Romance & Realism
Science & Liberal Education
Little Red Riding Hood
Plays of the Year, 1950
Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Las Tres Españas de la España Contemporanea
The Public Record Office
Louis XV; the monarchy in decline
The Principal Speeches of the Statesmen & Orators of the French Revolution
The Poetical Works of Lord Houghton
Vices & Virtues
Archives & Manuscripts: Appraisal & Accessioning
Dickens's Dictionary of Days
A Yachting Cruise to Norway
Schatten des Dkunklen Ostens
The Pageant of Netherlands History
Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Classical Background & Critical Reception of his Work
On An Irish Jaunting-Car through Donegal and Connemara
Histoire de France
The two ocean war: a short history of the United States Navy in the Second World War
An Etiquette for Writers
Histoire de Belgique
An Essay on Idealization in Poetry II William Cowper
The Middle English stanzaic versions of the life of Saint Anne
Selections from Seventeenth-Century Songbooks
The Resurrection of our Lord
Burglars in Bucks
The Spirit of Ireland
The significance of Congreve's Incognita
Life of Charlemagne
The fortunes of war: four great battles of World War II
The Original Manuscript of Thomas Hardy's 'The Trumpet Major'
The complete works of William Hazlitt
Forty plus and fancy free
The history of the holy grail: Englisht, ab. 1450 A. D.
Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin, Rome
Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies
Agnès Sorel, 'la dame de beaulté'
From the Land of the Midnight Sun to the Volga
La France au douzième siècle pendant les règnes de Louis le Gros et de Louis le Jeune
A Critical Commentary on Milton's 'Samson Agonistes'
Ideas in Context
Theology and Poetry in the Middle English Lyric
The Unpublished and Uncollected Poems of William Cowper
My obsession with the library started at an early age, when my family would make weekly trips to the local public branch. Fast forward to 2014 when I was a grad student at CU... browsing the stacks at Norlin, I came across a book containing remnants of a bygone era: a computer punch card, a slip to sign, ex libris, torn and taped edges. I became obsessed with finding other instances of these material traces, and over a three-week period spent all of my free time searching the stacks and scanning my favorites.
“My first library job was in second grade, when for some reason I was allowed to skip parts of my classes to go work in the school library. I got to read a lot, but my main job was stamping the due date on the cards in the back of the books. I loved doing that — so much that my mother took me to the office supply store to buy my own date stamp. I taped circulation cards in the back of my books and stamped them when I took them off the shelf to re-read.”
– Mike Furlough, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications, Penn State
Library technology has changed drastically over the past few decades. From circulation cards (first signed in pencil, later stamped) to computer punch-cards to bar codes, tracking methods have become increasingly automated and anonymous. Traces of temporary ownership have fallen aside as technology advances. While efficient, these newer methods leave few, if any, clues to the past (who borrowed, when, for how long etc.). The newer books, never marred by circulation cards, ex libris labels or signatures, maintain a rather pristine condition. In terms of ongoing preservation, one could argue that an unobtrusive bar code is the best solution. Yet, there’s something magical about all of the marks, inserts and stamps that adorn the interior covers of old library books.