This week Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) continues the spotlight on Frederick Douglass, prominent Marylander and social reformer. Visit Hornbake Library to view new exhibits on display in conjunction with the dedication of the new Frederick Douglass plaza just outside Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland.
The new Frederick Douglass plaza is located just steps away from the reading room for Special Collections and University Archives, where students can discover primary sources on his life and times. And there is lots more to explore in Hornbake Library this week!
A new exhibit, Frederick Douglass in Special Collections, features items from our rare books collection, historic manuscripts, and Maryland collection, including Douglass’ autobiographies and more.
Visitors can also walk though the 1st floor lobby to explore a panel exhibit on the life, scholarship, and legacy of Frederick Douglass.
Visit the Maryland Room to view artifacts from Wye House in Maryland, from the Archaeology in Annapolis project, a partnership between the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and Historic Annapolis Foundation.
Also on display is a new acquisition to our Maryland Manuscripts collection- a general store ledger from Wye Landing, Maryland dated 1809-1812. It is an intriguing primary source on commerce and the role of African-Americans in the area, detailing items purchased and their prices, including notations indicating items purchased by slaves/servants for their masters.
It all leads up to the Frederick Douglass Plaza dedication on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Join us to celebrate the arrival of this inspirational Marylander and his ongoing legacy at the University of Maryland.
Looking for devilishly entertaining rare books? Visit Hornbake Library this week to view two Halloween-inspired exhibits featuring our most frightful items from Special Collections and University Archives.
From A History of Serpents (1742), entomology bug models, and ghostly Nancy Drew novels to hauntingly illustrated tales by Edgar Allan Poe, these items will send a chill down your spine.
It’s all part of the Halloweek fun this week at the University of Maryland Libraries!
Looking for more scary items from Special Collections and University Archives? Ask a librarian in the Maryland Room how you can view more rare items like a first edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ and books on ghosthunting in Maryland, or Katherine Anne Porter’s painted coffin.
The George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive is the largest single donation to the University Libraries and complements other labor-related collections in our libraries. To find out more about related labor collections in Special Collections, please view Collections By Subject: Labor In America.
The AFL-CIO Archive consists of approximately 40 million documents and other material that will help researchers better understand pivotal social movements in this country, including those to gain rights for women, children and minorities.
The Current list of re-opened record groups from the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive:
RG1: Office of the President
- RG1-010 Office of the President. Rosa Lee Guard Papers, 1904-1927
- RG1-011 Office of the President. Samuel Gompers’ Copy Books, 1907 1924
- RG1-012 Office of the President. Correspondence with Politicians, 1908‑1944
- RG1-013 Office of the President. Samuel Gompers and Woodrow Wilson
- RG1-015 Office of the President. William Green Papers, 1888, 1909 1952
- RG1-019 Office of the President. President’s Files, William Green, 1869-1955
- RG1-023 Office of the President. President’s Files, William Green, 1940‑1952
- RG1-026 Office of the President. George Meany Papers, 1935-1960
- RG1-027 Office of the President. President’s Files, George Meany, 1947-1960
- RG1-028 Office of the President. Merger Files, State and Local Central Bodies, 1955‑1962
- RG1-038 Office of the President. George Meany Files, 1940-1980
- RG1-039 Office of the President. AFL-CIO Joint Minimum Wage Committee, 1954-1960
- RG1-040 Office of the President. AFL Cornerstone Papers, 1881-1916
- RG1-041 Office of the President. Jurisdiction Books, 1890-1978
RG2: Secretary-Treasurer’s Office
- RG2-001 Secretary Treasurer’s Office. Gabriel Edmonston Papers, 1881 1912
- RG2-002 Secretary Treasurer’s Office. Frank Morrison’s Letterbooks, 1904 1925
- RG2-003 Secretary‑Treasurer’s Office. Frank Morrison, 1911‑1914
- RG2-006 Office of the Secretary‑Treasurer. Secretary‑ Treasurer’s Files, George Meany, 1940‑1953
- RG2-007 Office of the Secretary‑Treasurer. Secretary‑ Treasurer’s Files: William F. Schnitzler, 1952‑1980
- RG2-009 Secretary‑Treasurer’s Office. AFL Account Books, 1887‑1925
- RG2-010 Secretary‑Treasurer’s Office. AFL, AFL‑CIO Charter Books, 1891‑1966
RG4: Executive Council
- RG4-004 Executive Council. Correspondence, Minutes, Vote Books, 1891 1954
- RG4-005 Executive Council. Samuel Gompers Memorial Committee, 1924‑1936
- RG4-006 Executive Council. AFL CIO Executive Council Minutes, 1955 1969
- RG4-008 American Federation of Labor. Executive Council Minutes, 1893-1955
- RG4-009 Congress of Industrial Organization. Executive Board. Proceedings, 1942-1955
RG5: Office of the General Council
- RG5-001 Office of the General Council. Lawyers Coordinating Committee Oral History Project
RG9: Civil Rights Department
- RG9-001 Civil Rights Department. AFL Records, 1943 1955; CIO Committee to Abolish Discrimination, 1948 1950; AFL CIO Director’s Files, 1956 1967
- RG9-002 Civil Rights Department. Discrimination Case Files, 1947 1984
RG13: Research Department
- RG13-001 Research Department. Boris Shishkin Papers, 1918, 1927-1971
- RG13‑002 Research Department. Staff Files, Frank Fernbach, 1942 1968
- RG13‑003 Research Department. Staff Files, Nat Goldfinger, 1947‑1966
- RG13‑004 CIO Research Department. Staff Files, Everett Kassalow, 1947-1951
- RG13 005 Research Department. Director’s Files, Stanley H. Ruttenberg, 1946-1964
- RG13‑006 Economic Research Department. Office of Wage and Industrial Relations Records. Anne Draper Files, 1963‑1994
- RG13-007 Research Department. Convention Files, 1953
RG18: International Affairs Department
- RG18‑001 International Affairs Department. Country Files, 1945‑1971
- RG18‑002 CIO International Affairs Department. Director’s Files, Michael Ross, 1945‑1955
- RG18‑003 International Affairs Department. Jay Lovestone Files, 1939 1974
- RG18‑004 Affairs Department. Irving Brown Files, 1943‑1989
- RG18‑005 Affairs Department. Staff Files: George Delaney’s Files, 1921-1957
- RG18‑007 International Affairs Department. International Labor Organizations Activities, 1946-1985
- RG18‑008 International Affairs Department. AFL Advisors to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, 1944-1952
- RG18‑009 International Affairs Department. Staff Files: Serafino Romualdi’s Files, 1945-1961
- RG18‑010 International Affairs Department. Country Files, 1969-1981.
RG20: Information Department
- RG20-001 Information Department. Major News Publications of the CIO, AFL, and AFL-CIO, 1894-1996
- RG20-002 Information Department. CIO Union News Service, 1936-1950
RG95: Private Donations
- RG95-001 Morris S. Novik Papers, 1940 1989
- RG95-002 Vanni Buscemi Montana Collection, 1925 1991
- RG95-003 Virginia Tehas Oral Interview
- RG95-004 Trades Union Congress Papers, 1942-1943
- RG95-005 United Labor Policy Committee, 1950-1951
- RG95-006 William Baillie Baird Papers, 1886-1927
- RG95-007 Private Donations. Lane Kirkland Papers, 1863-1998
- RG95-008 Larry Rogin Papers, 1926-1988
RG96: Still Images
- RG96-001 Photographic Prints
- RG96-003 Photographic Slides
- RG96-004 Morris B. Schnapper Collection
Each month, the Special Collections displays rare, unique items from our collection that resonate with present-day events. On March 1st through March 31, 2013, visit the Maryland Room on the 1st floor of Hornbake Library and delve deeper into women’s history. We’ll also provide online tools, resources, and information about our displays and women’s history every Wednesday and Sunday this month.
Our display honors International Women’s Day on March 8th.
About the display
March 1-March 17
Script writer Mona Kent and her radio character Portia highlight the challenges facing working women in the 1940s and 1950s, including the social expectation of self-sacrifice in women, and the struggle of a writer to portray women who didn’t fit that code.
March 17-March 31
Dr. Brown, author of “The Single Girl,” claims that the abnormal woman must “re-channel her existence via adjustment, sublimation, or a return to the normal, in order to find real happiness.” How do women define normal? Clearly, not all of us have identical goals, lifestyles, and beliefs. This month, we celebrate the complex diversity of women and each individual’s right to find her personal definition of “real happiness.”
Visit the website for more information about International Women’s Day 2013 and resources for continuing the momentum toward equality.
Can’t get enough of French culture? Check out the French Pamphlets from the 1788-1804 Revolution, and the project that’s making them even more available to you.
Click the image to visit the IMDB page for the 2012 movie Les Misérables.
Fiction provides an incredible lens through which readers can relate to events from the past. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway’s performances in the 2012 hit Les Misérables brought the famous musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel into pop culture. Some readers may imagine the French Revolution (which started over 40 years before Hugo’s student barricade) based on a popular high-school text: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. Stories like these touch the heart and provide a personal experience of history that high-school textbooks just can’t achieve.
However, primary source materials also provide insightful perspective from the point of view of people who experienced the era first-hand. Take the French Pamphlets, a collection of publications during the French Revolution (June 1788 – December 1804). Students and researchers from fields like sociology, linguistics, government and politics, even art and design, benefit from studying documents that everyday people shared then like Internet memes are shared today.
Now, a collaboration of departments at the University of Maryland are working from a collection of 12,000 French pamphlets to make them more accessible to students and researchers.
Learn more about the incredible project at this page.
Read about the grants and partnerships that allowed this project to happen.
“Typically during this month we focus on national figures of African descent. But we can also focus on local figures. These represent the front line of any struggle. Dr. King made a magnificent speech on the mall 30 years ago. But suppose no one showed up? The Million Man March focus for many was Minister Farakhan. But the real heroes were the hundreds of thousands who stood all day unified and disciplined.”
Taylor, P. “Passing the Torch.” UMD Black Faculty and Staff Association Newsletter. Vol. 6 No. 1. February 1996. UPUB B5.005, University Archives, Special Collections, University Libraries.
The display case in the Maryland Room features two UMD yearbooks and some items from Leon Washington Condol’s papers.
Delve deeper into history with a monthly display in Hornbake Library’s Maryland Room! This month’s display celebrates Black History Month and recognizes the voices of Leon Washington Condol and his family.
Mr. Condol’s great grandmother, Mary Ann Cord, suffered slavery and separation from her children; the collection records her reunion with her youngest son, and her employment with Samuel Clemens. Louise Washington Condol carried on the history of grandmother Mary Ann Cord and passed this heritage to her son, Leon Washington Condol. He and his wife, Virginia, experienced the racial prejudices of their own times.
The Maryland Room also displays two yearbooks:
- a 1952 edition of the Terrapin with a photo of Hiram Whittle, the first African-American undergraduate at UMD, and
- a 1959 edition showing the senior photo of Elaine Johnson, the first female African-American to graduate from UMD.
Hiram Whittle, the first African-American undergraduate at UMD, is photographed with his dormmates (bottom-left photo).
We were thrilled to have Testudo (the University of Maryland mascot) recently visit us in Special Collections! We had a lot of fun teaching him about researching primary sources, online finding tools at UMD, and the many collections available for research. He decided to create a Flickr photo-guide for using the Special Collections. Visit it at ter.ps/19h and let us know if it helps you too!