Find unique copies of 19th- and early 20th-century books on library shelves
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 pages. We 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).
NOTE: Submissions on hiatus for summer maintenance: stay tuned!
We’ve received a new Grant from the Mellon Foundation for 2019-2020!
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:
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