Preservation Projects Librarian, Vitalina Nova, wrote a blog post about the League of United Latino American Citizens Council 10, both their past records and their current projects for the Iowa Women’s Archives blog.
Image on the left from LULAC Council 10 Records, IWA0733
2016 Rose Bowl a chance to make new memories: UI archivist recalls Iowa’s five previous visits to Pasadena. This month’s Old Gold column by University Archivist David McCartney was posted this week.
This 1959 Rose Bowl decal was sold by Iowa Book and Supply and donated to the university by 1976 alumnus Vernon Lustick, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Notes from the Special Collections Classroom
This week’s news from Amy Chen, Instruction Librarian
Counting up some totals at the end of the semester, Special Collections (not including the Iowa Women’s Archives) taught 119 class sessions total in the Fall 2015 Semester:
4 in August
34 in September
39 in October
28 in November
14 in December
Arrival Notifications from Margaret Gamm,
Acquisitions & Collections Management Librarian
The Descent of Mount Gadam is a new acquisition for our Charlotte Smith miniature book collection. Amos Paul Kennedy published the book in 1993 under the imprint of his Jubilee Press, which was later renamed the Jubalee Press. The text is an adaptation of a folktale of the Mensa Bet-Abrehe people of northern Ethiopia.
This Halloween, join Special Collections and University Archives as we create a pop-up museum featuring items by American writer and artist, Edward Gorey, along with some of our more literally gory books. You’ll even be able to take a bit of our collections with you, in button form! We’ll have the library’s button maker available for you to create a gory (or Gorey) button of your very own.
We’ll be in Group Area D from 3:00-6:30pm in the Learning Commons on Tuesday, October 27th so head on over and prepare for some Gor(e)y sights.
Staff Awards and Recognition
Janet Weaver Receives League of United Latin American Citizens Builder Award
Weaver, who works as the assistant curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives, has conducted hours of interviews and research to create the Latino historical archives and the Mujeres Latinas project at the university to ensure that the history of LULAC’s Eastern Iowa councils is not lost.
40th anniversary ICON Science Fiction Convention
Special Collections had a large presence at the 40th anniversary ICON Science Fiction Convention that took place last weekend in Cedar Rapids. ICON was founded forty years ago by students in Joe Haldeman’s science fiction class at the University of Iowa, and Rusty Hevelin was closely tied to this convention family. Librarians from Special Collections participated in four ways:
Had a table in the dealer’s room to give updates about the Hevelin Collection fanzine digitization.
Appeared on many panels throughout the convention including an update about the digitization project, educational panels about science fiction topics, and they also hosted a panel about getting the most out of the library as a writer in partnership with librarian Lisa Martincek.
Participated in a collaborative fanzine making project throughout the weekend teaching how to use traditional technologies such as typewriters and ditto machines. This project had an unexpectedly huge response from the community with contributions from multiple generations of fans ranging from children to award winning authors. A full report of this project will follow in a later blog post.
Special Collections is already looking forward to ICON 41 next year!
An Alice in Wonderland Acquisition for the 150th Anniversary of its publication
This sesquicentennial edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland hosts a variety of creepy yet intriguing illustrations, juxtaposing Japanese artistic interpretations of Alice with Welsh interpretations, English, Italian, South African, Russian, Indonesian, and more.
News and Announcements
Amy Chen is working with a team at the Obermann Center to set up a newsletter on alt-ac careers that will go out a few times a semester. The newsletter will link to articles on the topic and it will also cover upcoming events, speakers, and contacts that would be of interest to alt-ac inclined graduate students. To make sure this newsletter is successful, she needs to locate the students who would be interested in receiving this information.
If you want to learn more about alt-ac careers, please complete this sign-up sheet: https://goo.gl/Wg5UkH.
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