Sound Ideas Monthly Update!

Sound Ideas Monthly Update!

Monthly Readership Totals:
Last month, ( September 2019) Sound Ideas had 11137 full-text downloads and 84 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 7403. University of Puget Sound scholarship was read by 1055 institutions across 135 countries.

The most popular papers were:
The Impact of Sensory-Based Movement Activities on Students in General Education
Is Euthanasia Morally Permissible? Why or Why Not? (357 downloads)
Beyond Hippies and Rabbit Food: The Social Effects of Vegetarianism and Veganism

The most popular publications were:
School of Occupational Therapy Master’s Theses (2121 downloads)
The Trail (1752 downloads)
Summer Research (1121 downloads)

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From the Archives & Special Collections: The Ladies’ Repository

The Archives & Special Collections has many unique books that give a little glimpse into everyday life at different points in history. One such example of this is The Ladies’ Repository. The Ladies’ Repository was a magazine that was written for women by Methodist ministers, which is particularly interesting considering Puget Sound’s ties to the Methodist Church.

The magazine was published from 1841 to 1876 and started when the idea for a monthly magazine for women was presented by Samuel Williams, a Methodist from Cincinnati, Ohio. He wanted to create a magazine focused on a Methodist mindset for women to read and grow their moral character. The Ladies Repository included illustrations, songs, prose, and poetry, many of which included Methodist teachings and ideas.

In 1853, The Ladies’ Repository hired a new editor, Davis E. Clark. Clark expanded the magazine from one for women only to a magazine that was relevant for the entire family and circulation increased to 40,000 households. After the Civil War (1861-1865), the magazine began to decline and it was replaced by The National Repository in 1876.

The volume in the A&SC includes monthly issues from January through December, 1859. In the January 1859 issue there is an image and article describing the life of Bishop Edward R. Ames by Reverend Thomas Eddy. Many of the articles are written by men for women as a way to educate and inform women. Men weren’t the only contributors though; many women submitted poetry and illustrations to be printed. One example of this is the poem titled “Comfort” by Emily C. Huntington (pg. 6, January 1859).

This volume is one of many that we have in the Archives & Special Collections so if you’re interested in looking at some of our rare books, stop by!

The Archives & Special Collections has drop-in hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM or is open by appointment.

By Rowan Coates

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Archives Month Pop-Up Exhibits, Monday, Oct. 14th & Monday, Oct. 28th, 12:00-2:00pm, Vendor tables in the Wheelock Student Center

Remaining dates: Monday, Oct. 14th & Monday, Oct. 28th

October is American Archives Month and to celebrate, the Archives & Special Collections is holding a series of pop-up exhibits in the Wheelock Student Center. Drop by our table every Monday in October between 12-2pm to learn more about university history and the many rare objects in the Archives & Special Collections.

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Behind the Archives Door: La France Sauvee with Angela Weaver, Thursday, Oct. 24th, 4:00-5:00 p.m., A&SC Seminar Room, Collins Library

Join Fine and Performing Arts Librarian Angela Weaver as she discusses the creation of a digital dramaturgical casebook for the play, La France Sauvee, an unfinished play by Olympe de Gouges (1792). The dramaturgical casebook includes a master copy of the script as well as contextual / historical research pertaining to the playwright, characters in the play, and costume and set design. This digital humanities project was used as a model for the kind of engagement that faculty and students can have with a text in the digital realm.

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Peer Research Advising

Hello! Our names are Ilana Dutton and Kate Roscher and we are the peer research advisors in Collins Library this year. Ilana is double majoring in International Political Economy and Politics and Government, with a minor in Spanish. Kate is an International Political Economy major with Spanish and Global Development Studies minors. We are excited to meet you and to help out with any research questions you may have throughout the year!  You can find our hours at



Within my fields of study, research has been an integral part of my college career. Beyond classes, I was an Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences summer research scholar and spent a semester as a research assistant to an IPE professor. While I have spent a lot of time in the library and do a lot of research for class, I never felt like I was taking full advantage of the resources the library has to offer. Even though I have only been in this position for a month, I feel like I have already learned so much about the library resources.

My passions include talking about Refworks, telling people about the importance of voting, and taking public transportation around Tacoma. My goal this year is to help students at Puget Sound feel comfortable with the research process! I am excited to keep learning about what the library has to offer and show other people those resources, too.


I am excited to be working as a Peer Research Advisor this year to share my love of the library with others. I have grown to appreciate the research process over my past few years at Puget Sound. My experience last summer as a Chism Research Scholar challenged me as a student researcher and helped me to solidify my skills while learning to love the research process. The biggest lesson I learned this past summer was to allow ample time for your research to unfold. When you have enough time, research can take you in unexpected and exciting new directions.

Through this experience, I gained confidence in the research process and learned that it’s okay to not always have the answer.

When I’m not in the library I am sitting just outside the library on the grass, babysitting the children of Tacoma, or trying to reach my goal of reading 100 books this year (I am accepting recommendations).


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Science Stories: A collaborative exhibit showcasing Book Artists and Scientists. Coming to the University of Puget Sound winter and spring 2021.

This exhibit is a collaboration between the Slater Museum of Natural History,  the Collins Memorial Library, with support from the Puget Sound Book Artists organization and Art/Sci Salons sponsored by the University of Puget Sound.  This exhibition that will pair book artists and scientists together.  The artist will interpret scientific research in an artist’s book form.  This is an exciting opportunity to showcase both local scientists and educators as well as provide the opportunity for close collaboration with respected local artists who can visualize and interpret science in new and inspiring ways.

A good example of this type of work is by artist and Professor Emeritus from The Evergreen State College, Lucia Harrison.  The Nisqually Delta Restoration Puzzle is an example of how an artist has used scientific research, as well as concerns about our environment, to inform and inspire their work.  Professor Harrison will be co-curating this exhibition and working closely with Collins Library Director, Jane Carlin and Peter Wimberger, Professor and Director of the Slater Museum.

[Images From top: 1.) Nisqually Delta Restoration Puzzle, Artist Book, 16″ x 16″ (2015) 2.) This Stretch of Riches, by Lucia Harrison and Sharon A. Sharp, Archival Digital Printing on Mohawk Superfine, Box, 16″ x 6″ x 5″ (2008) 3.) Ancient Forests of Frying Pan Creek, Detail (2018) 4.) Notes For a Natural History Encyclopedia Volume II: Atlas (2002)]

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From the Archives & Special Collections – Celebrating Archives Month!

October is American Archives Month and to celebrate the Archives & Special Collections is bringing our history to you! There will be a series of pop-up exhibits in the Wheelock Student Center every Monday this October from 12-2 PM. Stop by to learn about Puget Sound’s history, from athletics to architecture. Each pop-up exhibit features items from the ephemera collection, some dating back to the 1920’s and 30’s.

On Monday, October 7th the Archives and Special Collections presented an exhibit on “Old School Athletics” at Puget Sound. We shared memorabilia and rare objects that highlighted the rich history of sports at UPS.

On Monday, October 14th our exhibit will be “Promoting Puget Sound to Prospective Students.” Many of the items in this exhibit are advertisements with the goal of inspiring recent high school graduates to come to Puget Sound.

On Monday October 28th the exhibit theme will be “First-Year Orientation Programs.” There will be items from the collection that highlight the history of this famous Puget Sound tradition. The exhibit features a small collection of Puget Sound handbooks which are little guides to campus life (they are literally tiny). These books give insight into the unique past of our university and highlight the strange traditions that first-years had to follow. Come check them out to learn more!

Archives Month is a great opportunity to realize the importance of archives and learn about fun aspects of our history. Come by our exhibits to get involved with Puget Sound history and celebrate the Archives!

The Archives & and Special Collections has drop-in hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM or is open by appointment.

By Julia Schiff

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Introducing Peer Research Specialist Rowan Coates

Hi! My name is Rowan Coates and I am one of the new Peer Research Specialists in the Archives and Special Collections. I am currently a junior pursuing a double major in History and Environmental Policy and Decision Making.

I originally heard about the Peer Research Specialist position from a friend who had the position previously but was graduating. She thought that I would be interested in the job. I applied as soon as I heard they were looking for people to fill the position for the upcoming semester.

Archives and museum work is something that has always interested me and being a history major, it is definitely a career path that I can see myself going down one day. The Archives and Special Collections is a great stepping stone in the right direction for me.

Even though I have only worked at the Archives and Special Collections a short time, I have already seen and read so many interesting things. One of my favorites is looking online at all the old Bulletins and seeing how the University has evolved and become so much more inclusive in what classes they offer. I think it is so important to catalogue how the university has changed so that we can appreciate how far we’ve come. That is the great thing about history.

The Archives & Special Collections has drop-in hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM or is open by appointment.

By Rowan Coates

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An intelligent novel about a secret society of hungry young women




Roberta spends her life trying not to take up space. At almost thirty, she is adrift and alienated from life. Stuck in a mindless job and reluctant to pursue her passion for food, she suppresses her appetite and recedes to the corners of rooms. But when she meets Stevie, a spirited and effervescent artist, their intense friendship sparks a change in Roberta, a shift in her desire for more. Together, they invent the Supper Club, a transgressive and jovial collective of women who gather to celebrate their hungers.

Find more like this in the Popular Reading Collection!

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Sound Ideas: Puget Sound scholarship reaches an international audience.

Have you visited the Sound Ideas page recently?  If you haven’t, you should.  The Digital Commons Readership Activity Map is a real-time visualization of downloads across the globe. Just click here: and scroll to the bottom on the page and watch the map populate.  And we are close to almost a million downloads of Puget Sound Research!

Congratulations to all contributors.

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