by Kathleen Fields & Terri Nappier
The lure of hidden treasure has launched countless expeditions — maddening searches for lost cities, sunken ships and buried fortunes. Luckily, members of the Washington University community don’t have to dig deep to unearth the University Libraries’ prized bounty: historic collections, valuable artifacts and occasional curiosities. Though digital technology has allowed these objects to be shared more widely than ever, there’s a special kind of knowledge to be gained by actually holding them in hand. For those students and scholars on a quest to make new discoveries, it’s pure gold.