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‘Balloons Over Broadway’

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The in-process and finished artwork for illustrator Melissa Sweet's non-fiction picture book, "Balloons Over Broadway," was discussed on this episode of Secrets of the Archives, from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Rabbi Harold Gordon

The Flying Jewish Chaplain

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Rabbi Harold Gordon was known as the "Flying Jewish Chaplain" for his years of service as the Circuit Chaplain of the North Atlantic Division of the Air Transport Command, 1944-1946. In this installment of Secrets of the Archives, Curator Kate Dietrick talks about Gordon, and his papers and photos, which are housed in the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

‘The Midwives Book’ from 1671

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The Midwives Book, by Jane Sharp, published in 1671, is discussed in this episode of Secrets of the Archives from the University of Minnesota Libraries. It's the first book written in English by a woman for other women, and it covers all stages of giving birth, including pregnancy, labor, child birth, infant care, and more.

Secrets of the Archives: MN Orchestra

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In this episode of Secrets of the Archives, Kate Hujda talks about the historic Minnesota Orchestra scrapbooks, which date back to the Orchestra's founding in 1903. Hujda said that the scrapbook are the only living record of the early days of the Orchestra.

Plans for the city of Goa

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A rare 17th century, hand-colored manuscript containing maps and plans for the city of Goa — including ports and fortresses on the coast of India — was featured on this installment of Secrets of the Archives, from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The map is part of the James Ford Bell Library collection at the University.

Batman promoting civil rights

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In the late 1940s through the early 1950s, social welfare agencies used comics -- featuring famous comic book heroes like Batman and Superman -- to promote their messages. Everything from mental health issues to civil rights to patriotism were subjects for the comics.

Book survives 1933 Nazi burning

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Nazis burned the library of Magnus Hirschfeld – a Jewish physician and sexologist who died in 1935 – for being "un-German." But at least one book survived the 1933 fire and is now housed at the University of Minnesota in the Tretter Collection for GLBT Studies.

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