Behind the Archives Door Series – Winter 2014 Events!


Image of the Shelmidine Stained Glass

On the first and third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m., the Archives & Special Collections will hold a series of informal presentations on current research, unique resources, and rare books that are part of the University of Puget Sound Collections. Join us for informal discussion, tea and the opportunity to handle documents and artifacts hundreds of years old!

2/6:  Apianus, Cosmographia (1584) — James Evans, Science, Technology, and Society. The Cosmographia was a guide to the discipline of cosmography and includes a fold-out chart of one of the earliest published maps of North America. Recently added to the collection, this 1584 edition also includes original paper instruments with moving parts, called volvelles, which allowed readers to solve problems from the book.

2/20:  Japanese American students at Puget Sound during WWII — Katie Henningsen, Archives & Special Collections. During WWII, Japanese American students at Puget Sound were deported to internment camps. Learn about their experiences and the university’s response by examining original documents.

3/6:  To The Height(s)?: The Mystery of Puget Sound’s Errant Greek Motto — Brett Rogers, Classics. Intrepid Classics Professor and researcher Brett Rogers unravels the history of the Puget Sound Seal and
the real meaning behind the motto Pros Ta Akra!

4/3:  The Joy of Book Collecting — Ian Fox ’14 and Jane Carlin, Library Director. The 2013 Book Collecting Contest winner, Ian Fox ’14, will share his love of all things Batman and talk about the development of his outstanding collection of books. Jane Carlin will discuss the larger world of book collecting and the 2015 Puget Sound Book Collecting contest. The contest offers three awards: $750, $500, and $250.

4/17:  Stan! and his World — C. Mark Smith ’61 and Brendan Balaam ’14, Liana Hardcastle ’14, Tosia Klincewicz ’14, Margaret O’Rourke ’14. C. Mark Smith ’61 will join 4 student curators to discuss the life and times of Professor Lyle “Stan” Shelmidine who taught Middle Eastern History and the creation of the Collins Library exhibit, Stan!, featuring artifacts and documents from Shelmidine’s Collection. Learn about Middle Eastern art and architecture and explore the library and life of a Puget Sound icon.

5/1:  Solving Mysteries with Photographs — John Finney ’67 P’94, Archives & Special Collections. A picture is worth a thousand words and no one knows more about that than John Finney ’67 P’94 who has scanned and documented over three thousand images documenting Puget Sound’s history. John will describe ways to “read” a photograph and showcase some of his biggest mysteries and how he solved them.

Collins Memorial Library


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