March 19, 2009

Reports from our researchers

Recently we heard from Erin Valentine, CWRU graduate student and Special Collections patron, about her work with our 19th century Japanese prints

"This semester I am taking a class in Multimedia, and our last project
required us to scan images from a number of books and combine them into a collage. I was interested in older books, and so emailed Sue Hanson in Special Collections to see what we had in the Case collection.

As it turns out, we have a lot of amazing old books about Japanese culture written around the turn of the century. I ended up getting even better images than I expected, and enjoying the project even more than if I'd used books from circulating collections."

Erin kindly sent images of her work and her artist's statement which we share here:

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February 10, 2009

Welcome to the Special Collections Research Center at the Kelvin Smith Library

The Special Collections Research Center is a premier research facility containing the rare books, manuscripts and special collections of the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University. Serving our faculty, staff, students and researchers from around the world, the department’s holdings include rare books and early imprints, manuscripts and separate collections that encompass a variety of subjects including the history of the book, fine arts, literature, history of science and technology and topics of local interest.

The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to support the teaching and research of Case Western Reserve University’s faculty and students and to make the holdings accessible to the local, national and international community of scholars and researchers.

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