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29 July 2013
by andrew
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thirteen ways of looking at a catalog (in verse)

I’ve said in the past that if people are going use Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” as a literary conceit to introduce something they’ve written, it would be nice if they would at least put in … Continue reading

3 June 2013
by andrew
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a bunch of stuff I said about archives

It’s a sign of how much I’ve been neglecting this blog that even though I did an email interview last month about archives, and even though I posted links to it from my social media accounts, I’m only now mentioning … Continue reading

14 January 2013
by andrew
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a sign of the times in academic publishing

Catching up on end of the year email, I came across the following notice in the UC Berkeley Department of History’s Fall 2012 newsletter (pdf): Geoffrey Koziol’s new book was published by Brepols: The Politics of Memory and Identity in … Continue reading

29 August 2012
by andrew
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what would it take for historians to be able to share archival material?

Recently, a friend of mine asked if I had any thoughts on why historians tend not to do much sharing of archival materials – that is, of materials that they’ve collected in the course of their research. I said I … Continue reading

22 August 2012
by andrew
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new url

I’m not sure if anyone’s still checking this blog, given the infrequency of my posting, but if you are, you might be interested in knowing that I’ve finally gotten my own space and have a new blog url.

27 July 2012
by andrew
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about (1)

It is difficult to write a good short bio; it can be difficult to share a good detailed one. I doubt this will turn out to be either, but I feel like I should write one anyway. To put it … Continue reading

8 July 2012
by andrew
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learning to cursive

Judith Thurman’s recent post at the New Yorker blog on cursive handwriting and the Declaration of Independence reminded me of something I wrote some time ago about my own experiences learning to write and read cursive. Reading it over now, I … Continue reading

2 July 2012
by andrew
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“the library is itself their laboratory and museum”

From William Coolidge Lane, “The treatment of books according to the amount of their use” (1903): (emphasis in the original; I have added paragraph breaks for readability) The question then resolves itself into this: Can a scholar accomplish his work … Continue reading

24 May 2012
by andrew
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synthesizing the past

It was arranged for me to see Charles Beard, who was attending the American Historical Association’s 1935 convention in New York. Perched on the bed in his overheated room in the Hotel Pennsylvania, Beard poured forth his scorn for the … Continue reading

23 February 2012
by andrew
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different kinds of stacks

I’m taking a course in collection development/management and I’ve come to realize that I must be somewhat of an outlier as a library user. This is probably less true of the number of books I check out than of the … Continue reading