Correction: It's the 100th anniversary of the opening of the building,
not relating to the institution itself. --
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
From: Peter T. Daniels <grammatim@...
To: ANE-2 list <ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Sat, May 14, 2011 8:14:45 PM
Subject: [ANE-2] illiteracy at NYPL
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.
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