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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.
      Brianna Lane Nofil PhD Candidate, Columbia University

      Chambers Fellows visit the archives

      Four research fellows are now using the Social Welfare History Archives and Kautz Family YMCA Archives with assistance from the Clarke Chambers Fellowship. The fellowships fund travel to the archives for dissertation writers and early career scholars. The first Chambers fellowship was awarded in 1992 and, to date, 126 fellows have visited the archives.  

      Transgender project funded for phase 2

      The Libraries has received $266,000 from Tawaini Foundation to fund Phase 2 of the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP) — a project intended to empower transgender individuals to tell their story, while providing students, historians, and the public with a richer foundation of primary source material about the Transgender community.
      Frank Jankac

      IHRCA announces Grant-in-Aid Awards, Karni Scholarship

      Frank Jankac, Amy King, and Matthew Reza are this year's Immigration History Research Center Archives' Grant-in-Aid Awardees, and Rosaria Frankco is this year's awardee of the Michael J. Karni Scholarship.
      Photograph of Bill Holm in Minneota, MN in the 1990s.

      Notes on Bill Holm’s manuscripts and writing — Part 2

      In my previous article, I explored Minnesota poet Bill Holm’s use of boxelder bugs and pigs in his writing. Now, I turn my attention to two other elements that are key to understanding Holm’s work — Walt Whitman and the concept of “failure.”
      Handmade jellyfish are displayed as the Underwater exhibit comes together.

      Underwater exhibit – an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look

      This September, the Wangensteen Historical Library's new Underwater Exhibit will open to the public - exploring the intersection of humans, health, and science in watery spaces. Communications Intern A’Davian Smith sits down with curators Emily Beck and Lois Hendrickson to get a behind-the-scenes look as they walk through the process of creating this exhibit.

      Grad student’s historical research paper leveraged 1970s study of teen girls

      Thanks to Courtney Johnson for writing this post! Courtney is a student in the Youth Development Leadership program. She joined the program in 2015 and...
      An image of sea adventurers from 1599, from the James Ford Bell collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries

      Libraries expands access to primary resources for undergraduate teaching

      The University of Minnesota Libraries is partnering with Adam Matthew Digital to make some of its rich primary source material available for undergraduate research...
      Sketches of pigs meant for use in Holm’s pig poem anthology and accompanying note from Randy Scholes, who would later co-found the Minneapolis press Milkweed Editions.

      Notes on Bill Holm’s manuscripts and writing — Part 1

      When Bill Holm’s papers came to the Upper Midwest Literary Archives a few years ago, much of the collection was in disparate pieces. Archives staff, myself included, have completed numerous iterations of sorting this material into categories that best reflected Holm’s life and work. It has been nothing short of challenging to acquaint myself with a lifetime’s worth of Holm’s work. At any given time, I have a number of Holm’s books on my desk that have become my reference tools — both for biographical information and for identifying Holm’s writing.
      Broadsides featuring artwork and poetry from the “New Focus: Arts & Corrections” program.

      Margaret Hasse, the ‘Artist-Teacher’

      Margaret Hasse is known for her candid poetry and down-to-earth point of view. But from 1973 to 1975, Hasse also was an artist-teacher for “New Focus: Arts & Corrections,” a workshop focused on bringing the arts into correctional programs. It was Hasse’s first job teaching creative writing and a particularly entertaining and uplifting part of the Upper Midwest Literary Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
      Groundbreaking for the new St. Paul Jewish Community Center building in Highland Park, 1963

      Jewish American Heritage Month

      May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time set aside to recognize and celebrate Jewish American achievements and contributions to our country. To celebrate, we've included some highlights in this blog post of examples from the Libraries' Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.
      Burroughs Employee Calisthenics Club engaging in group exercises led by instructor, circa 1910.

      Field of Dreams: Employee benefits in the early tech industry

      Employee perks, clubs, and interest groups have always been a part of the high tech culture — in a competitive industry, having a robust set of perks and benefits is critical to drawing top talent. And, the ways in which companies treat their employees is indicative of an engaging corporate culture and management approach. But, where does this idea come from?
      Feature article from the October 1988 edition of Grand Gazette (St. Paul, MN) about Margaret Hasse and her book In a Sheep’s Eye, Darling, published earlier that year.

      Milkweed Editions: Over 35 years supporting local poets

      As part of National Poetry Month, the Upper Midwest Literary Archives is doing some extra celebrating as it kicks off its year-long grant project dedicated to exploring the archives of Minnesota poets. Our project, aptly titled "Prairie Poets and Press: Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest," will organize, describe, and reveal the contents of four important literary collections.
      Three drafts of the poem, "Women We Never See Again." These drafts show extensive edits, not only to the body of the poem, but also several changes of title.

      Prairie Poets and Press: Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest

      By Kathryn Hujda Assistant Curator, Upper Midwest Literary Archives From messy handwritten notes to concise editorial markings — from proof to print — poetry in the...
      Katie Otto. Photo credit: Emily Beck.

      Revealing the history of medicine

      The Wangensteen Historical Library has over 1,000 medical artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries within its collection. As these items are cataloged, interesting tools of medicine's past are re-discovered. This includes the Seabury and Johnson Bandage Kit that was recently cataloged by Katie Otto. Read about Katie's experience cataloging the bandage kit for a behind-the-scenes look at the process.