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Representatives from Christie's examine the Bell Library's print of the Waldseemüller map

Bell Library map sheds light on authenticity of new discovery

A December 10 New York Times article has called into question the authenticity of a previously unknown fifth original of the rarest of documents — a 510-year-old map that first used the word "America." The University of Minnesota's James Ford Bell Library is holder of one of the other four copies by famed German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller. Christie's recently visited the Bell to compare its find with the real deal.

Understanding Jerusalem issue in light of President’s announcement

President Donald Trump recently announced that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The president also plans to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We’ve gathered some resources to help you learn more about this new development and about the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

A Clinic That’s For the Birds

On this installment of "U of M Radio on your Historic Dial," we’ll travel to the St. Paul campus to "A Clinic That’s for the Birds" – which also happens to be the title of the December 8, 1977 episode of Look What We Found.  If you haven’t yet deciphered the title of the broadcast, we are going on an audio tour of the Raptor Center.  The Raptor Center is a research and rehabilitation center for birds of prey which today cares for approximately 800 ill and injured raptors each year.

Hidden beauty in ordinary books: Part 1

The quality of the content in our books is the primary reason why the Libraries' Collection Management and Preservation Department repairs our circulating collections. But look inside one of these books and you might be in for a surprise! Between their worn covers, many of these ordinary-appearing books have beautiful marbled endsheets.
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Introducing ‘The Blue Ox Review’

This week we introduce you to a new blog: The Blue Ox Review by Lisa Von Drasek, the Curator of our Children's Literature Research Collections. Lisa brings tremendous enthusiasm and expertise to this blog and she welcomes and responds to your comments. 
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Making the public domain accessible

The University of Minnesota Libraries is working with the HathiTrust Digital Library to investigate millions of books in an effort to make the "hidden" public domain titles available to all. Since 2010, the Libraries has reviewed nearly 116,000 books and about 60,000 of those have been deemed to be in the public domain.
Stress Busters 2017

Libraries help you #GetThoseGrades with Stress Busters and 24/7 study

Feeling underwater? Decompress with the Stress Busters events at libraries across campus and #GetThoseGrades with extended hours - including 24/7 library access.
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Another Way to Go From Minneapolis to St. Paul

By Rebecca Toov You are listening to U of M Radio on your Historic Dial! From 1938-1979, the Minnesota School of the Air brought educational programs...
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Prairie Poets and Press:

Nine months ago, staff in the Upper Midwest Literary Archives set out to increase access to four key literary collections, including the papers of poets Bill Holm, Robert Bly, Margaret Hasse, and publisher Milkweed Editions. Our work so far has allowed us to explore our ideas in exciting ways.
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New Libraries makerspaces bring innovation to the stacks

Learn. Make. Innovate. These are fitting words to accompany the welcome sign for the new Makerspace at the Bio-Medical Library, joining the Breakerspace in Walter Library as the two library makerspace locations on campus. Makerspaces offer tools and community for individuals who what to tinker as they explore solutions to problems - big and small.

50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

Fifty years ago, on November 7, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Public Broadcasting Act which created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the act, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is encouraging organizations to share archival materials related to the history and preservation of public broadcasting. University of Minnesota Archives is happy to join them.

JFK assassination files released

Recent news coverage has focused on a trove of newly available documents related to the 1963 assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. This post provides information on recent news and government documents to help you better understand the issues.
Ski-U-Mah, 1921-1949, a magazine “of the University in the fullest sense of the word” with emphasis on humor, fashion, and campus social news

Student publications over the years

Students at the University have been writing — and publishing — opinions and short stories and literary criticism and jokes and poems and news stories since 1877. That's when the first student newspaper Ariel began publication. Its successor, the Minnesota Daily, has been in continuous publication since May 1, 1900.
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Flying Funny by Dudley Riggs

Flying Funny: My Life Without a Net by Dudley Riggs was the featured book on this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.  Performing Arts Archivist Kate Hujda joined host Lisa Von Drasek in sharing insights into the book, Riggs, and Riggs' papers, which are in the Libraries' Performing Arts Archives. 
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In A Vietnamese Kitchen

In this week’s episode of Look What We Found, titled “In A Vietnamese Kitchen,” the producers teach an important lesson about cultural understanding by starting a conversation about cuisine. While interviewing the owner of Bamboo Village, Patty asked, “What made you decide to open a restaurant?” She replied, “I like a place where we can exchange the culture between the Vietnamese and the American and have something more to show, you know? We have a chance to interact with the American, to meet them on a day-to-day basis.” Episode 2, Season 2 of "U of M Radio On Your Historic Dial."