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How 18-year-old engineering students saved U of T’s rarest books

Group of students came up with fix for dampness seeping through library walls By Kate McGillivray, CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 06, 2017 7:38 AM ET             Yewon Son … Continue reading

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New Dead Sea Scroll Discovered

Archeologists in Israel discovered a 12th cave they believe once housed the Dead Sea Scrolls after finding historical artifacts proving they had been stored there. If they are right, it would be the latest “scroll cave” discovered in over 60 … Continue reading

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Check your attics for possible treasures! Long lost photographs of the Titanic indicate a coal fire may have helped sink the ship.

Coal Fire, Not Just Iceberg, Doomed the Titanic, a Journalist Claims By Dan Bilefsky  January 3, 2017 The Titanic leaving Southampton, England, on its ill-fated voyage on April 10, 1912.  Credit  Southampton City Council, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — … Continue reading

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Postilla litteralis super epistolam ad hebraeos is the November 2016 Book of the Month

  NICHOLAS OF LYRA, Postilla litteralis super epistolam ad hebraeos (Literal Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews) Special Collections in the Bartle Library, is celebrating a new acquisition: a 14th-century manuscript of Nicholas of Lyra’s Postilla litteralis super epistolam … Continue reading

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Celebrating CEMERS Golden Anniversary with the Book of the Month

The Ellesmere Chaucer is the October Book of the Month in honor of  the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies’ (CEMERS) 50th Anniversary The Ellesmere Chaucer reproduced in facsimile.  Manchester : The University Press, 1911.  Call number:  Z 1152 .C496, v.1-2. … Continue reading

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Two Hundred Year Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Finding Frankenstein: On the trail of a monster across Europe By John Malathronas, for CNN  June 20, 2016 Castle Frankenstein – Two centuries after author Mary Shelley conceived “Frankenstein,” its gothic echoes can still be found across Europe. Castle Frankenstein … Continue reading

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‘Alas poor Yorick” A lecture by Professor Mackenney, April 19, in Special Collections

We are celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare at Binghamton University!   Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19  for a presentation by Richard Mackenney, Professor of History, on:   ‘Alas poor Yorick”: Shakespeare’s Infinite Jester  Noon Huppe Reading Room Special Collections, … Continue reading

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Saving Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda

The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda: A middle-aged book collector in Mali helped keep the fabled city’s libraries, books and manuscripts safe from occupying jihadists                   Abdel Kader Haidara with … Continue reading

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April’s Book of the Month: The works of Shakespear : in six volumes. Carefully revised and corrected by the former editions, and adorned with sculptures designed and executed by the best hands

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, in The works of Shakespear : in six volumes. Carefully revised and corrected by the former editions, and adorned with sculptures designed and executed by the best hands.  Oxford, : Printed at the Theatre. 1744. To mark the 400th … Continue reading

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“Guy Fawkes or the Gunpowder Treason” is Special Collections November Book of the Month

Guy Fawkes : or, The gunpowder treason by William Harrison Ainsworth. London : G. Routledge and sons, limited, [18--?]. Call number:  PR4002 .A1 1876 v.6 Rare Book Collection. This book is housed in the Special Collections department of the Binghamton University Libraries, and available … Continue reading

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