ATG Quirkies: University of Virginia Library is Studying Its Marginalia

Photo by Stephanie Gross

Literary Hub reports on a unique project at the UVA library.  It’s called Book Traces and the goal is “to look inside every book in the stacks that was published before 1923.”  Why open up dusty old books that haven’t been cracked in years? Literary scholars are  in search of so-called “interventions,” things like “handwritten marginalia, original poetry, pasted-in newspaper clippings … or any one of a variety of small objects—letters, photographs, leaves, locks of hair—tucked between the pages years ago and forgotten may shed light on how the books were read, studied, and used as physical objects.”

As an added bonus Book Traces Project Manager Kristin Jensen shares some of her favorite interventions from the project and the stories behind them.

See also: “Book Traces: New digital project brings hidden messages in old books to light” by Anna Katherine Clemmons in Virginia Magazine.

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

 

 

 

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