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Gov Docs in the Real World

My intent is to provide a place to document the progress we're making (or not making) in replacing the 3 million maps, aerial photographs, and government documents that were damaged or destroyed in the 2004 Hamilton Library flood.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

A typical day in the book mines
People think that government documents are unbelievably boring. Most of the time they're right, but there are just enough interesting documents to keep us eagerly opening boxes, looking for the next treasure.
 
An example is a book I came across recently called Rum War at Sea. It details the often futile efforts of the Coast Guard to stem the tide of liquor smuggling during Prohibition.
 
We recently had the opportunity to visit the Hawaii Agricultural Research Center. They have a marvellous library, full of intriguing books and journals on all sorts of topics. One gem I came across (not a gov doc, alas) was entitled Tenants of an Old Farm by Henry McCook, published in 1885. It's a marvellous account of insect life on a farm, with the sort of illustrations you typically see in 19th century books. I've posted one here for your amusement. If you want to look at more illustrations, visit http://www.acnatsci.org/library/collections/fairytaleworld/tenants/tenants.html
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Hamilton Library 2004 Flood 
It's not over yet!