Today is International Translators Day!! Why today? Because it’s the feast day of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators (and, of course, librarians). To mark this day we are presenting a text by our very own Max Yela, Head of Special Collections. Max’s English-language story of a childhood incident, La bendición, was translated into Spanish by Rino Avellaneda and Catherine Jagoe and hand-printed at the Arcadian Press in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, by book artist Caren Heft in 2008. This bilingual edition of 50 copies was printed on paper made at the Root River Mill by Brian Borchardt, Jeff Morin, and Caren Heft. The exposed-spine binding with etched-glass covers were fabricated by Julie Sittler with assistance from Kay Zuelsdorf.
After several attempts to achieve an appropriate translation (including a particularly atrocious job by the author himself), Rino Avellaneda and Catherine Jagoe proved to be the perfect translators for this intimate story of family and the power of tradition. This is your day Rino and Catherine!!
Daisy Smith Writings on Sam Houston, 1922
Daisy Lauretta Smith was born in Kansas in 1893. She was a student of Sam Houston Normal Institute, class of 1919. She earned her B.S. degree from SHNI in 1922 and the M.A. from Peabody in 1934. Daisy L. Smith went on to teach for over 43 years for Houston Independent School District. She died in Houston, Texas in June 1979.
The Daisy Smith writings on Sam Houston (1922; one file folder) contain reminisces of General Sam Houston gathered from the citizens of Huntsville, Texas in February 1922. The writings consist of 34 handwritten pages by Daisy Smith.
View a detailed finding aid of this collection at Sam Houston State University’s Archon page and see just what materials are in the collection.
It’s football season at Texas Tech, as it has been every fall for nearly 90 years (proven by this program from the first ever Tech football game in 1925.) This isn’t our only piece of Red Raider football history, though. Check this out,
Was Texas Tech victorious over McMurray?
An SHSU Rugby player takes a hit from the Woodlands team in 1989. This picture was taken from the 1989 Alcalde.
Jimmy Hair Around the World
Borrowing from @shsusportscoll post featuring former SHSU student and standout athlete Jimmy Hair. I created these images of Jimmy Hair showing his athletic ability around the world.
A view of the mall
Check out the view of the mall area on the SHSU campus from the windows of Newton Gresham Library in 1972!
If you want to see other pictures of campus from years past, check out our digital collection from University Archives.
Criminal Justice Clipping Collection, 1864-2011
The Texas Criminal Justice Newspaper Clipping Collection (1864-2011; three boxes) contains newspaper clippings concerning criminal justice in the state of Texas. The collection’s main focus is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and includes many articles from the Huntsville Item and various other publications. The Texas Criminal Justice Newspaper Clipping Collection contains many Texas prison subjects including: death row, prison personnel, prison administration, facilities, escapes, convict labor, the prison rodeo, court cases, corruption, and female inmates.
The picture* featured above is an article from the Huntsville Item concerning the possible ending of the Texas Prison Rodeo which was held in Huntsville, TX.
View a detailed finding aid of his collection at Sam Houston State University’s Archon page and see just what materials are in the collection.
*(Credit to the Huntsville Item for the use of the photograph)
What happens when it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day and we reach 200 followers? Our first gif, of course!
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we decided to share our very first attempt at making a gif! (We’re hoping to learn how to do this in Photoshop. Soon.) The images we used come…
Welcome to the Gif making club!
About a year ago, we posted a gif of hover whales. This, however, was our original creation—at the time too big for Tumblr but now able to be posted.
from Suggestions to the keepers of the U.S. life-saving stations, light-houses, and light-ships; and to other observers, relative to the best means of collecting and preserving specimens of whales and porpoises. By Frederick W. True.
It’s Miniature Monday, folks!
Today we have eight volumes from Miniature Dictionary Publisher’s, Inc., published circa 1925. The firm was operated by the Minkus brothers in New York City, and frequently published miniature volumes of well-known works and dictionaries. These books were often used to advertise businesses like banks, hotels and department stores; the business in question would have its named stamped on the back of each volume it sold. None of these copies are stamped; but the leather wallet binding and gilt-stamped titles as well as the pink-edged text blocks are characteristic of MDP Inc. Another charming thing about these books are their bookplates—I have never seen a miniature bookplate before! These books have a wonderful feel to them—their chunky shape and soft leather bindings make them seem almost edible! Stop by and see them
before I eat themtoday!
Various Authors. The Little Webster, Love and Other Stories (2 ediitons), The Arabian Nights Entertainments, The Golden Treasury of English Songs, Don Quixote, Paradise Lost, Hamlet and Macbeth. New York: Miniature Dictionary Publisher’s, Inc. 1925. Charlotte Smith Miniatures Collection, Uncatalogued. Gift of Carol Kapell in memory of Paula B. Deems
Information on the volumes gathered from: Edison, Julian I.. Miniature Book News #90: 1996 September. St. Louis, Missouri. UNT Digital Library.