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Richmond Road Trip: Day 2, Seeing You at VCU

The last stop on this Richmond Road Trip adventure takes us back to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts is the administrative offices of the music departments and theater departments. Not only that, but… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 2, Meeting Margot

My first stop on day two of the Richmond Trip (okay maybe Dunkin Doughnuts was the real first stop…anyway…continuing on…) is the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Current home of the Blank Family Papers, a collection that focuses on Margot Blank, wife… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1, One More Stop at VCU

Before I leave campus, at least for today, I’m making one more stop. Did Allan Blank have his office here? Did he compose pieces in this very building? Did he teach here? These are questions that I hope to find… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1, Going to School

Now that I have properly paid my respects to Mr. Blank, I’m headed to the James Branch Cabell Library to meet with Melissa Marrion, visit VCU’s Special Collections and check out the library’s music score collection. In an earlier blog… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1, Visiting Mr. Blank

My first stop on my road trip to Richmond is Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery to pay my respects to Allan Blank. In the early morning, the cemetery is quite and peaceful. Not a place of deep mourning, but one of… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1

  My day is beginning entirely too early, but I’m excited. Richmond here I come!

Hitting the Road: A Research Trip to Richmond

Well kind reader, it is time for this Archivist to pack some bags and hit the road…to Richmond! Thanks to my amazing employer, Old Dominion Special Collections & University Archives and the generosity of the Allan Blank Fund, I get… Continue Reading →

The Whistle: Lyrics by Benjamin Franklin, Music by Allan Blank

Much of Allan Blank’s inspiration came from great works of literature and poetry. Usually, I find the completed score, or sketch without the accompanying reference material. Such as the case with “Four Poems by Emily Dickinson”, where I have processed… Continue Reading →

Some Noteworthy Finds from the Diehn Composers Room

Today, I was a stereotype. Often, when people ask about my job, I’m cut off with: “It must be nice to read all day!” Largely this is an untrue statement. Most librarians and archivists will tell you that their jobs… Continue Reading →

Digital Preservation: Games in Space with the Bookeye 4

ODU’s Perry Library Digital Services Center has a new way to preserve documents, rare books and now sheet music. Thanks to an extremely generous gift from the Blank Foundation, I present: the Bookeye 4! An overhead scanner that can either remain… Continue Reading →

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