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Need Stress Relief? Color Our Collections

Last week the Internet was filled with coloring pages from Special Collections and archives around the country.

Here are our contributions. Print them out, color them, and tag us on social media (Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook).

Or try the hashtag #colorourcollections on your favorite site to see the endless options from other institutions around the country.

Maximillian coloring image Jeremiah coloring imageCanticum Coloring image Durer image of dragons

 

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Main Library Exhibition Gallery is Now OPEN : First Exhibition “Explorer’s Legacy”

Explorer’s Legacy:

James Van Allen and the Discovery of the Radiation Belts

February 1 – April 8

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After months of being closed for renovations the new state of the art gallery in the University of Iowa Main Library is now open. Stop by and take a look at the exhibition, including the story of the discovery of the radiation belts, and the tale of how the earliest data recorded from space was recovered, digitized, and made available for scientists and scholars.

Gallery hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Read More about this exhibition.

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February 5th: 100th Anniversary of Dada

By Timothy Shipe, Curator of the International Dada Archive

Friday, February 5 marks the 100th anniversary of Dada, the avant-garde literary and artistic movement that started in the neutral city of Zurich in the midst of World War I. On February 5, 1916, a group of exiled artists and writers opened the Cabaret Voltaire, an eclectic performance space in the heart of the student quarter.  That first night’s program included poetry readings in German and Romanian, cabaret songs, classical piano music, a balalaika orchestra, and an exhibit of abstract art. By April, the name Dada had been chosen for the movement that grew from the Cabaret’s activities. The Cabaret Voltaire lasted for 165 days, but Dada spread beyond its walls to other venues in Zurich, then to Berlin, Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam, and New York, among other places. The influence of Dada on modern art and culture is immense. Dada centennial celebrations have begun around the world. Our own International Dada Archive houses the world’s most comprehensive repository of Dada documentation. To avoid upstaging the celebrations in Zurich, Bucharest, and elsewhere in Europe, the Dada Archive and Special Collections will launch our own centennial events next year, beginning with a major exhibition in the Libraries’ new gallery in spring 2017.

See the first issue of Cabaret Voltaire online.

Shown here is the cover of the 1916 journal Cabaret Voltaire,  one of the gems of our collection. Weekly “Dadagrams” have been posted on the Special Collections Instagram site for the past year.

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Special Collections Weekly Update 1/29/2016

Upcoming Events: Iowa Bibliophiles

Portrait of Heather Wacha

Wednesday, February 10th at 7PM in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Heather Wacha will be talking about a single Medieval manuscript leaf from Special Collections, Msc 542 xMMs.Pr1 and her process identifying it. She will present her findings about this text in the 13th century manuscript edition, 16th century early printed editions, as well as early 20th century history when Otto Ege broke the manuscript apart, and the early 21st century when digital technologies allow us to start to put it back together again.

Join us for refreshments at 6:30PM.

More information.


Manuscript Collection Update from Jacque Roethler

Jonas Hunt was first corporal and first sergeant of the Iowa 18th Volunteer Regiment, Company B. His grandson, Leland Hunt, has gifted this collection to the University of Iowa.

From notes from his great-great granddaughter we have this history: “Jonas Hunt was born August 7, 1837. On August 6, 1862 Jonas joined the Eighteenth Regiment Volunteer Infantry. Jonas took part in several battles in southern Missouri and Arkansas before being mustered out the first part of August 1865. They [meaning he and his wife Emeline Twombley] apparently built a log cabin in Lacelle, IA (no longer a town) near Osceola and raised nine children. “

The collection consists of a canteen, a certificate, a roster, a family bible, a military record, and a company sick book. This last item, the sick book, is fairly unique to this collection. It is a record of every illness in the company and where the person was serving during his sickness. It is divided into columns as follows: Name, rank, sick in quarters, in hospital, and duty.


New Acquisition Updates from Margaret Gamm

The Glenwood Resource Center in Glenwood, Iowa, was previously named the Iowa Institution for Feeble-Minded Children. This album from around 1910 documents that earlier time period. In some of the first photos, several women show off their Winter attire on a January day declared to be 24 below. Brr! While the creator of the album focused on the teachers at the Institution, the students make many appearances as well.


Event Recap

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Photo: Stephen Smith. Photo by Marvin Gatch. Papers of Stephen Lynn Smith (RG 02.0009.032)

University archivist David McCartney gave a presentation about the Historical Iowa Civil Rights Network at St. Ambrose University in Davenport on Thursday, 1/18/2016. HICRN is a project of archivists, librarians, historians, and former civil rights workers from across the state to document the civil rights movement, both at home and elsewhere. David co-founded HICRN in 2012 and, to date, 12 institutions have participated.

 

 

 


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Special Collections Weekly Update 1/22/2016

Staff Publications

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Amy Hildreth Chen

Special Collections Instruction Librarian

Archive Journal, Notes+Queries, “Methods to Use Digital Resources to Teach Primary Sources”: http://goo.gl/wcJuF7

 


Upcoming Events

The U.Iowa History of Medicine Society and the Iowa Women’s Archives
invite you to hear:
Injections, Itches, and Institutions:
The Experience of Rural Medicine in Iowa, 1910-1950

Portrait of Jennifer Gunn

 

Jennifer Gunn
History of Medicine Endowed Professor
Director of the Institute for Advanced Study
University of Minnesota

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 5:30-6:30
Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) 2117

Free and Open to the Public

 


Event Recap

Image of a group of people at the mock caucusIowa Women’s Archives staff participated in a Mock Caucus event with other staff from the UI Libraries on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. A mock caucus is a non-partisan educational event to teach about the caucus process and what to expect. Vitalina Nova, Preservation Projects Librarian, led an educational and bilingual guide to caucus.

The event was held at the Center for Worker Justice in Iowa City and was co-sponsored by LULAC and the Center.


 New Acquisitions

Update from Acquisitions & Collections Management Librarian Margaret Gamm

These books arrived this week as part of a donation from Nicholas Meyer. His gift, which will be added to his previous gifts to Special Collections, included translations of his works in several languages, as well as Star Trek books and movies and some other fascinating items. The books are about to head over to our cataloging department, where the real language skills live. Kudos to our multi-talented catalogers, and to our generous donor!


 Sign Up for Spring Semester Class Sessions

Update from Instruction Librarian Amy Chen

Image of a class of students examining booksSpecial Collections librarians can support any aspect of class planning for teaching with rare books and primary source materials.

We had a record-breaking 2015, so sign up early or else our rooms and librarians may already be booked for popular times. Find our class request form here.

 


 

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Special Collections Weekly Update 1/15/2016

Instruction: Spring Semester Sign Up

Update from Instruction Librarian Amy Chen

Students looking at a bookSpecial Collections librarians can support any aspect of class planning for teaching with rare books and primary source materials.

We had a record-breaking 2015, so sign up early or else our rooms and librarians may already be booked for popular times. Find our class request form here.

 


New Acquisitions

Update from Acquisitions & Collections Management Librarian Margaret Gamm

Pick Yourself Up From off the Ground by CubaPick Yourself Up From off the Ground by CubaPick Yourself Up From off the Ground by Cuba. One of a kind artist’s book with acrylic graffiti paintings, 2014.

 

 

 


From the University Archives

Update from University Archivist David McCartney

A video paging through a 100+ year old scrapbook from a woman from the class of 1915 who attended the very first Homecoming football game.


Staff Awards

Portrait image of Amy ChenSpecial Collections Instruction Librarian Amy Chen was selected to be featured as a “Bright Young Librarian” by Fine Books & Collections Magazine. Read the feature here.

 

 

 


From the Web and Social Media

In Case You Missed It: A Compilation of Recent Links & Posts 

  1. Blog post reporting on a research trip to Special Collections: Marbled Paper Connections by Emily Pazar.  See it here.
  2. Article about the Brinton early film collection: 100 Years Later, New Audiences Discover Legendary Outsider.  See it here.
  3. Center for the Book/Special Collections commercial that we filmed last August is finished and will air on the Big Ten Network.  Article: here  Video below:


Exhibitions

“The Humanity in History”

January 8th-March 1st, 2016

Kelly Grogg, graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science and Special Collections senior Olson Graduate Assistant, has completed her capstone exhibition. It is on display now in the cases outside Special Collections on the 3rd floor.

“Every person featured in this exhibit has contributed to make the world a better place.  They may not have ever reached the level of recognition they deserved, but despite their humble beginnings and oncoming obstacles, they contributed to the world in a way that cannot be measured in a ‘neatly packaged, sanitized parable’.  These are the people who create history.”  – Kelly Grogg  

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Amy Chen Honored as a “Bright Young Librarian”

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Special Collections Instruction Librarian Amy Hildreth Chen was selected to be featured as a “Bright Young Librarian” by Fine Books & Collections Magazine. Please join us in congratulating her on this recognition from the wider community.

You can read the feature here.

 

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A Look Back on 2015 in Special Collections

34,000 people visited the mobile museum exhibition, "Iowans in World War 2" and 3,000 Pages were digitized as part of the Hevelin Collection science fiction fanzine digitization projectOur instruction program had its biggest year ever with 212 classes taught in special collections and 38 in the Iowa Women's ArchivesBig year for social media. 1,000,000 loops on Vine, Instagram grew exponentially to over 3000 followers.We received donations of 18000 science fiction books, the earliest known recording of Stokely Carmichael, seriographs by Corita Kent and congressional papers from Jim Leach. Dada and Surrealism journal is now online and we answered 696 Reference questions last year.New staff include Alonso Avila, Amy Chen, Laura Hampton, Lindsay Moen, and John Fifield. We have a new video series called, "If Books Could Talk."The LULAC national president visited IWA and Janet Weaver was awarded the LULAC Council 307 builder award. We had new spanish language acquisitions including an artist's book called Orbita and 1960's-1970's mexican comic books called Los Supermachos.We visited many science fiction conventions this year including ICON, Demicon, Mid-South con and World Con and fans from ICON helped raise $1955 to fund digitization.

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Issue no. 20 of Dada/Surrealism Journal Now Available

By Tim Shipe, Curator, International Dada Archive, and Arts & Literature Liaison

We are pleased to announce the publication of issue no. 20 of our journal Dada/Surrealism, a special number entitled From Dada to Infra-noir: Dada, Surrealism, and Romania.” http://ir.uiowa.edu/dadasur/vol20/iss1/.

Co-edited by Monique Yaari of the Pennsylvania State University and Timothy Shipe of the University of Iowa, our thematic issue includes eighteen articles by scholars and critics from North America, Europe, and Israel, as well as a selection of primary documents newly translated into English and a substantial bibliography. From Dada to Infra-Noir is the first essay collection in English on the subject of Romanian Dada and surrealism in literature and the visual arts, both within Romania and in the (largely francophone) diaspora.

Dada/Surrealism is the peer-reviewed, free and open-access journal of the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism, and is published by the International Dada Archive, Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.

Profuse thanks are due to Wendy Robertson for her expertise, patience, and hard work in bringing this project to fruition.

Tim Shipe

General Editor, Dada/Surrealism

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Best Wishes to Our Graduating Student Workers

By Lindsay Moen, Department Liaison

It has only been a few months into my new position as Department Liaison, and one of my major job duties is to supervise the student employees. I did not anticipate that the hardest part of this new job would be watching wonderful students graduate and leave the department.

This Fall 2015 semester, two outstanding students graduated: Zoë Webb and Mallory Price. Both students will be sorely missed, and I think I can speak for the entire department when I say, they will be hard to replace!

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Zoë and Mallory reading graduation cards from the Special Collections staff.

 

Zoë Webb graduated this semester from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History with a degree in Art, and finalized her undergraduate career with a BFA show titled “Don’t Stray From the Path”. Zoë’s show featured a room not only filled with her original artwork, including some impressive metal works, but it also included artistically placed trees and leaves to give the viewer the sense of walking through an ethereal forest inhabited by faeries.

Zoë began her Special Collections journey in January 2012, where she has completed a wide variety of projects in the department. She’s made spine labels, processed books, including hundreds of science-fiction paperbacks, and helped with some major shifting projects in her many years here. I will definitely miss her shared love of fandom, expert artistic skills, and knack for finding amazing things on accident.


Mallory began working in the Special Collections department in May 2014, and during her time here has been our primary front desk student. Along with assisting patrons with numerous questions, ranging from helping them to use the scanner, to detailed research questions, Mallory has proved herself to be a huge asset in all things reference! I will miss her expertise in helping others, her positive attitude, and friendly smile!Mallory Price graduated this semester from the University of Iowa School of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, with a focus on Music Therapy. An outstanding violin player, Mallory finalized her undergraduate career with a Senior Recital, playing music from Beethoven, Fritz Kreisler, and Dvořák.

On behalf of the entire Special Collections and University Archives Department, we wish Zoë and Mallory the best of luck in the future!