Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving Day blog post is written by our very own Heather Riser, Head of Reference and Research Services. We recently discovered this Thanksgiving gem among the Magruder Family Papers*, a large collection that is currently being sorted, arranged, and … Continue reading

This Just In: The UPI Wire, November 22, 1963

Special Collections recently received an unusual–and remarkable–gift: a roll of paper, over forty feet long, which plunges its reader into the hours following John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It is a teletype machine printout of wire reports received by the United … Continue reading

ABCs of Special Collections: P is for

For your alphabetical pleasure, we present the letter: P is for Ron Padgett As a high school student in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ron Pagett co-founded the low budget journal, The White Dove Review, boldly soliciting poems from many of the avant-garde … Continue reading

Class Notes: 250 Years of Fairy Tales in Print

Professor Mark Ilsemann recently brought his class, German 3590: Special Topics–Fairy Tales, to Special Collections to see materials related to the European fairy-tale tradition. He asked if we could “give my students an idea about early collections of tales and … Continue reading

On View Now: Harry Fenn and the Picturesque

We are pleased to announce our latest mini-exhibition in the First Floor Gallery just outside the Special Collections reading room: Harry Fenn and the Picturesque, curated by researcher Sue Rainey, who used our collections while working on her recent book, … Continue reading

ABCs of Special Collections: O is for…

With more letters behind us than left to go, we now come down to the surprisingly subversive  letter… O is for Octoroon During the European colonial period and throughout chattel slavery in the Americas, a new terminology sprung up to … Continue reading