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Rajah Raboid and the Business of Mystery

This post was written by Brendan Bachmann, a visiting library science student from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Horoscopes have long been popular with those hoping for a glimpse of their future. Indeed, some individuals have made a business of the mystical, profiting from people’s curiosity of the unknown. A horoscope pamphlet that has recently […]

“The Battle Creek Diet System”: A Pamphlet and Birth of the Fake Meat Industry

This is a guest post written by Brendan Bachmann, a visiting library science student from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Over the last few years there has been an explosion in meat substitute product popularity. The “fake meat” industry is thriving, and it is predicted by some to become worth $140 billion dollars in the […]

Mining and Wagons. What’s the Connection?

The Library does not actually have a copy of every book ever printed, but we are always adding to the collection mostly through Copyright deposit or purchase. In 2019, we acquired a few things we wanted to publicize. Directory sources are a seemingly never-ending resource for answering business-related questions at the Library, so we keep […]

Rockefeller: Making of a Billionaire

This post was written by Business Reference librarian Natalie Burclaff. The annual Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans is released every fall. Ranking highest are familiar names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos who tops the list with a net worth of $114 billion. But a century before these tech […]

Saving for the Holidays the Old Fashioned Way

This post was written by Lynn Weinstein, Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Before there were credit cards, reward programs, certificates of deposit, and lay away, The Carlisle Trust Company of Pennsylvania started the first Christmas savings club in 1909.   Christmas clubs are special short-term savings accounts set up by financial institutions to […]

Silent Sky: A Case Study in Researching the Pesticide Industry

This post was written by Lynn Weinstein, Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. The sedge is wither’d from the lake,  And no birds sing — KEATS A recent Cornell Chronicle article reported that nearly 30 percent of birds in the North America have vanished since 1970.  Simultaneously, the population of raptors […]