By Abigail Cain. Atlas Obscura.
For centuries, senders used folds, slits, and wax seals to guard correspondence from prying eyes.
The first batch of letters from the Brienne Collection held at the Museum voor Communicatie in The Hague are now available in Early Modern Letters Online. The catalogue is the first to include letterlocking category and format information as metadata.
Early Modern Letters Online is a combined finding aid and editorial interface for basic descriptions of early modern correspondence: a collaboratively populated union catalogue of sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century letters.
The cover page for the Brienne collection talks about letter, DB-0041, which is featured in this video entitled, “Letterlocking: Forwarded mail: Family correspondence...in a letter-packet, The Netherlands (1706).” Thanks to MIT senior Laura Bergemann for translating and demonstration this locking techinique.
University of Oxford, Cultures of Knowledge.
By Maev Kennedy. The Guardian.
A manuscript of an early work by John Donne, a scurrilous academic joke that could have cost the poet his reputation – and maybe his head – if it had fallen into the wrong hands, has been discovered in a trunk in the archives of Westminster Abbey. Letterlocking’s Daniel Starza Smith, of King’s College London, John Donne expert and Matthew Payne, who holds the historic title of keeper of the muniments at the abbey, share their account of the discovery.
Link to free download of article here
Presentation by Jana Dambrogio and Dr David Mills The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Research and Technical Studies Specialty Group Session.
and his recipients and employers.” “Matthew’s Life as a Spy” blog post by Deborah Harkness, on Matthew Clairmont, a central character from her international best-selling All Souls Triology. Harkness is a history professor at the University of Southern California.
of course we do it @mitlibraries.”
–Chris Bourg, Director, MIT Libraries.
on a secret part of history"–Annie Dunn, MIT
By Brigham Fay, MIT Libraries.
New grants help MIT Libraries, MIT’s Department of Material Science and Engineering (DMSE), and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), push the boundaries of examining artifacts.
— excerpt from blog post on the locked letter give-away, Ethan Zuckerman, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, Global Voices, Berkman Center.
–Chris Bourg, Director, MIT Libraries
This video short introduces the emerging field of letterlocking while offering a glimpse into a day of shooting instructional videos.
Produced, directed, and edited by Vincent Thuet, Freelance Editor and Videographer. Funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries.
By Kevin Harnett. The Boston Globe.
Interview on BBCTV.
Dr Daniel Starza Smith explains the value of preserving sealed and unopened 17th-century letters found in a postmaster trunk. To learn more about the Signed, Sealed, and Undelivered project visit brienne.org
By Maev Kennedy. The Guardian.
A postmasters trunk filled with 2600 undelivered locked letters, including 600 unopened.
By Erin McKean. Ideas.Ted.com
By Eve M. Kahn. The New York Times.
By Emily Mayne (St HIlda’s College) and Callum Seddon (Merton College).
Blog post on the Conveyor (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.)
— tweet, Robert MacLean, Assistant Librarian, Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library
from now on.” — tweet by John Overholt, Curator of Early Modern Books & Manuscripts, Houghton Library, Harvard University.
An article on Marie Antoinette’s use of removable locks in 18th-century France, by Jana Dambrogio, October 2014 in the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild Journal.
Book Arts arts du livre Canada. 2014 vol.5 no.2, 21-23.
By Dr Daniel Starza Smith.
Presentation by Jana Dambrogio in March 2013 as Senior Conservator, Document Conservation Division, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. beginning at 8:07, following welcoming Remarks by AUTOS David Ferriero and Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Chief, Document Conservation Division.