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Thanksgiving Proclamation Monday, November 24, 2008

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In 1936, as was the custom, Governor Wilbur L. Cross issued a proclamation declaring a “day of Public Thanksgiving”. His eloquent and poetic proclamation soon became a classic, requested year after year by library patrons.

Reminder:  All State Library facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 27th in honor of Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours will resume on Friday, November 28th.


Database of the Week Thursday, November 20, 2008

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19th Century Masterfile (formerly Poole’s Plus) is an electronic “Index of Indexes”.  The titles are organized into 5 series and are updated regularly.  The series are:  (I)  Multi-Title Periodical Indexes beginning with ‘Swem’s Virginia Index 1619-1930’, (II) Book Indexes such as ‘Monographs for Pre-20th Century Studies’, (III) Newspaper Indexes one of which is the ‘New York Times Index 1863-1905’, (IV) Individual Periodical Indexes which includes full text links to the citations from many of its titles and (V) U.S. and U.K. Government Materials and Patents with interesting titles such as ‘Messages and Papers of the Presidents 1789-1897’ and ‘Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institute 1849-1961’. “This is the most comprehensive research tool for nineteenth century studies.  It should be the researcher’s first stop to explore the literature,…(and is) a ‘best buy’ given the extent of coverage and its importance to the field.”— The Charleston Advisor

State Library Facilities Holiday Closing – November 27th Thursday, November 20, 2008

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 27th in honor of Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours will resume on Friday, November 28th.

New Legal Resources @ CSL Friday, November 14, 2008

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The History of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Wesley W. Horton. KFC 4112 .H67 2008.

Library Of Connecticut Family Law Forms. Thomas D. Colin, editor. KFC 3700  .A65 C6 2008.

We the Students: Supreme Court Cases for and about Students. Jamin B. Raskin. 3rd ed. KF 4150 .A7 R37 2008.

Marriage And Cohabitation. Arland Thornton, William G. Axinn, and Yu Xie. HQ 536 .T455 2007.

Common Law Marriage. Goran Lind. KF 516 .L56 2008.

Saving Your Newspapers Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Sadly, nothing lasts forever but these tips can help your treasured newspapers last longer.

We all have newspaper issues or articles we’d like to save for years to come. Unfortunately, newspapers are printed on acidic paper not meant to last very long, and modern newspapers use color inks that fade over time.

To help save your newspapers, follow these tips.

  • Store the newspaper in an acid-free box big enough that the issue can be unfolded and stored flat.
  • Put a piece of tissue paper between the pages, at every third or fifth page. Be sure to use buffered tissue paper, which has an alkaline coating that will absorb some of the natural acids of the newsprint. Change the tissue paper every three to five years. The acids in the newspaper neutralize the buffering in the tissue so it has to be changed periodically.
  • Store it in the dark. Exposure to light harms the paper and the ink colors.
  • Don’t display the newspaper. If published before 1923 you can make a copy to display.
  • Store the box in the best indoor environment you can provide. A good environment with steady temperature and relative humidity year round is the best assurance that your treasures will last as long as possible.
  • Handle it with care. When you touch it, make sure your hands are clean. Keep it away from food and drink. Turn the pages carefully so they don’t get torn. If the paper is old and has become brittle, perhaps it is time to stop handling it.

Do an internet search for the term ‘Archival supplies’ to find companies that sell acid-free newspaper boxes and buffered tissue paper.

These companies also sell a spray that will deacidify paper. Consider carefully before trying one. The National Park Service cautions that these sprays can darken some papers, can change the color of some dyes, inks or papers, can cause staining or cockling and can make some inks run. And, they won’t make old paper less brittle or less discolored and don’t permanently remove acidity. If you decide to try one, test it first on a less valuable document or in an inconspicuous place. Read the instructions carefully and think about the ventilation in the room where you are spraying.

Other resources:
Preserving newspapers, from the Library of Congress, Preservation Directorate
Collecting newspapers, from the Connecticut State Library
Resources for private and family collections, from the Northeast Document Conservation Center

New Public Policy Resources @ CT State Library Monday, November 3, 2008

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Budget Tools; Financial Methods in the Public Sector. Greg G. Chen et al.  HJ 2009 .B82 2008

Changing Lives; Delinquency Prevention as Crime-Control Policy. Peter W. Greenwood. HV 9104 .G685 2006

Elder Abuse; A Public Health Perspective. Randal W. Summers and Allan M. Hoffman, editors. HV 6626.3 .E436 2006

How Policies Make Citizens; Senior Political Activism and the American Welfare State. Andrea Louise Campbell. HQ 1064 .U5 C34 2003

Real Work for Real Pay; Inclusive Employment for People with Disabilities. Paul Wehman et al. HD 7255 .R415 2007