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Outreach and Instruction Librarian. Lover of coffee, as well as 19th century photography, painting, tourism and print.

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Special Collections News & Updates 3/22/2017


March News & Updates:

Instruction Update:

In February 2017 we had 40 class sessions!


Staff Awards & Updates:

Image of David McCartneyUniversity Archivist David McCartney was elected president of the Midwest Archives Conference for a two year term. Read more.





Event Recap & Photos:


Book artist David Esslemont visited Special Collections for the opening reception for “Open * Set.”  This traveling exhibition from the American Academy of Bookbinders is on display on the third floor of the Main Library outside Special Collections until April 19th.

The evening of the exhibition opening, Acquisitions and Collections Management Librarian Margaret Gamm presented new acquisitions to the Iowa Bibliophiles on March 8th.

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Special Collections Open House – Exhibition Reception and Acquisitions Talk March 8th

Special Collections and the Iowa Bibliophiles will be hosting a reception and open house extravaganza the evening of Wednesday March 8, 2017 celebrating the arrival of the traveling exhibition Open*Set while providing an opportunity for in-depth investigation of our newest acquisitions.

Explore the Open*Set exhibition from the American Academy of Bookbinding, in the Special Collections gallery space while recent acquisitions from Special Collections are set up for browsing in our Reading Room.
Bookbinder, printer, and Open*Set judge David Esslemont will speak about the exhibition at 6:15pm.

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Acquisitions and Collections Management Librarian Margaret Gamm will provide an in-depth recap of rare book acquisitions over the past three years at 7:00pm. Learn how the University acquires material through purchase and donation, and discover which areas have been most heavily developed, all the way from Medieval manuscripts to modern artists’ books.
Come for a bit or stay for all.
The festivities all take place in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Main Library from 5:30PM~7:45PM.
Refreshments will be served

Iowa Bibliophiles always meet the second Wednesday of each month.
More information and full 2016-2017 schedule: http://lib.uiowa.edu/sc/about/iabibliophiles


Special Collections News & Updates 2/2/2017

News of Interest:



Andrei Codrescu










Documenting Dada Disseminating Dada exhibition



Amy is working with Serina Sulentic to allow her graphic design students create printable and boxed versions of Codex Conquest: The Game of Book History, which is currently being developed and tested.

The Instruction Program is gearing up for the spring: we’ve already booked 77 classes!

If you have any plans to bring a class in this semester contact us ASAP about availability.


You can use this form: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/services/classes/


Staff Publications, Activities, and Awards:

Image of Tim ShipeTimothy Shipe, curator of the International Dada Archives has two new publications:

“Hugo Ball.” (in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism)

“A Century of Documenting Dada: From Coupures de presse to ‘Dadabase’”. In Caietele avangardei, no. 8 (2016).


University Archivist David McCartney wrote the cover story in this month’s Archival Outlook called, “Archival Bonds, Love and Friendship in the Archives.” http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=376049




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