The Historical Medical Library at the College of Physicians recently opened its doors and its stacks to a small group of enthusiastic fans of medical history, medieval documents, and Philly museums and archives. The library’s staff curated a display of materials all centered around blurry line between monster and medical anomaly, which was a wide gray area in the 16th-18th centuries. (Fun fact from the evening: the word “monster” was in use as a diagnostic medical term until the 1920s.)
From Monstrum historia memorabilis, monstrosa humanorum partuum miracula (1609)
Attendees also got a chance to see the library and archives stacks and to vote for their favorite manuscript or volume. Click through to the library’s twitter feed to see who won!
The books, manuscripts, and photographs were both beautiful and eerie — an excellent way to ring in Halloween week and to start the last week of Archives Month!
[posted on behalf of Ken Cleary]
On October 16th, WHYY treated Archives Month Philly participants to a fascinating look at the analog tape archives of Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The tapes span from 1976 to 2007 and represent thousands of hours of interviews with some of the most important and interesting figures of late 20th and early 21st century history. After the tours, attendees enjoyed a presentation on how the deteriorating tapes were rescued and digitized, followed by a discussion of their ongoing project to make the recordings freely and openly accessible. This CLIR funded project has allowed WHYY to collaborate with Drexel University to generate rich metadata for the Fresh Air archives, which will ultimately be accessible through WorldCat.
Following the presentations, guests had the opportunity to mingle with WHYY staff and listen to a sampling of Fresh Air’s recordings.
[posted on behalf of Celia Caust-Ellenbogen]
Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Visitors flocked to see these animals and more as depicted in books, photographs, and manuscripts at the Kislak Center for Special Collections at the University of Pennsylvania last Thursday. Kislak Center staff added a personal touch by wearing animal-themed attire and contributing pictures of their own pets to a slide show that circulated throughout the evening. If you missed the fun, you can visit the Kislak Center (http://www.library.upenn.edu/kislak/) during their open hours and ask to see selections from their paper menagerie. Or, may we humbly suggest the Pets-in-Collections tumblr (http://www.library.upenn.edu/kislak/) to feed your appetite for archival animals.