Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

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Old Dominion University Closed

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Old Dominion University has decided to close until March 23, 2020. Below is a statement from the university. In keeping with Gov. Northam’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people and in… Continue Reading →

Old Dominion University Special Collections and Archives COVID 19 Update

Currently, ODU Special Collections and University Archives is remaining open during the Covid 19 health crisis. However, research assistance will be by appointment only with a focus on remote requests. This is subject to change at any moment and while… Continue Reading →

A Message from Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick

Dear Campus Community: Because Old Dominion University places top priority on the health and safety of its community, the University decided today to extend spring break for one week, suspend in-person classes and move them online for the immediate future…. Continue Reading →

Learning to Speak “Archives”

Last week I had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes with the newest intern in Special Collections. What was originally supposed to be a quick explanation of what I do everyday, turned into 45 minutes of archival theory… Continue Reading →

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!

Extra! Extra! Special Collections and Digital Services Merging!

Over the last couple of months the Perry Library has been going through some internal structure changes. While change is never easy, or readily accepted, one difference that I’m excited about is the merging of the Special Collections and Digital… Continue Reading →

The Broccoli and Carrot Stir-Fry Aria

Wow, I think I just stumbled across my new favorite song! The composition is from an opera called ‘Love at Any Age’, which describes the love lives of three generations of women. I have yet to find a completed score,… Continue Reading →

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