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How Facebook can actually be a good use of time: Social media and the promotion of archives

By Colleen Hansen Processing Assistant, Social Welfare History Archives Whatever study promoted the idea that using social media cuts into work productivity might be a slightly mistaken.  Without Facebook, the promotion of the newly acquired (and not quite processed) National Parks and Recreation Association collection might never have happened! In 2013, the Social Welfare History […]

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Mid-Century Modern Exhibit

The Northwest Architectural Archives at the University of Minnesota is showcasing materials from various collections that show the diverse range of architectural elements that have come to define the Mid-Century Modern style. This exhibit includes trade catalogs, stock plan books, photos and renderings from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.

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U of M acquires Adath Jeshurun Congregation records

The Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota has recently acquired the Adath Jeshurun Congregation records. Comprised of more than 96 cubic feet worth of administrative materials, this collection is now the largest and most comprehensive archival collection of a Jewish congregation in the state. The materials have already […]

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Theatre de la Jeune Lune archives – ready for researchers

The archives of the Theatre de la Jeune Lune are newly organized and now fully available to researchers. The collection includes over 30 years of production records, extensive administrative records, a full run of season flyers dating back to the early 1980s, press clippings, and a full catalog of audio-visual materials, including nearly 400 video recordings that have been digitized for research and preservation purposes as part of a 2012-2013 grant from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Legacy Amendment funds.

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Ukranian exhibit and Estonian visitors at the IHRC&A

The Immigration History Research Center Archives is pleased to announce the opening of the Alexander Granovsky Papers, and is hosting an exhibit of selections from the papers of Professor Granovksy which reflect his lifelong work with Ukrainians in the United States and the diaspora. Granovsky worked tirelessly to further knowledge of Ukrainian culture and heritage, and his collection provides a wealth of information to today’s researchers.

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Bugs: Historic Treatments for Bees, Ticks and Mosquitos

By Sarah Juntunen Student Staff at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine The summer months are upon us, and that can only mean one thing—bugs. At the Wangensteen Historical Library, we have an abundance of material on the topic of insects with accompanying medical advice and historical perspectives Riley and Johannsen (1915) wrote in their book, […]

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Primary Sourcery, Kirschner Collection blogs now on continuum

Dear Friends, We are writing to welcome you to the new home of Primary Sourcery and the Kirschner Cookbook Collection blogs. These blogs have joined the continuum family to consolidate our communications with you. continuum is the online source for News and Events about the University of Minnesota Libraries. If you have received Primary Sourcery […]

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New Publication Uses Archived Art

by Caitlin Marineau, Assistant Curator Children’s Literature Research Collections  One of the lesser-known roles of the Children’s Literature Research Collections (CLRC) is loaning materials to other institutions. While the CLRC loans to a variety of organizations, including other museums and archives to show at exhibits, one of the most significant groups we loan to is […]

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YMCA Publishing Work with Russian Emigres: Preserving Culture in the Midst of Chaos

Melanie Doherty, a Project Archives Research and Reference Assistant at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, created an exhibit that narrates a story of the life of the Russian exile after the Russian Revolution and the importance of of reading material to those exiles.

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Arvid Nelsen

Workshop promotes preservation of computing history

The U’s Charles Babbage Institute hosted the Association for Computing Machinery By Arvid Nelsen, Archivist, Charles Babbage Institute and Electronic Records Strategist The hush that fell over the room was short-lived. Sample boxes from the collections at the Charles Babbage Institute were on the tables and workshop participants immediately concentrated on them. Almost as suddenly, however, […]

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