The Tragic effects of the American war and its aftermath

Teenager Varina Howell agrees to marry the older widower Jefferson Davis, as she expects to secure the life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis though has other plans and pursues a career in politics, and in turn is appointed as president of the Confederacy, placing Varina in the center of one of the darkest moments in American history. With the Confederacy failing, her marriage in shambles, the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond, Virginia, and travel south. All on their own, now fugitives with bounties on their heads, follow the tragic past of one woman that describes the American war and its aftermath.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: University Historical Texts

Want to learn about the history of UPS, but don’t have the time or transportation to visit the Archives & Special Collections in person? Check out our digitized collection of university historical texts!

Two presidents – Edward H. Todd and R. Franklin Thompson – wrote histories of the university. Todd’s history is the earliest digitized history of the university; we do have an earlier autobiography of one of the ministers in the Puget Sound Conference of the Methodist Church at the time of the university’s founding, which discusses some of the history of the university but is primarily focused on the life and career of the minister in question, Rev. LeSourd. Todd’s history, which he titled College of Puget Sound: A Dream Realized, not only covers his own presidency, but also the 25 years of university history prior to his election. Some highlights include the origin of the university, President Todd’s successful fundraising campaigns, the move to the current campus location, the fiftieth anniversary of the university, and campus during World War II. The Thompson histories contain chapters covering such topics as President Thompson’s life and career, UPS traditions, the reorganization of the Board of Trustees, campus publications, and campus buildings (many of which were constructed during Thompson’s tenure). Thompson also included his interviews with notable figures in the university’s history, like Norton Clapp, the trustee for whom Norton Clapp Theater and the old law school building were named; James Slater, a professor of science who gave his name to the Slater Museum of Natural History; and Raymond and Olive Seward, the former a professor of physics and the track and football coach, the latter Dr. Todd’s secretary, and both of whom had given so much in service to the university that Thompson suggested that Seward Hall be named after them.

James Earley’s On the Frontier of Leadership is the most recent history of UPS that we have digitized. It was released for the centennial celebration in 1988, just two years after Earley graduated from UPS. This was his first published work as a freelance writer. He divides the history of UPS into two parts: before and after 1913, the year when President Todd assumed office. He considers the university prior to 1913 a “fledgling institution” that faced many struggles, while after 1913, UPS became “an institution destined for distinction.” Using photographs from the A&SC, Tacoma Public Library, and the Washington State Historical Society, Earley provides a glimpse into what campus life actually looked like, in addition to the written history.

Page 44 of On the Frontier of Leadership

John Finney ’67 published a history of the university last year, but it is not digitized. However, we do have a physical copy in the library’s general collection that is available for research. It includes comprehensive lists (to 2017) of the presidents, academic vice presidents and deans, registrars, bursars, deans of women, student body presidents, and chairs of the Board of Trustees. It also has information about the campus locations over the years. The majority of the book consists of a compilation of revised and expanded versions of Finney’s articles in Arches magazine regarding the history of the university. My personal favorite chapter is “My Life as a Cold War Spy”, in which Finney tells the story of when he and another Puget Sound student were arrested by Soviet police during their study abroad program in 1966 for taking photos of troops and vehicles.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Julia Masur

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Collins Library Acquires 1st Completely 3D Printed Book by artist Tim Burtonwood, Art Institute of Chicago

Collins Library acquired this book for our Archives & Special Collections and will serve as a prototype and source of inspiration for Makers!  We plan to re-create this design this summer and hope this book inspires you to think about what you can create.

From the artist’s website:

Click on images below for a close-up view:

“Perhaps no other book in this exhibition suggests the vastness of the photobook’s future so much as Tom Burtonwood’s Orihon, a 3D-printed accordion-fold volume containing scans of ancient sculptural objects. Orihon announces its tactility and embraces both history and prospect, infusing the book with true DIY ingenuity.”

— Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator, DePaul Art Museum & Juror for DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books

Exhibited at
The Printing Museum, Houston, TX
LA Art Book Fair with Booklyn, Los Angeles, CA
Medium Cool Art Book Fair, Chicago
3D Notions, BHQFU, New York
DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago
World Maker Faire New York with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.
University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.
University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Lafayette College, Easton, PA
Columbia College Chicago Library Special Collections, Chicago

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Browsing the Stacks

Our library is full of treasures.  For example, we have 3 copies of the art magazine Verve.  Launched in 1937, by French publisher Tériade, the magazine was focused on raising awareness of art to a new generation of painters and intellectuals.  The reproductions are stunning and even after 80 years, they still retain their high-quality.

The magazine was published in both English and French with covers and illustrations by influential artists like Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, with accompanied text written by Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Andre Malraux, and Jean-Paul Sartre, to name a few. The magazine ran from 1937–1960 with 38 issues.

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The decision between gods and mortals…

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child: she doesn’t have the powers of her parents, so she turns to the world of mortals for companionship where she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island. Here is where she hones her craft and meets the most famous figures of mythology. But Circe stands alone, and draws the wrath of both men and gods. In order to protect what she loves, Circe must summon all her strength and choose: mortals or gods.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Celebrating 48 Years of Lū’au History

Figure 1 Event Poster for Friday’s event.

At the beginning of this academic year, the Archives & Special Collections department decided that one of our goals would be to collect more student life materials. With that in mind, I attended LogJam in September to meet some student club leaders and let them know that the archives existed and we’d be interested in preserving their materials. It was great to meet a few student leaders, but I left unsure whether I’d made an impression.

Much to my delight, I received a message from the Hawaiian student group, Ka ‘Ohana Me Ke Aloha. They said they’d recently gone through their storage area and realized that some of their belongings could be better protected in the archives. As of the beginning of the year, we only had a small box of Hawaiian student life items, containing three Lū’au programs and a few VHS tapes and CDs. We met a week or so later so I could get a feel for the types of things they had and then we discussed the logistics of transferring the items to the archives. Although it took a while to transfer the materials, we now have a collection of Ka ‘Ohana Me Ke Aloha materials that more accurately reflects their time and impact on campus.

Figure 2: Photo from the 1976 Lū’au

To celebrate nearly fifty years of Hawaiian student life on campus–their predecessor Hui O Hawaii became a ratified ASPUS club in November of 1970–the Archives & Special Collections is hosting an Open House to showcase the new materials before this year’s Lū’au. The Open House will highlight Lū’au and the other achievements of Ka ‘Ohana Me Ke Aloha over the years, including scrapbooks, awards, photographs, Lū’au programs and recordings. This event is free and open to campus members, alums, and the outside community. Our hope is that the Open House will honor the many contributions of our Hawaiian students to campus life, as well as garner excitement for their upcoming 50th anniversary in 2020. We highly encourage everyone to come to the Open House this Friday!!

Event details:
Date: Friday, April 13th
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Archives & Special Collections, 2nd floor Collins Memorial Library

If you’re a part of a student club that would like to transfer your materials (historic or current) to the archives, please contact Adriana Flores, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, at

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Adriana Flores

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Research Marathon at Collins Library! April 17-18, 8:30pm-11:30pm, Library 118

Research Marathon at
Collins Library

Library 118
8:30 to 11:30 pm
Tuesday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 18

Wherever you are in the research process, join us for expert help, camaraderie, and snacks! Peer Research Advisors and librarians will be available for on-the-spot research consultations.

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Library 24/7 Hours are Apr 29-May 1 and May 6-10!

Collins Library wants you prepared for Mid-terms and Finals Week!

The library hours during that period will be:

Apr 29 – May 1 Sun – Tues 9 a.m. – Open 24 Hrs.
 May 2 Wed Closing at 2 a.m.
May 3 – 4 Thur – Fri 7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
May 5 Sat 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
May 6 – 10 Sun – Thur 9 a.m. – Open 24 Hrs.
May 11 Fri Closing at 6 p.m.
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Collins Library Links: Celebrating Libraries


Celebrating Libraries

This week Collins Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries, and library staff, lead their communities through the transformative services, programs, collections, and expertise they offer.  April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the value of libraries.  Libraries are creative and engaging centers where students, faculty, and staff can collaborate and be inspired to develop their skills and passions.

Tuesday, April 10 is National Library Workers Day, a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library staff. #nlwd18.  It’s a chance to say thank you to library staff who alter their work day to ensure we have 24/7 coverage, who take on new and challenging work such as the Makerspace to inspire students, who spend hours in and out of the classroom with students to ensure they find the materials they need, and for the many rush orders fulfilled.

In addition, we are hosting several events that celebrate libraries and reading:

Thursday April 12:
Artists’ Books and Social Justice:  Marshall Weber, social activist and book artist, will share information on Booklyn, a cooperative dedicated to promoting social justice through unique publications. Archives:  11:30 – 12:30

Poetry Reading by Glenna Jackson.  Glenna Jackson will read from her first full-length poetry collection, Thresholds.  She holds a B.A. in English Literature and, while at Puget Sound, she won the Hearst Essay Prize for the Humanities and the Nixeon Civille Handy Prize for Poetry.  Archives:  2:00 – 3:00

Monday April 23:
Presentation on the recently published Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants by author Rob Garrett.  Welcome back Robert F. Garratt.  Garratt is emeritus professor of English and humanities and has published books and articles on modern Irish literature, including the recent Trauma and History in the Irish Novel: The Return of the Dead. His baseball articles have appeared in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Baseball Biography Project.  Room 020: 4:00-5:00

Check out one of our favorite videos: What is your favorite book?

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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Evan Pano finds his voice in the world where he was always silent.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Pano’s strict, immigrant, Greek, mother only sees him as a disappointment and nothing else. His quiet, workaholic father is a believer in avoiding conflict. Lastly, his best friend, Henry, has become extremely attractive over the summer. Tired, isolated, and scared Evan finds that his only escape is to draw in an abandoned monastery which feels as lonely as he is. Sure he kissed one guy over the summer but now, Henry is proving to be irresistible. To top it off Henry seems to be interested in being more than friends. Henry, makes him believe that he deserves more than his mother’s harsh words. But, as things with Henry get more heated and his mother’s abuse gets worse, Evan has to find his voice in the world where he has always been silent.

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