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Shakespeare Invades Iowa City Once Again – 100 Years Later

By Hannah Hacker

On August 29 through September 25, the University of Iowa Libraries’ Main Gallery will be featuring the Folger Shakespeare Library’s traveling exhibit First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. This exhibition will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

This exhibition will also be marking another anniversary more pertinent to the history of Iowa City and the University. One hundred years ago, on May 12, 1916, the University and the city hosted a Shakespeare parade in honor of the Bard’s 300th death anniversary. A procession of people walked from campus to the City Park, roughly a mile away, to present portions of Shakespeare’s plays under the guidance of the Iowa City Center of the Drama League of America. There were roughly 5,000 participants, with three hundred and fifty Shakespearean characters represented.

Parade commemorating Shakespeare 300th anniversary marching from the University of Iowa to the City Park

Pictures of this event can be found at the University Libraries’ Frederick W. Kent Collection of Photographs, as well as digitized online through the Iowa Digital Library.

People performing on the Festival Stage at City Park for the Shakespeare parade in 1916

The University of Iowa Libraries will be hosting a similar event at the City Park. This event is not only meant to highlight the Folger exhibition and anniversary, but will also serve as a throwback to the parade held 100 years ago.

Shakespeare at IowaDost Thou Speak Masterly?: Iowa Reads Shakespeare, the Shakespeare public reading will be held at the Festival Stage in Lower City Park on Saturday, September 24. All are welcome to participate in, and watch, the performances.  (See on the events calendar). The event will also include a costume contest.

Interested in reading? Gather your troupe, choose your scene from Shakespeare’s plays, and register to deliver your lines on the Riverside Festival Stage at City Park in Iowa City. Pick a 5 minute section of your favorite play, and get assigned a time to jump up onstage and practice your elocution in memory of Shakespeare, and how Iowa City has celebrated his legacy through time. SIGN UP here for a five minute slot HERE.

Don’t forget to VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PLAY and professional actors will perform a scene of the winning play at the event.

There will also be a variety of other events in honor of the First Folio!, so keep an eye on the University of Iowa Libraries website http://shakespeare.lib.uiowa.edu for all the details.

 

References

Ottumwa tri-weekly courier. (Ottumwa, Iowa), 13 May 1916. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86061215/1916-05-13/ed-1/seq-5/

The Monthly Bulletin of the St. Louis Public Library. New Series, Volume XIV, Saint Louis Library, 1916. Pg. 92. Google Books, Aug. 23, 2016.

 

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Special Collections & Archives staff present at the Society of American Archivists Conference

Last week, several members of Special Collections attended the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in Atlanta, Georgia. Two of our staff made professional contributions having a poster and a presentation competitively selected.

Instruction Librarian Amy Chen exhibited her poster on “Twentieth Century Literary Collection Acquisition Patterns.” This poster is the result of her research on the marketplace for writers’ papers, begun when she completed her dissertation on the topic for her doctorate at Emory in English in 2013 and continued here at Iowa. Prior to SAA, she spoke about this research in a presentation for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop back in April 2016. She very kindly shared her poster here.

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13667851_1211956318826198_4944404505386424117_oUniversity Archivist David McCartney spoke at the same SAA Conference as part of a panel called, “Archival Bonds: Love & Friendship in the Archives” about the emotional work that can be involved in documenting historic lives as an archivist. He related the emotions surrounding his efforts to document the former UI student’s life as an example.

You can view tweets from the session here: https://storify.com/libralthinking/saa16-sesson-406-archives-and

 

 

 

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Saying Goodbye to Olson Graduate Assistant Kelly Grogg

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Kelly Grogg has been an Olson Graduate Assistant in Special Collections for the past two years. In May she completed her Masters in Library and Information Science. Kelly completed her time with us here in Special Collections last week. Our patrons, students, and staff benefited greatly from Kelly’s cheerful dedication.  Kelly embodies the philosophy of service at the heart of librarianship. She will be missed.

Here is a list of some of the incredible work and projects Kelly did while in Special Collections:

Mentored and supervised a high school intern.

Mentored and supervised a student from the UI Reach program.

Curated an exhibition

Processed archival collections

Created lesson plans

Worked at the reference desk

Answered reference questions

Created pop-up events in the Learning Commons

Taught class sessions

Contribute to social media and video outreach projects

 

Kelly recently obtained a position as the Librarian for the United States Peace Corps. In this position Kelly will get to work with a small physical library of training materials, as well as maintaining up updating the digital library the Peace Corps created for volunteers.  However, most of her time will be spent training international counterparts on the usage of the digital library and locating materials useful for volunteers as they set out to complete development projects. As an added bonus, she’ll also be able to answer historical reference questions about the Peace Corps through their historical document collection, putting to use the skills she gained as the Olson Graduate Assistant in Special Collections.

Please join us in wishing her the best in her new career as a librarian!

 

Kelly has left us with a video of her favorite things:

Celebrate Kelly’s success by looking back on her hilarious YouTube series, “Historical Crushes.”

 

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Sample the Szathmary Culinary Collection

Feeling overwhelmed by the more than 20,000+ cookbooks from 1498 to the present day, thousands of recipe pamphlets, and multitudes of handwritten cookbooks?

Sample an item from a tasting menu.

Just stop by the Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Main Library and order up a culinary item to browse from one of these choices:

 

Tea Speakeasy Meat Bread

Afternoon Tea

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Special Collections News & Updates 7/29/2016

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From Social Media:

Doom Patrol comic book coverOur student worker Dennis Cooper is processing comic book collections and posting about it on this Tumblr:

http://comicbooklibrariansupreme.tumblr.com/

Follow along!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes:

Behind the scenes filming a video with Emily Martin from the Center for the Book

Behind the scenes filming a video about flexagons with Emily Martin from the Center for the Book. Keaton Fuller, Special Collections’ video assistant is seen in the photo.

The video will appear on our YouTube channel http://youtube.com/uispeccoll sometime in August.

 

 

 

 

 


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Special Collections News & Updates 7/22/2016

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Migration is Beautiful Website Premieres at the 2016 National LULAC Convention

Janet Weaver in front of Migration is Beautiful display

July 12th was the kickoff for the 2016 National LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) convention. Janet, assistant curator for the Iowa Women’s Archives, attended the conference to promote “Migration is Beautiful,” a new website featuring vignettes, oral history interview clips, memoirs, letters, and  photographs from the IWA’s Mujeres Latinas Project.

The new website highlights the experiences and contributions Latinas and Latinos have made to the state of Iowa. It also hosts an interactive map that shows the migration of Latinos through Iowa during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Read more on the Iowa Women’s Archives Tumblr:  http://iowawomensarchives.tumblr.com/post/147700561076/july-12th-was-the-kickoff-for-the-2016-national

 

Hevelin Collection Transcription “Soft” Launch:

Early fanzinesUPDATE: transcription of the Hevelin Fanzines has begun! This afternoon 1,000 pages of scanned zines were opened up to a select group of fans for transcription. This “soft launch” of the transcription phase will give us an idea of how quickly transcription will go, and reveal any unexpected challenges we have not foreseen. All of the zines were published between the years 1930-1950, and represent a variety of content, creators, and printing techniques. We are now one step closer to our final goal: a text-searchable database which will offer unprecedented access to this massive and fascinating collection. Onward!

From Hevelin Tumblr: http://hevelincollection.tumblr.com/post/147607267899/update-transcription-of-the-hevelin-fanzines-has

 

 

New Spring/Summer issue of the UI Libraries’ Newsletter, Bindings

whitmanRead it online now: http://www.pageturnpro.com/Libraries-at-the-University-of-Iowa/73547-University-of-Iowa-Libraries-Bindings-Magazine-SpringSummer-2016/index.html#1

Or download it here: http://ir.uiowa.edu/lib_bindings/28/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instruction Update:

Image of teachingFall is approaching – remember, we book classes on a first come, first serve basis.

If you want to get the date and time you want, please book your sessions through our form: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/forms/speccoll_class/.

We do not accept class requests sent to personal emails of special collections librarians.

 

Current Exhibitions:

The two exhibitions will run through August 24, 2016.

Visiting Exhibition: Geographies: The Midwest Examined from The Midwest Guild of Book Workers

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A Collection of Wood and Rocks

Our graduate student worker Ellen Wrede put together a curious collection of stones, wood, and oddities from the natural world found in Special Collections.

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1960’s Online Exhibition from the University Archives is Now Online

1960's exhibit front pageA new digital exhibition curated by University Archivist David McCartney is now online highlighting over 150 entries pulled from 30 different collections in the University of Iowa Archives such as “Sutdent Life, ” “Pop Culture,” ” Politics & Protest,” ” and “Civil Rights.” Video and audio clips from the time give a tour of the sights and sounds.

 

Browse the exhibition:  http://dsps.lib.uiowa.edu/sixties/

 

 

Big Ten Network Filming:

Last week we had a film crew visit from the Big Ten Network to make a one minute film about Special Collections outreach. As video producers it was an enormous opportunity to watch a major network’s team in action. We’ll post about the segment in the coming months when it is released. Stay tuned.

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Special Collections News & Updates 7/15/2016

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Staff Publications:

Amy Chen interviewed Tirtza Even—a professor, video artist, and documentary film maker—for Archive Journal’s Notes and Queries section. The interview focuses on Even’s work to promote her Natural Life project, which shares the stories of five juveniles sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Read the article here: http://www.archivejournal.net/issue/5/notes-queries/natural-life-archive/

 

1960’s Online Exhibition from the University Archives is Now Online!

1960's exhibit front page

A new digital exhibition curated by University Archivist David McCartney is now online highlighting over 150 entries pulled from 30 different collections in the University of Iowa Archives such as “Sutdent Life, ” “Pop Culture,” ” Politics & Protest,” ” and “Civil Rights.” Video and audio clips from the time give a tour of the sights and sounds.

Browse the exhibition: http://dsps.lib.uiowa.edu/sixties/

Read about it in the Alumni Magazine: http://www.iowalum.com/magazine/digital/july16.cfm

 

UI Libraries South Entrance is a Poké Stop:

Pokemon Stop imageStop by the UI Libraries south doors, or near James Sanborn’s Iacto sculpture on the north side courtyard between the UI Main Library and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to find Poké Stops near the UI Main Library.

If you aren’t up to date on this week’s cultural phenomenon, here is an intro: http://lifehacker.com/what-is-pokemon-go-and-why-is-everyone-talking-about-it-1783420761 

 

 

From our Social Media: A Manuscript Collection Processing Party

18 people processing papersAin’t no party like a collection processing party!  The University of Iowa Special Collections had our first Processing Party, organized by Processing Coordinator Jacque Roethler and Student Specialist Ella von Holtum.

18 staff members and student employees got together for one hour to help process a portion of a MASSIVE collection of papers. We did an initial sort of separating out the correspondence, and we accomplished 28 boxes! Definitely a do again! What would have taken 20+ hours only took one.

 

 

 

Read more: http://uispeccoll.tumblr.com/post/147396688845/aint-no-party-like-a-collection-processing-party

 

 


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YouTube Series If Books Could Talk Finishes Final Episode

Colleen and HeatherIf Books Could Talk is a collaboration between Heather Wacha from History Corps, a digital public history project from the History Department at the University of Iowa, Colleen Theisen, Outreach & Engagement Librarian from Special Collections, and Katie Buehner, Head of the Rita Benton Music Library from the University of Iowa Libraries. Heather Wacha researched and wrote the episodes, Colleen Theisen served as the host, and Katie Buehner filmed and edited the series.

“If Books Could Talk,” explains that the paper, bindings, bookplates, repairs, stains, handwritten notes, stamps, and markings all leave traces that give clues to how they were made, where they have been, and can even tell about the lives of the people who have read them.

The final episode appears below. In it, Heather and Colleen examine two Medieval manuscript leaves and what we can learn from the layout, chapter headings, verse numbers and more. How does a Medieval manuscript Bible leaf differ from a Bible printed today, and what features have remained throughout the years?

Find out in the final episode of If Books Could Talk:

 

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Special Collections News and Updates 7/1/2016

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Codex Conquest logoAmy Chen promoted Codex Conquest, her book history game, at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS). She is now collecting names and emails of librarians, faculty, and anyone else who might be interested in following the development of the game. Email amy-chen@uiowa.edu if you would like to be added to the listserv. Amy also hopes that she will shortly have a web landing page for the project, so stay tuned!

 

 

  

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Summer is the best time to get your class visit on the schedule for Fall 2016! Request your fall sessions now through our form:  http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/forms/speccoll_class/.

 

 

 

 

 

From the Web and Social Media:

Graduate Assistant Kelly Grogg’s video series, Historical Crushes finishes with this fifth and final episode.

Check out the whole series on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyuiKePcOFhuwhjH90wHSZs5fj_aWwEXI

 


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Historical Crushes YouTube Series

Special Collections’ Graduate Assistant Kelly Grogg, is somehow convincing our librarians to admit to their secret historical crushes…