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Hello, all my lovely followers! Long time no see! Sorry for the prolonged lack of original posts, but I’ve been crazy busy at my new job as Library Technician at Smithsonian Libraries (@smithsonianlibraries)! I’m working primarily at the Cullman Library in the Natural History Museum, which houses the Smithsonian’s special collections relating to natural history, although I’ve also spent some time at the Dibner Library, which is home to special collections relating to the physical sciences.

Although I’ve only been there for two months, I’ve had the opportunity to do and see some amazing things! From a shelving unit for miniature books to a well-loved 13th century Armenian manuscript (MSS 1675B), the Libraries are truly full of wonders great and small. One of my favorites is the volvelle, or rotating calculator, found in a 16th century alchemical manuscript (MSS 867B)– I just love it when books are interactive! Expect more from that one in the future.

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TDIGH (This Day in Goth History): Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published May 26, in 1897. 

Though we don’t have much fiction in our collections, it turns out we have an author-inscribed copy of Dracula in our Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology! This signed copy of the first American edition (1899) was presented to B.B. Comegys (1819-1900) president of the Philadelphia National Bank.