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Relax, You're at an Intermission in a Drive-In

These days, a good drive-in theater is a relatively rare gem to find. Although many have recently been resurrected and a DIY drive-in movement has even occurred, a drive-in is still often seen through nostalgic eyes rather than considered to … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo, Librarian Style

It’s likely you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), that time in November when it’s starting to get cold and hundreds of people make a pact together to write a novel in the period of one month. Many fail, … Continue reading

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The Library of Congress at Your Fingertips

To visit The Library of Congress has long been thought of as a distinguished event for the privileged few. Most people throughout the world are unable to get to Washington D.C., so the plethora of resources housed in the library … Continue reading

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Swirl, Sniff, Sip With The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley preserves some of the most intriguing rare and hard-to-find books in the country. According to their Web site, their holdings include 60,000 manuscript items, 8,000,000 photographs/pictorial materials, 43,000 microforms, and 23,000 … Continue reading

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Home of the Brave

Gentlemen and ladies, please remove your hats for the singing of our national anthem. We sing it at the beginning of sporting events, during worship services, at memorials for veterans, and in grade school music class. The first verse of … Continue reading

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An All-Star Team

It has been about seven months since NASA and Internet Archive teamed up to create nasaimages.org. Through a Space Act Agreement, NASA has granted Internet Archive unprecedented access to all of the NASA centers’ media archives. While media from NASA … Continue reading

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200 Candles for Abraham Lincoln

Just about 200 years ago, or 10 score as Abraham Lincoln might say, one of the most iconic presidents in history was born. On February 12, 1809, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks gave birth to a baby boy in a … Continue reading

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Picklist #3

Some random morsels from the Internet Archive collections: 1. Paul Otlet (pronounced ot-LAY; 1868-1944) is considered the “father” of information science. A Belgian lawyer and visionary, he aspired to create a central repository of all human knowledge. From the 1920s … Continue reading

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Pirates!

Shiver me timbers if the Archive ARRRn’t going to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day: Film The Black Pirate (1926) Clothes Make the Pirate (1925) movie trailer Captain Kidd (1945) Animation Felix the Cat: The Goose that Laid the … Continue reading

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Exploring Prison

Documentaries: Women in Prison Part 1 and Part 2 AIDS in Prison, Part 1 and Part 2 Audio programs: Life After Prison (KXJZ Radio) Childhood Matters: When A Parent Is In Prison Books: Drops of Blood: Prison Verse (1911) writen … Continue reading

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