From the Archives & Special Collections: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is approaching, meaning we’ve all got food and family on our mind! But before you return home to your families for the holidays, enjoy a few holiday-inspired meals here with your UPS family! Do you ever wonder where UPS students used to sit down to eat before our Wheelock Student Center was built? Well, the dining facilities actually used to be in Kittredge Hall! See if you can recognize it in the pictures below, and come by the Archives & Special Collections to find more cool stuff just like it! Happy Holidays!

KitTDAY_1tredge Hall brand new, 1942

View northward from the second floor balcony of the Commons dining area and the student lounge and fireplace at the north end of the first floor of Kittredge Hall in Jan 1942 when the building opened as the College of Puget Sound’s first student center. Kittredge Hall became home to the art department in 1960 after the new student center (known today as Wheelock Student Center) opened in late 1959.”

Kittredge Hall brand new, 1942

“Kitchen aTDAY_2nd food preparation area on the east side of the first floor of Kittredge Hall in Jan. 1942 when the building opened as the College of Puget Sound’s first student center. The Commons dining area is visible through the opening in the wall. Kittredge Hall became home to the art department in 1960 after the new student center (known today as Wheelock Student Center) opened in late 1959.”

Images from A Sound Past

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Monica Patterson


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Bream Gives me Hiccups & Other Stories

BreamIn his debut collection of short stories, already deemed one of the essential books of the year by The Guardian, Jesse Eisenberg showcases his true creative talent and knack for comedy.

Known primarily for his roles in popular films like The Social Network, Eisenberg gives people a taste for his literary ability in this new book. Bream Gives me Hiccups is a delightful collection of stories that are witty, intelligent, and simply hilarious.

Readers are transported from modern-day L.A. to a college dorm room, to ancient Pompeii where social misfits, reimagined historical events, and hyperbolic overreactions inhabit each page. Within each of the 44 stories are elements of both personal experience and imagination, creating a subtle comedic poignancy.

Explore the insanities of the everyday world with Bream Gives me Hiccups today. Available now in the Popular Collection.

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Abby Williams Hill collection featured in College & Research Libraries News magazine

Cover of College & Research Libraries news

Image courtesy of Archives & Special Collections, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound.

Our library’s Abby Williams Hill digital collection was featured in the College & Research Libraries News magazine, November 2015, Vol. 76 No. 10. The article reads:

This month’s cover features “Mount Booker Near Lake Chelan” (1903) by Abby Williams Hill. Hill (1861-1943) was a landscape painter, social activist, and prolific writer. She produced a remarkable collection of landscape paintings showcasing the grandeur of the American West, as well as a vast archive of letters and journals addressing issues of continuing social and historical interest, including African American and Native American rights, and the preservation of our national parks.

Hill’s personal papers are held by the University of Puget Sound and are available to researchers by appointment. Images of her artwork can be found on Content DM and will soon appear in Artstor.


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From the Archives and Special Collections: Pictures of the Alphabet

AlphabetKate Greenaway’s small book, “Kate Greenaway’s Alphabet,” only has 32 pages and almost every page only has one letter, the letters of the alphabet. Each letter is a picture in itself which she illustrated. Little kids are seen playing around, under, and on the letters, and there are cats in some of the scenes, too! This small book is a reminder of how simple a book can be, and without the alphabet, there wouldn’t be books at all. While there is not specific date when this book was published, it is thought that it was around 1885.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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Laura Russell Special Presentation: November 30th, 2015, 4-5 p.m., Collins Library Room 020

HEARTLAND by Priscilla Spitler

Images “Blood Quantum” and “Heartland” by Priscilla Spitler

Collins Memorial Library in association with Puget Sound Book Artists is pleased to welcome artist and gallery owner, Laura Russell in a special presentation.

Pricing Principles for Book Artists/Sneak Preview of Blood Quantum now on display at 23 SandyGallery

November 30, 2015
4 – 5 p.m.
Collins Library Room 020
University of Puget Sound

Pricing a work of art is never easy.  Pricing a book as a work of art is even more formidable.  Variations in materials, structure and production methods make determining fair prices for artist books very difficult. Pricing can be a very scary prospect when creating any new project. How can a book artist be compensated for the untold hundreds of hours that go into the research, design, printing, binding and other countless processes involved in crafting a unique bookwork or editioned masterpiece?

Based on Laura’s many years of experience selling artist books both as artist and dealer plus a previous career as a professional in the field of marketing, publishLaura ing and advertising, this lecture covers such topics as pricing strategies, research, the market values of artist books, pricing pitfalls, various pricing formulas, how to raise prices, ethics and offering discounts.

Laura will also share some of the works that are currently on display from the Blood Quantum Exhibition at her gallery in Portland, Oregon, 23Sandy Gallery.

Don’t miss this special event!

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Music in the Library: Harpists Holiday Concert, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 2 p.m.

CALLOUT_MusicHarpists_Dec4Please join us!

Friday, December 4, 2015
2:00-2:20 p.m.
Collins Library Reading Room

Performances by: Christina Sumprer, Frances Welsh and Rosalie Boyle

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Just Released Yesterday, Mitch Albom’s The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

MagicAn enchanting new novel about the life of Music’s most devoted disciple, Frankie Presto, and his epic journey through the musical world.

In classic epic fashion, the novel is narrated by Music, the art personified. It is the tale of Frankie Presto, a Spanish war orphan who becomes the greatest guitarist on earth while traversing through the world of twentieth century musical stardom. He influences the greats across every genre-Django Reinhardt, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams-eventually becoming a rock star himself. But not everything is fun and games for a musician whose gift is touched by the gods. Frankie learns that his talent possesses the power to alter people’s futures from life to loss.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is an unforgettable story about the power of human connection not only in music, but in life. Find it in the Popular Collection.

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Introducing: “The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism”

JohnHopkinsLiterary criticism has probably existed for as long as literature. We come into contact with a variety of texts in our daily lives (especially here at University of Puget Sound!) and these texts inspire inquiry, interpretation, and conversations among our friends and peers. Have you ever thought about the elements of a text that influence its interpretation or your experience of it? Would you like to learn more about the different lenses and vocabularies scholars use to view and talk about art, literature, and culture? If you get a kick out of philosophizing about what you’re reading, then we have a resource for you!

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism is an essential resource for scholars and students of literary theory and discourse, and one of our newest additions to the Collins Memorial Library. The digital edition of the JH Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field and features over 300 well-written, in-depth articles on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Not only is the guide easily browsable (by entry, topic, or name), it’s also full-text searchable. Each article contains ample cross-references and is accompanied by an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary resources. Whether you want to learn more about Virginia Woolf’s contributions to Anglo-American feminist criticism or need to brush up on psychoanalytic theory, the JH Guide can help you get started. Check it out online and you’ll be reading like Aristotle or Foucault in no time!

By Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian

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From the Archives & Special Collections: What’s In the Box?

Archives_Nov11If you’ve ever been in the Archives & Special Collections, you’ve probably seen the occasional “store flat” box on the shelves. Well, I see them all the time, but even I forget they’re there sometimes, so I decided to investigate!

Since these boxes usually contain delicate materials, I started on the oversize/miniatures side and opened the Qurʼān al-karīm. Written before 1940, it’s a beautifully handwritten edition, with floral endpapers. The description reads “From Hacilar village in the Karnobat district of the Burgas Province in eastern Rumelia, a distant son of Sulayman Efendi’s sacred Quran” in Ottoman Turkish. The binding is stiff maroon leather over cardboard, and the pages all have gold motifs as décor.

If you want to looks inside some of the other “store flat” boxes, the Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Morgan Ford

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Collins Library Links: What is Open Access and Why Should We Care?


What is Open Access and Why Should We Care?

“Last week, the editors for the linguistics journal Lingua had finally had enough. Elsevier, a major academic publishing house, has put out the highly regarded journal for decades.  But on October 27, the journal’s six editors and 31 members of its editorial board quit. Their beef?  The high fees Elsevier charges authors and academic institutions to see the journal..”

  • Open Access refers to a movement of scholars to share the products of their research with anyone (not just those who can afford expensive journal subscriptions) for both personal and global benefit.
  • Many universities, institutions, governments, and funders now mandate Open Access, which means that familiarity with Open Access is a valuable skill for academics and researchers of all types.

How can you Support the Open Access Movement:

  • Negotiate your publishing rights so that your research can be displayed in Sound Ideas, our institutional repository.
  • Support Open Access Journals such as those being developed here at Puget Sound, for example;  the recently launched Race & Pedagogy Journal.
  • When asked to serve on an OA editorial board, accept the invitation.
  • Ask the journals or scholarly societies where you have some influence to do more to support OA.
  • Many university libraries are cancelling subscriptions to high priced journals. We have moved cautiously in this direction, but it may become more imperative in the future. We examine use and continued appropriateness for each periodical that increases it prices at an unusually high level.  We have cancelled some titles, due to that factor.

Learn More:

  • The Right to Research organization advocates for access to research information.  Price barriers should not prevent anyone from getting access to research they need.
  • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition: SPARC supports the immediate, barrier-free online availability of scholarly and scientific research articles, coupled with the rights to reuse these articles fully in the digital environment, and supports practices and policies that enable this.
  • The SPARC author rights guide provides you with information about how to negotiate access rights to your scholarly publication.
  • Review our LibGuide on Scholarly Communication.
  • Talk to your Liaison Librarian.

Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
Remember – Your best search engine is a librarian!

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