Posts on April 2022
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New Online Exhibit: Greek Manuscripts at the University of Michigan Library: A Celebration

A full page illuminaton showing the Heavenly Ladder, representing monks, aided by angels, ascending the ladder towards Christ in Heaven. John Klimax (John Scholastikos), Scala Paradisi (The Heavenly Ladder). John Klimax (John Scholastikos), Liber ad Pastorem (To the Shepherd). Constantinople, the Hodegon Monastery, May 15, 1371 Parchment, 243 fols; 283-287 x 210-212 mm; Fol. 13v.

We are very pleased to announce a new digital exhibit highlighting some extraordinary Greek manuscripts from our collections: Greek Manuscripts at the University of Michigan Library: A Celebration. This virtual exhibition accompanies, and expands, the physical exhibit of the same name shown at the Audubon Room (Hatcher Library North) from March 26 to June 28, 2022. The online exhibit is also available inside the Audubon Room: visitors are welcomed to further explore, and zoom-in on, other...

Behind the Scenes of Book Conservation: International Good Roads Tour Scrapbook

Photographs show before (left) and after (right) treatment. The matching adhesive stains can be seen on the back of the map and the back cover of the scrapbook. The “after treatment” photo shows the final step of treatment which involves placing each page into a Mylar “L” sleeve, protecting the object while keeping it accessible.

Conservation Technician, Brooke Adams, describes the complex treatment of an International Good Roads Tour Scrapbook, part of SCRC's Transportation History Collection. The scrapbook was compiled by William Sydnor Gilbreath Sr., a businessman and strong supporter of the Good Roads Movement (GRM). The scrapbook was created during Gilbreath’s participation in the 1920 International Good Roads Tour through Michigan and southeastern Ontario.

Radical Education: Hobohemia, Slim Brundage and the College of Complexes

The Hobo Philospher or the Modern Diogenes by Roger Payne, B.A., L.L.B., 1930.

Before punks, hippies, and beatniks there were hobohemians. Born in reaction to an increasingly urban and industrial American society, these radicals combined a working class consciousness with a rejection of rampant materialism to create a bulwark against a rising tide of greed and exploitation. The Hobohemia Collection gives a glimpse into this subculture through the writings and artifacts of two prominent hobohemians, Jack Sheridan (1905-1967) and Slim Brundage (1903-1990).