In June, NSLM won an award! We won the Business Equine-Related Custom Publication (Print) category of the Equine Media Awards for the exhibition catalog for The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. The catalog, which features scholarly essays and beautiful images from the exhibition, is available for purchase through NSLM’s online gift shop. The exhibition is still on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, but it closes July 8, so take advantage of this last chance to see it!

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NSLM’s 2017 Equine Media Awards winner’s plaque, with certificate for NSLM Curator Nicole Stribling for her efforts on the publication.

The Equine Media Awards are part of the annual conference for American Horse Publications, an organizations dedicated to excellence in equestrian publications. The conference, held each summer, is a great opportunity for networking and idea-sharing. NSLM has been a non-profit member of AHP for years. The Equine Media Awards are the highlight of each conference, with dozens of categories for competition. See the entire award winners list here.

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AHP’s annual conference is a great place to swap ideas and get to know the hard-working folks who produce the equestrian magazines and websites we know and love

On the Library side, we were thrilled to announce that we have received a grant to begin work on one of our long-range goals: digitizing rare books from the NSLM collection. Digitization is a huge avenue toward greater accessibility to the collection and it also reduces wear on titles in the Library.

Digitization work has already been done in small portions. Several years ago, the Library digitized its microfilm collection. The first book to be digitized was last week, as our neighbors at Paratext dropped by to take images of the Index to Engravings in the Sporting Magazine by Sir Walter Gilbey.

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Paratext Editor Grayson Van Beuren creating digital photos of a rare book in the NSLM Main Reading Room. Paratext is an independent library information and research company based in Middleburg.

The grant will go toward a more comprehensive project that includes the purchase of rare book scanning equipment and the development of an online platform to allow researchers to read the digital books.


Wedding Photography by Spiering Photography

John Connolly has served as the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Librarian at the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) since early 2014. He is responsible for the care of the Library collections, including books, magazines, photographs, diaries, letters, and much more. The NSLM collections span over 350 years of the history of equestrian sport, as well as fly fishing, wing shooting, and other field sports. Have a question? Contact John by e-mail 

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The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) recently completed a unique preservation project in partnership with Sweet Briar College. Through the generous support of NSLM board member Helen K. Groves, both NSLM and Sweet Briar collaborated to digitally preserve film reels created and spliced by Captain Vladimir S. Littauer.

The films, donated to NSLM for digitization by Littauer’s son, Andrew, depict horse shows and dressage, as well as clips of the U. S. Equestrian Team training ahead of the 1948 Olympics.

United States Olympic Riders 1948 from NSLM on Vimeo. The preserved video includes visual reels only, so there is no sound to accompany the film.

Littauer (1892-1989) was a riding instructor known for the development and promotion of the forward seat system of equitation. Born in Russia, Littauer immigrated to the United States in 1921 and in the 1930s, began a successful career writing instructional books on riding. He was in great demand as a riding instructor throughout his life, and spent several years offering instruction at Sweet Briar College. Many of the preserved clips were recorded and meticulously spliced together by Littauer to accompany his instructional books. Littauer’s personal library (including several manuscripts) is housed in NSLM’s F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room.