A Mysterious Find While Processing the E. S. Coe Papers

Item found in MSS 924

  “You are not going to believe what I found now!”  This, believe it or not, is a common statement from my volunteer who spends about 12 hours a week unfolding the tri-folded and bundled papers that make up part of the E. S. Coe collection (see the blog An Introduction to the Papers of E. S. Coe).  Following this statement, I am usually shown papers that were excessively glued together, papers that were glued together and then had some sort of metal fastener punched through them, scraps of what used to be a piece of paper, or our new personal favorite, papers that have been sewn together instead of stapled.

However, what she brought to my attention the other day was something that I was not prepared for.…. Read more

Have Librarian, Will Travel

Seattle’s Pike Place market. Courtesy of the author.

Several weeks ago, over 800 library professionals from across the country met in rainy Seattle, Washington to discuss all things “art library.”  Representatives from museum libraries (like us here at the Phillips Library), to academic libraries (Yale University), to art and design school libraries (Savannah College of Art and Design), to interested students and vendors, participated in sessions, meetings, and workshops organized by the joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) and the Visual Resources Association (VRA). Read more