The adventure that can bring truth…

Stephen Leeds is a perfectly sane being, it’s his hallucinations that are insane. An unrivaled genius, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people-or as Stephen calls them aspects-to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes he is followed by these hallucinatory experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. His brain is getting a little crowded and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own. When a company hires him to recover a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past―Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists. His discoveries may give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.

Check this book out from the Popular Reading Collection!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Behind the Archives Door: Dennis Flannigan’s “Letters from Mississippi”

On Thursday, October 18th (that’s tomorrow!), Dennis Flannigan, a member of Puget Sound’s Class of 1961, will join us in the Archives Seminar Room on the second floor of the library for our “Behind the Archives Door” lecture series. In his 20s, rather than finishing his studies in American literature at Puget Sound, Flannigan decided to join the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign to help register African American voters in Mississippi and build community resources such as libraries. While in Mississippi, he wrote letters to his friends at Puget Sound. The seven letters were published in The Trail during the fall of 1964 as a series titled “Letters from Mississippi.” In these letters, Flannigan recalls the backlash against the Freedom Summer, including the bombing of the church the civil rights workers used as a meeting place.

Flannigan went on to become a four-term state representative and founded or co-founded of several local organizations including the Pierce County Alliance, Emergency Food Network, and Pierce County Reading Foundation, among others. He received an honorary Doctorate of Law from Puget Sound in 2012.

During this event, Flannigan will reflect on his past of civic engagement, and we will examine Puget Sound documents related to the Civil Rights Movement.

The Archives & Special Collections is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Julia Masur

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From the Archives & Special Collections: African American Communist Party Pamphlets

We recently completed a finding aid, or inventory, for a significant manuscript collection that we acquired several years ago – the African American Communist Party Pamphlets. This collection contains 53 pamphlets created between 1928 and 1974 by the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA). The CPUSA played an important role in defending the civil rights of African Americans during the height of its popularity in the 1930s and 40s. The organization began a focused effort to recruit African Americans in the 1920s, sending organizers to the Deep South. They mobilized students, farmers, and industrial workers to overturn segregation laws, build support for anti-lynching legislation, and ensure equal voting rights for minorities. In the North, they campaigned against the eviction of African American tenants, for equality in the work force, and against police brutality. The CPUSA viewed the liberation of African Americans as a vital component of the American class struggle. Several thousand African Americans joined the CPUSA in hopes that the organization would help them to achieve specific civil rights including educational and labor related goals.

The CPUSA was a prolific publisher of pamphlets. Pamphlets were inexpensive to print, easy to hand out, and an affordable way to spread ideas to audiences both large and small. This collection contains notable examples of the type of information being disseminated by the CPUSA. Several prominent African Americans, including Pettis Perry, Henry Winston, and Benjamin Davis, wrote pamphlets included in this collection. Perry, author of 4 pamphlets in the collection, rose through the ranks of the CPUSA leadership to become secretary of the CPUSA’s Negro Work Commission. He led an effort to root out racism within the party, resulting in hundreds of Communists being expelled. Winston, author of 2 pamphlets in the collection, was a community organizer, civil rights leader, and member of the CPUSA who devoted his life to advocating for the working class. Davis, author of 8 pamphlets in the collection, was a lawyer, journalist, orator, and organizer, well known for his involvement in several high profile legal cases, including those of Angelo Herndon and the Scottsboro Boys. Herndon, also an author of one pamphlet in this collection, was an African American labor organizer who was arrested and convicted for insurrection in 1932.

There are several pamphlets of topical interest as well. The pamphlet titled “The Negroes in a Soviet America,” by James Ford and James Allen, written in 1935, is typical of pamphlets produced during the period in which the CPUSA was heavily recruiting African Americans. The authors denounced capitalism and promoted communism as a path to a brighter future for African Americans. The pamphlet laid out a history of the mistreatment of African Americans, citing the Scottsboro Boys case in Alabama and the disappearance of African American owned farms. Other pamphlets highlight the work of abolitionists including Harriet Tubman, Thaddeus Stevens, and Frederick Douglass.

Of the over 50 Communist Party pamphlets in the collection, only one was written by Russians and published by the state-owned news agency in Moscow. Titled “Fire Bell in the Night,” it was written by three Russians hours after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and completed on the day of his funeral. This pamphlet also includes commentary on the Watts Riots, the march from Selma to Montgomery, the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, and a calendar detailing victims of racism.

Drop in during our open hours or make an appointment to view this incredible collection.

The Archives & Special Collections is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Laura Edgar, Assistant Archivist

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Celebrating Archives Month!

October is Archives Month and we are excited to celebrate! According to the Society of American Archivists, “Since 2006, American Archives Month has given the profession an opportunity to tell (or remind) people that items that are important to them are being preserved, cataloged, cared for, and made accessible by archivists.” I believe the work of archives and archivists is incredibly important, and I encourage you to engage with us this month (and beyond!).

If you’re interested in engaging with archivists around the country, consider participating in #AskAnArchivist Day, which is today, October 3rd! #AskAnArchivist is an opportunity to speak directly with archivists from across the United States to learn about the work they do and why they do it. Head to Twitter, type in the hashtag, send a question, or just follow the conversation.


If you’re interested in learning more about the Archives & Special Collections department at Puget Sound, visit the library for pop-up exhibits this month. One of our staff members will be on the first floor of the library for the next four Wednesdays with some of our favorite items for you to explore.



Our pop-up exhibits will be up between 12-2:00pm on:

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd:     Green Beanies at Puget Sound

Wednesday, Oct. 10th:   Scrapbooks

Wednesday, Oct. 17th:   Alternative Student Newspapers

Wednesday, Oct. 24th:   Election Ephemera


The Archives & Special Collections is located on the 2nd floor of Collins Library and open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By: Adriana Flores, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian

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Memory Lame: An Unforgettable Installation by Jessica Spring and Scott Gruber, Opening Reception Dec. 5, 6:00pm, Collins Library

Memory Lame,
Exhibit open October 22–January 25, Collins Library.

A multi-faceted installation by Jessica Spring and Scott Gruber, “Memory Lame” focuses on retention and loss of memory, and our collective knowledge. As humans we employ many memory aids—from digital apps to old-fashioned mnemonic devices—to readily access facts we need. Derived from the Greek mnēmonikos and related to Mnemosyne, the mythological goddess of memory, mnemonics make use of encoding, retrieval cues and imagery to better retain information. Ancient Greeks identified two types of memory: “natural” is inborn and used instinctively; and the other “artificial,” which one can train and develop. Commonly encountered mnemonics are often used for lists and in auditory form, such as acronyms or memorable phrases, but mnemonics can also be used in visual or kinesthetic forms.

Elements of the “Memory Lame” installation incorporate repurposed salvaged library journals and handmade paper. Abaca fiber is both strong and translucent, and includes a memory of its own formation, revealing papermaker’s tears and areas of waves that appear like wrinkles. Recycled journals—rendered replaceable with digital surrogates—serve a new purpose while still in their library setting. These materials take physical form in the river of forgetfulness, the fountain of knowledge, and a memory palace surrounded by mnemonic devices that connect with our collective knowledge.

“Memory Lame” was funded with assistance from the Tacoma Arts Commission, and the Morgan Conservatory. Supported and funded by the Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound.

Jessica Spring learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer ever since, most recently inventing Daredevil Furniture to help other printers set type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. She also collaborates on the Dead Feminists broadside series with illustrator Chandler O’Leary. Their book, “Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines in Living Color” is available from Sasquatch Books. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teaches book arts at Pacific Lutheran University.

In the early 1980’s Scott Gruber received formal training in how to see, understand what is being seen, and how to create objects & spaces that enhance what other people see. He earned a BFA in Sculpture from St. Cloud State University which translated to more than three decades of creating functional and non-functional three-dimensional art, ranging from jewelry, interior accessories, water features, totemic sculptures, and entire landscapes. Squeezed into this timeline is the operation of a commercial poultry and sheep farm which ended in 2017, and the ongoing nursery operation specializing in culinary and therapeutic plants. Under the name Calendula Farm & Earthworks, Scott feels very fortunate to get paid for playing in the dirt with rocks & sticks & things.

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Collins Library Links – Special Edition: Focus on the Race & Pedagogy Conference


Collins Library Links – Special Edition
Focus on the Race & Pedagogy Conference

Librarian Lori Ricigliano has put together a number of useful resources associated with the upcoming Conference.  We encourage you to share this information with your students and colleagues.  We are also pleased to announce a special student issue of the Race & Pedagogy Journal described below.

2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference Library Guide
This guide includes works by keynote speakers featured at the 2018 Race and Pedagogy National Conference with links to full text articles and video clips. The books are on three day reserve. In addition there are conference related links and information about conference exhibits in the library.

2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference PreK-12 Educators Personal and Professional Resources
This collection of print and non-print resources was compiled by teachers, university faculty, and community members who collaboratively developed the PreK-12 Teachers and Students Unlearning Racism strand as a part of the 2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference. It is a starting place for continued exploration about centering race and unlearning racism.

Coming soon!  A special student issue of the Race and Pedagogy Journal will feature the work of individual Master of Arts in Teaching students’ experiences with race and racism during student teaching in K-12 classrooms in Spring 2018.

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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From the Archives & Special Collections: 2018 Race and Pedagogy National Conference

Members of the Japanese Students’ Club, 1941

Beginning this Thursday evening, the University of Puget Sound and the Race & Pedagogy Institute will be hosting the fourth Race & Pedagogy National Conference. This year’s conference is centered on the theme of “Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation,” and will feature a variety of poster presentations, speakers, performances, and exhibitions. Held on the Puget Sound campus every four years, the RPNC was created with the mission of providing teachers and students with the necessary tools for thinking critically about issues of race and advancing terms and practices that will allow them to act to eliminate racism.

In the Archives & Special Collections, we are honored to be participating in this conference in several ways. Over the past month, I have been working on curating an exhibit about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, with an emphasis on the 36 Puget Sound students who were among those excluded from the West Coast. The exhibit is divided into three sections: before incarceration, incarceration, and remembrance.

The first section highlights the successes of the Japanese American community in Tacoma and on the Puget Sound campus; in Tacoma’s Nihonmachi (Japantown), Japanese American businesses thrived and the Japanese American students on the Puget Sound campus were active in all aspects of campus life. However, racism still loomed in the background in the form of Japanese exclusion leagues, anti-Japanese immigration laws, and general prejudice.

The evacuation notice posted in Pierce County,
notifying Japanese Americans of their
impending evacuation.

This racism reared its head in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, leading to Executive Order 9066, which allowed the federal government to exclude groups of people from certain areas of the country during wartime. This brings us to our next section: incarceration. In May 1942, Japanese Americans were “evacuated” from the West Coast, sent to “assembly centers” near the areas of exclusion, and then removed to “relocation centers” further away. Conditions in these camps were unacceptable: detainees lacked privacy and adequate food, family units were broken down, and the physical environment was extreme and inhospitable.

After incarceration, few Japanese Americans returned to Tacoma, but their legacy on the Puget Sound campus still exists, bringing us to the section on remembrance. The grove of cherry trees on campus has been maintained and replanted since 1939, when the original members of the Japanese Students’ Club (never revived post-incarceration) donated the original trees. In 2009, the university bestowed honorary degrees, Nunc pro Tunc (something that is done at one time that should have been done at another time), on the 36 incarcerated students.

The exhibit, entitled “Looking Like the Enemy: Japanese American Incarceration during World War II,” will be located outside of the A&SC on the second floor of Collins Memorial Library for the remainder of the fall semester. Come check it out!

Also, if you’re interested in learning about how archives relate to the mission of the RPNC, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Adriana Flores will be participating in a panel discussion on Friday at 1:30pm in the Archives Seminar Room titled “The Liberated Archive: Creating Inclusive Spaces for All Histories”.

The Archives & Special Collections is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Julia Masur

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Peer Research Advisors for Fall Semester 2018

Marcelle Rutherfurd ’19 and Lindsey Rachel Hunt ’19 are Peer Research Advisors in Collins Library for Fall Semester 2018. Their primary focus is to help first-year students find resources for the research paper in the Seminars in Scholarly Inquiry and in other introductory courses. One of them will be available for drop-in research questions Sundays through Wednesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Collins Library Learning Commons.

For more information:

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An aspiring journalist becomes an advice columnist

Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are doing their part for the war effort and trying to stay hopeful despite the German planes that make nightly raids. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance. Instead, she finds herself typing letters for Henrietta Bird, a renowned advice columnist of a magazine. Mrs. Bird has one rule: letters that have any unpleasantness are to go in the trash. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from different women, she begins to secretly write back to the readers who have spilled out their troubles.

Check this book out from the Popular Reading Collection!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Behind the Archives Door: Exploring Artifacts from the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests, September 20, 2018, 3:00–4:00pm, Archives Seminar Room, Collins Library

Tomorrow, September 20th, is our first “Behind the Archives Door” event of the year! Join us to explore the Egge Collection on China, which contains materials dating from 1987 through 1990, collected by Claire ’57 and Don Egge ’55, two Puget Sound alums who lived and taught in China during the late 1980s. The collection is centered on the democracy movement in China in 1989. It contains newspaper clippings, maps, pamphlets, government policy publications, and posters. Generally, the collection is useful for examining aspects of Chinese life and culture including education, politics, and economics. A lot of the collection consists of English-language newspapers from China, so you don’t have to be able to read Mandarin to take advantage of this collection!

For this event, we will be focusing on the documents specifically relating to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, which were part of a larger democratic movement in China. On June 4, 1989, students protested against Deng Xiaoping’s decision to minimize the funeral of a top government official, Hu Yaobang, who had supported the democratic movement. The Chinese government suppressed the protest using armed force, which led to civilian casualties.

Dr. Anthony Clark of Whitworth University, who will be giving the talk, specializes in East Asian history with a focus on late-imperial China. His research centers on the interactions between China and the West in China. Previously, he has worked with the Egge Collection transcribing some of the student posters.

To learn more about the Egge Collection and to hear Dr. Clark’s perspective on the collection and the Tiananmen Square protests, come to the Archives Seminar Room on the second floor of the library from 3:00-4:00 PM, Thursday, September 20. We’ll see you there!

The Archives & Special Collections is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Julia Masur

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