2021: In the media
The Spiral-Locked Letters of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots
- Mary, Queen of Scots used ‘spiral locking’ technique to preserve secrecy of last letter before her execution, CNN Style
- Mary, Queen of Scots ‘locked’ final letter using paper-folding, research finds, The Guardian
- Mary, Queen of Scots, sealed her final missive with an intricate spiral letterlock, Ars Technica
- Experts crack the secret to last letter of Mary, Queen of Scots before her execution, NPR
Makinde Ogunnaike and Josh Sariñana on The Poetry of Science
Boston Public Radio
Physics PhD candidate Ogunnaike and photographer and writer Sariñana PhD ‘11 talk about the exhibit The Poetry of Science, on view in Rotch Library.
Tarot cards are having a moment with help from pandemic
A new generation is embracing the 78-card decks thanks to postings from influencers on visual platforms like Instagram and TikTok and unboxing videos on sites like Twitch and YouTube.
Featured video: A musical encore for a re-imagined library
Graduate students perform Martinů’s “Piano Trio in D Minor,” originally commissioned for Hayden Library’s 1950 dedication.
MIT Technology Review
Before envelopes existed, cleverly folding up a letter was a crucial privacy tactic. Only now are we learning what those techniques were, and what they reveal about cultures around the world.
Renovations at MIT and Yale, Brooklyn’s First New Branch in 40 Years, and More Library Construction News
A re-envisioned Hayden Library and courtyard at MIT, fresh film archives at Yale, Brooklyn PL unveils its first new branch in 40 years, Columbus Metropolitan Library cuts the ribbon on its HIlltop Branch, and more library construction news.
Renovated Hayden Library and courtyard open to the MIT community
Transformational projects bring inclusive, welcoming spaces to the MIT campus.
MIT Libraries staff honored with 2021 Infinite Mile Awards
Staff were recognized for keeping spirits up and services running despite a difficult year.
Online hub for research and teaching brings digital humanities to the fore
Virtual collaboration sessions connect faculty and researchers to new tools, resources, and each other.
Algorithm Virtually Unfolds a Historical Letter without Unsealing It
In the centuries before envelopes, “letterlocking” secured a message’s information
Big Deal for Open Access
Inside Higher Ed
University of California system secures a landmark open-access deal with publisher Elsevier. Some university librarians hail the agreement as a breakthrough, but others worry about possible long-term impacts.
Research team led by Jana Dambrogio reads an unopened letter from early modern Europe using computational tools.
- Researchers virtually open and read sealed historic letters, MIT News
- New Technique Reveals Centuries of Secrets in Locked Letters, New York Times
- Rare ‘locked’ letter sealed 300 years ago is finally opened virtually, CNN
- Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them, Wired
- A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read—Without Even Opening It, Wall Street Journal
- Reading A Letter That’s Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years — Without Opening It, NPR
- Researchers read sealed 17th-century letter without opening it, The Guardian
- Algorithm reveals contents of fragile letters sealed for 300 years, New Scientist