Of Provosts and Our Past Year: A Couple of New Lists on the ARB Website

By:  Kevin Grace

ARB Annual SummaryAs part of its work in documenting the heritage and ongoing changes at the University of Cincinnati, the Archives & Rare Books Library maintains a number of useful lists on its University Archives page in addition to finding aids and exhibits, http://www.libraries.uc.edu/arb/collections/university-archives.html.  We keep up with the heritage of deans in our various colleges, http://www.libraries.uc.edu/arb/collections/university-archives/deanslist.html, as well as annual reports, the Board of Trustees, UC presidents, and campus history.

With the recent resignation of President Santa Ono, who became the new president of the University of British Columbia, there were a number of changes as Provost Beverly Davenport became UC’s interim president and CCM dean Peter Landgren became Interim Provost.  We’ve added to our lists with one of the University of Cincinnati’s provosts and chief academic officers throughout UC’s history, http://www.libraries.uc.edu/arb/collections/university-archives/provosts.html. Continue reading

UC’s First Thesis Comes Home to UC Libraries

 

Dean Wang and Eaton Family

Dean Xuemao Wang accepts gift from the Eaton Family.

Eaton family gives historic documents, including letter from Thomas Jefferson, to UC Libraries

CINCINNATI – Thursday, July 21, 2016 – The University of Cincinnati Libraries today received the thesis of John Hough James, the first graduate of Cincinnati College, now the University of Cincinnati. In addition to the thesis, UC Libraries also received associated research materials, including an 1820 letter from Thomas Jefferson. The rare gift comes from siblings Russell Eaton III, James M. Eaton and Frances Eaton Millhouser, the great-great-grandchildren of John Hough James.

“My siblings and I are pleased to present to the University of Cincinnati our cherished family possessions of John Hough James (JHJ), our great, great, grandfather, the valedictorian of the university’s first class. These possessions include an 1820 letter from Thomas Jefferson to JHJ containing requested source material for his senior thesis, his hand written thesis booklet and his membership in a local volunteer fire company,” Russell said. Continue reading

From The Desk Of….Kellie Tilton, UCBA Librarian

The UC Blue Ash Library is kicking off a new series called From The Desk Of… which gives you a chance to peer into our work spaces to see where the magic happens.

Instructional Technologies Librarian, Kellie Tilton has graciously opened her doors to share her workspace and favorite office items with us.

 

Library Staffer, Ben Kline, among Next Group of Cincy StoryTellers Aug. 3

Haven’t we all made mistakes? Hopefully, we learn from them and move on. Come out August 3 to support UC Libraries’ Ben Kline, assistant director of research, teaching, and services, as he participates in Cincy StoryTellers and talks about his mistake “The Sound of the Holler in My Mouth.”

Hosted by Carol Montsinger, Ben will join five others in talking about My Biggest Mistake. The other StoryTellers include:

  • Kelly Collette, stand-up comedian
  • Brenda Hunda, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati
    Museum Center
  • Kick Lee, music producer, sound designer and composer
  • Eric Schwetschenau, ear, nose and throat specialist at TriHealth
  • Chris Varias, writer

Cincy StoryTellers will be held in the grand ballroom at The Phoenix, 812 8th St. in downtown. Doors and the cash bar open on the 3rd floor at 6 p.m. Storytelling begins at 7 p.m.

There is no fee to hear the stories, but you must reserve tickets at tickets.cincinnati.com.

The Enquirer and Cincinnati.com launched these nights in January 2015 as a way to bring storytelling to life and to give voice to some of the most interesting people in our community. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/467315460120688/?ti=cl.

Checking Out the Chicago Public Library: UCBA Librarian Visits the Harold Washington Library Center

One a recent July 4th holiday visit to Chicago, Michelle McKinney, UCBA Reference and Web Services librarian, made a brief stop at the Harold Washington Library Center (HWLC) of the Chicago Pubic Library (CPL). The main branch of CPL is located on 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605 in the South Loop. The building is a site to behold. It is 10 stories high, 756,000 square feet, and takes up a full city block. Here are just a few photos from Michelle’s all-too-brief visit. Follow the links at the end of the post to learn more about the Chicago Public Library and the Harold Washington Library Center. Continue reading

What Fools We Mortals Be

By:  Sydney Vollmer

Rackham, What Fools These Mortals BeWe all remember Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  What a little imp.  Well, actually, he isn’t quite an imp.  He’s more of a hobgoblin.  In fact, Puck is less a name than a species.  Throughout mythology, “Puck” is interchangeable with “Robin Goodfellow.”  The names come in different forms among various languages, but they all translate roughly to either “pixie” or “hobgoblin.”

Throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, poor Puck is given orders to put spells on people he doesn’t recognize and things go awry.  His willingness to perform, and then correct, shows his true obedience to King Oberon.  However, if you aren’t King of the Fairies, a puck may not be as obedient.  Pucks have a knack for being temperamental.  It’s said that they’ve been known to do some minor household chores if they take a liking to you, but the helpfulness stops as soon as you offend them. Continue reading

Presidential Election 2016

Although some people may feel their vote really doesn’t matter, our 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, stated, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

(from “Quotations” From Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Washington, D. C.: Republican national committee, 1938.)

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