Human Hair, Dolls Clothes, Love Letters and Other Strange Things Found in Old Books

Human Hair, Dolls Clothes, Love Letters and Other Strange Things Found in Old Books

There are amazing things hidden in the stacks of the University of Virginia library. A project called Book Traces is underway to look inside every book in the stacks that was published before 1923 for “interventions” that may shed light on how the books were read, studied, and used as physical objects. As libraries make moves towards digital collections and books are scanned and then discarded or stored, this kind of information will likely be lost—a love letter tucked into a novel might just be thrown away because it was blocking the text.

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