World War I, the Great Depression, and immigration all contributed to a growing number of people who were unattached — unmarried and not linked to communities in significant ways. To study these single people, most of whom were men, Doris Brossard, a doctoral student of modern U.S. history, gender, and women’s history at Rutgers University, recently came to the University Libraries to access the Social Welfare History Archives and the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.
Collecting materials about the University’s response to COVID is not only important, "It's critical," says Professor Michael T. Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. “If we are not to repeat ourselves, we best learn from this information,” says Osterholm, an infectious-disease expert, best-selling author, frequent news source, and member of then President-elect Joe Biden's Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.
Outstanding among the displays at the “Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of ‘Main Street’" exhibit at the Minnesota History Center— which include Lewis’s Nobel Prize medal on loan from Yale University, clips from movies based on his books, and correspondence with his editor — is a wall of books. Among them are 133 that the Libraries lent from its Rare Books collection to this exhibit.
Erika Lee wrote an opinion piece published in the Los Angeles Times on July 4, titled: "What does it mean to be American? Ask an immigrant." The Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies traced American xenophobism — fear and hatred of foreigners — from the mid-19th century through 1916, then jumping a century, to Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President in 2016 and its follow-up. Read more and link to the L.A. Times article and video
His natural bent would be toward contemplative study, says Joshua Preston, Friends of the University Libraries board member. But when he sees principles of justice violated, he must speak. He must act. As a soldier in the Minnesota National Guard and as an attorney, Preston has done both.
The Libraries Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) — students who help other students with their research — have recently added helping undergraduates connect to the research community on campus. One of those PRCs, Natalie Paulson, has advice to those students wanting to pursue research with a faculty member on campus: To freshmen who wish to pursue research as undergraduates: Don’t be intimidated.
Fans of the Transcripts podcast — a project of The Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies that first launched in June 2020 — have something new to get excited about: another new podcast episode. In the recently released Episode 2 of, Transcripts focuses on trans people of color housing activists who were interviewed for the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP).
If you’re looking for a way to up your summer reading game, check out the Libraries Summer Reading Road Trip Challenge! For each page you read before September 12, you travel one mile on a Great American Road Trip. Once you have completed a road trip, submit your completed map to any library location or online. Your name will be entered into a prize drawing held after September 12. Download your map and start reading today!
Undergraduate student Darby Ronning discovered the Wangensteen Library, which led to her creating an online exhibit related to a physician's experience on the North Pacific Exploration Expedition in the 1850s. Her research project was awarded the 2021 U-Spatial Mapping Prize for Undergraduate Student — Best Representation of Research.