Says I to myself, says I … Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Here’s a little something from our sheet music collection, should a sing-along spontaneously occur later today (after a pint or two perhaps) we’ve got you covered.
When we order a new item for the collections it can sometimes feel just like receiving a present when it comes in the mail! I filmed a quick video as we opened our newest acquisition - a puzzling map from the Milton Bradley Company from the 1880s. Enjoy!
Note - if you are scared of editing video, I filmed clips on my iPad, uploaded directly to YouTube, and used their built in tools. I combined the clips, uploaded the final still image and the logo image at the end, and set it all to public domain music, available through YouTube. It was intuitive and you can learn too.
Looks like there’s a state missing!
Image TM & © Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., All rights reserved.
Every year the University of California, San Diego Library, the world’s repository for the original works of Dr. Seuss, holds a campus birthday party to celebrate the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss. The party will be held at noon on Monday, March 3, but it’s the UC San Diego Library that is getting the gift—a gift of more than 1500 additional items donated by Audrey Geisel from the personal archive of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the reading public as Dr. Seuss.
The recently donated materials, which are being added to the Dr. Seuss Collection in the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, include hundreds of rough sketches and drawings for a variety of unpublished projects such as “Cat Ballooning,” “The Pet Shop,” “Bee Watches,” “How Welk Can You Spelk,” “The Clock Book,” and “Arabian Adventures.” Geisel’s ink drawings for a version of “Daisy Head Mayzie” are among the materials donated, as is “Tex McTarbox and the Fountain of Youth,” the latter, in Geisel’s words “the treatment for half of a screen play which I thought had great possibilities for mirth.”
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration, a selection of the new materials are now on display at Geisel Library and will continue to be exhibited until the end of March.
The annual birthday party will be held on Monday, March 3 at 12 noon, in front of Geisel Library, which was named for Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995, in recognition of their generous support to the University and the Library.
The party, which marks Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday anniversary, will feature a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat, as well as some 2,000 cupcakes that will be served to mark the occasion. Chancellor Khosla and Brian E.C. Schottlaender will be on hand to pass out the cupcakes and greet attendees.
Mandeville Special Collections houses more than 10,000 items in its Dr. Seuss Collection, which includes original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.
The Hevelin Science Fiction collection : hevelincollection.tumblr.com
The Iowa Women’s Archives: iowawomensarchives.tumblr.com
Map Collection: uimapcoll.tumblr.com
And the list grows!
UI Office of the State Archaeologist: iowaarchaeology.tumblr.com
UI Museum of Natural History: iowanaturalhistory.tumblr.com
You’re right, I didn’t say just libraries! Follow ALL THE PAGES!
Like our site? You’ll probably like some other Special Collections’ sites too! Here is a reminder that there is a list of Special Collections that are on Tumblr. Check out Special Collections content all over Tumblr. And if you are a Special Collections and you aren’t on the list, let me know and I will update it.
The Pablo Eisenberg Collection of Native American Literature comprises nearly 1500 volumes written by American Indian writers, from the 1700s to the 21st century — including myths and legends, tribal histories, religious tracts, biographies and memoirs, fiction, poetry, drama and historical and political writings. It includes nearly 600 volumes of nonfiction and almost 900 volumes of literary work.
The collection was acquired in August, by Amherst College, and the catalog for the collection can be found here.
“This collection is significant because it is a collection of works written by Native Americans,” said College Librarian Bryn Geffert. “It presents a unique opportunity for Native American Studies scholars here at Amherst and elsewhere to mine the most complete collection ever compiled by a single collector.”
Did you know we have massive fandom related collections in UISpecColl? 50th anniversary of Doctor Who! I had to go exploring.
Monday I pulled out all the Doctor Who fanzines in the collection and we spontaneously filmed a video looking at them!
Colleen Theisen, Outreach & Instruction Librarian for UISpecColl
Peter Balestrieri, Processing Librarian for UISpecColl
Patrick Olson, Special Collections Librarian for UISpecColl
Lisa Martincik, Electronic Resources Librarian for UI Libraries
Most importantly: Film & Editing by Matthew Butler, Multimedia Consultant, who always takes our crazy banter and somehow puts it together in a way that makes sense.
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Guide to Doctor Who fanzines in the University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives:
Brian Knapp Fanzine Collection, MsC 294
Collection of fanzines and science fiction convention materials from Connecticut-based fan Knapp, mostly dealing with Star Trek but including other media properties as well.
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons Fanzine Collection, MsC 400
Fan writer and editor. A collection of science fiction fanzines, primarily consisting of pieces of fan fiction, and a few related items, including some science fiction convention materials.
M. Horvat Genre Apazines Collection, MsC 825
A collection of science fiction, fantasy, mystery and other genre apazines (publications similar to newsletters or fanzines, and published by fan groups called Amateur Press Associations, or apas). Horvat founded the American Private Press Association and for a time in the 1980s edited “South of the Moon”, a catalog of publications of amateur press associations.
Mariellen (Ming) Wathne Fanzine Archives Collection, MsC 313
The Fanzine Archives was designed to preserve and circulate fanzines and other fannish material through the maintenance of an extensive permanent archive, and came to the University of Iowa in 2008. Large assemblage of fanzines and works of fan fiction relating to multiple media fandoms, including Star Trek, Star Wars, and other movies and television shows.
Deidre Johnson Media Fandom Materials Collection, MsC 960
Collection focused on the television series Battlestar Galactica. Material formats include books, magazines, fanzines, comic books, catalogs, clippings, scripts, and merchandise.
Morgan Dawn Fanzines and Fanvids Collection, MsC 403
Collection of fanzines and fanvids (fan-created montages of video clips from assorted media fandoms set to music) relating to numerous media fandoms, assembled by long-time fan writer and vidder Dawn.
Susan Hill Fanzine Collection , MsC 401
Science fiction fan and fanzine collector. Collection of fanzines - mostly works of fan fiction, with particular emphasis on multimedia anthologies and on the British science fiction TV show Blake’s 7.
Organization for Transformative Works Fanzine and Fan Fiction Collection, MsC 320
Collection of science fiction and other genre fanzines, pieces of fan fiction, and related fannish artifacts donated by various fans through the cooperation of the Organization for Transformative Works, established to preserve the history of fanworks and fan culture.
I love my job.
O mein Gott! I’m hyperventilating! All those acid-free boxes! I’m flashing back to my archives class in library school.
Sweden 2013 - Starting work at Märta Måås-Fjetterström (prt2)
The next day after breakfast, I had gone down to the wool archives in MMF, a library of hand dyed wool done in house, in the basement. I thought this would be a pretty straight forward process, 5 different colours of wool for each colour, which would then be hand made into yarn balls. I took my time picking what I thought was the right colours then got straight too it eagerly. This is the exhibition room where I worked during my stay, Bettan had already prepared a loom for me to use and began to teach me how to set up the process.
For all you knitting tumblarians!
Fine Books Magazine profiled our own Patrick Olson as a “Bright Young Librarian.” Read all about it!Thoughts on the future of special collections librarianship?I think the future is looking good. Use statistics are generally up and the demand for rare materials sure isn’t letting up. Our instructors at Iowa are increasingly interested in bringing their students to special collections, and our administrators really seem to understand the unique value these collections add to the institution. Methods for delivering content are fast evolving, and probably always will, but people are constantly finding new and important ways to study and appreciate the originals.
Students see Hevelin pulps for the first time! This was Professor Claire Fox’s Inter-American Detective Fiction course. The students were able to see the whole history of pulps, especially detective pulps, told through primary source materials: Argosy, Popular, Adventure, Blue Book, Short Stories, Black Mask, Dime Detective, Mystery, the Shadow, Planet Stories, Amazing, and Weird Tales, along with dozens of other titles. Thanks, Rusty!
Pulps in action, with our Hevelincollection Tumblr librarian Pete right in the middle!
Another fab special collection for tumblrarians to follow.
“At the temple there is a poem called “Loss” carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.”
― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
Check out more of these astonishingly beautiful hand-colored photos scanned from the A. Nielen Postcard Collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Now this is a special collection!
Well at least we know whose copy of ‘The Adventures of Captain Gulliver’ this was…
Thomas Glenn clearly wanted to get his signature right.
This bilingual Peter Rabbit board game is pretty cool, but I had to check Nutkin’s story to see if that actually happened. It’s strange, the sort of things in stories we just go with as kids.
I’ve been adding lots of new archives and archivists lately, so I thought I’d send around the list again. Want to get on the list? Just send me a note! Much like the thelifeguardlibrarian’s list of libraries and librarians, your blog doesn’t have to be related to archives or special collections to be added. As long as you identify with the community, you’re in!