Last year, we began a major shifting project. The new shelves are ridiculously tall and very deep. Material can be “dense packed” meaning that there is a whole lot of stuff every shelf.
In January, library staff got a sneak peak and saw our books’ new home. The environment is highly controlled and the humidity and temperature are just right for keeping our material safe.
The best part of this is that we now have the capacity to collect and purchase even more material for you! This allows us to grow and adapt to better suit your, the researchers, needs.
Check out these photos from my visit.
What goes on behind the scenes in Hornbake Library?
This week we kicked off our Staff Spotlight campaign on Instagram. Follow along as we introduce some of our staff and provide a behind the scenes look at the work we do.
by Laura Cleary
Led Zeppelin Played Here, the most recent film by local filmmaker and UMD alumni Jeff Krulik, explores whether or not the iconic band added a last-minute gig at the Wheaton Youth Center to its tour schedule in January 1969—many in the alleged audience swear the concert took place, but no hard proof has ever confirmed it. Uncovering more questions than answers, Krulik’s film raises important issues regarding the reliability of public memory versus public record, mythmaking in popular music and the challenges of researching a local cultural event.
On Monday, February 13, 2017, UMD Libraries will present a screening of the film, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A from 5:30-7:30 in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Panelists include Prof. Patrick Warfield (UMD School of Music), Prof. Joanna Love (University of Richmond), Dr. Jesse Johnston (College of Information Studies), Clare Lise Kelly (Montgomery County Planning Dept), and moderator John Kelly (Washington Post). A lobby reception will be held immediately afterwards.
Event is presented with support from the Performing Arts Library (PAL), Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the Student Archivists of Maryland (SAM).
With 2017 right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reminisce on all the happenings that shaped Special Collections and University Archives in 2015!
We’ve posted stories on new acquisitions, exhibits and events like Alice 150 and Maryland Day, and also UMD class visits to Special Collections and University Archives.
Take a trip back in the year with the top 10 blog posts with the most views in 2016:
- Heavy Metal Parking Lot and the Jeff Krulik Collection
- Explore ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’ at UMD!
- AFL-CIO Merger
- 130 Years of Progress: The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, 1886-2016
- LGBT Advocacy and the AFL-CIO
- AFL-CIO Artifact Project: Summer 2016
- Spotlight on Wonderland: The March Hare
- Minikins Miss Dot Sr. and Miss Dot Jr. Return to Campus after a Half-Century
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Speech to AFL-CIO
- Spotlight on Wonderland: The Dormouse
Here’s a shout out to posts that were published in previous years, but still rank among our most viewed posts this year:
- William Morris, Walter Crane, and Socialist Art
- Books Published Before 1850
- Featured Novelist from Special Collections: Ferdinand Reyher
- Achievements and Milestones in UMD Athletics
- Edgar Allan Poe in Special Collections
Is there something you want to learn about Special Collections and University Archives in 2017? Let us know in the comments!
On November 4, 2016, E. Barret Prettyman Jr. (1925-2016) passed away. He was a well-known attorney with an impressive legacy that spans international relations, civil rights, literature, and more. He also holds an interesting connection to American author Katherine Anne Porter and the University of Maryland.
You care about Prettyman if you care about important Supreme Court cases like Brown versus Board of Education, the landmark case that desegregated public schools, and for which Prettyman served as on the advisory council for in 1954. You care about Prettyman if you care about the 1962 release of American prisoners taken during Bay of Pigs crisis during which Prettyman successfully negotiated with then Cuban President Fidel Castro for their return and safe release. You care about Prettyman if you are at all concerned with the House Ethics committee, the First Ammendment, and the death penalty. Over the course of his long legal career, Prettyman became heavily involved with all of these areas of the legal system. The obituaries in the Washington Post and New York Times illustrate his storied career and commitment to the legal system.
Portrait of Prettyman inscribed to Porter: “For Katherine Anne, With happy memories of lovely, relaxed, and fiery reminiscent afternoons of good talk in the best of company, and with love, Barrett”
As the one of the repositories of Prettyman’s personal papers, Special Collections and University Archives at UMD holds not only the documents that reveal Prettyman’s legal Continue reading
This semester we hosted an Open House for University staff and displayed some of the interesting material found within our collection.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Three of these items came from our literary collection and included an early edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an inscribed copy of Mark Twain’s Sketches, New and Old, and a 1794 edition of A Vindication of the Rights of Women. These early editions provided insights into the times in which they were produced through their format, inscriptions or by the significance of their ownership. Much can be learned by looking at original copies of common works.
If you would like to talk to us about using our collections for your own research or to support your instruction, please let us know. We often work with faculty and look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and your students.
Research queries to email@example.com
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A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Mark Twain’s Sketches, New and Old
Versions of a book from manuscript through various publications
Want to pursue a career as a librarian or archivist? Do you love libraries and “old stuff”? Are you detail-oriented? Looking for a job on campus? Good news, Special Collections and University Archives is hiring student assistants!
Student assistants in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD are exposed to a wide variety of public and behind-the-scenes elements of the special collection library/archival field. They work closely with curators and library staff to make accessible some of the University’s most valuable research collections.
Our collections cover a wide variety of subjects/formats, including literary manuscripts and rare books, UMD history, labor history, the state of Maryland and historical collections, mass media and culture, and women’s history.
Primary responsibilities may include:
- Assisting patrons in the Maryland Room and serving on the Hornbake Welcome Desk.
- Processing Special Collections materials, including book, archival, and/or digital collections.
- Contributing to special projects, events, and exhibits.
Knowledge, experience, or strong interest in one or more of the following is preferred: archives; book processing; reference.
Applicants must be detailed oriented and able to maintain a schedule of 15-20 hours per week. This is an hourly position only; not a graduate assistantship. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Contact Amer Kohl at email@example.com with questions about student positions in Special Collections and University Archives.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Amber Kohl at firstname.lastname@example.org.