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A recent article in ArtDaily, has caused us to ask  “Where are the Book Publishers in Preservation?* (Ans. below.)


ArtDaily,The New York Public Library will soon digitize and make more accessible to the public 50,000 pages of historic early American manuscript material, courtesy of a $500,000 grant from The Polonsky Foundation.”

“The material will include portions of the papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Noah Webster, James Madison, James Monroe and others, as well as other important items documenting life in the early United States.”

“The materials will be digitized over the next two years, preserving them for future generations and making them more accessible to the public through the Library’s new Archives Portal, developed by the Library’s NYPL Labs under the Leadership of Collections Strategy, and located at archives.nypl.org.”


“The portal provides direct access to digitized material directly via the online description. The digitized content can be discovered and viewed anywhere online, allowing the reader to zoom in to view minute page details, recreating the intimate experience of browsing boxes and folders in a physical archive.”

“So far, the Archives Portal includes descriptions of nearly 10,000 collections, representing over 50,000 feet of material. The comprehensive access to the archival and manuscript collections at NYPL made possible through the portal is a result of NYPL’s concentrated efforts over the last decade to make sure all of its unique archival collections are described and that the guides to these collections are available online. http://archives.nypl.org/collection/digital. Digitizing these materials not only allow scholars working around the world to study them remotely, but makes them more broadly accessible for the general public and easier to use for educational purposes. ”


The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library) have joined efforts in a landmark digitization project with the aim of opening up their repositories of ancient texts. Over the course of the next four years, 1.5 million pages from their remarkable collections will be made freely available online to researchers and to the general public.”

The Bodleian’s Gutenberg Bible (click, view the whole book)


“The initiative has been made possible by a £2 million award from the Polonsky Foundation. Dr Leonard Polonsky, who is committed to democratizing access to information, sees the increase of digital access to these two library collections — among the greatest in the world — as a significant step in sharing intellectual resources on a global scale.”


Q. Where are all the noted book publishers in this immense effort for preservation and access?

*A. Nowhere.

Q. Why?

A. ______________________.



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