Archive for the ‘Libraries & Archives’ Category

Iranian Librarians Examine
Historical Connections to Poland

Some 40 Iranian librarians, film critics, and other subject specialists met at the National Library in Tehran December 22 to examine the historical connections between Iran and Poland, especially with regard to the little-known story of how Iran helped Polish refugees escape to the West after being deported from their homeland to slave labor camps […]

Recommended Reading:
With Blood and Scars

With Blood and Scars by B. E. Andre differs from many accounts written by baby boomer children about their Polish parents who lived through World War II and the Holocaust, especially for American readers: She is British. Her novelized account, published in 2014 by PebbleStone, reads like a memoir but one thick with plot and […]

Recommended Reading:
My Polish-American Mother

Self-published through AuthorHouse and written as if for family, Frances Lareau’s 2011 memoir is not the kind of book I would ordinarily recommend. Intrigued by the title, My Polish-American Mother, and its unavailability at the Chicago Public Library, I was prompted to purchase a copy, curious but expecting little. I was pleasantly surprised by this […]

The Watercolors of Mr. Risley

In the October 8 issue of The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl talks about the art created by Bill Traylor, an artist who was born a slave in Alabama, died in 1949, and was buried in a pauper’s grave in Montgomery. Much of Traylor’s work is lost; what remains does so only because a collector pulled […]

Librarians Who Were There
Remember 9/11 on Film

Loss and Recovery: Librarians Bear Witness to September 11, 2001, a video documentary offering an oral history of the disaster in the context of libraries, premiered at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Atlanta in 2002. As many as 200 librarians were working in or near the World Trade Center and the Pentagon […]