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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

By Kimberly L. Clarke and Rafael E. Tarrago  The Diverse Heritage of United States Hispanics: Afro-Hispanics Hispanics in the United States trace their origins to racially diverse...
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Tretter Collection wins national diversity award

The Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries is a 2017 recipient of the Diversity Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record.
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A Feast of Words featuring Brenda Child

Brenda Child, Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, highlights the January 29 Feast of Words event, 5:00 p.m. at the Campus Club. In her talk, "Speaking Ojibwe in the Great Lakes: From Reservations to Revitalization," Child shares family narratives and historical documents that show the essential role of the Ojibwe language in the past and today. Reservations and ticket purchase required at 612-626-7788.
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Umbra: Search African American History featured in Star Tribune

The University Libraries made the front page of the Star Tribune last week with Umbra: Search African American History, its new digital platform that searches not only University of Minnesota collections, but hundreds of African-American archives across the country.

Exhibit reception for ‘People on the Move’

Please join us Thursday, October 29, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future for the Immigration History Research Center & Archives. This celebration of our 50th anniversary will feature remarks by former curator Joel Wurl.
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Engraved in Copper: A video preview

Watch this video preview of our current exhibit, "Engraved in Copper: The Art of Mapping Minnesota," which features unique engraved copper plates used to print topographic maps of Minnesota in the early 1900s, surveying and mapmaking techniques, and government documents related to the process. The exhibit runs through May 22 at Elmer L. Andersen Library.
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Hendrickson New Curator of the Wangensteen Library

Lois Hendrickson began her work as Curator of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine on August 10. She is an alumna of the University of Minnesota, where she earned her Bachelor’s in History, and the University of Denver where she received her MLS.
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Research through digital storytelling

Digital storytelling is a new format of research assignment and Scott Spicer, Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian, provides leadership for instructors and students in this emerging area. Spicer has collaborated on over 225 student video assignments.

Kevin Kling highlights Friends’ annual celebration

Join us on Wednesday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center for the Friends of the Libraries Annual Celebration, featuring Kevin Kling, "Books Cast Their Spell on Me: Trafficking in the Alphabet."

“Let the materials speak to you.”

Elizabeth Vocasek (M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership, 2013) contributed this blog entry about using sources in the Social Welfare History Archives and Kautz Family...

An Internship of Discovery with Arthur Kleiner

By Heidi Anderson-Ferdinand, Intern in Special Collections and Rare Books Working as an intern in Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts I get the unalloyed...
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Transgender project wins travel grant

A project intended to document the oral history of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest received a funding boost recently, which will help project organizers interview more people from outside the Twin Cities.

First Fridays kicks off with ‘For the Common Good’

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota was forced to close a few years later, hit hard by the financial panic of 1857 and...

It’s all about health . . .

The news media have offered abundant headlines about health care. The debate is robust with commentary on access, affordability and costs, and control over choices...
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Tools of plastic surgery’s past

For plastic surgeons, a detailed pre-operative patient record is important for assessing post-operative results. Plaster casts have long been part of this process. This history is documented within the collections at the Wangensteen Historical Library, which include two plaster facial casts dated 1935.