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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 →

Plastiklips: Friend or Foe?

Last week, I shared my brilliant co-worker’s cat sculpture. The binder clips used in the sculpture were originally part of an already processed acquisition. After reviewing the collection, the clips were found to be causing harm. Once a helpful tool… 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!

New Day, New Box!

  This past November has been a busy month! Sadly, my blogging was pushed aside in favor of a big research request, but now I’m back and ready to start a new box. My first impression is that this box… Continue Reading →

The More You Know: Music Archiving

I’m not a musician. I was once…for about a month in sixth grade, but quickly discovered that I didn’t have the dedication to practice. Yet, here I am now, archiving music written by one of Richmond’s most prolific composers. How… Continue Reading →

Attention! Or Keeping Folders Upright

    Have you ever looked at the bottom of a file folder and thought what those accordion lines are for? Probably not. Conversely, if you work in a law office or in medical administration, you are excessively familiar with… Continue Reading →

Processing Update!

When I originally began this blog the purpose was to highlight Allan Blank’s compositions, share musical observations and impart a bit of archival knowledge. Hopefully Readers, I’m hitting these goals on the mark! In an effort to keep you apprised,… Continue Reading →

A Composer’s Love Affair with…Notebooks

Allan Blank filled hundreds of notebooks with sketches and scores. Sometimes these pads were filled to the brim with notations, however most of the time the composer simply wrote on the first few pages then abandoned that notebook for a… Continue Reading →

Words from the Composer: Musical Tributes written by Allan Blank

For many avid readers, like myself, you are familiar with the dedication page found in books. These few lines in the early pages of a book allows the author a chance to give a bit of credit to those people… Continue Reading →

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