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Spring 2011 Newsletter

Updated version of Guide to the Collections now available online

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Plantin Polyglot Bible, 1569-1573

The Guide to the Collections on the Ransom Center's website has been revised and updated, replacing one based largely on the published edition of 2003 (now out of print). The guide supplements collection-level cataloging by emphasizing topical access across the collections.

Changes in scholarship since the first edition of the guide was published in 1990 are reflected in the new version. For example, there wasn’t a Gay and Lesbian chapter in the 1990 guide; one was added in 2003, and in 2010 it has expanded into a long section on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ) studies. The history of the book was just finding its way as a discipline back in 1990 (when it was "Book Arts"). The current version includes a much wider variety of resources. A full chapter on African Studies has now grown out of a small section on African literature.

The entire guide text is searchable using the website's search feature. A new "portal" to the finding aids for archival and visual collections has also been added to the website, which allows easy browsing by collection name and type of material as well as keyword searching.

Learn more at Guide to the Collections.

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