Juneteenth, Freedom, and Emancipation Archives in the RBML

  June 19th, known as Juneteenth, has long been a key African American holiday — a day to commemorate emancipation and freedom from enslavement. The date was first celebrated in Texas, in 1865, to mark the end of slavery after the Civil War. In the RBML, archival documents related to African American freedom reflect the […]

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Perhaps you need some amusement

  Just in time for the weekend, a little passive entertainment while you are waiting for your bread dough to rise. For an easy thrill, page through the glorious Page Chromatic Type Specimen, always the big hit when type design classes visit. Better in person (it’s so BIG — some 18 inches tall), but still […]

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New Resource | Public Books Database

A number of University presses, in response to the nationwide COVID-related lockdowns, have made books previously behind paywalls, open to the public. A new website, Public Books Database, provides a central starting point for finding hundreds of freely accessible titles. The site is part of Public Books: a magazine of arts, ideas and scholarship. Access […]

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Come in and look more closely!

The premise of the current exhibition “Mirror of Humanity: Seeing Ourselves in Playing Cards” is that the imagery used on playing cards tells us a lot about how we have viewed ourselves in the past. As an example, consider the deck The Forbidden City: Pekin & Chinese Views (Los Angeles, CA: Grimes-Stassforth Stationery Co., 1901). […]

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