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Your Amateur Colection



The great thing about books? You can never get enough of them. But if you find your book collection becoming unmanageable, there are plenty of home library apps to help you get it under control. Take stock of the tomes on your increasingly crowded shelves with these eight top-rated cataloging home library apps for iPhone and Android. Then you can carry your personal library right in your pocket for easy reference.




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Gerty is for readers who really miss taking literature classes in college. While primarily an ereader, it allows you to organize both physical books and ebooks on shelves. Note-taking and journaling features let you annotate your reading experience in myriad fun, interactive ways.


Work required Americans to keep a close eye on the natural world, for most still wrung a living from understanding and manipulating nature. Settlers and farmers kept painstaking records of planting and harvesting dates, crop yields or sightings of predatory animals, and the practice of daily observation inevitably provided them with insights into natural processes and phenomena, and transformed a great many into amateur naturalists. Those extracting natural resources for industrial purposes were no less attuned to the natural world. Their work often required climbing directly into or onto nature, mining or cutting or picking or bending it into some serviceable form they could sell. And the work of the household also demanded knowledge of climate, flora and fauna, for well into the 1890s, most Americans still grew, gathered and ground bits of nature into medicines, fuel, foodstuffs, and decoration.


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The first records of an amateur radio station at Columbia indicate that in 1906, there was a high-power, spark-gap transmitter in the basement of Havemeyer Hall. Under the leadership of Michael Pupin and later Edwin Armstrong, the Columbia University Experimental Wireless Station was the first of its kind at an American University. It was granted early recognition by the government as "Experimental Station, Manhattan Island" and was licensed to transmit using the identifier "XM." The Radio Club was formally organized in 1920 and by 1931, received its FCC operating license for call signal W2AEE. The station was then located in the old Engineering Building (now Mathematics) and had a radio "shack" on the seventh floor. The Club moved to Mudd in the 1960s. To this day, they have a radio room or shack next to the elevator on the 14th floor and antennae atop the highest roof of Mudd.


On October 5, 1957 when the Soviet Union launched the first manmade satellite Sputnik, two "hams" on the seventh floor of the Engineering Building manned the club's receivers and a tape recorder. The Club became the first amateur station in the East to pick up the beep signals from the satellite. The United States Office of Naval Research in Washington requested W2AEE to send the station's recordings to the Pentagon.


Publishers of such amateur poetry anthologies typically run regular poetry contests publicized in newspapers, magazines, and on the Web. Almost every poem submitted to these contests is declared a "semifinalist" or "winner" and accepted for publication in a forthcoming anthology of winning poems. People are usually encouraged by the publisher to purchase a copy of the anthology in which their poem is slated to appear, and sometimes are notified that purchase of a copy is a requirement for their poem to be printed in the anthology. Publishers such as these which require people pay to have their work published are known as vanity presses. The largest publisher of vanity press poetry anthologies since 1980, and the one about which the Library of Congress receives the most inquiries, is the International Library of Poetry (ILP) (see the "Amateur Poetry Publishers" section of this guide).


Many times, vanity presses such as the ILP attempt to link their anthologies to the Library of Congress, stating in letters or emails to contestants that their anthologies are stored or placed in the Library of Congress. Many people mistakenly assume this means that the Library of Congress has published or endorsed their poetry, which is not the case. Instead, this usually means that the anthologies are registered or deposited with the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, which does not guarantee that the anthology will be held by the Library. In fact, most amateur poetry anthologies are not retained for the Library's permanent collections.


This guide describes many of the publishers that have run poetry contests whose winning poems were published in amateur poetry anthologies, and offers information on how to locate these anthologies at the Library of Congress, other libraries, and bookstores. Many publisher entries include links to the WorldCat database, a global library catalog External that can be used to identify libraries that hold copies of anthologies. Alternative names for publishers, their years of activity, sampled advertisements they ran in newspapers, and details about their publishing practices are provided when possible.


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In honor of American Archives Month for October 2020, I decided to write about one of my favorite documents in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. Archivists collect, describe, preserve, and make available primary source documents, which are documents that were written or created at a specific time describing events taking place at that time. One of our most compelling documents is a detailed baseball box score from an amateur baseball game played in New York State in 1864. Yes, 1864! The American Civil War was still being fought at that time.


The McHarg Family Papers, one of our manuscripts collections, includes three amateur baseball box scores. A manuscripts collection is essentially a collection of personal papers generated by an individual, family, or organization. Several men in the McHarg family from New York State served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Henry King McHarg was a young member of the family, living in Geneva, New York in 1864. His friend C. D. Sheldon, who lived in Albany, New York, wrote letters to Henry describing the amateur baseball games of his team, the Hiawathas. The McHarg Family Papers include five such letters and three box scores. I have chosen to write about the first letter and the box score it contains found in box 1 folder 40 of the McHarg Family Papers.


If you already know what your collection is worth and are thinking of selling it, we host both private sales and public auctions of rare stamps. We can help you choose the option that has the best chance of delivering a strong return. Learn more and gain the philatelic expertise you need to manage your inherited collection today!


Rumors and misinformation persist. Contrary to popular belief, in Kentucky, recording archaeological sites that you discover on your property does not minimize your rights as a landowner. You are free to develop your property, and free to refuse access to any archaeological site on your private land.


Documenting your findings, however, does make you a participant in ongoing research. You become a member of a larger community that includes other amateur archaeologists, as well as professionals. Thousands of archeological sites throughout Kentucky are well-known to locals, but not to the professional archaeologists conducting research in that same locale. By recording sites you discover on your property, you add to that communal body of knowledge upon which archaeologists rely. Your discovery could, someday, force archaeologists to re-think prior suppositions on Native American or pioneer land use.


Ernest W. Longfellow trained professionally as an artist in London and Paris; his wife Harriet Spelman Longfellow was an amateur artist as well. In his will, Ernest left many of his paintings to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The house collection includes about 30 of his finished oil paintings - notably a portrait of his father at 69 - as well as watercolors and sketchbooks.


Henry Longfellow's niece Mary King Longfellow was a professional artist as well, known in Portland, Maine, for her watercolor seascapes. Her brother, Alexander W. Longfellow Jr., was a professional architect and an amateur artist.


Congratulations for your President, who thinks nehotiation of global warming solves the problem.May the increasing hurricans wipe out the pollutant inhabitants of Hawaii and preserve the reefs for future access of aquarists


An amateur violinist and violist, Lam bought his first important violin in the 1960s and assembled his impressive collection of violins and bows over the next twenty-five years. His holdings eventually included such significant instruments as the "Baltic" violin by Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesù," the "Bavarian" and "Scotland University" violins by Antonio Stradivari, the "ex Collin" violin by Nicolò Amati, an extremely early viola by Andrea Amati, and Lam's favorite violin, an instrument by Giuseppe Guarneri, one of his earliest acquisitions.


My best advice, which I try to follow as best I can, is to log and document your finds. Visit your local museum and try to connect with others, especially those showing an interest in the kinds of fossils you are collecting. If you are purchasing fossils, try to buy only those that have documentation of some sort. Also, information on labels may lead you to new collecting sites. When I first went to Canada, it was because of some well-labeled specimens I had purchased from a large geological supply house. 041b061a72


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