katinaFans of “true crime” will be thrilled by this post from the NY Times on March 20th.Dusting Off a Police Trove of Photographs to Rival Weegee’s”  reports that “many … [crime lab] photos will soon be available for public viewing for the first time. On Monday, the National Endowment for the Humanities will announce a $125,000 grant it has awarded to the Department of Records and Information Services for the digitization of 30,000 of the pictures. The photographs will be scanned starting in July and will be available for online viewing sometime after that. The images recall those taken by the famous tabloid photographer Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, and at some crime scenes, the police photographer who took them and the night-crawling newsman may have been standing just a few feet apart.”

(Oh! And it seems that one of the explanations for his nickname was the fact that he could turn up at crime scenes only minutes after the crime.)

The Weston Library (formerly the New Bodleian) is now open to readers and researchers of special collections.A public opening was held on 21 March 2015. The newly-renovated building will accommodate readers of Special Collections with excellent facilities for scholarship.

Follow the progress of the forthcoming Weston Library in this time-lapse video at (contains flashing images):
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3D2Nx7XtmqY#t=0

And here is a video made by the multi-talented John Riley featuring Bill Muller of Big Wheel Press in Easthampton, Massachusetts that goes into depth on the revival of letterpress printing. It covers the presses, the paper, lead casting, inks, etc.

John says it’s kind of long – at nearly 50 minutes – but he points out that the fast forward button will get viewers to the parts they want to see. “Scholarly Kitchen” did a much briefer piece recently. It is interesting how there is a nationwide revival of this seemingly lost art.

           Check it out!

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