Curtis L. Carlson and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Carlson’s daughter who succeeded him as Chairman and CEO, to the University of Minnesota
      Tim Johnson with colleagues in Greece in 2001.

      Sabbatical Musings

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      by Tim Johnson Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and E.W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections In early 2013 the annual call went...

      On the Road with Sherlock Holmes

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      by Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections This past October one of our Friends...

      The Importance of Serendipity

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      By Kris Kiesling, Director of Archives and Special Collections You never know when your day-to-day work is going to have some kind of unanticipated impact....

      100th Birthday of Dr. Norman Borlaug

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      "What nobler purpose can there be for a University than to gather up the prizes of a culture--preserve them, propagate them, make them available--so...

      Student Staff Interviews

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      By Mary Blissenbach, Student Supervisor In Archives and Special Collections, we hire a number of student employees to help in many ways. Student staff work...

      Special Collections Cataloger as History Detective

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      By Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Manager, Archives and Special Collections Metadata Unit Anyone familiar with the PBS series History Detectives knows that invariably, the show's investigators searching for...
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      Rare Book Cataloging: A Policy Review

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      by Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books; E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections Much of what we do happens...

      College Football–And Libraries–Live Here!

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      By Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books; E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections Sometimes an opportunity to promote collections...

      Creating “Downton Abbey: Behind the Scenes of Health and Illness”

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      Emily Hagens is co-curator of Downton Abbey: Behind the Scenes of Health and Illness and a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in the History of Science, Technology...

      Archival Emergency Planning and Response

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      Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books; E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections Anyone who has suffered a natural disaster...

      An Internship of Discovery with Arthur Kleiner

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      By Heidi Anderson-Ferdinand, Intern in Special Collections and Rare Books Working as an intern in Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts I get the unalloyed...

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