Peek in the Stacks

"How to Treat Your Face" by Susanna Cocroft, booklet published by Thompson-Barlow Company, Inc., 1925.

Today you might take a class online and correspond with a teacher and fellow students through an online learning management system like Canvas. Before the Internet, there were a number of ways that students connected with education, including printed correspondence courses sent through the mail. Correspondence courses served as an early form of distance education, and allowed for the flow of ideas and cultural norms...

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Jesse James’ Race for Life or Trailed by the Vigilantes. PS3545.A718 J48 1908

Jesse James is one of the most infamous American outlaws of the nineteenth century Wild West. Beginning in 1866 and based in Missouri, James and his James-Younger Gang robbed and murdered dozens of people in Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and West Virginia. After being killed by Robert Ford in 1882, James’s fame grew among the American public. In 1907, The Arthur Westbrook Company...

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Cropped image from Gilbert and Sullivan opera, "The Mikado," advertising a manufacturing company. HF5851.G44

This month's blog post is authored by Sarah Jones, visual resources intern at CSUN. Sarah is a graduate student in the Information Studies department at UCLA, with a focus on archival studies and rare books.

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Image of guitar interior, in Classic Guitar Construction: Diagrams, Photographs, and Step-by-Step Instructions by Irving Sloane. ML1016 .G8 S6

Playing the classical guitar is an art that many people appreciate and enjoy. However, an often overlooked but equally important art form is the building of the guitar itself. The craft of making string instruments, or lutherie, requires extensive knowledge of the many properties of wood and the ability to utilize and manipulate...

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