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Widener Library at Harvard Before the Digital Days

The front page article in the Boston Globe on Monday about digitization efforts at Harvard’s libraries caught my eye.  Before I became a real estate agent in Cambridge I was an archivist.  As a lifelong lover of all things on paper I shudder at the thought of the venerable Harvard libraries going down the digital path in lieu of paper.

The article does give me a good excuse though to share another postcard find from the Brimfield flea market.  I love this 1915 view of students studying in Widener Library, the year it opened.  My photo of the card doesn’t do the detail justice. The large reading room is filled with students – all male – reading, many with their hat on the table beside them.

Vintage postcard of Widener Library at Harvard in 1915 the year it opened

Vintage postcard of Widener Library at Harvard in 1915 the year it opened

If you want to read about the impact on the historical record when libraries ditch paper be sure to check out Nicholson Baker’s book Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.  As much as I’m tempted to link that title to Amazon I’m resisting since I’m also a fan of bookstores and libraries.  Visit one today!

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