Research & Collections News
June 22, 2012
Roller Rink Stickers: The Social Network of 1942
It's easy to believe that the phenomenon of "social networking" is unique to the Internet era, but a new collection here at Hagley shows that people have been making long-distance social connections long before Facebook, Friendster, and heck, even before the first online chat rooms.
May 29, 2012
Cellulose Nitrate Film Preservation: Putting the Smoldering Debate on Ice
Libraries and archives are charged with saving and maintaining what the rest of society might consider outdated and irrelevant technologies. Old carbon copies, dittos, video tapes, audio cassettes, Polaroid photographs, and documents on parchment are a few of the varied historical materials at Ha
April 4, 2012
Cellophane: Antiquated Packaging Material or Renewable and Earth Friendly?
Food, grocery, and other packaging materials have evolved substantially over the past 100 years, and they continue to change, faster than ever.Some of the current change is accelerated by awareness of environmental issues like sustainability and the biodegradation (or not) of plastics.