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Find unique copies of 19th- and early 20th-century books on library shelves

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Thousands of old library books bear fascinating traces of the past. Readers wrote in their books, and left pictures, letters, flowers, locks of hair, and other things between their pagesWe need your help identifying them in the stacks of academic libraries.  Together we can find out more about what books were and how they were used by their original owners, while also proving the value of maintaining rich print collections in our libraries.

CURRENTLY COLLECTING IMAGES and CITATIONS of MARKED COPIES OF LIBRARY  BOOKS PUBLISHED BEFORE 1923.  We are focusing on CIRCULATING AND RESEARCH COLLECTIONS (not rare books or special collections).  Join the search!

Great coverage from our recent 2018 event at Nebraska:
https://unlincoln.exposure.co/treasure-hunt

Explore our CLIR-funded project at the University of Virginia:  http://booktraces.library.virginia.edu

Search the Book Traces database of over 12,000 University of Virginia books:
https://booktraces.lib.virginia.edu/

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