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Sabbatical Musings

by Tim Johnson Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and E.W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections In early 2013 the annual call went out from Wendy Lougee, University Librarian, for professional development leave proposals, otherwise known in academic circles as sabbaticals. Having been at the University for seventeen years, I thought it […]

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Tricks & Treats: The Halloween Blackout of 1957 & The Transistorized Pacemaker

The University Archives is the repository of the C. Walton Lillehei papers, a collection of materials that document Lillehei’s entire professional career as a cardiac surgeon. The Open Heart Project, a six-month effort to identify and make materials in this unprocessed collection accessible to the public for research, has uncovered primary sources that question the often repeated narrative of the invention of the battery-powered pacemaker.

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U of M Acquires the Children’s Theater Company Records

By Kathryn Hujda, Assistant Archivist/Processor, Performing Arts Archives and Literary Manuscripts How do you move 50 years of theater history? After a long courtship beginning before 2008, the University of Minnesota formally acquired the records of the nationally-renowned Children’s Theater Company in early 2014. The collection, an overwhelming 780 cubic feet of production records, administrative […]

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Conan Doyle on the Eve of World War One

On the eve of what we now know as the First World War, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took up his pen to warn fellow citizens of a possible danger to his country. This danger came in the form of the submarine, and its use in unrestricted warfare on merchant marine fleets carrying goods—primarily foodstuffs—to the United Kingdom.

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

Whatever study promoted the idea that using social media cuts into work productivity might be a slightly mistaken. Without Facebook, for example, the promotion of the newly acquired (and not quite processed) National Parks and Recreation Association collection might never have happened!

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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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