Notes from an Uncatalogued Archive

While meeting this week with the local overseer of rare books, Sarah Stanley, to discuss a class visit to Special Collections, I learned of an as yet uncatalogued collection of religious pamphlets that has passed into Professor Stanley’s care. This assortment is actually one of three pamphlet tributaries snaking around our archives (thanks to various organizations’ separate collecting efforts), and all are in need of further conceptual mapping and physical organizing. Our librarians’ initial dips into these streams suggest that there are well over one thousand pamphlets on site. Their…