Category Archives: Books

Remembering the Ludlow Massacre of 1914 for National Miners’ Day, December 6th

Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West by Scott Martelle (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. 2007)  recounts the events that led to the Ludlow Massacre, the culminating battle of the 1913–1914 Colorado coal miners’ strike. For several … Continue reading

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October greetings from Special Collections!

“The singular structure and habits of the Bat have long since afforded the poets an emblem of darkness and terror, and induced them to consecrate this creature to Proserpine, their queen of Hades. … it is by no means allowable … Continue reading

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On this day in 1949 the Federal Republic of Germany is established

The NATO-aligned Federal Republic of Germany (popularly known as West Germany) was formally established as a separate and independent nation on May 23, 1949. It would remain so, divided from the Warsaw-pact aligned East Germany, until German reunification on October … Continue reading

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ~ the first president of Turkey

Today, May 19, is Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s birthday.  Mustafa Kemal was born in 1881 in Thessaloniki, which was part of the Ottoman Empire and died on November 10th, 1938 in Istanbul.  Atatürk, which means father of the Turks was the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday L. Frank Baum!

Today we celebrate the birthday of L. Frank Baum, known for his children’s books, most famously The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. His first best-selling children’s book was 1899’s Father Goose, His Book. In 1900 Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , which … Continue reading

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Special Collections remembers Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature

We in Special Collections were very sorry to hear of the passing of Prof. Sandro Sticca. He was a frequent visitor to Special Collections and the epitome of an Italian gentleman. He was a generous donor giving works such as … Continue reading

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Our Book of the Month and Honoring those who fought in WWII

The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (May 8 and May 9) is an annual international day of remembrance designated by Resolution 59/26  of the United Nations General Assembly on November 22, 2004. The resolution urges … Continue reading

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A recent rare book acquisition by the University Libraries’ Special Collections

The Special Collections and University Archives department of the University Libraries’ was fortunate to acquire recently a remarkable rare book for the William J. Haggerty Collection of French Colonial History:  Des colonies; particulièrement de la Guyane française.  It was written by … Continue reading

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Today in 1397 – the first reading of the Canterbury Tales

April 17, 1397 would turn out to be very significant in the development of English literature, for on this day Geoffrey Chaucer read his Canterbury Tales out loud for the first time in King Richard II’s court. He read it in … Continue reading

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Rabbits and other fur-bearers

Plate from Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers by John Burroughs; with fifteen illustrations in colors after Audobon, and a frontispiece from life. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900. Located in Special Collections, 2d floor Bartle Library.

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