Smash! Boom! Pow! Watch out! The Dubois Library recently acquired two issues of Camera Comics!
In 2010, a number of organizations supporting libraries and archives sponsored the first Preservation Week; a week-long effort to bring attention to the many millions of cultural artifacts held in museums across the US that are in need of preservation or conservation care. This year, Preservation Week is being held April 22-28, and institutions throughout the country are highlighting their many efforts to take good care of their collections.
In honor of March being celebrated as Women's History Month, I'd like to share this wonderful article written by Mrs E. N. Lockwood for an 1873 issue of Photographic Mosaics. Photographic Mosaics was published from 1866-1901, and highlighted new innovations and events happening in the world of photography at the time. As Mrs. Lockwood's passionate entreaty reminds us, women were considerably less involved in photography than men were in the mid to late 19th century, and as Naomi Rosenblum discusses in A History of Women Photographers:
Out of the 20,000 books held in the Dubois Library, there are more than a few treasures; books that illustrate and document early photographic processes and subjects, or were created by seminal photographers who have left their indelible mark on our visual history. These books are incredible to see and touch and hold. They provide true connection to a medium and a past that is quickly changing and evolving.
I have vivid memories of my elementary school’s card catalog, the beautifully polished wood, the shiny brass handles on the drawers, and the mass of white and yellow cards, all heavily marked with pencil and typewriter ink. It all seems so quaint and antique now, and I nostalgically remember the process of finding a library book as such a lovely ritual.