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illiteracy at NYPL

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  • Peter T. Daniels
    The New York Public Library is observing its 125th anniversary with an exhibition up till the end of the year, displaying some of its treasures. The first case
    Message 1 of 2 , May 14, 2011
      The New York Public Library is observing its 125th anniversary with an
      exhibition up till the end of the year, displaying some of its treasures.

      The first case just inside the entrance displays 35 "cuneiforms" -- an array of
      small nearly square tablets (very poorly lit), some upside down, one sideways,
      some with the reverse up. The label merely explains that Wilberforce Eames (a
      major figure in the Library's early days) donated more than six hundred tablets.
      It doesn't mention that they were published by A. L. Oppenheim, and the closest
      it comes to an explanation is that "most of the tablets in the library's
      collection are of economic content."

      A smaller case in one of the exhibit areas has two more "cuneiforms," an
      inscribed cone and a very weird-looking item almost in the shape of a woman's
      breast, hollow, not closed at the top.

      Otherwise it's quite a display -- with things like the manuscript of
      Washington's Farewell Address, and one of the five copies of the Declaration of
      Independence that Thomas Jefferson copied out for friends. And a First Quarto of
      King Lear, and typewriters belonging to e. e. cummings, S. J. Perelman, and
      Terry Southern, and Malcolm X's journal, and Virginia Woolf's walking stick, ...
      --
      Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
      Jersey City

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    • Peter T. Daniels
      Correction: It s the 100th anniversary of the opening of the building, not relating to the institution itself. -- Peter T. Daniels grammatim@verizon.net
      Message 2 of 2 , May 15, 2011
        Correction: It's the 100th anniversary of the opening of the building,
        not relating to the institution itself. --
        Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...




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        The New York Public Library is observing its 125th anniversary with an
        exhibition up till the end of the year, displaying some of its treasures.

        The first case just inside the entrance displays 35 "cuneiforms" -- an array of
        small nearly square tablets (very poorly lit), some upside down, one sideways,
        some with the reverse up. The label merely explains that Wilberforce Eames (a
        major figure in the Library's early days) donated more than six hundred tablets.

        It doesn't mention that they were published by A. L. Oppenheim, and the closest
        it comes to an explanation is that "most of the tablets in the library's
        collection are of economic content."

        A smaller case in one of the exhibit areas has two more "cuneiforms," an
        inscribed cone and a very weird-looking item almost in the shape of a woman's
        breast, hollow, not closed at the top.

        [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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