Child star Shirley Temple died yesterday (Feb 10, 2014). After retiring from theater, she became active in the Republican Party at which time she attended various fund raising events. She also served as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana from 1974–1976, was Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1976–1977, and was U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989–1992.
This essay by Kären Mason, Curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives, was originally written for Akashic Books. Chautauqua was an eagerly anticipated event in towns across the United States in the early 20th century. Huge tents were erected and a variety of speakers, performances, and children’s activities took place over the week the Chautauqua wasContinue reading “Women on the Chautauqua Circuit: Winsome Lasses and Ardent Advocates”
The big story at the Libraries this year has been our Special Collections department’s ascendancy to social media superstardom. Here in Digital Research & Publishing, we’re happy to hook our wagon to that stardom for promoting the Libraries’ digital initiatives to the 18,000 (and counting!) followers at the UISpecColl Tumblr, and to loan our multimediaContinue reading “Wishing you an animated holiday”
As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, we’re celebrating the 54th anniversary of his 1959 visit to the University of Iowa campus. Not yet an official presidential candidate (coverage of his trip only made page 6 of The Daily Iowan, which instead led with some student workers’ two-day strike forContinue reading “Historic photos: JFK at the UI, 1959”
The libraries and archives that feature historic mustache images — from NYPL to the Smithsonian to our own Special Collections — are kicking into high gear in honor of Movember, so we thought we’d join in. Stealing from In tribute to the Library of Congress’ collection, we present some of the great mustaches of theContinue reading “Great mustaches of the Iowa Digital Library”
Reach out to your book-loving friends by sharing a reading-themed eCard, featuring images from Iowa Digital Library.
Remembering Iowa City’s tornado of 2006 and floods of 2008, via Iowa Digital Library. Here’s hoping for a less extreme 2013…
Today is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in the Brown v Board of Education, making separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The Daily Iowan story is in the May 18, 1954 issue. The ruling did not affect Iowa because segregation of schools had been illegal since 1868. “Our firstContinue reading “Brown v Board of Education”
New at Iowa Digital Library: University of Iowa College of Medicine Historical Photographs digital.lib.uiowa.edu/com featuring dozens of images documenting the study and practice of medicine at the UI and its surrounding area
From the Szathmary cookbook collection, a rhyming recipe from an 1860 English cookbook: A Paradise pudding If you’d have a good pudding pray mind what you’re taught Take two pen ‘sworth of eggs when they’re twelve for a groat Take of the same fruit which Eve once did cozen When pared & well chopp’d atContinue reading “The poetry of pudding”