“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is extremely excited to announce that an anonymous donor has stepped forward to provide substantial support towards its efforts. The $447,000 grant will allow the DPLA to accelerate its work of bringing together America’s collections and providing new pathways into them. “This is an incredible vote of confidence in our mission, especially during this important early stage of our development and in the lead-up to our fall DPLAfest, which will bring together so many to celebrate our April 2013 launch, recent milestones, and bright future,” said Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA.” (via Digital Public Library of America)
Book containing 1000 beautiful paintings from the Song Dynasty period is donated to the British library by Zhejiang University
“The British Library’s Asian and African department is home to a vast collection of Chinese artefacts, books and manuscripts. These include the oldest items in the Library, the oracle bones – some 3500 years old, 18th century Chinese books from Sir Hans Sloane’s own collections, and the Diamond Sutra – the earliest printed ‘book’ in the world, dated AD 868.” (via British Library)
Princeton Alumnus Henry Wendt and wife Holly donate historic world map collection to Princeton University Library
“An extraordinary collection of world maps, dating from 1472 to 1700, has found a permanent home in the Historic Maps Collection of the Princeton University Library. Collected by Henry Wendt, Class of 1955, and his wife, Holly, the thirty items have been traveling around the country for the past three years as an exhibition, “Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700.” Firestone Library’s Leonard L. Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts hosted the show in early 2010.” (via Princeton University)
“An employee at the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library made a shocking discovery this week after cracking open a donated book. The book, which carries the title “Outerbridge Reach,” was hollowed out and contained a historic-looking handgun, according to Valparaiso police. “Somebody just opened it up and said, ‘Oh my,’ ” said Assistant Library Director Phyllis Nelson.
The weapon was described by police as a gold, wooden handle, A.S.M. brand, .31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun.”
via Valparaiso News