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      American Library Association Midwinter 2018: Adam Rex

      Pubs in July 2018, Disney/Hyperion Every once in while there is a book that I see in a booth and I just want to read...
      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. 

      Ridgway Award winners

      Lisa Von Drasek talks about the 2017 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award winners in this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. "Hannah and Sugar," written and illustrated by Kate Berube was the 2017 winner, with Honor Awards going to Bethan Woollvin for "Little Red" and Dori Kleber for "More-igami."
      Seal of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice

      Anthony Comstock, the YMCA, and the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice

      Anthony Comstock is well-known as the instigator of the Comstock Law, which was passed by the United States in 1873 in an effort to stop the shipment and sale of “obscene materials” through the U.S. mail. Less well known is the role played by the Young Men’s Christian Association of the City of New York — now the YMCA of Greater New York — in making Comstock’s vision a reality.
      A wall covered in Post-It Notes with comments from exhibit viewers.

      An archivist’s reflections on the success of ‘A Campus Divided’

      By the time the exhibit went up in August, the topic had been with us for three years and I had completely lost perspective. Would anyone else find A Campus Divided interesting? We had built it, would they come? It turned out that attention for the A Campus Divided was beyond anything we had experienced before, as thousands of people flocked to Andersen Library to view the exhibit.
      Valerie Caesar

      Artists take up residence in Libraries

      A new residency program at the University of Minnesota Libraries aims to highlight historical collections to create new art, deepen connections between artists and archivists, and deliver art to larger audiences.
      Email from Bly to Tranströmer about Airmail book.

      Cascades of letters: Correspondence in the Robert Bly Papers

      Letters written to and from Robert Bly speak volumes about Bly’s impact — not only as a writer but as a figure in the landscape of local and national literature. Though his poetry and essays are examples of how he presented himself to the public, his correspondence offers a more private perspective. These letters are available from our Upper Midwest Literary Archives.
      “Health Pays Dividends” YMCA Public Health Campaign, circa 1916. Credit: Kautz Family YMCA Archives,P846

      Now Online! Records of YMCA work in China

      Significant portions of the records of YMCA international work in China — one of the richest and most heavily used collections at the Libraries' Kautz Family YMCA Archives — is now freely available online.
      Representatives from Christie's examine the Bell Library's print of the Waldseemüller map

      Bell Library map sheds light on authenticity of new discovery

      A December 10 New York Times article has called into question the authenticity of a previously unknown fifth original of the rarest of documents — a 510-year-old map that first used the word "America." The University of Minnesota's James Ford Bell Library is holder of one of the other four copies by famed German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller. Christie's recently visited the Bell to compare its find with the real deal.
      Image of the book cover.

      IHRCA collections used in book publication project

      By Daniel Necas Archivist, Immigration History Research Center Archives In 2010 and 2011, a team of researchers from the University of Vienna and University of Wisconsin...

      The Archives: Margaret Ann Hubbard

      Margaret Ann Hubbard I first became aware of Margaret Ann (Dolly) Hubbard when I was preparing my First Friday lecture on Minnesota authors. There are...
      Rezmerski Poster

      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.