Flash-Mob for Frederick Douglass!
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Let's catalog Frederick Douglass' library, what do you say? The National Park Service inventory should work well, and we haven't done one of these in a long while!
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I'm in!! I recently lost access to a ton of my LL work (Thanks Google! ($#!+)) and I've been craving some LL entries.
Douglass's copy of Undine and Sindram and her Companions by Friederich de la Motte Fouque offered for sale here: http://m.biblio.com/books/403447628.html
>3 - Yeah it'll be interesting to see what other things we find that aren't in the NPS inventory. I bet there are lots of things floating around in various places.
I've wanted to do a flash-mob catalog for awhile, so yay. Is there a time limit? I'm working now and shouldn't really be flash-mobbing, but I can do some tonight . . .
Welcome! No time limit, nope - take your time, have fun. We'll see how it goes - sometimes we zip right through these, others take a while.
Sorry - I hit it right then too :-) - I was sure I'd fixed it when I set him up, but nope!
Lytdon, Sir E. Bolser -- Rienzi, the Last of the Roman Tribunes has no year and there are several possible editions. How do I pick an edition?
>10 - Just add one, and then edit the book record to remove the publication information. Add a "Precise edition unknown" note in the Comments field :-)
I'd want to help on this but haven't worked on a Legacy Library before. How does it work? Where do I start? Thank you.
>12 - At the wiki-page you'll see a step-by-step instructions guide, but basically it's just a matter of picking a section of books, logging into the FrederickDouglass account, and adding the books :-)
Just post any questions at all here, and we'll help out. Unfortunately the sections left may be the trickiest bits, since they include FD's large collection of government documents, but most of the records should be findable.
ETA - and if you have particular trouble with one, just post it here or in the Problems section and we'll snag it :-)
Lots of odd volumes. Was he a lender, or did just acquire what he needed, and skip the rest? Or maybe like me -- just bought what came along if it was of interest.
Some of the spelling errors are fun. I couldn't find a book called ''The Life of Herman Coates'', let alone a book of that title by Joaquín Telesforo De Trueba y Cosio. Don Telesforo (and his spelling variants) seems to have written a couple books, but nothing called ''The Life of Herman Coates''. He did however write a book called The Life of Hernan Cortes.
>14 - Well, I suspect he may have had the whole set, but that some volumes have been lost over time.
Hmm, was going to try for page 76-80 but appears that this may already be done. Anybody forget to take credit? :)
>18 - Looks like there might be a bunch of duplicate copies there, or listings of single volumes within sets (that only really need one entry in LT).
How's it going with the ongoing sections? Anybody need a hand? I'll probably try and plow through the unfinished gov docs this weekend unless somebody else wants a go, but if there are other questions/problems/&c. in the meantime, I'm all ears!
I'm working on my section and plan to finish by the end of this week.
So I've finished up most of the unclaimed sections, and I've messaged those folks with sections still entirely outstanding. goddesspt2, you've still got a bit left, is that right?
If you signed up for a section and don't have time to finish it off, no worries, just let me know. I'd like to have this finished up this week, if possible. Thanks!
I've finished up my bit, finally -- guess I treated it more as a slow leak mob than a flash mob, but there you are. That was fun: think I'll go visit the Emancipation Memorial, three blocks away from where I live, where Douglass gave the dedication speech: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Memorial And perhaps later today I'll go visit Douglass's old home just across the river in Anacostia.
Nice! Thanks, Amanda! I think that might be the ball game, although now comes the tricky part - locating other Douglass books out there and adding those to the list.
I'm continuing some cleanup on Houdini, but should have that done in the next day or so, and we'll release the pair of them together :-) In both cases I suspect there may well be quite a few other books lurking out there that we don't know of yet, so I'll add some lines in the blog post asking people to get in touch with us about them.
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