Literary Hub reports on a unique project at the UVA library. It’s called Book Traces and the goal is “to look inside every book in the stacks that was published before 1923.” Why open up dusty old books that haven’t been cracked in years? Literary scholars are in search of so-called “interventions,” things like “handwritten marginalia, original poetry, pasted-in newspaper clippings … or any one of a variety of small objects—letters, photographs, leaves, locks of hair—tucked between the pages years ago and forgotten may shed light on how the books were read, studied, and used as physical objects.”
As an added bonus Book Traces Project Manager Kristin Jensen shares some of her favorite interventions from the project and the stories behind them.
See also: “Book Traces: New digital project brings hidden messages in old books to light” by Anna Katherine Clemmons in Virginia Magazine.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.