Dear Reader,

Let's you and I walk through the endless stacks of the Library, collecting books. We'll pick out 16,568 of them published in or around          . Let's put them in one big pile, and then we'll close our eyes and choose forty of them. Now let's write down the names of their authors:

Who are these people? Can you picture their faces? Do you know how they spoke, how they dressed, how they thought? You can change the year by clicking on it, and explore how these people change in the data (and in your mind) over time.

Sincerely,

Jer

Data for this piece comes from the Library's MARC records, which you can access here. Full source code used to parse the records is available here, and the data used in this piece specifically is available by clicking the Glitch icon at the top right of the page.