September 2, 2014

Charles Spear was a Universalist minister in the mid-1800s who supported the abolishment of the death penalty in the United States. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1801 and worked toward social change throughout his life. Dismayed by the negative social view of the incarcerated, Spear began working to promote prisoner rights and prison reform. He worked with ex-prisoners and helped them to adjust back into society. Spear traveled the country speaking on the conditions of prisons and promoting new ideas and practices to reform both inmates and prison administration. He even traveled to England to seek support for the elimination of capital punishment in the United States.

The Charles Spear collection contains a signature book carried by Charles Spear and his brother during their travels and contains signatures of prominent people of the time including Julia Ward Howe, Samuel Fessenden, George Peadody, Robert Rantoul, John Jay, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Ward Beecher, Arthur Tappan, Charles Barnard, Josiah Quincy, Thomas Starr King, Edward Everett, Jared Sparks, George Bliss, Marshall Wilder, Freeman Hunt, Lydia Sigourney, Henry Longfellow, Horace Greeley, George Copway, David Wilmot, Salmon Chase, William Seward, Henry Clay, Charles Sumner, Thurlow Weed, General Winfield Scott, and Jenny Lend. The book also contains copies of the signatures of Abraham Lincoln and Edwin Stanton.

The collection also includes Charles Spear’s original correspondence, prison journal notes, and his book, Essays on the Punishment of Death. The Charles Spear collection is located in Thomason Special Collections at the Newton Gresham Library, the finding aid can be accessed here:

Charles Spear Collection, 1840-1851

Check out the collection of death penalty abolitionist Charles Spear Charles Spear was a Universalist minister in the mid-1800s who supported the abolishment of the death penalty in the United States.



August 29, 2014

uwmspeccoll:

We’re kicking off a new weekly feature here at UWM Special Collections - Fine Press Fridays! One of our goals in Special Collections is to document the history of the book and how the form of the book has been used by publishers and printers to express their ideas throughout time. As such, we have a strong focus on works produced by the fine press movement. The contemporary fine press printing movement originated in the 19th century with the work of Englishman William Morris. Disenchanted with current printing methods and desirous of returning to a time when books were printed with care and artistry, Morris founded the Kelmscott Press in 1891, printing books by hand using handmade paper and ink. The movement spread to several countries and continues to this day.   

Our inaugural Fine Press Friday piece is A Note by William Morris, in which Morris describes his goal to create books “which would have a definite claim to beauty, while at the same time…be easy to read and…not dazzle the eye, or trouble the intellect of the reader by eccentricity of form in the letters.” The final book printed at Kelmscott Press in 1898, the work relays Morris’s ideas of what constituted a beautiful book, his attempts to “redeem the Gothic character from the charge of unreadableness which is commonly brought against it,” the history of Kelmscott Press, and a bibliographic list of every work Morris printed at Kelmscott. One of the most unique features about this book is that it contains all three types designed by Morris; the main body of text is set in his Golden typeface, while quoted passages from Morris’s lecture “The Lesser Arts” appear in his Chaucer and Troy typefaces. The book also contains examples of Morris’s ornamentation and features a wood engraving by Edward Burne-Jones. 

See it in the catalog here.



August 29, 2014
shsusportscoll:

1983 Men’s Basketball.

shsusportscoll:

1983 Men’s Basketball.



August 28, 2014
Sammy the Bearkat cheering on the SHSU football team in 1970.This picture is from the 1970 Alcalde

Sammy the Bearkat cheering on the SHSU football team in 1970.This picture is from the 1970 Alcalde



August 26, 2014
ex-tabulis:

huntingtonlibrary:

SHARK WEEK!!!!!
caption: John Hovey, Journal of a voyage from Newburyport, Mass. to San Francisco, Cal. in the Brig Charlotte, 1849, ink and watercolor. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. GIFed by The Huntington.

I’m in love.

ex-tabulis:

huntingtonlibrary:

SHARK WEEK!!!!!

caption: John Hovey, Journal of a voyage from Newburyport, Mass. to San Francisco, Cal. in the Brig Charlotte, 1849, ink and watercolor. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. GIFed by The Huntington.

I’m in love.

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August 26, 2014

Charles Spear was a Universalist minister in the mid-1800s who supported the abolishment of the death penalty in the United States. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1801 and worked toward social change throughout his life. Dismayed by the negative social view of the incarcerated, Spear began working to promote prisoner rights and prison reform. He worked with ex-prisoners and helped them to adjust back into society. Spear traveled the country speaking on the conditions of prisons and promoting new ideas and practices to reform both inmates and prison administration. He even traveled to England to seek support for the elimination of capital punishment in the United States.

The Charles Spear collection contains a signature book carried by Charles Spear and his brother during their travels and contains signatures of prominent people of the time including Julia Ward Howe, Samuel Fessenden, George Peadody, Robert Rantoul, John Jay, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Ward Beecher, Arthur Tappan, Charles Barnard, Josiah Quincy, Thomas Starr King, Edward Everett, Jared Sparks, George Bliss, Marshall Wilder, Freeman Hunt, Lydia Sigourney, Henry Longfellow, Horace Greeley, George Copway, David Wilmot, Salmon Chase, William Seward, Henry Clay, Charles Sumner, Thurlow Weed, General Winfield Scott, and Jenny Lend. The book also contains copies of the signatures of Abraham Lincoln and Edwin Stanton.

The collection also includes Charles Spear’s original correspondence, prison journal notes, and his book, Essays on the Punishment of Death. The Charles Spear collection is located in Thomason Special Collections at the Newton Gresham Library, the finding aid can be accessed here:

Charles Spear Collection, 1840-1851



August 25, 2014

todaysdocument:

The Liberation of Paris

After an uprising by the French Resistance and days of street fighting, Paris is liberated as German occupiers surrender to Allied forces seventy years ago on August 25, 1944.

Excerpted from:
PROGRESS IN SOUTHERN FRANCE (ST. RAPHAEL) [ETC.], 1944

From the series: Motion Picture Films from the “Combat Bulletin” Program Series, 1944 - 1951

Check out these gifs of the Liberation of Paris from todaysdocument!



August 22, 2014
shsusportscoll:

Football practice on Pritchett Field with Dr. Templeton in 1969. To the left of the flag in the background the rooftop of Old Main can be seen.

That is kind of a cool view of Old Main. Thanks shsusportscoll !

shsusportscoll:

Football practice on Pritchett Field with Dr. Templeton in 1969. To the left of the flag in the background the rooftop of Old Main can be seen.

That is kind of a cool view of Old Main. Thanks shsusportscoll !



August 21, 2014

Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers, 1886-1968

Back in June of this year, the Marketing Department at SHSU highlighted one of our recently donated collections: the Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers, 1886-1968. The collection was donated by faculty member Cutty Gilbert and her family and contains correspondence, pictures, and other ephemera from her grandfather Grover McCormick, Sr. who was a lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee.

McCormick argued before the Supreme Court in Ashcraft v. Tennessee which dealt with self-incrimination and laid the foundation for Miranda v. Arizona and the establishment of Miranda Rights. McCormick was also the lawyer for Jerry Lee Lewis during his marriage to 13 year old Myra Gale Brown.

If you are interested in the Grover McCormick Papers, take a look at this wonderful video that the Marketing Department made for us about the donation of the collection and check out the accompanying article.

 

If you want to know exactly what is in the collection, click here for the finding aid: Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers, 1886-1968



August 20, 2014
othmeralia:

othmeralia:

"If you want to conquer the world you best have dragons." George R.R. Martin, A Dance of Dragons.
From the Othmer Library’s copy of Musaeum Hermeticum

Along with the rest of Philadelphia, we’re cheering on the Taney Dragons as they face Nevada tonight in the Little League World Series. If the team is looking for a new mascot, might we suggest a rainbow dragon?

othmeralia:

othmeralia:

"If you want to conquer the world you best have dragons." George R.R. Martin, A Dance of Dragons.

From the Othmer Library’s copy of Musaeum Hermeticum

Along with the rest of Philadelphia, we’re cheering on the Taney Dragons as they face Nevada tonight in the Little League World Series. If the team is looking for a new mascot, might we suggest a rainbow dragon?

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