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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

University of Saskatchewan archive holds treasures (Canada)

University of Saskatchewan archive holds treasures (Canada)"David Bindle pulls on a pair of white gloves and lifts up a manuscript leaf that's hundreds of years old. "I can go back here and every single day discover something new," he says, gently placing the page back into storage, laying it flat in a drawer-like box. A few rows away, a Bible that dates to 1509 sits on a shelf, not far from a 1611 King James version. The oldest complete manuscript in the room was written in 1471, although leaves from incomplete manuscripts in the room date back to the 1100s. Bindle is the special collections librarian at the University of Saskatchewan, a job he considers one of the best in the library. The special collections room on the third floor is closed to the public; librarians fetch items needed by researchers and students. Many of the shelves are dominated by books with covers of brown, red, black and beige shades, although others have books and magazines in a rainbow of colours, neatly arranged and catalogued. The whole room smells of books. Pages upon pages of books"

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