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Ryan Mattke, Map & Geospatial Information Librarian, points out details on an 1871 map of Minnesota to Benjamin Wiggins, Program Director of the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) program.

Wilson Studio — perfect for group research projects

A Research Sprints session brings teams of researchers and librarians together to work intensely and collaboratively over a period of several days. The program has found a perfect home in the Wilson Research Collaboration Studio, which opened its doors for the first time last year.
Destroyed woods south of Automba, Minnesota, 1918. Photographer: T.J. Horton.

The fires of October 12, 1918

On the afternoon of October 12, 1918 in northeastern Minnesota, several forest fires killed over 450 people and decimated 2,000 square miles of forests, homesteads, and townships. The University of Minnesota Forest Experiment Station, known today as the Cloquet Forestry Center, survived the fire. The Center’s archival collection contains photographs that document the aftermath of the fires in the region.
Valerie Caesar

Elmer L. Andersen Library 2.0

The process of discovery occurs constantly in the Wallin Center, a new space within the Elmer L. Andersen Library. The center builds upon the Andersen Library’s legacy to be a window onto the world through its collections — available and accessible to all.
Forrest O. Wiggins, 1947. Hired by the University of Minnesota as an instructor in Philosophy, Prof. Wiggins was the first African American to teach at the University of Minnesota. Dismissed from the University in 1951, Wiggins believed the reasoning was directly related to his socialist ideology.

Portraits of the Past

A preview of Calling to Question: 150 of Liberal Education at the University of Minnesota (opening March 4, 2019) is currently on display in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. This preview is composed of two display cases within On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts. The preview compliments the style of the portrait exhibit by showcasing retrospective portraits of the College of Liberal Arts alongside the personal accounts of the people involved in these historical snapshots.
Wilson Library card catalog, 1968, http://purl.umn.edu/226242

Wilson Library turns 50 years old

Plans for a library on the West Bank campus had been discussed and debated for years, but financial and other support for a new library finally came together in June 1965. O. Meredith Wilson Library opened to the campus community on September 23, 1968.
Construction of the Social Sciences Tower and School of Business Administration Tower (now known as Heller Hall), circa 1961, http://purl.umn.edu/81313.

The West Bank rises

The West Bank we know today on the Twin Cities campus looked quite different five decades ago. Why, in the 1960s, did the University expand (or to use the preferred term at the time – stretch) to the West Bank of the Mississippi River? To answer that question, the story begins in the 1940s.
January 1875 volume of The Official Army Register,

A glimpse into history – and a mystery

The January 1875 volume of "The Official Army Register" recently came to the University Libraries Preservation team and it offers a glimpse into history and a bit of a mystery. Did Lieutenant General P. H. Sheridan himself once own this volume? Could the handwritten annotations be those of Sheridan? Or could they be those of a clerk working for Sheridan at the time or someone else? Any sleuths out there who may want to take this on would be wise to visit Sheridan's handwritten personal memoirs, which the Library of Congress has digitized.
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Schumacher discusses ‘The Shakespeare Requirement’

Lisa Von Drasek interviews Julie Schumacher — author of "The Shakespeare Requirement" — in this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune keep hitting beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger right between the eyes in The Shakespeare Requirement, the hilarious and eagerly awaited sequel to the cult classic of anhedonic academe, the Thurber Prize-winning Dear Committee Members.
Northrop Field ticket booth, 1957.

Northrop Field rediscovered

Long before TCF Bank Stadium became home to Golden Gopher football, there was Northrop Field — the first on-campus outdoor athletic facility at the University of Minnesota. The November 4, 1899 dedication event included a faculty procession, brief speeches by Minneapolis Mayor James Gray and University President Cyrus Northrop, and a football game pitting Minnesota against Northwestern University (final score: Northwestern 11 and Minnesota 5). Northrop Field remained home to Gopher football until 1924, when Memorial Stadium opened.
Two graduate students at Data Management Boot Camp chat and laugh with each other during a break between sessions.

Data management boot camp for grad students

Starting a new research project can be intimidating and even overwhelming. That’s why the Libraries offers a data management boot camp for graduate students and new researchers. For two days in August, a group of librarians, researchers, and University grad students gathered for workshops and presentations focused on everything from access to version control.
17th century sheet music from the binding of Phytognomonica (1588)

#SingYourBinding

Curators of the Wangensteen Historical Library recently discovered that their copy of Phytognomonica (1588) was bound in a sheet of music - likely from the 17th century. This music was brought to life by Victoria Fraser, a soprano and specialist in early, sacred music, who sang three passages that were included in the book binding.
‘How health info savvy are you?’ exhibit

We’re going to the Fair!

Join the University of Minnesota Libraries at the Minnesota State Fair where you can test your health information knowledge, identify weird — and frightening — medical instruments of the past, and test your health I.Q. Our events take place on August 23 and September 3.
Brochure for the University High School.

University high school

University High School was established at the University of Minnesota by the Board of Regents in 1908. This year is the 50th reunion of the final graduating class of the University of Minnesota's University High School.
Students in Donut Test for the website

Libraries launches refreshed homepage

The University Libraries will launch its "refreshed" homepage on its website August 6. While this is not a massive redesign, we are moving more tools higher on the page and have added some new content that users expect to find — including study spaces and events.
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‘Dread Nation’ reviewed by Von Drasek

Dread Nation — a New York Times bestseller — is at once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive. Written by Justina Ireland, Dread Nation represents a stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar — a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet. University of Minnesota librarian, Lisa Von Drasek, reviews Dread Nation in this installment of Read This Book!, hosted by Alicia Kubas.