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Archive for August 26th, 2011

As archivists and librarians we’re frequently confronted with piles of books, letters, photographs…you name it. And it’s easy to become so focused on cataloging and describing them that we forget to actually stop and think about the stories they contain and the people who created them. That’s especially the case when the name doesn’t immediately […]

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A colleague with the US Department of Agriculture just sent me this link: http://soils.usda.gov/survey/online_surveys/north_carolina/ Soil surveys are produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey, a joint effort of the United States Department of Agriculture and other Federal agencies, State agencies including the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, and local agencies. The Natural Resources Conservation Service […]

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On this day in 1918: Concluding a rustic road trip that began nine days ago in Pittsburgh, inventor Thomas Edison, automaker Henry Ford, tiremaker Harvey Firestone and naturalist John Burroughs check into Asheville’s Grove Park Inn. The celebrity nature-seekers, who camped in tents by the mountain roads, were delayed along the way by crowds of […]

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