News and Announcements:
1. Plat Books
The Map Collection sent out a call to the Auditors of Iowa Counties for current plat books to update our collection. So far, over 40 counties (of 99) have donated current and back issues of plat books for our collection! Thanks Iowa!
Plat books are atlases, drawn to scale, that show property ownership and land divisions.
2. Special Guest Lecture, Alison Altstatt, University of Northern Iowa
“Re-membering the Wilton Processional: a Manuscript Lost and Found”
September 4, 2015
Special Collections Reading Room, 3rd Floor Main Library, 125 W. Washington, Iowa City, IA
This talk concerns a notated leaf of an English medieval manuscript held in the Special Collections of the University of Iowa Libraries. Musical, textual and codicological evidence supports the identification of the leaf as a fragment of a processional from Wilton Abbey, an important center for women’s Latin learning from its tenth-century foundation to its sixteenth-century dissolution. The recovery of the University of Iowa leaf, along with more than thirty others, provides a window into the abbey’s musico-poetic tradition, its processional liturgies, and its dramatic rituals.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the sponsoring department or contact person listed in advance of the event.
3. World Con
The World Science Fiction Convention is going on this week in Spokane, Washington and Special Collections has a table in the dealer’s room to talk to the fans about our Hevelin Collection fanzine digitization project.
Want to stay up to date on our project digitizing 1930s-1950s fanzines? Follow the Hevelin Collection Tumblr or read our FAQ page.
4. State Fair Continues
Over 5,000 people have already checked out the Over Here From Over There: Iowans in World War II exhibit in the Mobile Museum at the State Fair as of Wednesday. The fair continues through Sunday, August 23rd so check out the exhibition if you head out to the fair this weekend.
Recently on the Web and Social Media:
1. Man From U.N.C.L.E. Posts Recap
Last week to coincide with the release of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie, we featured a post here on our blog with an overview of our related collections and some information about the history of the show and also a related post on our Tumblr about memorabilia in the collections.
2. An Exquisitely Illustrated Lutheran Theological Text Was Featured on Tumblr
This theological text was written by Jacob Boehme (Jakob Böhme), a Lutheran theologian. The majority of his writings concern the nature of sin, evil, and redemption. These themes can be seen in some of the detailed images.
View the post with many more illustrations here, or stop by the reading room on the 3rd floor to take a look!
Final Reminders Before Fall Semester:
Reminder to Sign Up Early for Class Sessions
So far this fall, we have 25 faculty members working with us to bring their classes into special collections.
You can too! Sign up using our form: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/forms/speccoll_class/
Reminder That Evening Hours Change Next Week
Our new hours are:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Tuesdays: 8:30 AM – 7 PM