Travel Thursday: John Todhunter Journal

Written by Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian John Todhunter (1839-1916) is best known as a poet and literary critic, but was also a doctor of medicine, painter, composer and traveller. The University of Reading’s Special Collections Archive contains a fascinating Todhunter collection consisting of roughly 350 items including: personal and literary correspondence, (such as letters […]

Archive Animals – Cats

Written by Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian Our Special Collections Library and Archive is full of interesting creatures, big and small.  They can be found everywhere from our Children’s Collection story books to the detailed scientific tomes of our Cole Library.  So far we’ve explored the Ducks, Horses and Bees but today is the turn […]

Cataloguing Cole: Fishes, Photographs and the Forces

Written by Sharon Maxwell, Archivist (Cataloguing & Projects) I have recently been cataloguing the personal papers of Professor Francis J Cole, (1872-1959), the first Professor of Zoology at the University of Reading. The fascinating papers in the Cole collection include research for his academic writings and publications, bibliographies and indexes relating to his library and […]

Travel Thursday – Great Western Railway

Written by Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian The Great Western Railway (GWR) was founded in 1833 and received an enabling Act of Parliament in August 1835 that allowed the company to provide a double tracked line from Bristol to London (Daniel, 2013). Five years ago, no man had ever travelled from London to Bristol, even […]

Archive or Objects: Cataloguing Ladybird Artwork

Written by Clare Plascow, Collections Officer How do you catalogue an artwork? That is the question I’ve been trying to solve over the last few days. Usually the answer would be simple…it would be added to the Art Collection area of the University of Reading’s Collections Management System (CMS). Complicating the matter, however, is the […]

William Wordsworth: A letter to Longman, 1820

Written by Adam Lines, Reading Room Supervisor. Before I started working at the University of Reading Special Collections, I spent a year in Grasmere working with the collections at the Wordsworth Trust. Before that I studied for a BA and an MA in English Literature and centred both of my dissertations on William Wordsworth. So […]

Travel Thursday: Captain Cook and H.M.S Endeavour

Written By Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian This month sees the anniversary of the first European ship landing in Eastern Australia. Led by British explorer, Captain James Cook, the crew of the H.M.S. Endeavour reached Botany Bay at the end of April 1770. The Special Collections Library has a number of volumes on the voyages of […]

Incunables identified

Written by Erika Delbecque, UMASCS Librarian Last month we wrote about the process of identifying loose leaves from incunables, books printed in Europe before 1501. We also asked for your help in identifying the remaining four leaves. With help from Geert Lernout and the team behind the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, all leaves from incunables have now been identified! […]

Memoir on the Dodo

Written by Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian One of the interesting finds from our cataloguing and reclassification of the Cole Library Collection is ‘Memoir on the Dodo’ by Sir Richard Owen, an eminent English biologist and palaeontologist. The initial discovery of Dodo remains in the mid nineteenth century led to some controversy in the scientific community.  Owen, […]