The Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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Listening to A Miscellany for Saxophone Quartet

Last week one of our new student workers asked me what I was working on. I explained that I am the Archival Processor for the Allan Blank Collection and my job is to preserve and organize the composer’s work. Picking… Continue Reading →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

The Other Blank Collections

Allan Blank and his family knew the importance of sharing and preserving their story for future researchers. Currently, the collection of papers I’m processing the scope falls mostly under musical scores. Allan Blank created over three hundred works during his… Continue Reading →

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