About Author: Colleen Theisen

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Norwalk High School Artists Connect with History to Inspire New Creative Work

By Heather Wacha

Students from Norwalk High SchoolOn Tuesday March 22, 2016 Special Collections welcomed 28 students from Norwalk High School, Norwalk, IA.  The students were those of art teacher Maggie Harlow-Vogt. They had traveled all the way from Norwalk to Iowa City seeking inspiration from Special Collections and the Library’s Conservation Lab for their next art projects!

The Norwalk students have been tasked with using their experiences and insights from the Special Collections visit to think more profoundly about what makes a book a book. Their conversations and interactions with the books will be used to inspire pottery, metal-smithing and 3D design projects. The group of 28 split into two smaller groups so that while one was was visiting the Conservation Lab, the other was able to learn about and experience an array of rare books, manuscripts and artists’ books from the twelfth to twenth-first century. Of special note on display was a 1699 Spanish will, the manuscript at the heart of this collaboration.

 

Students from Norwalk High SchoolHeather Wacha, a graduate student in the Department of History, has been working to introduce area high school students to the value and importance of resources held in Special Collections. The Norwalk visit is part of a larger project that involves University of Iowa students transcribing and translating a 1699 Spanish will held in Special Collections for digital publication.  The art students from Norwalk High School, along with Spanish students from Central Academy in Des Moines, are interacting with the Spanish will in a variety of ways that both fit their class curriculum and simultaneously generate enthusiasm and creativity. Each student’s final project will be able to be published on the  same website that will hold the manuscript’s digital publication created by the UI students.

 

Students from Norwalk High SchoolFrom Harlow-Vogt’s perspective, Tuesday’s visit sparked amazing conversations in the bus on the way home. The following day in their art classes, Harlow-Vogt noted that “The students who did not go to the University of Iowa were a bit overwhelmed by the passion and excitement that the other students brought back with them. Those that could not go felt that they had really missed out on a great adventure!”

 

 


 

Portrait of Heather WachaHeather Wacha is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History researching the history of the book and 12th/13th century women in northern France. She is also a Specialist Researcher in Special Collections working to identify and describe Medieval manuscript leaves. You can see her work with History Corps and view her If Books Could Talk videos on the UISpecColl YouTube channel.  She tweets @hgwacha.

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March 30: Felicia Rice “Doc/Undoc” performance followed by a public conversation with Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Felicia Rice at Moving Parts Press

Felicia Rice at Moving Parts Press

Two artists, Felicia Rica and Guillermo Gómez-Peña will be on campus next week as Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors, working with students and appearing in several public performances. As part of this event series, Rice will perform on March 30th at 5pm in the Special Collections Reading Room, performing with Doc/Undoc, an incredible multi-media artwork housed in Special Collections. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who collaborated on the work. This is a unique opportunity to hear from the artists as they interact with the work. Following the performance, Doc/Undoc will remain on display in Special Collections through the month of April along with other Moving Parts Press work on loan from Felicia Rice.

 


 

“The book invites us to consider an ongoing tension as we navigate a world of politics

and appearance, racism and immigration, self and other.” —Jennifer A. González

 


Wednesday, 3/30: Felicia Rice, “Doc/Undoc” (lecture performance), followed by a public conversation with Gómez-Peña (5 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, 3rd Floor Main Library).

DOC/UNDOC Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática is a limited edition artists’ book. The outcome of a seven-year collaboration, this edition of 65 books features Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s performance texts and Felicia Rice’s relief prints and typography, accompanied by Jennifer González’s critical commentary. Of these, a deluxe edition of 15 is housed in a hi-tech aluminum case containing a video by Gustavo Vazquez, an altar, and a cabinet of curiosities. Opening the case triggers light and Zachary Watkins’ interactive sound art.

docThis series of short monologues traces Rice’s metamorphosis from book artist/printer to artist/performer. The performance begins with the publication of DOC/UNDOC and wends its way through a series of experiences and epiphanies that reach back to her early years. DOC/UNDOC’s subtitle, Documentado/Undocumented, points to a painful dichotomy: “documentado” in Spanish implies having access to cultural traditions and rituals that flourish in Mexico, whereas the term “undocumented” in the United States implies a lack of citizenship, power, rights and knowledge. The second subtitle, Ars

Shamánica Performática, speaks of the very personal, transformative experience offered by the book and case, an invitation to “Choose an object, find a poetic way of using it. Reimagine yourself, tell a new story.” In some way every immigrant must reinvent his or her self, just as every artist must cross into the unknown and return to tell the tale.

 


 

More information on the event series: http://book.grad.uiowa.edu/events/march-2016/gomez-pena-and-rice

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Special Collections Weekly Update 3/18/2016

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Upcoming Events:

Jewish Women in Iowa Event Poster

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Deadlines:

New Acquisition:

This week’s new acquisition arrived with a large donation of community cookbooks from the collection of Dorothy Mallinger. Since I was very confused about what to do with a plethora of rhubarb last year, these five dessert recipes should come in handy as the weather warms up. – Margaret Gamm

Instruction:

  • Amy Chen continues to develop The History of the Book: The Game. Read more, or follow the hashtag #hotb on Twitter.
  • Members of University of Iowa Collections Coalition from museums and libraries around campus, including Colleen Theisen from Special Collections, are teaching a week long spring break seminar on the continuing role of physical collections.

Social Media:

  • The Hevelin Collection Tumblr posted this gloriously purple hectograph fanzine from the Rusty Hevelin Science Fiction Collection.
http://hevelincollection.tumblr.com/post/141217061614/this-issue-of-fanfare-is-a-lovely-example-of-pink

 


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Special Collections Weekly Update 3/11/2016

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Image of David McCartney speakingUniversity Archivist David McCartney traveled this week to accept the 2016 Distinguished Archives Alumni award from the iSchool at the University of Maryland. Join us in congratulating David!

 

 

 

Image of Tim ShipeTim Shipe has just returned from his mostly Dada-related European travels. He started in Amsterdam, where he acquired books by Dutch writers who had participated in the International Writing Program. Proceeding via Cologne, where he met with curators at two museums devoted to German dadaists, he then flew to Bucharest, where he was an invited keynote speaker at an international conference on Dada held at the Romanian Academy. He ended his travels in Zurich, where the Dada centennial celebrations were in full swing. After meeting with numerous librarians, curators, and scholars, his Swiss sojourn culminated in another keynote address, this time at the Cabaret Voltaire, in the very room where the Dada movement was born in 1916. The picture shows Tim in the Cabaret just after completing his lecture.

 

This Week’s Best from Social Media:

  • Ethan DeGross testing the 3D model on the interactive screen which is part of the “Explorer’s Legacy” exhibition in the Main Library gallery, open through April 8th.

  •  A new episode in the If Books Could Talk video series debuted this week on YouTube. If Books Could Talk is a collaboration between the University of Iowa Libraries and History Corps, a digital public history initiative from the University of Iowa Department of History.

 

New Acquisition:

While these photos were fun to take (Geometry! Yay!), Russell Maret’s 2014 work Interstices & Intersections must be seen in person to understand the way the structure of the book impacts the text. You can also see several books of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, the inspiration behind Maret’s work, in Special Collections. – Margaret Gamm

Events & Workshops Recap:

Bruce Whiteman setting up for his workshop

3/4/2016  Bruce Whiteman, Head Librarian Emeritus of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, gave a workshop for the Center for the Book last Friday on forgeries and drew extensively from Special Collections to demonstrate the history of forgeries, fakes, pirated copies, hoaxes, false imprints, and counterfeits. Special Collections is deeply grateful for his generous sharing of his expertise making it possible to better identify and describe our collections.

 

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3/5/2016 The Iowa Women’s Archives kicked off Women’s History Month by celebrating the contributions of Iowa Latinas to our history and the formation of the Latina/o Studies minor on campus. Mujeres Latinas: Every Woman Has a Story brought 62 participants to the Library for a two-hour workshop Saturday morning.   I especially enjoyed the participatory aspect of the event – from the Latina/o Studies announcement to the terrific contributions of the students and heartfelt memories from members of the public about their own family history and the artifacts/documents they brought to share. After the event, many participants headed out of the library to other venues to “continue the discussion.” – Janet Weaver, Assistant Curator, Iowa Women’s Archives

 

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3/9/2016 The Iowa Bibliophiles welcomed Doug Russell, senior judge of the Iowa District Court, who addressed the Bibliophiles on books by and about famous bibliophiles, their book collections, and the books they have written about collecting.

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Public History Partners Follow the Trail of a Dismantled and Lost Medieval Manuscript

Where are your other leaves? Re-discovering the Wilton Processional

Close up on the word cantrixEven a single page from a medieval book can hold many secrets. Sometimes there are enough clues to uncover a surprising history.

In March 2015, Heather Wacha, a PhD student in the History Department, and a member of History Corps, was assisting Special Collections in identifying a leaf that had been cut out of a medieval manuscript. Further investigation of this manuscript’s clues has since drawn together librarians, graduate students, and UNI professor Dr. Alison Altstatt. Together, they have uncovered a story spanning centuries of a manuscript that was once created, then lost, then broken by notorious book breaker Otto Ege, and is now finally, refound: The Wilton Processional.

 

Special Collections is very pleased to bring you episode five from the “If Books Could Talk” video series, Where are your other leaves? Re-discovering the Wilton Processional

Watch the 16 minute video below, and read Heather Wacha’s more extensive essay about this manuscript leaf on the History Corps website. https://thestudio.uiowa.edu/historycorps/exhibits/show/books/episode5

Further information: Alison Altstatt, “Re-membering the Wilton Processional,” in Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 72:4 (forthcoming June 2016), 690-732.

Hosts: Colleen Theisen and Heather Wacha
Guests: Michele Aichele and Alison Altstatt
Written by: Heather Wacha
Edited by: Katie Buehner
Essay: Heather Wacha

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Wednesday 3/9/2016 at 7pm: Books about Book Collecting

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Iowa Bibliophiles March Meeting

Books about Book Collecting

Speaker: Douglas S. Russell

 

 

Douglas S. Russell is a Senior Judge of the Iowa District Court and will address the Bibliophiles on books by and about famous bibliophiles, their book collections and the books they have written about collecting.

 

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Light refreshments at 6:30PM, Talk Begins at 7PM

Special Collections Reading Room
3rd Floor Main Library
125 W Washington St.

All Are Welcome

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Special Collections Weekly Update 3/4/2016

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How has Star Trek impacted your life?

We want to hear from people who have lived in Iowa about the impact of Star Trek on your lives. Tell us a brief memory, a story, or submit a statement or a photo that about your history with Star Trek and those submissions will be compiled into a zine to be distributed as part of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek exhibition.

Please email your submissions to colleen-theisen@uiowa.edu by next Friday 3/11/2016.

(Specify if you wish to be anonymous).

 

Consultation and Advice sought: If anyone has experience making tribbles, please send an email to Colleen: colleen-theisen@uiowa.edu.

 

Upcoming Deadlines:

Upcoming Events:

 

Instruction Update:

  • In February, we supported 38 total class sessions
  • Maximum of 7 sessions in the same day

This Week’s Best from Social Media:

Special Collections is very pleased to announce that The John Martin Rare Book Room from the Hardin Library for the Heath Sciences has joined the UISpecColl Tumblr for a series of guest posts.

Check out the first post here:

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Special Collections Weekly Update 2/26/2016

News:

  • Applications are now being accepted for the Linda and Richard Kerber Fund for a grant of $1000 to support travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to conduct research in the Iowa Women’s Archives. The deadline is April 15, 2016. More information: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/kerber/

Upcoming Events:

New Acquisition:

Not everything we bring into Special Collections is a purchase or a gift; sometimes it’s a transfer. We transferred this book from the storage annex due to its heavy wooden board binding, and the high quality of the facsimiles inside. Come take a look, it’s available now!

  • Tibulli Carmina, Sapphus epistula Ovidiana; codex guelferbytanus 82.6 Aug. phototypice editus. Praefatus est Fridericus Leo.  Lugduni Batavorum, A. W. Sijthoff, 1910.  x-Collection FOLIO Z114 .T5  

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Instruction This Week:

  • Eight UI Class Sessions
  • One visiting class from Cornell College
  • One visiting class from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

If you are an instructor, please remember to book your class visit at least two weeks in advance of your potential visit date by filling out the following form: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/forms/speccoll_class/

 

Coming Soon: “Uptight and Laid-back: Iowa City in the 1960s”

This will be groovy! Coming in March is our virtual exhibit, “Uptight and Laid-back: Iowa City in the 1960s.” Photos, documents, and other material gathered from over 30 collections in the University Archives. Oral history interview highlights, moving image clips, momentous speeches, and more. Watch for more announcements. “Be there or be square!”

Students protesting in the 1960's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week’s Best Social Media Post:

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Special Collections Weekly Update 2/19/2016

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Touchscreen outside The Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, 3/05: Mujeres Latinas: Every Woman Has a Story  (11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. , Iowa Women’s Archives, 3rd floor, Main Library) Refreshments will be served!  RSVP: lib-women@uiowa.edu Questions? 319-335-5068.
  • Wednesday, 3/09: Iowa Bibliophiles: Douglas S. Russell speaking about famous book collectors and collecting. He is a Senior Judge of the Iowa District Court and will address the Bibliophiles on books by and about famous bibliophiles, their book collections and the books they have written about collecting. (7pm Special Collections Reading Room). http://afterclass.uiowa.edu/events/event/iowa_bibliophiles_douglas_s_russell_book_collecting
  • Wednesday, 3/30: Felicia Rice, “Doc/Undoc” (lecture performance), followed by a public conversation with Guillermo Gόmez-Pẽna (5 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room). http://book.grad.uiowa.edu/events/march-2016/gomez-pena-and-rice

New Acquisition:

  • Mentioned in our 2015 end of the year summary,  Orbitá is now cataloged and ready to be used. Cuban book artists Chucho Romeu, Roberto Morales, & Ernesto Sargenton created this artists’ book through a cooperative effort. Despite encountering serious difficulties in the course of their partnership—including a studio building collapse in 2011—they finished this book in 2013 under the collective name Proyecto Locatarsis. N7433.4.S166 O73 2013 

Instruction This Week:

  • Eight UI Class Sessions
  • One visiting Class from Cornell College

This Week’s Best Social Media Post:

 Event Recap:

  • 2/18 Lunch with the Chefs, “Destination India.” Colleen Theisen, John Fifield, and Ellen Wrede created a pop up exhibition of cookbooks and miniature books that were featured at the IMU in collaboration with University Catering’s “Destination India” lunch.

John Fifield at Lunch with the Chefs

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Special Collections Weekly Update 2/12/2016

 News

Cover of Cabaret Voltaire magazineLast week was the 100th anniversary of Dada. The University of Iowa Libraries is home to the International Dada Archive. Read more.

Timothy Shipe, Curator of the International Dada Archive was featured in this article from Diário do Nordeste in Brazil. Read more.

 

 

From the Web and Social Media

ColoringPage_HorseColor Our Collections: Last week institutions from around the country contributed public domain images from their collections. Here are our contributions. Read more.

 

 

 

ICYMI Event Recaps:

Gallery Grand Opening and “Explorer’s Legacy” Exhibition:

After many months of renovations, the gallery in the University of Iowa Main Library had its grand opening and its first exhibition is now open.

See some images below from the grand opening event and stop by to view “Explorer’s Legacy.”

Visit the gallery website to learn more: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/gallery/

History Crushes

crushesOn Tuesday, Olson Graduate Assistants Kelly Grogg and John Fifield held a pop up event in the Learning Commons called “Historical Crushes” featuring documents from their favorite people they have learned about in the collections, and giving students the chance to make buttons.

 

 

 

Iowa Bibliophiles

February Meeting Recap:

CaptureHistory PhD student Heather Wacha presented about her research linking a single leaf of a medieval manuscript in Special Collections to the notorious early 20th century book breaker Otto Ege.

 

 

 

March 9th meeting:

Douglas S. Russell, Senior Judge of the Iowa District Court will speak about books by and about famous bibliophiles, their book collections and the books they have written about collecting.

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Instruction Update from Amy Chen

Last week: Nine class sessions as well as a group of students working on National History Day projects.

This week: Ten classes sessions in Special Collections, including four sections of Themes in Global Art and a visiting class from Cornell College, led by Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Tyler Carrington.

 


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