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VHS Tapes = Cultural Artifacts: Yale acquires collection of 2700 VHS tapes March 5, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Libraries, Special Collections

From the late 1970s through much of the 1980s VHS, which stands for Video Home System, tapes were all the rage. They were the dominant form of home video entertainment and in many ways revolutionized the movie industry. It created the ability to watch movies in the home while also creating the opportunity to produce low budget films for the format. The technology is now beyond obsolete but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t value to be had. Yale University, the…

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At Yale University’s Library Recycling Is The Law April 26, 2010

A Page From: The Passion of Saint Alexander, Pope and Martyr, (Passio Sancti Alexandri martyris papae) circa 975-1075. Reused To Strengthen The Cover Of Flos testamnetorum By Rolandinus, de Passageriis, Published In Padua In 1482. (Images Courtesy Of The Lillian Goldman Law Library Rare Book Collection, Yale University.) The last weekend of April 2010 saw celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Citizens of the world were urged to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” to help…

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Yale Exhibit Romances The Last Of The Gentleman Scholars April 7, 2010

Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Plum Branches Intertwined, 1802-04, watercolor on vellum. (Images Courtesy Of Yale Center For British Arts.) When Charles Ryskamp was interviewed in 2004, he found the reporter’s questions about his background so tedious he snapped: “I don’t want this to be an obituary.” Ryskamp needn’t have worried. The one-time director of both the Morgan Library and Museum and the Frick Collection died on March 26, 2010, with the best possible remembrance of his life…

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Strawberry Hill Forever December 4, 2009

Horace Walpole’s Castle, Strawberry Hill. When you think of haunted houses, tortured heroes, mysterious femmes fatales, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and dark and stormy nights, what author comes to mind? Perhaps Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer, or Anne Rice? Probably not Horace Walpole. But fans of The Shining, Twilight, and Interview With The Vampire might not be enjoying their favorite scary stories if not for the inventor of the Gothic novel, Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford.…

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