She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

Announcing Sarah Jessica Parker’s Newest Book Club Central Pick by Wayétu Moore.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Alternative Student Newspapers

UPS has had an official student newspaper for almost as long as the university has existed. Published under three different names – Ye Recorde (1895-1903), The Maroon (1903-1911), and The Trail (1911-present) – the official student newspaper has published over 2,000 issues over the past 123 years. However, unbeknownst to many, during that time at least six other alternative newspapers sought to compete with the official newspaper. These underground papers were mainly published during the 1960s and 1970s, a time of social and cultural upheaval across the United States, and frequently criticized The Trail for failing to provide a forum for criticism of the university.

The Brail was one such alternative newspaper. Published between 1963 and 1965, The Brail offered “a criticism, not only of the TRAIL, but of student government in general” (1964 Tamanawas, pg. 152). At a time when the campus climate leaned more conservative, The Brail was noticeably liberal and somewhat anti-establishment; it “[existed] in spite of lethargy, apathy, and dynamic inertia” on campus (April 1964). The paper’s motto was “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king”, which is an Erasmus quote. The name of the paper is a reference to this quote, as well as a play on The Trail. The Brail frequently used satire and humor to make its point. For example, UPS and Puget Sound are always stylized as UP$ and Puget $ound, and the 1963-1964 issue references the university’s motto at the time, saying “UP$–Dedicated to learning, good government, and the Christian religion. Well, two out of three isn’t half bad.” The paper’s editor, Dennis Flannigan, was ultimately asked to leave campus by President R. Franklin Thompson after receiving a warning regarding continuing to publish The Brail.

The other alternative student newspapers mostly followed similar themes, and included The Grassroots Forum, the UP$ Rut, the Index, The Advocate, and The Third Eye. To learn more, come visit the A&SC and take a look!

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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Celebrate Latinx Heritage with Latinx Unidos!

¡Ya Basta! A Look Into the East LA Walkouts 50 Years Later commemorates the 50th anniversary of a series of protests organized by Chicano students in 1968 against unequal conditions in Los Angeles schools. The display was created by the Latinx Unidos student organization and provides information on the issues that prompted the walkouts, the activists’ demands, and the results and lasting impact of the protests. Included in the exhibit are re-created protest posters, a timeline of events, photographs, and more.

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Music in the Library, Harpists, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, 3-3:20pm, Library West Reading Room

Please join us:

HARPISTS November 30, 2018
West Reading Room

Performances by: Augusta Grassi, Christina Sumprer and Sienna Murphy

For more information contact:

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Food for Fines: November 12 – December 2, 2018

This fall, Collins Memorial Library and the Emergency Food Network are cosponsoring Food for Fines. Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash, Nov. 12 – Dec. 2.  Donate to a worthy cause AND clean up your library debt at the same time.

Bring in 1 can of food and we will waive $1.00 of your library fines (for returned items). That’s right!  $1 per can! NO LIMIT!


Welcomed Items:

  • Peanut Butter • Canned meats • Canned dinners
  • Canned vegetable & fruits • Dry beans & pastas
  • Stuffing mix

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  • Bring cans to the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library.
  • 4 ramen noodle packs = $1.00 of fines.
  • One – 6 ounce can or larger = $1.00 of fines. (Unlimited waived)
  • Canned food accepted for fines on returned items only, not for replacement fees of lost items.
  • Only non-perishable, un-dented, and labeled cans will be accepted.
    • Please, no jars/glass containers.
    • Additional donations are welcome. Thank you.
  • All canned food will be donated to the Emergency Food Network (
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A Tail spinning romance

Rye Mallett, a fearless “freight dog” pilot charged with flying cargo to far-flung locations, who has a solid reputation. He will fly in the foulest weather, day or night, and deliver the goods safely to their destination. When Rye is asked to fly into a fog covered north Georgia town and deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert, he doesn’t question it. He is greeted first by a sabotage attempt on his plane that causes him to crash land, and then by Dr. Brynn O’Neal, who claims she was sent for the box in Dr. Lambert’s stead. Now despite his “no involvement” policy Rye finds himself drawn to not only the mysterious cargo but also to Brynn.

Check this and others out in the Popular Reading Collection!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Campus activism in the 1960s

Every semester, the Archives & Special Collections welcomes students from many classes into the A&SC for specially designed classroom sessions. As the Archivist, I work with faculty members and the liaison librarians to create sessions that use archival materials and rare books to supplement the classroom curriculum. These are fascinating sessions that use the resources of the library to support the teaching that is happening all over campus.

This semester I was given the opportunity to create a new archives session for the History department. The session was titled “Moments of ‘Disruption’ at Puget Sound during the Vietnam Era,” and it investigated four key moments of our history during the late 1960s. With the help of Peggy Burge, the library’s Coordinator of Teaching, Learning, and Digital Humanities, I went through boxes of archival materials to curate the classroom session. We identified four moments of ‘disruption’ during the late-1960s at Puget Sound: the faculty divide in support for the Vietnam War; the presence of the Air Force R.O.T.C. program on campus; the Vietnam Moratorium protests; and the list of three demands students presented to the administration at the end of 1969. All four of these moments highlight campus agency and voice during a tumultuous time in our nation’s history.  The students who participated in this class were able learn about campus history and position those events within a greater national context.

By diving into our campus’ history, the students were able to see examples of campus and local activism. Today, as we see signs of protest and activism all over the news, I think it is important to compare and contrast these expressions of activism. What ties these moments together? What separates them?

If you’re interested in learning more about our campus’ history, please reach out to us by emailing

Student protest, 1967 Tamanawas yearbook, p. 128








(From left): Student call for a Vietnam Moratorium, undated; Advertisement in “The Trail”, October 8, 1971)

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

By Adriana Flores, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian


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Exhibit: March 12 – May 12, 2019, Sarah Bodman: Read to Me: A psychometric collaboration with objects

An experiment by the artist British artist Sarah Bodman in collaboration with a psychometric reader, to transmit the emotional content of selected narratives through a series of physical objects. The artist selected 10 objects to read stories to. They were then posted to the reader who relayed the objects’ messages back to the artist to produce an artist’s book. Read To Me is touring with an exhibition of the artist’s book and a selection of the original objects which were read, until December 2019.  Produced at the London Centre for Book Arts, this is the first showing in the United States.  You can read more about the development of the project in a photo essay written for Axon: Creative Explorations, a free access online journal:  Collins Library exhibit space.

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A tender story on love and consequences

The aftermath of a flood that washed away a small town in Tennessee led to the evangelical preacher, Asher Sharp, to offer two gay men shelter. This is when his life starts to change and he risks losing everything: his wife-who is locked in her religious prejudices-, his son Justin who is caught in the middle of a soon to be bitter custody battles, and his congregation who shuns him. With no way out Asher flees with Justin to Key West, in hopes of finding his brother, Luke, whom he turned against after he came out. It is at the southernmost point of the country where Asher and Justin learn a new way of thinking about the world and love.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, Loggers! We’re sure everyone is very excited to see President Crawford’s costume at the campus Halloween party in the Rotunda today, so in honor of our current president’s favorite holiday, we’re looking back at another president’s Halloween celebration – President Phil Phibbs in 1978.

In honor of the holiday, the university’s Tour and Travel Committee sponsored a pumpkin carving contest judged by President Phibbs dressed as the Great Pumpkin. According to the November 3rd issue of The Trail, the SUB was packed with competitors and onlookers. President Phibbs gave a short speech, presented Academic Dean Tom Davis with a security blanket, and threw candy to the crowd. The Learning Skills Center, the predecessor to the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, won the contest with their pumpkin entitled “Mid-terms”.

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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