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Rabbi Kassel Abelson in study, year unknown.

Rabbi Kassel Abelson papers available to public

This past fall, the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives received a new donation of the papers of local rabbi Kassel Abelson. The papers are now organized and ready for researchers to peruse, standing as a testament to Abelson’s career as rabbi of Beth El Synagogue for 40 years.

Collection Development: Gardening

There is a couple feet of snow outside my front door yet I just got a reference request for my favorite picture books about...
Entrance to Digging Up the Past exhibit

‘Digging Up the Past’ highlight’s rich African American history from University Libraries’ collections

Historical material documenting the lives and culture of African Americans is represented in a new exhibit at the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library. The exhibit, which runs through May 18, includes photographs, manuscripts, slave manifests, letters, and works of art from more than 160 collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

An act to re-organize

The 1868 Act to Re-Organize the University established the University's mission, an academic framework, and the governance and duties of University leadership. In many ways, these events of 150 years ago are the beginnings of the University of Minnesota we know today.
Turtle tattoo.

About a turtle tattoo

I’ve been meaning to write an article about tattoos inspired by our University Libraries collections for some time now. My intention was to tell a fun and light-hearted story, but along the way I met Jason Herbert and it all got a lot more interesting. Read how Jason's divorce began a reevaluation of his life and now his tattoos have grounded him in his personal history.
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Me Too: Hashtag and Social Movement

The Me Too movement is a Twitter hashtag and social movement that calls attention to the widespread problem of sexual harassment and assault. The movement frequently appears in news headlines and has received both favorable and critical coverage. Below, we have compiled some resources to help students think critically about the topic.
The dedication program extolled the financing of the Field House, which had been “erected without a cent of cost to the taxpayers for construction purposes.”

Happy 90 years, Williams Arena!

From its dedication as the Field House in 1928 to its remodeling and re-naming as Williams Arena in 1950 to today, "The Barn" has held a special place on campus.
Wilson Library Exterior

Walter, Wilson libraries to open earlier on Sundays

Beginning February 11, Wilson and Walter libraries will open two hours earlier - at 10 a.m. instead of noon - on Sundays for the remainder of Spring Semester, not counting spring break. Campus users can also access Magrath Library at 10 a.m. on Sundays, but they will need their UCard to enter the building before noon.

#ColorOurCollections goes Underwater

We’re exploring humans, health, science in watery spaces for this year’s #ColorOurCollections event. We’ll unveil one coloring page each day with from the depths of the ocean and will showcased completed artwork throughout the week. Keep watching to catch some great art.
Love is in the Air At the Libraries

Love is in the air at the Libraries

Join the Libraries as we celebrate our love of a good book, swoon over our new makerspaces, and pledge our love with heart tattoos inspired by our archives. Activities are planned from February 5 - 16.
Reproducibility

Research Byte: research reproducibility

Evidence has emerged from disciplines ranging from biology to economics that many scientific studies are not reproducible, leading to declarations in both the scientific and lay press that science is experiencing a “reproducibility crisis”. In this Research Byte, we share landmark articles on reproducibility and tools to support reproducibility in your own work.
Maryanna in 1940 or 1941. This photo was taken during her time at Glenn Lake Sanitorium.

Maryanna Manfred Papers open for research

Maryanna Manfred is known as a prolific editor, journalist, and contributor to the literary communities in Minnesota and South Dakota. She is the former wife of Frederick Manfred and mother to Marya Manfred, Frederick Manfred Jr, and Minnesota writer Freya Manfred-Pope. Her writing and correspondence can be viewed via the Upper Midwest Literary Archives in Elmer L. Andersen Library.
Cheesy Pretzels

Our historical take on football snacks

As the Twin Cities prepares for the 2018 NFL championship game many locals are busily planning their party menus. We’re taking an old approach to current favorites with some historical recipes that are ready for a comeback: chicken wings, cheese straws, pretzels, and bacon-wrapped shrimp. 
Underwater Online Exhibit

Go online to take a dive Underwater

We are happy to announce that the Underwater exhibit from the Wangensteen Historical Library - which explores humans, health, and science in watery spaces - is now available online. The exhibit is filled with eye-catching images and text that illustrate the history of navigators, oceanic research, and water in cities and on shores. So grab your coffee and a beach towel, and join us Underwater from the comfort of your home.
University Archives, Walter Library, 1968.

Gone into history: 90 years of the University Archives

On New Year's Eve 1927, former University President William Watts Folwell wrote to then President Lotus Coffman with a request. I beg leave to suggest...