If a historic book could talk, what would you ask it? In a way, they can talk. The paper, bindings, bookplates, repairs, stains, handwritten notes, stamps and markings all leave traces that give clues to how they were made, where they have been, and can even tell about the lives of the people who have read them. We're finding clues and following up with research to find out more. Do you come to the same conclusion? Let us know if we missed something. And check out Heather Wacha's in-depth analysis of the manuscripts over on the History Corps site to find out more.
If Books Could Talk is a collaboration between History Corps, a digital public history project from the History Department at the University of Iowa, Special Collections, and the Rita Benton Music Library from the University of Iowa Libraries.