Happy Birthday Gussie Lord Davis! (December 3, 1863 – October 18, 1899) 

Davis was one of America’s earliest successful African-American music artists, the first Black songwriter to become famous on Tin Pan Alley as a composer of popular music. (Wikipedia)

Sing again that sweet refrain, or, Far from the old folks at home / words and music by Gussie L. Davis. For voice and piano. Cover title. Cover ill.: Floral design by H. Carter. Sung by Wm. A. Galpen of Lew Dockstaders Minstrels–Cover. Advertisement for Spaulding & Gray on p. [6] and in the bottom margins of p. [2-5] First line of text: The music hall was crowded in a city o'er the sea. New York: Spaulding & Gray, 1894.

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

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An Underground Library

Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg recently constructed a library that plunges into an infinite abyss. Visible only from above ground, the intriguing installation is inconspicuously marked and, from a distance, looks as though it’s just a square frame laying on the grass. As viewers approach it, however, they can easily see the stacks of books descending into the earth. Its compact structure is reminiscent of a mining shaft or water well with no apparent bottom. 

Via MyModernMet

Bodleian Library wants you to color their collections!

The University of Oxford’s famous Bodleian Library has just released a free coloring book featuring images from their collection. You can download a PDF of the coloring book here.

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“An opportunity to join in with the current colouring trend and apply your colouring skills to images from our collections. We’ve provided a colouring book to get you started, but feel free to use our online resources to find your own. Don’t forget to share your final product on social media with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections! “