Here’s some of what I was reading last month. Happy (very) belated May!
NPR previewed a book of library photography
by Robert Dawson. There is a lot more to America’s public libraries than the iconic Beaux-Arts buildings and marble lions in New York. The photos look like location shots for the next Wes Anderson film.
“Life is a walk in the dark.” I’ve listened to this amazing James Baldwin interview with Studs Turkel three times and counting. Baldwin would have turned ninety this April. To mark the event Brooklyn Rail discussed his legacy.
A team of experts finds that a papyrus know as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is likely not a forgery. The scrap is given thumbs up but remains controversial.
The NYC Municipal Archive added 30,000 images to their online collection. Last year I made a short tutorial for finding images of what your apartment looked like in the 70s.
Rare snapshots from Kansas City’s 1960s Drag Scene are where grunge meets glam way before either broke out.
In case you need one more reason to bring classes to the archives: this student found a letter written by Martin Luther King Jr.
The Museum of Natural History announced a major digitization
project. The museum’s collections have been strikingly unavailable to the public until now. The museum plans to put one million images online.