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Thanks to the generosity of donors during the 2018 appeal, preservation work will soon conclude on the extraordinary collection of PROMPT theatre scrapbooks in the National Library’s collection. In Part 3 of this blog, Director of Preservation Services Vicki Humphrey writes about the intention of fans who lovingly sought to capture their favourite stars in home-made scrapbooks:

Conservator Kerry McInnes at first thought that many of the scrapbooks were the work of a single enthusiast because of the similarities she noted in techniques across a number of the books.

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Winter is officially upon us! It’s the best time of year to dive into a good book, preferably while snuggled up in a doona with a hot mug of coffee. If you are looking for your next book to get lost in, we have you covered.

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The microfilm produced by the Australian Joint Copying Project has long been a first stop for those researching local or family history. The 10,400 microfilm reels however have been difficult to access even for those living near libraries holding the microfilm let alone those in rural areas. The content itself can often be dense and difficult to locate relevant information. 

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The Newspapers and Family History team answer thousands of enquiries each year, sent to us from all over the world. Many of the questions asked are ones we can answer using our unparalleled Australian collections and services.

Some of our answers might be a referral to other organisations such as another library, or perhaps an archive/public records office.

… And then there are those questions we sometimes can’t really answer at all, tricky things that leave us stumped for one reason or another. 

Questions such as these ….

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**FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES ARE ADVISED THAT THIS BLOG POST MAY CONTAIN CONTENT THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED CULTURALLY SENSITIVE.**

Bess Moylan is a Spatial Scientist and an Honorary Associate at the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney. During her time at the National Library of Australia as the 2019 Curatorial Research Fellow, supported by Patrons and Supporters of the Treasures Gallery Access, Bess has been investigating how a better understanding of historical maps can support research into Aboriginal cultural landscapes.

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Phil May (1864–1903), The Mongolian Octopus—Its Grip on Australia, The Bulletin, 21 August 1886

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A.L. Jackson, Australia Vindex, Sydney Punch, 21 March 1868

On 12 March 1868 a man called Henry O’Farrell shot and wounded the Prince at Clontarf in Sydney. The prince’s life was saved when the bullet was deflected by his Indian rubber braces.

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As the National Library launches its appeal to preserve and digitise some 7,000 pre-1950 posters held in the Pictures Collection, Emeritus Professor and author Peter Spearritt explores some alluring posters from the Library’s collection, produced to capture the minds of national and international audiences. Support our posters appeal and help us preserve these fragile artefacts and provide free online access to them for all to study and enjoy. The appeal closes on 31 July 2019.

Professor Spearritt writes:

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Thanks to the generosity of donors during the 2018 appeal, preservation work continues on the extraordinary collection of PROMPT theatre scrapbooks in the National Library’s collection. In Part 2 of this blog, Director of Preservation Services Vicki Humphrey writes about the structure and integrity of home-made albums. She writes:

The condition of the scrapbooks varied. Most were in some form of album, but the album structures varied across the collection.

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Working as reference librarians in Australia's largest library we get enquiries about all sorts of things. Some ask about subjects and items that are unique and quite obscure, things that hold the interest of only a handfull of people. Sometimes we are asked questions where even the enquirer doesn't expect us to have an answer.

One thing we regularly get asked, that I think sort of fits into both of these categories, is "do you have car manuals?"

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