From the Archives: Welcome Back!

New Year Greetings, 1912

New Year Greetings, 1912

Welcome back to campus for Spring 2015! This semester the Archives & Special Collections will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Stop by to learn more and use the rare books, university archives, manuscript collections for your upcoming research projects.

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Popular Reading Collection – Reading for Enjoyment!

ReadForEnjoymentCollins Memorial Library knows there is more to life than study. We provide a small collection of current fiction and popular non-fiction so you can read for pleasure and personal growth. This collection, known as the Popular Reading Collection, can be found by browsing the collection in the Media/Popular Reading Collection room just to the right as you enter the library. Titles are shelved by genre, then call number. Or, you can look for a specific title in our Primo catalog.

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Collins Library – Changes to Summit Requests Coming January 20th

SQUARE_Summit3Requesting items through Summit just got a bit easier.
As the final piece in a 2 year implementation of the integrated library system, a new version of the Summit request feature will be available via PRIMO, the library’s new discovery interface.  For the user, you will notice little changes, but if you have questions or concerns, simply check in with the library circulation staff or email libref@pugetsound.edu.  The system goes live with all 37 libraries in the Alliance on January 20th.

 

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Behind the Archives Door series: Collecting the Northwest: Archives, Indians, Missionaries, and the Curation of Plateau Cultural Heritage, Tues., Feb. 3, 4 p.m., Second Floor Collins Library

stainedGlassTrevor J. Bond, Head of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University

Missionaries to the inland Northwest created the earliest and most substantial archives of Plateau Indian culture. This illustrated presentation examines how collectors with varied motivations amassed American Indian cultural materials. Power and wealth influence who acquires collections and where collections reside often resulting in the geographical dispossession of cultural heritage.  However, recent work centered on digital repatriation may provide one method for connecting cultural heritage with their respective communities. Recent work at Washington State University including the development of a new content management system, Mukurtu, seeks to empower local communities to manage, share, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically minded ways.

Trevor J. Bond is Head of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at the Washington State University Libraries and an Instructor in the Department of History. Bond received his MLIS with a specialization in Archives and Preservation Management and a Masters in Ancient History from UCLA. He has collaborated with regional colleagues on numerous grants to create a series of digital collections at WSU and as part of a team to develop the Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA), a web searchable EAD/XML database funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that allows users to search finding aids for thousands of collections from research institutions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.
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Theatre Arts at Puget Sound: Celebrating a History of Collaboration, Imagination, and Engagement

theatreposterExhibit display:
Feb. 1 – May 15, 2015

Reception:
Friday, February 6, 2015, 4:00-6:00 p.m.,
with a presentation at 4:30 p.m.,
Collins Memorial Library

The materials in this wide-ranging exhibit offer a glimpse into the process of campus production and performance, reflecting the importance of theatre within the context of a liberal arts education at Puget Sound.  On display are examples of works that take place on the stage and behind the scenes. Photographs, playbills, posters, set designs, annotated scripts, artwork, and other theatre ephemera are some of the unique items on view.

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Happy New Calendar! A Sampling of Calendars at the DPLA

BigCallout_LibraryCalendarsNow that we have our new calendar in place to help track the year ahead let’s have a look back at some of the thousands of calendars available for your perusal at the Digital Public Library of America, DPLA. Derived from the Latin word kalendae, which was the name of the first day of every month, there are as many varieties of calendars as there are days of the month. 

From a 12th century Book of Hours to a 16th century perpetual calendar to a Native American calendar on buckskin to a handwritten calendar by Lee Harvey Oswald there is no shortage of creative ways to track time and in many cases to advertise ones business. Enjoy!  Read more at Happy New Calendar! A Sampling of Calendars at the DPLA

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James Allen – Artist Lecture, Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m., Collins Library Rm. 020

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James Allen Studio, Book Excavations

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Collins Library, Rm. 020.

James Allen (An artist from Portland, Oregon) finds inspiration in the ephemera of the common objects we encounter everyday altering objects such as books, magazines, photos, and postcards to create new experiences through existing media. In 2000, he earned a BFA  from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and was featured in the book, Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed.

A majority of Allen’s artwork is reductive: he takes common-place objects and alters them by removing parts or fragmenting and reconstructing them. Allen refers to this sculptural process as Book Excavations. Each Excavation begins by cutting a rectangular hole in the cover of a book. Then, one page at a time, he cuts his way through the pages. By selectively keeping fragments of images and words he creates a composition using the content of the book as it emerges. He leaves the book bound and doesn’t move any of the pages of the book. Instead revealing the contents only by cutting away and removing sections of pages. In this way, chance and random associations are embraced to reinterpret the intended message and purpose of each book. Both narrative and compositional dynamics are considered to create a condensed reinterpretation of the book’s content. The original intent of the book is destroyed, but in the process an exquisite Excavation is created. These Excavations turn the linear format of a book into a flat “window” through which to observe many pages at once. Instead of reading from cover to cover and gaining knowledge, the meaning of the book is obscured and becomes a visual meditation on its subject.

For more information about the artist and to study more of his work, visit his website at: www.jamesallenstudio.com.

For more information:libref@pugetsound.edu

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4 Ways Academic Libraries are Adapting for the Future

Innovative-LibrariesHas technology rendered the library obsolete? It doesn’t seem so. Instead, centers for higher learning are finding ways to reinvigorate them.

Despite all the dire predictions for the future of academic libraries in the digital age, when people believed the digitalization of print and other emerging technologies would make them irrelevant, universities around the country are evolving their libraries and intellectual centers into catalysts for discovery, learning, collaboration, and scholarly breakthroughs. Read more of the coEXIST.com article: 4 Ways Academic Libraries are Adapting for the Future by Brad Lukanic.

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From the Archives: Happy Winter Break!

ArchivesSnowSceneHave a happy and safe winter break! We’ll be here when you get back in January.

 

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Collins Library Links: End of the Semester Edition – Focus on Archives & Special Collections

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End of the Semester Edition:
Focus on Archives & Special Collections

 

Additions to the Archives & Special Collections:

  • DuBois, W.E.  Burghardt (Editor), The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races, March 1930. Vol. 37, No. 3. New York: NAACP ( 1930)
  • Raymond, Harry, The Ingrams Shall Not Die! Story of Georgia’s New Terror, New York: Daily Worker (1948)
  • Corréard, Alexandre, Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal in 1816 (1818)
  • Florence Crittenton Magazine, Devoted to Rescue Work Among Women (May 1903; July/August 1903; October 1903; December 1903; May 1904)
  • More than 530 photographs documenting all aspects of campus life 65 years ago during the year 1949 were added to during fall semester.  Check out some of our favorites:

Early Spring 2015 Events:

  • February 2 – June 15, Women from the Archives & Special Collections exhibition,
    Located on the second floor of the library, this exhibit will feature women authors, activists, scientists, and artists whose works are held in the University of Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections.
  • Tuesday, February 3, at 4:00pm, Behind the Archives Door featuring Collecting the Northwest: Archives, Indians, Missionaries, and the Curation of Plateau Cultural Heritage, Trevor Bond, Head of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at Washington State University Libraries.

Missionaries to the inland Northwest created the earliest and most substantial archives of Plateau Indian culture. This illustrated presentation examines how collectors with varied motivations amassed American Indian cultural materials. Power and wealth influence who acquires collections and where collections reside often resulting in the geographical dispossession of cultural heritage.  However, recent work centered on digital repatriation may provide one method for connecting cultural heritage with their respective communities.

Stay in Touch:

Stay Tuned for More:

  • Does the name of the town of University Place have anything to do with University of Puget Sound? Yes, it does, and the full story will be available this spring.
  • In anticipation of Kittredge Hall’s 75th anniversary celebration John Finney, retired Associate Dean and University Registrar, with Laura Edgar and Professor Linda Williams, Art & Art History, will be producing the Historical Guide to Kittredge Hall as a small pamphlet.
  • The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) papers are currently being arranged and described by Maddie Faigel ‘15, the collection will be available for research in spring 2015.

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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