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Boston Public Library’s art in state of neglect, report finds

Historical researcher Margo Burns was stunned three years ago when she discovered four handwritten records at the Boston Public Library from the case of a woman hanged in 1692 during the Salem witchcraft hysteria. The elation felt by Burns and two colleagues turned to panic only days later, when one returned and was told the documents could not be found. After a month of anxious, follow-up questions, the records were rediscovered.” (via Boston Globe)

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Boston Public Library finds missing Rembrandt, Durer prints

“Both rare works of art missing from the Boston Public Library have been found inside the main branch where they were “misfiled,” library President Amy Ryan said today. The art was discovered in the library’s print stacks just 80 feet from where they should have been, Ryan added. “We’re thrilled to have found these treasures right here at home,” Ryan, who announced her resignation yesterday amid the probe, said in a statement. “They were found safe and sound, simply misfiled. BPL is still committed to enhanced security and a full inventory, but today is a day of celebration for the entire team at BPL. (via Boston Herald)

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Boston Public Library boss Amy Ryan resigns

“Amy Ryan, the embattled president of the Boston Public Library, is resigning her post amid swirling questions about the library’s security and a probe into the suspected theft of two pieces of valuable art. “I am choosing to step aside at this time to allow the work of the Boston Public Library to continue without distraction,” Ryan said in a statement released to the Herald. She said she will officially step down on July 3. Ryan’s decision to quit her $195,000-a-year job comes just after hours after she repeatedly told reporters she had no intentions to resign following a heated emergency meeting of the library’s board of trustees.” (via Boston Herald)

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Mayor on library art: ‘You can’t just misplace a print worth $600G’

“Mayor Martin J. Walsh today said he believes that two rare works of art worth hundreds of thousands of dollars are most likely not lost within the vast collection of the Boston Public Library, a week after officials disclosed they had begun a frenzied search. “From all indications, it’s not at the library,” Walsh said. “If it was there, I think they would have found it by now.” Library employees discovered the two works — a 1504 engraving by Albrecht Durer worth $600,000 and a 1634 Rembrandt etching worth between $20,000 and $30,000 — had vanished in April. The FBI is assisting Boston police with the investigation, which became public last week.” (via Boston Herald)

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Art is reported missing at Boston Public Library

“Police are investigating the disappearance of two works of art worth more than $600,000, including a print of a Rembrandt self-portrait, that went missing last month from the Boston Public Library’s flagship branch in Copley Square, authorities said Tuesday. A report from the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit states that officers learned in April that two prints, the one by Rembrandt and an Adam and Eve etching by Albrecht Dürer, were missing. The Dürer piece was valued at over $600,000, and the Rembrandt was worth between $20,000 and $30,000, according to police and library officials.” (via Boston Globe)

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Newly renovated BPL central library unveiled

“A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday to open the Boston Public Library’s newly renovated central library. The library’s first floor now features special new areas for children and teenagers. “It shows our commitment to the youth of the city, of the future, and how we’re going to help them grow, learn and expand their opportunities,” said Mayor Marty Walsh, who was on hand for the ribbon cutting.” (via WHDH-TV)

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Unpopular books flying off branch libraries’ shelves

“At the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, clustered volumes fill only half of many long, red shelves; the rest stand empty. In the adult nonfiction section, some shelves are completely barren. The library, in Roxbury, once brimmed with books. But officials have been steadily culling its collection the past few months as part of a push by BPL administrators to dispose of up to 180,000 little-used volumes from shelves and archives of branches citywide by year’s end. Library officials say the reductions help assure that patrons can comfortably sift through a modern selection that serves their needs.” (via Boston Globe)

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“The Boston Public Library, the first publicly supported municipal library in the U.S., overwhelming won LEGOLAND? Discovery Center’s MINILAND? contest and will be immortalized in LEGO bricks alongside other Boston landmarks when the attraction opens in May at Assembly Row in Somerville. A large-scale replica of the iconic structure, which received more votes than any other Boston landmark, will be unveiled this spring prior to the grand opening.” (via BPL)


Boston Public Library Receives Recognition for Statewide Digitization Work

“Boston Public Library received an award honoring its digitization work for Massachusetts’ Digital Commonwealth at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s eighth annual Focus Awards ceremony. The Focus Awards, held this year on October 19, recognize contributions to the promotion, curation, and presentation of photography. Boston Public Library received the Commonwealth Award, which is given to an organization that brings prominence to the local photographic scene. “We are honored to receive this award for our digitization work,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “It is our great pleasure to contribute to Digital Commonwealth and help increase access to photos archives, cultural treasures, and other historical materials for people across Massachusetts and around the world.” (via BPL)

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Boston Public Library – Meet the Collections of Distinction Curators

“Boston Public Library’s Collections of Distinction feature eighteen of the most outstanding, expansive, and renowned of the library’s holdings. Behind the collections are the curators who can expertly describe the significance of all the treasures found within. The curators recently answered questions about each of the collections, including their favorite sections, surprising finds, and which audiences they may appeal to.” (via BPL)

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