Shakespeare’s 450th birthday party: Ask us Anything!
Adam Hooks, assistant professor of English at here at the University of Iowa, and Colleen Theisen, Special Collections Outreach and Instruction Librarian will be online live from 1pm-3pm [Central time] on Monday April 21st, during the week of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
Now is your chance to ask Professor Hooks your burning questions about Shakespeare or being a Shakespeare scholar! Also on hand will be historic, unusual, beautiful, and forged editions of Shakespeare’s works from Special Collections!
Type your questions now or live on Monday!
Sam Houston Memorial Museum Digital Collection
We here at nglspecialcollectionsandarchives enjoy partnering with other historical institutions in the area. One of those institutions is the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. The museum is dedicated to the life and times of General and Texas Governor Sam Houston. They house numerous documents, photographs, and artifacts related to Sam Houston.
We have worked with the museum to make some of their digitized materials available through our digital collections. The digital collection has a small sampling of everything you can find at the museum.
Take a look!
(Source: Flickr / samhoustonstateu)
Save the date - next week is Preservation Week, and to celebrate, our book conservator @moonlightbinder is doing an #AMA right here on tumblr!
Ever wondered why using tape on a book is a no-no? Or how you can “wash” a book? This AMA is for you.
Submit questions to our Ask in advance or on the day - Wednesday, April 30th. We’ll be answering questions throughout the day (well, 9-5 EST) and Katie will be live from noon until 2pm EST.
Eeep! We have LOADS of questions… now to prioritize them.
Everyone, start writing yours down now and be ready for next Wednesday’s Preservation Week #AMA with smithsonianlibraries and @moonlightbinder!
Houston was a national celebrity for much of his life. Times haven’t changed in some ways for the extremely famous, as evidenced by this March 1861 note. Theo Sutherland (about whom our collections sadly make no further mention) asks herein for Houston’s autograph. Note Sutherland’s use of the title “General” when addressing Houston. This title, rather than Governor or Senator, is by far the most frequently used our documents written after 1836 regardless of the office he held at the time.
We’ve told more of the tale of the Morrow Papers over here.
Photograph of John W. Thomason Jr. with his wife Leda Bass
This photograph comes from the John W. Thomason collection. We have already digitized the drawings of John W. Thomason, and now we have started scanning the photographs in the collection. Needless to say, I am pretty excited for people to see the photographs. The photographs cover his friends, family, and his travels around the globe. His photographs of life as an American in 1930s China are pretty revealing, so stay tuned.
“THE FAIR Are you ready? It’s here!!
The long-awaited New York World’s Fair, which took four years to create, opens its doors to the first of 70,000,000 expected visitors. Dominated by the Fair’s symbol THE UNISPHERE (which means Peace through understanding) the billion-dollar-baby of Robert Moses covers 646 acres…”
The 1964 New York World’s Fair opened fifty years ago this week, on April 22nd, with the theme of “Man’s Achievements in an Expanding Universe.” If this extended Universal News story leaves you with the impression that the fair was not a runaway success, that’s because it wasn’t. The fair was not sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions, and it was sandwiched between the official 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Expo 67 in Montreal, making it a less compelling draw. The opening day’s unfortunately dreary weather was emblematic of the entire two-season event; total attendance for the fair came in at fifty-one million, yet that fell short of the expected seventy million visitors. You might recognize the Unisphere sculpture and “flying saucer” towers in the still below from the 1997 film Men in Black, where they feature prominently.
This week marks Semana Santa or Holy Week for Christians across the globe. The nation of Mexico holds a number of festivities to honor this week. Some of these festivities feature characters from Jesus’s life and other local traditions. We have a few items related to Semana Santa. They are mostly masks used in festivities to imitate these characters.
These masks are part of the William Breitenbach Collection.
The whole collection can be viewed on our ContentDM page:
There is even a cool Google map that lets you know the location where each mask was created.
This is a picture of the Sam Houston Teachers College archway which was given as a glass gift in 1934. The archway marks the entrance to campus on Sam Houston Ave., down the hill from the visitors’ center. Despite the school’s various name changes over the years, the archway stood until 2002.
Sam Houston State Teachers College All-Girl Orchestra
The All-Girl Orchestra provided entertainment at collegiate dances, assemblies, and other social events around campus during the years of 1943-1946. The orchestra came into existence when a large portion of the Sam Houston male population went into service for WWII. The group, directed by Eileen Wooten, debuted in November of 1943 and was a hit with students. The group also found success outside of Huntsville traveling to areas like Kearne, Nebraska. The group was disbanded after the war’s conclusion.
We do not have a lot of material on this amazing group nor a list of its original members (the university did not publish a yearbook the year they formed) but we will keep digging.
This week we are taking pocket dictionaries to a whole new level with these mini dictionaries from Leipzig. These four functional little volumes were printed by C.G Röder probably sometime in the 20th century, and include translations from German to Latin, English to German, Spanish to German, and German to English. Imagine—all that language in the palm of your hand!
Miniatur Wörterbuch (four volumes). C.G Röder (1,2,10) and M. Kötzel (5), Leipzig. 20th century. Charlotte Smith Uncatalogued Miniatures.
See all of our Miniature Monday posts.
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