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!
Rare books people of the world, unite and take over! Though Morrissey may not approve of our liberty with his lyrics, the collegiality of rare books folks was on display during our class trip to the Walters Art Museum. Digitization Specialist Ariel Tabritha and Dr. Lynley A. Herbert, Curatorial Associate in Manuscripts and Rare Books, graciously explained the technology employed by the Walters to digitize their amazing collection of manuscripts and gave us a private tour of some of the treasures in their library. The field trip was so classy we all but yearned to adorn ourselves with monocles and opera cloaks. Sartorial concerns aside, our students made connections between materials they saw at Peabody with those housed at the Walters.
Adventures in aviation! Yes, that was one of the theme’s of yesterday’s Intersession class. After gaining inspiration from storied balloonists and pilots of yore, our daring students conducted their own experiments in flight, attempting to fly paper airplanes across the library from the 6th floor. The competition was strong, the loss bitter. Only one plane was successful. To Georges goes the spoils of victory!
And, um, a quadcopter also made an appearance. Video will be forthcoming!
Awesome library programming.
Librarians, archivists, and information professionals of tumblr! I am researching social media use in archives and special collections, and part of my project is to send out a survey to archives and special collections about their current practices. I would appreciate it so much if you could re-blog and/or send this link around!