University Of Iowa Cataloging 4,000 Tiny Literary Jewels | NBC Nightly News

University Of Iowa Cataloging 4,000 Tiny Literary Jewels | NBC Nightly News


FORM LONG AGO.
IT TURNS OUT ONE
LIBRARY HAS A TREASURE IT TURNS OUT ONE LIBRARY HAS A TREASURE TROVE OF THEM. LIBRARY HAS A TREASURE TROVE OF THEM. KEVIN TIBBLES GOT A TROVE OF THEM. KEVIN TIBBLES GOT A LOOK. KEVIN TIBBLES GOT A LOOK.>>Reporter: ONLY A LOOK.>>Reporter: ONLY A MOUSE COULD CURL UP>>Reporter: ONLY A MOUSE COULD CURL UP WITH ONE OF THESE AT MOUSE COULD CURL UP WITH ONE OF THESE AT NIGHT. WITH ONE OF THESE AT NIGHT. TEENY WEENIE TOMES, NIGHT. TEENY WEENIE TOMES, MINIATURE BOOKS. TEENY WEENIE TOMES, MINIATURE BOOKS. SHES CATALOGING THEM. MINIATURE BOOKS. SHES CATALOGING THEM.>>DO YOUR EYES GET SHES CATALOGING THEM.>>DO YOUR EYES GET TIRED.>>DO YOUR EYES GET TIRED.>>YES, ESPECIALLY THE TIRED.>>YES, ESPECIALLY THE TINY ONES.>>YES, ESPECIALLY THE TINY ONES.>>THEY HAVE ANYTHING TINY ONES.>>THEY HAVE ANYTHING BUT A TINY COLLECTION,>>THEY HAVE ANYTHING BUT A TINY COLLECTION, 4,000 ALL MEASURING 3 BUT A TINY COLLECTION, 4,000 ALL MEASURING 3 INCHES OR LESS. 4,000 ALL MEASURING 3 INCHES OR LESS. AN INTRICATE ART FORM INCHES OR LESS. AN INTRICATE ART FORM THAT DATES BACK AN INTRICATE ART FORM THAT DATES BACK CENTURIES. THAT DATES BACK CENTURIES.>>THAT WAS PRINTED IN CENTURIES.>>THAT WAS PRINTED IN THE 19th CENTURY.>>THAT WAS PRINTED IN THE 19th CENTURY.>>THIS COPY OF THE 19th CENTURY.>>THIS COPY OF DANTES DIVINE COMEDY>>THIS COPY OF DANTES DIVINE COMEDY PRINT SOD SMALL ITS DANTES DIVINE COMEDY PRINT SOD SMALL ITS CALLED FLYS EYE TYPE. PRINT SOD SMALL ITS CALLED FLYS EYE TYPE. ITS DONE BY HAND. CALLED FLYS EYE TYPE. ITS DONE BY HAND.>>I CANT READ IT ITS DONE BY HAND.>>I CANT READ IT WITH MY GLASSES ON.>>I CANT READ IT WITH MY GLASSES ON.>>THE LIBRARIAN LETS WITH MY GLASSES ON.>>THE LIBRARIAN LETS HER FINGERS DO THE>>THE LIBRARIAN LETS HER FINGERS DO THE WALKING. HER FINGERS DO THE WALKING.>>THIS IS ABOUT THE WALKING.>>THIS IS ABOUT THE LIFE OF GENERAL TOM>>THIS IS ABOUT THE LIFE OF GENERAL TOM THUMB. LIFE OF GENERAL TOM THUMB.>>APTLY NAMED. THUMB.>>APTLY NAMED.>>SOME ARE RELIGIOUS>>APTLY NAMED.>>SOME ARE RELIGIOUS IN NATURE CONVENIENTLY>>SOME ARE RELIGIOUS IN NATURE CONVENIENTLY CARRIED IN A POCKET. IN NATURE CONVENIENTLY CARRIED IN A POCKET. HERE IS THE COMPLETE CARRIED IN A POCKET. HERE IS THE COMPLETE SHAKESPEARE IN A HERE IS THE COMPLETE SHAKESPEARE IN A STAND. SHAKESPEARE IN A STAND. NOVELTY VERSION HAVE STAND. NOVELTY VERSION HAVE COLORFUL PULLOUTS. NOVELTY VERSION HAVE COLORFUL PULLOUTS. FOR THE HOLIDAYS, A COLORFUL PULLOUTS. FOR THE HOLIDAYS, A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS THAT WOULD FIT IN A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS THAT WOULD FIT IN A STOCKING. THAT WOULD FIT IN A STOCKING.>>THIS THE ACTUAL STOCKING.>>THIS THE ACTUAL ENVELOPE IT WAS MAILED>>THIS THE ACTUAL ENVELOPE IT WAS MAILED IN IN THE 1960s. ENVELOPE IT WAS MAILED IN IN THE 1960s. HAVE YOU EVER RECEIVED IN IN THE 1960s. HAVE YOU EVER RECEIVED SOMETHING LIKE THAT IN HAVE YOU EVER RECEIVED SOMETHING LIKE THAT IN A CHRISTMAS CARD. SOMETHING LIKE THAT IN A CHRISTMAS CARD.>>Reporter: THERES A A CHRISTMAS CARD.>>Reporter: THERES A FLIP BOOK OF A BOXING>>Reporter: THERES A FLIP BOOK OF A BOXING MATCH FROM 1500s. FLIP BOOK OF A BOXING MATCH FROM 1500s. IT WAS DONATED BY AURT MATCH FROM 1500s. IT WAS DONATED BY AURT CHARLOTTE SMITH WHO IT WAS DONATED BY AURT CHARLOTTE SMITH WHO AUTHORED TINY BOOKS OF CHARLOTTE SMITH WHO AUTHORED TINY BOOKS OF HER OWN. AUTHORED TINY BOOKS OF HER OWN. DO THESE TEENSY-WEENSY HER OWN. DO THESE TEENSY-WEENSY LITERARY JEWELS HAVE A DO THESE TEENSY-WEENSY LITERARY JEWELS HAVE A PLACE IN OUR WORLD OF LITERARY JEWELS HAVE A PLACE IN OUR WORLD OF KINDLES AND iPAD? PLACE IN OUR WORLD OF KINDLES AND iPAD?>>IF NNG, THE ROLE OF KINDLES AND iPAD?>>IF NNG, THE ROLE OF AN OBJECT LIKE THIS IS>>IF NNG, THE ROLE OF AN OBJECT LIKE THIS IS INCREASED TODAY. AN OBJECT LIKE THIS IS INCREASED TODAY. YOU KNOW RIGHT AWAY INCREASED TODAY. YOU KNOW RIGHT AWAY THIS IS DIFFERENT THRK YOU KNOW RIGHT AWAY THIS IS DIFFERENT THRK IS REAL. THIS IS DIFFERENT THRK IS REAL. I WANT TO FIND MORE IS REAL. I WANT TO FIND MORE ABOUT THIS. I WANT TO FIND MORE ABOUT THIS.>>Reporter: WHY TALK ABOUT THIS.>>Reporter: WHY TALK ABOUT TINY, HOW ABOUT>>Reporter: WHY TALK ABOUT TINY, HOW ABOUT MICRO MINIATURES THAT ABOUT TINY, HOW ABOUT MICRO MINIATURES THAT FIT ON THE TIP OF A MICRO MINIATURES THAT FIT ON THE TIP OF A FINGER. FIT ON THE TIP OF A FINGER.>>I CERTAINLY CANT FINGER.>>I CERTAINLY CANT READ IT.>>I CERTAINLY CANT READ IT.>>I CANT READ IT READ IT.>>I CANT READ IT EITHER.>>I CANT READ IT EITHER.>>Reporter: WE HAD TO EITHER.>>Reporter: WE HAD TO PUT IT UNDER A>>Reporter: WE HAD TO PUT IT UNDER A MICROSCOPE. PUT IT UNDER A MICROSCOPE. WHETHER SHAKESPEARE OR MICROSCOPE. WHETHER SHAKESPEARE OR SHERLOCK HOMES, MAKE WHETHER SHAKESPEARE OR SHERLOCK HOMES, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD

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