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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 […]

HERstory! Women in Science, Technology and Business

On Tuesday, February 11th, and Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. the Science and Business Reading Room will highlight our newest reading room display, HERstory! A Celebration of Strong Women in Science, Technology and Business, with the fabric art quilts of the HERstory collection. For these two days only, the reading room will host 47 fabric art quilts inspired by the lives and achievements of outstanding women.

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 […]

Inspired by the National Parks

On Tuesday, January 7, and Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. the Science and Business Reading Room will highlight our winter reading room display, “Inspired by the National Parks: Park Vistas, Plants, Animals and Fiber Art Quilts.” For two days only, the reading room will host sixty fabric art quilts depicting scenes from our National Parks and some of their plant and animal inhabitants.

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 […]

The Cost of Independence: Highlights from the Early American Paper Money Collection

Today’s guest post is by Anastasia “Tasha” Binkowski. Tasha is a Librarian-in-Residence working in the Rare Book & Special Collections and Manuscript Divisions. The Early American Paper Money Collection, newly rehoused in Rare Book and Special Collections at the Library of Congress, probably isn’t like any money you’ve ever seen before. These bills are roughly […]