Welcome to a tumblr of wonders.
Special Collections, archives, and libraries have many wonderful items, but getting to them all can be a bit like trying to walk into Mordor, unless you have unlimited time and grants. But now, thanks to Tumblr, you too can explore collections around the world, and one of the best comes to us from the University of Iowa. Want a Hamlet quote on a miniature book that unfolds into a tiny Globe Theatre? Of course you do. Actual flying squirrels
? Adventure with Alice
! Get close to illuminations
? Catch a glimpse of hipster frames circa 1504
More awesome librar* tumblrs inside.
CLIR reblogs hidden gems from all over, like these wicked owls
Even more (chapbook) owls
from the George Peabody Library! (Also featuring: EVEN MORE FORE-EDGE PAINTING
The Smithsonian has everything from libraries
to American Art
on tumblr, though some of it is made of spiders
. But also badass fashion coats
, stunning 19th century business cards
, and rooster puns
Down the street, the National Archives host Today's Document, which has treasures like a 1928 newsreel with the chaotic flight of an "autogyro"
, surgery photographs from the Pacific Theater
, war posters
, and Civil War maps
. Oh, and copies of the Bill of Rights.
And their entire Congressional
More of an art lover? Welcome to MOMA's own Library
Want to see footage of Vancouver in 1907? The Vancouver Public Library has it sorted.
Basically everything you've ever wanted to know about medieval books is probably here
, with special features like this glove that's coincidentally a map of London
and "bloody" books
Georgetown University has a quieter tumblr, but check out this quite stern royal reminder
The New York Public Library has everything from literally the best article ever
to the unlikely pairing of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Caturday
University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives previously
, along with Metafilter's own
and Harvard's Houghton Library
and also a previous discussion of Erik Kwakkel
TItle: Night Vale
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