Traces in the Stacks

When Sep 11, 2017
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where Esktrom Library, RM 117A
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Traces in the Stacks

Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia

Sept. 11, 11:00 – 12:30

Ekstrom Library, room 117A.

Join us for a treasure hunt in Ekstrom Library for traces of nineteenth-century readers—autographs, doodling, pressed plants, souvenirs, bookmarks, and other ephemeral inserts.

We will spend about 45 minutes in the stacks, looking for evidence of nineteenth-century readers, and then we will reconvene to share our discoveries.

Prof. Stauffer has found, through his "Book Traces" project, that many miscellaneous books in the stacks of most libraries contain important markers of human experience and everyday sentiments. This unique record is being lost to history with digitization; such shabby books are at risk of being discarded when there is a digital record of one copy.

Personal and unique copies, these books should be recorded – and saved. He has discovered over 700 books with traces, and recorded them here: