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Staff, students celebrate 50 years of Wilson Library

University of Minnesota Libraries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of Wilson Library on October 1, 2018.
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.

A day with the Libraries

September 13 was a busy day for the Libraries. It was one more day in a week filled with tours of library spaces. As a partner with the College of Liberal Arts' First-Year Experience program, the Libraries hosted nearly a thousand students over 50 tours that week alone — helping CLA students complete their course, CLA 1001. "We want to get students into our spaces so they see what's available to them," said Kate Peterson, Undergraduate Services Librarian for the Libraries. "But we also take the opportunity to let these first-year students know about our online resources and other library tools and services that can help them meet their academic goals."
Wilson Library card catalog, 1968,

Wilson Library – a valued facility

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.
Model of Wilson Library

Join us to celebrate Wilson Library at 50

Join us at an open house in Wilson Library Monday, October 1, 2 to 4 p.m., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Wilson Library. We’ll have games, snacks, button making, and a fun look back in time to the year it all started: 1968. A brief program will begin at 2:45 p.m.

Chicano/Latino Studies: A department engaged with the community

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month — which runs from September 15 through October 15 each year — we are highlighting the University of Minnesota's Department of Chicano Studies. The department was born in 1971, following a 1970 demonstration by Hispanic students, who demanded its creation so that courses on history and culture from a Chicano world view would be taught. 
Construction of the Social Sciences Tower and School of Business Administration Tower (now known as Heller Hall), circa 1961,

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.

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.

Johnson reviews ‘Revenge of the Nerd’

Tim Johnson reviews Revenge of the Nerd: Or . . . The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger by Curtis Armstrong, in this edition of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Armstrong, who played Booger in the 1984 film, "Revenge of the Nerds," is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, and Johnson is Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Statue of Liberty

A Matter of Facts: Immigration

Topics surrounding immigration are frequently fraught with partisan point-scoring and scare tactics both locally and nationally. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries’ resources to guide your understanding of issues surrounding the topic of immigration.
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)


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.