Thursday, October 29th, 2015...10:00 am

Another day, another surprise!

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.

People often inquire about the wide variety of materials, both format and subject matter, from the Santo Domingo Collection so I thought it might be interesting to those who regularly read the blog to give you a peek from behind the scenes.  So where did all of these materials come from?  The majority of our boxes were shipped from Geneva and arrived in Cambridge after a long journey over the Atlantic via boat, presumably in a shipping container.  They then cleared customs and were whisked to our off-site storage facility.  Recently I came across some evidence that customs definitely did examine our cargo.  Apparently they didn’t know that we affectionately call it the “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll” collection or I’d be seeing a lot more of this neon green U.S. Customs tape.

We then call back boxes of materials for cataloging from our off-site storage facility.  You can see what a typical delivery looks like after the dedicated couriers bring them to our workspace.  IMG_3620

Often we have no idea what will be inside a box, sometimes it could be a beautifully bound 19th-century volume, an art book, or you know a fly-swatter!

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Here is just a small fraction of the materials that have come out of those boxes and will be processed in the coming months.  So stay tuned!


Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager, for contributing this post.

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