TV News Archive Podcast

The Vanderbilt Television News Archive now has a monthly podcast called News Knowledge, which you can subscribe to through iTunes, or listen to by going to our News Knowledge website. In this podcast we explore the many ways that the Vanderbilt Television News Archive’s collection of national news broadcasts can be utilized to understand the… Keep Reading

Library Fellows Explore the Once and Future Book

This fall, six library fellows worked with Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI) students and librarians to curate an exhibition on the history of the book.  Students participated in  ten weekly seminar classes taught by library staff where they came into contact with some of the oldest books in the libraries’ collections. Classes covered early means of… Keep Reading

Maladies, Elixirs, and Healers: 500 Years of Medical History from the Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections

From 16th century alchemical treatises to 20th-century breakthroughs saving millions of lives, this exhibition explores the evolving roles of medicine and healers and how these changes affect the way we live and work today. Early modern distilling manuals, botanical prints, and handwritten cookbooks tell the story of a time when doctors and lay healers alike… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Highlights

Guest Post by Brooke Jackson For this week’s blog post, I have decided to share some of my personal favorite books which I have cataloged or come across during my time at Vanderbilt, as this is the last week of my internship! Looking back on this internship, I’ve come across many interesting rare books from… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Bookseller Tickets

Guest Post by Brenda Thompson If you peek inside the front cover of select books in the University of Nashville collection , you might see one of these “tiny graphic gems” (as one aficionado calls them):   In the field of special collections, these are known as bookseller labels or tickets, a form of rare… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Discovering Bound-Withs

Guest post by Brooke Jackson Of the books I’ve worked with from the University of Nashville Collection this semester, this rare volume published in 1732 (images below) has been one of my favorites. There are a few bibliographic qualities that makes this book interesting. It features red and black ink on the title page, the… Keep Reading

New Bandy Center Website

Announcing the launch of the newly revised W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies website. The new site, which integrates with the library’s existing webpages, includes information about the Center’s collections, exhibitions, publications, research fellows, and events. The featured images on the welcome screen are of Paris during Charles Baudelaire’s time, a… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Printers’ Devices

Guest post by Brooke Jackson As an intern working in Vanderbilt’s Special Collections Library, I have come across many old books, some dating as far back as the 16th century! We’ve learned throughout this internship of the many artifactual qualities that make books rare, including bindings, handmade papers, ornamental endpapers, and more. Another interesting characteristic… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Paper Marbling

Guest post by Brooke Jackson Many of the books in the University of Nashville Collection that we have been cataloging feature paper marbling. This method has been used in connection with books for hundreds of years, and the technique can be traced back all the way to East Asia between the 10th and 12th centuries…. Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover (Part 2)

Guest Post by Brenda Thompson For this week’s post, I decided to follow up on my February 13 blog post: Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover. In that post, I discussed this book from the University of Nashville collection:   As noted then, you can see from the photograph that the book’s spine has… Keep Reading