Collins Welcomes New Public Services Specialist Nick Triggs!

Collins Library is pleased to welcome new Public Services Specialist Nick Triggs, who started on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Learn more about Nick and his interests:

Nick

1. What attracts you to Puget Sound?
The variety of learning and inquiry happening at UPS. The library I previously worked for is extremely arts focused; Puget Sound also offers much more. The Sound Policy Institute and the Race & Pedagogy Institute interest me. And I won’t lie, the location and the lovely campus are a big draw for me.

2. What are you looking forward to most?
Meeting new people, and working with the Makerspace. Seeing what the students, staff, and faculty are curious about and the amazing things that they are researching and creating. Being part of a consortium, and having a wider range of disciplines to serve. 

3. Past accomplishments you would like to share?
Work-wise, it would be helping people in all sorts of different situations. It could be convincing an archivist in London to take pics of marginalia in a Sanskrit manuscript with her phone for a professor, or it could be helping a student format an assignment to print all on one page 2 minutes before it’s due. Life-wise, I am very fortunate to be a part of great families, and again, to be helping others when I can. I also ran the Bull Run Invitational as a parent, and it was really tough (for me)! 

4. Anything else you might like to share (pastimes, fun facts, etc…)
Well, I lived in Maryland for a long time. We moved out here 3+1/2 years ago from Baltimore to be closer to my son’s college (California College of the Arts) and my wife’s family (who live here and in Utah). So, I am still new to the area! I have a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. My mom, sister, and wife all work(ed) in libraries. I like to cook and eat, I like to run and hike (to help with the eating). I love reading comics and listening to all kinds of music.

Everyone’s been so nice and welcoming here, thanks!
–Nick

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Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice

The Collins Memorial Library recently purchased the ebook, Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice. According to the book’s description,

Black Lives Matter at School book

After a powerful webinar that included educators from ten cities explaining the many incredible actions they took in support of the national Black Lives Matter at School week of action, Denisha Jones contacted Jesse Hagopian to propose that they collect these stories in a book. Black Lives Matter at School succinctly generalizes lessons from successful challenges to institutional racism that have been won through the BLM at School movement. This is a book that can inspire many hundreds or thousands of more educators to join the BLM at School movement.

Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. It began in Seattle when John Muir Elementary School educators announced that they would wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts to work. In response, they received a bomb threat from white supremacists. In solidarity, thousands of educators came to school on October 19th wearing shirts that said, “Black Lives Matter: We Stand Together,” along with hundreds of families and students.

In the years since, schools across the country have participated in Weeks of Action, holding events for both schools and their communities. The Coalition offers a Starter Kit with resources for schools to host their first Week of Action as well as curriculum materials for every age group free of charge. Additionally, the educators in the BLM at School movement have develop a list of demands for the movement:

  1. End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice
  2. Hire more black teachers
  3. Mandate Black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum
  4. Fund counselors not cops

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and others named and unnamed, Black Lives Matter at School launched a new initiative, the Year of Purpose, encouraging educators, students, and parents to participate in ongoing activations and reflection throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Events included Justice for George Day on October 14; Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20; and International People’s with Disabilities Day in December. Events in 2021 include Queer Organizing Behind the Scenes, Unapologetically Black Day, Student Activist Day, and #SayHerName Day.

Denisha Jones is a member of the national Black Lives Matter at School steering committee and Director of the Art of Teaching, the graduate teacher education program at Sarah Lawrence College; and her co-writer, Jesse Hagopian, teaches high school ethnic studies in Seattle and is on the Black Lives Matter at School steering committee.

For more information, see Black Lives Matter at School.

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Celebrating Black History Month: Alisa Banks and her book, Wrongful Termination

Collins Memorial Library’s inaugural post celebrating Black History Month takes a look at artist Alisa Banks and her book, Wrongful Termination, which is part of the artists’ book collection in Special Collections N7433.4.B36 A48 2019.

According to Anne Evenhaugen at the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives:

An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration. It is the artistic initiative seen in the illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout and design that makes it an art object.

What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent. Artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental. The book can be made through fine press printing or hand-crafted, with pages illustrated by computer-generated images or cheap photocopies. Books can become sculptures, tiny and gargantuan; books can be sliced up and reconfigured, made from all kinds of materials with unconventional objects incorporated, in unique or limited editions, or produced in multiple copies. With all sorts of ideas behind them, artists continue to challenge the idea, content and structure of the traditional book. (https://blog.library.si.edu/blog/2012/06/01/what-is-an-artists-book/#.YBmYOOhKiUk)

Wrongful Termination addresses race-based discriminatory practices. Starting in the 1980’s, multiple suits have been filed against employers, schools, and other agencies by people of color (primarily women) who were fired, passed over for promotion or hiring, or sent home for wearing their natural hair. Wrongful features two original poems and collaged texts from newspaper editorials.

Banks uses an altered law book by Lionel J. Postic as her primary structure. The volume is hollowed out to contain four paper scrolls affixed by plastic hair rollers over a base of black, synthetic hair. A four-page accordion fold insert is affixed to the front-end page. It includes two original poems and texts from newspaper editorials. Alisa told Collins Library staff in an online forum that Wrongful Termination was conceived of as a companion piece to Bad Hair, another of her books which features synthetic hair and features snips of editorials and quotes relating to women who have brought suit for being terminated by their employers because they wore “natural” hairstyles to work.

Alisa Banks is a visual artist who creates sculptural books, textile collage, and multi-media work to address identity politics; she frequently incorporates fibers and found materials that reference traditional craft techniques. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Europe, Asia, and throughout the US, and is housed in several private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, the US Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center.

Alisa received her BS in Medical Technology from Oklahoma State University and her MFA in Art from Texas Woman’s University. She lives in Dallas, TX. Images from:  https://www.alisabanks.com

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The Black Kids – a virtual conversation & reading with author Christina Hammonds Reed, Feb. 22, 6pm

The Black Kids with author Christina Hammonds Reed, Feb. 22, 6pm

Collins Library is looking forward to this event! We hope you are as well!

Reed holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and initiates timely conversations surrounding race, gender, class, violence, mental health, and more through her writing and keynote speeches.

About The Black Kids
https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Black-Kids/Christina-Hammonds-Reed/9781534462724

For more about Reed’s work: 
https://www.simonspeakers.com/author/hammonds-reed-christina/


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Welcome Back Loggers 2021! We missed you!

Collins Library welcomes on-campus and remote students for the Spring 2021 semester!  We are taking a hybrid approach to services, with some available in-person and others entirely online.  Please see our guide for more information: http://research.pugetsound.edu/spring2021.

Our research and reference services are being conducted remotely.  We offer several ways for you to get help with your research.  

For students on campus, the first floor of the library is available for individual study, beginning Monday, January 25, when the quarantine period has ended.  You must use the online seat reservation system, which will be available to take reservations starting on Friday, January 22.  You will have a variety of seating options from which to choose, including tables, lounge chairs, and computers. The link to the reservation system is https://pugetsound.libcal.com/r.

Two printers are available in the library, one in the West Reading Room, and one off of the Learning Commons.  If your sole purpose in the library is to quickly print out materials, you do not need to use the seat reservation system.  

The book stacks are closed to non-staff.  You may request Collins and SUMMIT materials via Primo and they will be pulled and made available to you in the library lobby; you will receive an email when they are available and are organized by last name.  

The Makerspace is available via appointment.  Please see https://research.pugetsound.edu/makerspace​​

The Archives and Special Collections is available via appointment.  Please email archives@pugetsound.edu.

For questions about Technology Services, located on the lower level, please see  https://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/technology-services/



Spring 2021 All Campus – Current building use information is posted at: https://www.pugetsound.edu/spring-2021/spring-2021-student-building-access-use-information/, and this information will be updated throughout the semester.

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Best Wishes for 2021!

From the Collins Memorial Library – Wishing you a safe and happy new year!

This photo is from A Sound Past (pugetsound.edu/asoundpast).
Did you know that to address a shortage of student housing, five 20′ by 40′
A-Frames were constructed in 1969 in the woods south of the Music Building?
Later a few chalets were built. This photo was taken after a snowfall in
December of 1985. The A-frames and chalets were removed in 1998.

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Collins Library is hosting a Virtual Research Marathon!

Peer research advisors and a librarian will be available to help you at any stage in the research process, no appointment needed!

When: Wednesday, December 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm PST
Where: Zoom, via link below

Join Zoom Meeting
https://pugetsound-edu.zoom.us/j/95191989116?pwd=ejZ3UGd5cnNEN21zVG5nT1FUc2VVZz09

Meeting ID: 951 9198 9116
Passcode: VnUC29

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The University of Puget Sound’s Artists’ Books Collection is live!!

Artists' Books Collection

The University of Puget Sound’s Artists’ Books Collection is live!! WOW what a fun project to have completed. As an avid bookworm and visual artist, I was surprised I had not been introduced to this medium before but now these books often run through the back of my mind. When I started working on the artists’ books project, it was just a job that I felt extremely lucky to be enjoying. However, as I opened box after box of these amazing works, I became utterly lost in the minds of these creators. Sometimes art feels very far away and unattainable, beautiful yet impersonal. Not with these books. In handling these works and searching for information surrounding them, I became acquainted with the artists behind them. I found inspiration for my own art in every volume I encountered! I now have a list of my own ideas and topics to create books around and I have been exploring book binding as a result as well. My forever favorite will be the first book I was introduced to, Local Conditions by Chandler O’Leary. OH MY GOSH. When that book was pulled as an example, I was simply stunned; I had no idea a book could look so very unlike a book, and still be a book. Working and interacting with these incredible works of art for the last six months has been nothing short of a privilege and a boon to my own work.

Topics in the collection range from recipe collections to a history of Jewish wedding rings to environmental, political, and social outcries and so much more. There are a number that explore the world of typography, something I had no idea was a thing people even did. Some books were almost too big to fit into the light box while others were so small I had to crouch down and actually get inside the light box to get a decent shot.

I highly recommend you get lost in this collection as soon as you can and also that you make an appointment with Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections to view them in person, when COVID restrictions are lifted.  In the meantime browse away!  You will not regret it and you will come away with a greater appreciation for all the things a book can be.

– By Kendyl Chasco, Library Assistant & Photographer, Studio Art ‘22

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Women’s Suffrage Postcards

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed the constitutional right of women to vote. In honor of this, we are highlighting our Collection of Women’s Suffrage materials, which includes postcards, photographs, and ephemera related to the suffrage movement. This collection was purchased several years ago for use in teaching and learning. Recently, the entire collection was digitized and the materials should be available online this fall.

The women’s suffrage movement in the United States began in the mid-1800s and lasted nearly a century until the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920, enfranchising American women. The campaign for women’s suffrage began in the decades prior to the Civil War, as women were becoming increasingly involved in reform groups such as temperance leagues, abolitionist organizations, and moral reform societies. In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the Seneca Falls Convention to discuss issues surrounding women’s rights. In 1890, the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was formed with Stanton acting as its first president. By 1910, some states began to extend the vote to women, but southern and eastern states in particular resisted. In 1916, NAWSA president Carrie Chapman Catt presented a plan to gain the right to vote, a campaign that mobilized state and local suffrage organizations across the nation, focusing particularly on the states that had taken a hard line against enfranchising women. The First World War slowed their progress initially, but in 1920 the 19th Amendment was finally ratified and approximately 8 million American women voted in elections for the first time on November 2, 1920.

The Collection of Women’s Suffrage materials contains 54 postcards from seven different countries that depict both the positive aspects of enfranchising women and the many negative stereotypes associated with the suffragist movement. Suffrage related postcards were popular in the 1910s and were used as propaganda on both sides of the movement. As Lisa Oberg writes in her article “Postcards and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote:”

“Postcards aimed at dissuading support for women’s suffrage often depicted women in very derogatory ways, as broad caricatures of ugly spinsters, domineering harridans and more… Anti-suffrage cards also insinuated giving women the right to vote would be political chaos and lead to women who were decidedly less feminine and emasculate men by forcing them to perform women’s work such as housekeeping and childrearing.”1

Artist cards designed by popular artists and illustrators and real photo postcards were also popular during this time and showed images of suffragettes, parades, and other events.

In addition to the postcards, this collection contains photographs of prominent suffragettes including Carrie Chapman Catt, Anne Dallas Dudley, Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst, and Millicent Garrett Fawcett among others and several pieces of ephemera such as a meeting notice for the Union County, New Jersey Equal Suffrage League. The Archives & Special Collections also contains a few other items related to women’s suffrage that are not part of this collection, including a pamphlet titled “What President Wilson Says” published in 1917 by the New York State Woman Suffrage Party and a pamphlet titled “National Grange in Favour of Votes for Women” published in 1915 by the National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company. 

1. Oberg, Lisa. “Postcards and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote.” The Journal: Book Club of Washington, Fall 2020, pgs. 28-35.

The Archives & Special Collections is currently unable to host in-person researchers. If you need assistance or would like to set up a virtual appointment, please email us at archives@pugetsound.edu

By Laura Edgar, Assistant Archivist

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From the Archives & Special Collections: The Abby Williams Hill Journals

In August 2019, the Archives & Special Collections received a Washington Digital Heritage grant to digitize, transcribe, and make available online nine journals written by the artist Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943). These journals focus on Hill’s travels throughout the United States between 1895 and 1906 and provide a unique female perspective on significant issues affecting the nation at that time, including education, tourism, and the rights of women, African Americans, Native Americans, and the working class. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be using the blog series to highlight each of the journals and their significance for researchers. Abstracts for all of the journals can be found here.


Last week we discussed the journal from Hill’s year-long trip across the United States with her children in 1901 and 1902. The fourth piece in our digital collection is a daybook from the summer of 1903. That year, Hill secured a contract with the Great Northern Railway to paint scenery along their rail line in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington State. In exchange for her work, Hill asked for 1,000-mile railroad tickets for her and her four children. Hill set off from Tacoma in May 1903 and headed east to Chelan to begin her work. She had a letter of introduction from the Great Northern Railway to present to the station agents along her route. The letter urged the agents to assist her in any way possible. At that time, the North Cascades Highway did not exist and access to the mountains was difficult. Hill writes of traveling by rail, taking a steamer to the north end of Lake Chelan, and then having to travel on foot or by horse into the mountains from there. She painted entirely en plein air, meaning she painted outdoors and on site. She faced many challenges with terrain, wildlife, including rattlesnakes and bears, and weather. Hill wrote:

“Snake came and looked at me. Big land slide came down behind me… I start [Horseshoe] Basin picture. Pitch my awning on a rock, very windy, have to sit astride… Miners at cabins. Showed them pictures. ‘That’s the real stuff boys, no need to come see the Basin if one can see those’… Paint on rock. Hard wind, difficult to stick on. Awning blew down.”

Another day, she writes of difficulty with the snow. “Mr. B. sent Mr. Cooper and a horse for me. Leave the horse, cross the snow on foot. Climb over a trail above a crevasse, by ropes down a hole, up a rock over snow and slide [down] rock to the ledge. Slide over 800 feet, returning, men roar at our inability to steer… Finish the Basin picture. Ione and I have a tumble.”

The Great Northern Railway selected twenty-one canvases by Hill to use in their marketing and promotional materials. The paintings depict scenery in and around Leavenworth, Index, Lake Chelan, and the North Cascade Mountains. On April 12, 1906, Hill wrote a single entry in the daybook, updating her readers on the outcome of the Great Northern Railway commission. She writes:

“What a long interval! My collection which I was painting when I kept this book has been long finished and was exhibited at the St. Louis [World’s Fair]… The Great Northern published a folder illustrating it and circulated 30,000 of them at St. Louis.”

Indeed the railroad did publish Hill’s work in a brochure titled “Scenic Washington Along the Line of the Great Northern Railway,” which we are lucky enough to have several copies of in the Abby Williams Hill collection. In addition to the brochure and this daybook, the collection also includes Hill’s original contract with the railroad, the letter of introduction Hill took with her while she traveled, and a list of the paintings that were exhibited at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and their values. Hill and her children traveled to the fair to see the paintings and her observations are documented in the journal we’ll be looking at next week. In addition, the university owns sixteen of the twenty-one canvases that were part of this commission. Images of those paintings can be seen here.

This project was supported by a grant from the Washington State Library with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Archives & Special Collections is currently unable to host in-person researchers. If you need assistance or would like to set up a virtual appointment, please email us at archives@pugetsound.edu.

By Laura Edgar, Assistant Archivist & Archivist for the Abby Williams Hill Collection

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