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Finding the Music (Collections) at ODU!

In the summertime when the weather is hot Special Collections is the right spot For researchers who have music, music on their mind! The summer months are usually the busiest time for Special Collections, when historians, musicians, professors and researchers… Continue Reading →

Music and Measurement: Linear Feet in the Archives

Measuring by linear feet is the most common method of calculation in archival spaces. It’s an absolute necessity in libraries, museums and archives to know how much space could potentially be needed for a collection and new acquisitions. 9.5 boxes… Continue Reading →

Compiling Scores: The Contemporary Composers Collection

Are you a musician looking for inspiration? A music student looking for scores? Perhaps an everyday citizen interested in contemporary composers? Never fear, the Old Dominion Special Collections is here! The Contemporary Composers Collection is a digital repository of unpublished… Continue Reading →

Art in the Archives

Usually, cats aren’t allowed in the library, but Special Collections made an exception for this one! Clip art at it’s finest!

Original Order: What is it and why use it?

Unless you are a library, or museum professional, you have probably not heard the term original order. So, what is original order you ask? It is an archival practice of keeping paperwork in the order it was first organized by… Continue Reading →

Sadly, you have passed away. What happens to your paperwork?

Do your loved ones simply recycle all that paper? Perhaps they take it home and leave it in a box at the bottom of a closet? Maybe, they leave the paperwork in the attic for the next homeowner to find?… Continue Reading →

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