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Special Collections Weekly Update 3/25/2016

Newsfeed:

  • Blog post: Norwalk High School Artists Connect with History to Inspire New Creative Work by Heather Wacha. Read more.
  • Blog post: March 30: Felicia Rice “Doc/Undoc” performance followed by a public conversation with Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Read more.
  • Old Gold: The View From Above: UI archivist shares websites that feature aerial photos of campus, state by David McCartney. Read more.

Events:

  • Doc/UndocWednesday, 3/30: Felicia Rice, Doc/Undoc (lecture performance), followed by a public conversation with Guillermo Gόmez-Pẽna (5 PM, Special Collections Reading Room). Read more.
  • Wednesday, 3/30: Historic Foodies Meeting (6:00-8:00 PM, Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B).
  • Wednesday, 4/13: Iowa Bibliophiles, Jane Murphy and Mark Brookfield, 36 year partners in Murphy-Brookfield Books, will talk about the enormous changes brought on by Internet bookselling in the last 20+ years. (Refreshments 6:30 PM, Talk 7:00 PM, Special Collections Reading Room).

 

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2016: Apply for the Linda and Richard Kerber fund for financial support for those traveling to do research in the Iowa Women’s Archives. Read more.

Instruction:

Students from Norwalk High SchoolSpring Break week we had two class sessions: one from Grinnell and one from Coe College. Special collections staff co-taught a one credit museums studies spring break course with campus museum curators.

This week, we’re clearly back in business! We’ve supported 12 class sessions including: a graduate Spanish class, a graduate English class, a high school visit to see medieval manuscripts, English as a Second Language, Center for the Book, undergraduate English, and a class for the School of Library and Information Science. – Amy Chen

New Acquisitions:

These broadsides have been here for some time, but haven’t made it all the way through processing yet, so I’m still counting them as new! I’ve been walking by them every day admiring the color and fine lines of the illustrations. -Margaret Gamm xf PS3569 P48 R3 1986

Social Media:

  • In this episode of Staxpeditions a trip to the DQ call number range does lead to book exploration, but also to thoughts that drift to another DQ…


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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

 

 

 

 

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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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The History of the Book: The Game to be used in Fall 2016 curricula

By: Amy H. Chen

“The year is 1450. Johannes Gutenberg is printing a book, one of the first in the world. When he is finished, the printed book is born. Follow the history of the book through the next six centuries, through technological advancements, scientific breakthroughs, artistic triumphs, shifts in the socio-political climate, and the fluctuating financial market.”

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The following comes from the introduction to Special Collections Instruction Librarian Amy Chen’s game based on book history. This game can be played with cards only, as an enrichment activity within a traditional course, or as a stand-alone class.

Amy developed her game out of her interest in how gamification contributes to increased student learning outcomes in the classroom. Gamification offers students the ability to combine pedagogical challenges with play, motivating them to use fun to work through learning curves. To read a longer introduction to gamification, read Bohyun Kim’s “Keeping up with… Gamification” on the ACRL Blog.

 

On Tuesday, March 8, Amy conducted a play test of the card version of the game. A play test is when the game is played in order to figure out how the game’s design could be improved. Eight librarians, in two separate rounds of play, contributed their feedback. The first photograph is from the beginning of one of the play tests. The second photograph is of Katie Hassman, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, who won her round. Image of Katie Hassman, the winner of the game

After revising the game back on the comments she received, Amy will be interested in reaching out to partner faculty who might like to integrate the game into their course discussions or assignments. If you are an instructor or faculty member at the University of Iowa and you are interested in learning more about the game or testing it for yourself later this spring, please email amy-chen@uiowa.edu.

Additionally, Amy will be teaching an honors first year seminar (1 credit hour) this fall on book history using the game to structure the entire semester’s class meetings, readings, and discussion.

You can follow the development of this game, which began in December 2015, by watching the hashtag #hotb on Amy’s twitter feed @amyhildrethchen.

 

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In Plain Sight: Autograph Collections Yield Unrealized Riches

By Jacque Roethler, Manuscripts Processing Coordinator Librarian

We recently came across two autograph collections in our stacks from collectors named Charles Alrich and Peggy LeBold which we have combined into one collection. Each one was very sparsely described and their catalog entries did not tell the full story of the riches inside. One was collected by Charles Aldrich, who was active in archives in Iowa, helping to establish the Iowa Historical Department. A newspaperman, he founded the Hamilton Freeman paper in Webster City, Iowa. He also had an interest in ornithology and was a founding member of the American Ornithological Union.  He broke his collection down into the following seven categories: Authors, Artists and Editors; Iowa Autographs; Reformers, Philanthropists, Educators, Clergymen, Scholars; Rossetti Collection; Scientists; Soldiers, Sailors, and Explorers; and Statesmen and Lawyers. The Rossetti collection is the collection of William Rossetti, editor and critic and brother and Christina and Gabriel Dante, and includes signatures from many of the people in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

About Peggy LeBold less in known. She and her husband Foreman M. (Mike) lived in Chicago and were great collectors. Mike LeBold was president of the Morris Paper Mills. Their primary areas for collecting were presidents of the United States and Lincolniana. Before his death he distributed his collections among many institutions.  This collection represents many disciplines and contains photographs of some of the signatories.

The image contains items from the Le Bold portion of the collection. Reading clockwise from the left are signatures for Arthur Conan Doyle, George Gershwin, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller, and Carrie Nation.

Find out more about this collection newly combined and described:

Autograph Collection: MsC1052 http://aspace.lib.uiowa.edu/repositories/2/resources/2685

signatures for Arthur Conan Doyle, George Gershwin, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller, and Carrie Nation.

Reading clockwise from the left are signatures for Arthur Conan Doyle, George Gershwin, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller, and Carrie Nation.

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Special Collections Weekly Update 3/11/2016

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Staff Updates:

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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Contribute:

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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:

http://uispeccoll.tumblr.com/post/140317556682/guest-post-john-martin-rare-book-room-hardin


 

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