The Rain in Portugal

RainInPortugalSubjects ranging from travel and art to cats and dogs to beauty and death; tones range from the imaginative—“the dogs of Minneapolis . . . / have no idea they’re in Minneapolis”—to the nostalgia in a reaction to the death of Seamus Heaney. The Rain in Portugal brings an array of poems from one of the most respected and familiar voices in the world of American poetry.

Check it out in the Popular Reading Collection today!

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Something New and Something Borrowed: Designing the Collins Bookmark

CarlisleBookmarksThis year I had the pleasure of designing the Collins Library bookmark for the worldwide program called Bookmarks XV Infiltrating the Library System, sponsored by the University of the West of England Book Arts program. The project is aimed to encourage appreciation and awareness of artists working in the book format. Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks which are divided into 100 sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent in distribution boxes to participating host venues around the world, for visitors to enjoy.

The annual series is in its fourteenth year, and has had 544 artists contribute 54,700 bookmarks to date. This year, entries are being taken from libraries all around the world and Collins Library has the honor to be one of them. Our participation this year could not be more serendipitous as this past summer we received a generous donation of vintage bookmarks, postcards, and paper dolls from local Tacoma resident Sylvia Schar.

Drawing inspiration from Schar’s collection, our bookmark design combines the old with the new. On the front is the original image found from a bookmark from Schar’s collection. The illustration depicts a chivalrous hero holding his fainting damsel, about to defend her from a diabolical villain. Beneath the illustration is a charming limerick that reads: The heroine is fainting, the villain pants with rage, and the hero’s life hangs on a thread until you turn the page!

On the back of the bookmark, is a similar illustration, but with a more contemporary twist. The hero is shown fainting in to the maiden’s arms, who looks quite exasperated by the whole melodramatic scene. Beneath the illustration there is also a clever limerick: The hero has fallen and at the most troubling of times! But thanks to his fair Maiden, all will turn out fine.

With this design we hoped to capture the ways in which we learn from the past and in turn, improve upon it. (And not without a touch of humor of course!)

If you’re interested in learning more about vintage bookmarks, drop by the Collins Library Joys of Ephemera event, (Monday, May 1st from 4:00p.m-5:00p.m. in the Second Floor Archives Seminar Room) for a chance to look at some amazing pieces of Schar’s collection and to receive your very own copy of the Collins Library bookmark!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Adventures in Washington

CALLOUT_AdventureWASpring has finally sprung! With the sun shining a little more than usual, we need to take full advantage of the warmer weather. The book “Adventures in Washington” by Archie Satterfield will give you plenty of outdoor activities to try. The book is broken up into regions of Washington such as the coast, the Cascades, the Sound, and Seattle with different areas in each on places to camp, fish, hike, or swim. Along with descriptions of each place, there are pictures of the wildlife and scenery of that area. Rather than doing an easy Google search, check out this book in the Archives & Special Collections and see what Washington has to offer through the point of view of someone who experienced all of the state’s many wonders.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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Laura Russell – “Trunk Show” on the current exhibition of Artists’ books: BUILT, May 17th, 11am, Collins Library

BuiltMay 17th, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Collins Library, 2nd Floor Archives, University of Puget Sound
Toast to Laura, 11:30am

After years of supporting the Book Arts community with the wonderful 23 Sandy Gallery Exhibits and events, as well as supporting and representing many artists, Laura is starting a new chapter in her creative life.  Join us for her final trunk show, featuring the exhibit, Built.

This international juried exhibition of book and paper art aims to examine the relationship between contemporary book art practices and architecture, engineering, landscape and construction as form, function, and structure.  Let’s re-image the ways we as designers, of either books or buildings can inhabit and shape the world around us.  Our disciplines have a natural synergy.  Taken a step further, book art can provide a framework for topics like urbanism, town planning, buildings, and space.  Let’s examine the relationship between the built and the book.


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The Lioness is the Hunter

LionessIsHunterWhen the body count rises to two, one of which was employing you, where would you turn?

Detroit entrepreneur Carl Fannon hires Walker to trace Emil Haas, his partner, who has suddenly disappeared. Almost immediately, the missing man shows up and asks the detective to meet him in the empty Sentinel to discuss a top-secret concern. Walker finds not Haas, but Fannon’s suffocated corpse locked in a basement vault.

When Gwendolyn Haas, the partner’s adult daughter, enters the picture, the client number rises to three, including one missing and one murdered. But the worst is yet to come: Emil Haas’ “concern” is that Fannon has been buying up depressed real estate on behalf of Madam Sing– believed to have been executed in Asia for capital crimes without number…

Check it out in the Popular Reading Collection today!


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From the Archives & Special Collections: Fun Finds from Scanning

CALLOUT_ScanFunds1In my four years here in the archives, I’ve stumbled across a lot of interesting things in our files that aren’t digitized. I’ve compiled entire lists of things I’d like to go back and find (with notes to locations that no longer exist, alas), but I just never have. This mostly includes fun names like Professors Grumbling, Boring, and Gross, Dr. Homer H. Hamner, Miss Sandy Seylar; a cursive typewriter, a story about President Todd falling on his face, and a mysterious handful of marriage certificates in a General Correspondence folder.

ScanFunds0However, I was recently given a good handful of items to scan from a combination of the President’s records, Ephemera, and the (unsorted) press release boxes from the UPS News Bureau, where I finally got an opportunity to have actual scans of these materials instead of just notes. Here we have an example of the original “correction tape” on a press release about the Black Arts Festival in 1969, a handwritten list of “types of parties,” from 1969 which includes “fondeau,” crab feed, funny money-Monte Carlo (which is just a casino themed), a champagne buffet, and a handful of others; and a handwritten letter from a Mrs. Huff that accompanied a $3.00 donation to the Now Mr. Lincoln fund.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment if you want to come see what you can find for yourself!

By Morgan Ford

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Diversity and Inclusion Resources: Bibliography of Asian Studies

BibOfAsianStudies-1The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS), produced by the Association for Asian Studies, is a comprehensive western-language resource for research on Asia, it contains records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.

The most important one hundred periodicals in Asian Studies or on Asia as identified by the BAS staff are indexed as soon as they are published for immediate inclusion in BAS.  Selected Asia-related citations from many other journals are also included when applicable. In addition, various special projects have contributed substantial numbers of additional records to the database (among them journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779).  BAS uniquely also includes citations to Western-language chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, Festschriften, and more.

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The Joys of Ephemera: The Collection of Sylvia Schar, May 1, at 4 p.m.

JOYS OF EPHEMERAJoin us for an informal presentation by Library Director Jane Carlin and student Carlisle Huntington ’20 about this new collection, donated by Tacoma resident Sylvia Schar. This collection of bookmarks, paper dolls, and greeting cards includes items dating back to Victorian England, and provides a snapshot of the history of graphic design.

Collins Memorial Library
Archives & Special Collections Seminar room
4:00–5:00 p.m.





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Library and Archives Career Night, Tuesday, April 25, 5 p.m.

LibraryCareerNightDo you love research? Love to read and develop programs? Intrigued by Archives and Special Collections? Love to read printed texts and eBooks? Can’t wait to see what the next new technology has to offer? Want to help people? Yes? Consider a career in libraries, archives, or special collections!

Collins Memorial Library
Archives & Special Collections Seminar room
5:00–6:00 p.m.

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Creative Commons Guide


In order to support our faculty members’ and students’, and their growing interest in creating and using Creative Commons licensed works the library has created a couple of new web resources.

Nested within the Open Educational Resources Guide are resources about Creative Commons Licenses and a page about Creative Commons for Creators.  These can help creators figure out how to license their work with Creative Commons, and choose which license is best for them. The guides can also help people locate content that’s been licensed with Creative Commons, and attribute the content that’s used.

By Ben Tucker

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