Monday Marvels

It’s time for your weekly dose of something interesting from the ACLS archives! This week, I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Occasionally we archivists find something in a collection that makes us chuckle – this was one of those times. While physically processing the second part of the collection, I came across this stack of articles:

"How many copies should we print?"

“How many copies should we print?”


From the bottom of the first page, it looks like this was printed in Scholarly Publishing in October of 1977. “How many copies should we print?” by Nazir A. Bhagat and Robert A. Forrest is related to the National Enquiry into Scholarly Communication.* The italic text under the title reads:

A procedure is outlined for determining the optimal print run based on publishing experience, by estimating and minimizing probable costs. Tests indicate it can save both printing and storage costs.

Considering how many of these I found in the collection, I definitely had a bit of a laugh after reading this first page. This type of thing (finding numerous duplicates of one document) is absolutely normal, particularly in more modern collections, but is especially funny in this instance because of the article’s topic. So, what did I do? I took a few photographs, put all but one copy into disposition, and went on with my processing to find more fun things. If you ever want to read it, there’s a single copy in the collection for your researching pleasure!


* You can read more about this at the ACLS “On Our History” webpage in the last paragraph under “Exploring New Methods and Subjects of Humanities Research.”

How Many Copies Should We Print?

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