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A New Drawing Book of Modes - Picart

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:14:00 +0000

This is a lovely small book on how to sketch the human figure and is part of the University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. It was printed for Richard Ware at the Bible & Sun in Amen-Corner, Warwick-Lane, London, in the late 1700’s, or beginning of the 1800’s.

  The cover received a traditional handmade marble paper design with a 24K gold stamping on a maroon leather title label. A clamshell box was created using the same colors found on the original cover.

Marble papers go back in time for centuries. This technique traveled from the Orient, Middle East and reached Europe in the 1600’s. Today we can find marble paper everywhere, but there are only a few places that are specialized on the making of marble paper in a very traditional way.
A brief history of marble papers can be found here:

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Asian Autumn Festival

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:01:00 +0000

International and Global Studies at UNCG invites you to celebrate the rich diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures. This free event will be Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the EUC Auditorium and surrounding areas.

The public is invited.

The festival offers fun and entertaining demonstrations, exhibits, food samples, cultural performances and children’s activities. Everyone is welcome. Admission and parking (Walker Deck) are free.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Matlosz,

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University Libraries Celebrate Receiving Grant from Sisters in Crime

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:01:00 +0000

On September 22, 2016 the Libraries celebrated receiving a $1,000 grant from Sisters in Crime, a national organization devoted to supporting women crime writers.  The Libraries will use the funds to enhance the Robbie Emily Dunn Collection of American Detective Fiction in Special Collections and University Archives.

Pictured here are members of the North Carolina Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime presenting the check to Dr. Keith Gorman, Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives and Kathryn Crowe, Interim Dean. Chris Roerden, President of the chapter is first row, far right.

Harold Schiffman Music Library at UNCG

HSML Student Employees Fall 2016 - Wheee!

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:51:00 +0000

I Know, I should just call this blog the HSML Student Employee Blog, because a majority of posts  for the last few years have been all about these cool people who make all the difference for us and keep us running.

That said, I can't resist doing this again!

Alpha by first name (because, after all ,I am a librarian), here they are, the amazing, the awesome....the SCHIFFMINIONS!!!

Happy New Year!!! We are so happy you are here and part of the HSML team!

















And the Supervisor Team:




Go team!

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:45:00 +0000

Captain America : civil war
Teenage mutant ninja turtles : out of the shadows
The huntsman : winter's war

April and the extraordinary world

The conjuring 2

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

Thomas Wolfe's Birthday Celebration!

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:11:00 +0000

Join with Asheville, North Carolina, as they celebrate the 116th birthday of Thomas Wolfe!  On October 3, 1900, Wolfe, a well-renowned, highly-acclaimed author, was born here.  To honor his legacy, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site and the City of Asheville are teaming up to host a month-long series of events centered around this great novelist and his life.

The first event starts this Saturday, October 1st.  Interested?  Then please go visit this website!  Would you like to read some of the many books that Wolfe wrote?  Or how about one of the many biographies?  Then please check out your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!  Happy Birthday Thomas Wolfe!

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

SCUA collects, preserves, and makes accessible rare, unique, or otherwise significant materials outside the scope of the general UNCG library collection. We also deliver presentations, classes, tours, and exhibits. Our collections include official records, personal manuscripts, rare books, textiles, A/V materials and artifacts. Subject strengths include women's history, literature, theatre, music, and dance.

War & Peace Imagined Celebrates Lev Aronson, featuring Internationally-Renowned Cellist, Lynn Harrell

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:55:00 +0000

University Libraries UNCG and the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Artsis collaborating to make December 2016 a spectacular month for music fans. As many of you may know, the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives at #UNCG is home to the largest single holding of cello music-related materials in the world, and every few years, we celebrate one of the musicians represented in our collection. This year’s campus theme is "War & Peace Imagined," an exploration of war and peace through the arts and humanities. Therefore, it is most fitting that we celebrate the musical legacy of cellist, Lev Aronson.

Lev Aronson is remembered as a distinguished cellist, teacher, and survivor of the Holocaust. With his family forced from their home in Latvia during World War I and losing five years of his life to the camps of World War II, Aronson endured one of the darkest times in human history, surviving these events to bring beauty to the world through music. Among Aronson’s many students is internationally acclaimed cellist, Lynn Harrell.

We are sponsoring a concert (Dec. 2, 2016) and recital (Dec. 3, 2016) featuring Lynn Harrell. The information is available below and tickets are on sale now:

Ernest Bloch Hebraic Rhapsody for Solo Cello and Orchestra

When: Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
Where: UNCG Auditorium

The UNCG Symphony Orchestra will accompany the world-renowned cellist as he performs Ernest Bloch's passionate and exotic work, Schelomo: Rhapsody for Solo Cello and Orchestra. Crafted in faith and misery, Schelomo premiered 100 years ago as part of Bloch's Jewish Cycle. This will be one piece in a larger concert from the UNCG Symphony.

UPAS: Lynn Harrell, recital

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
Where: Recital Hall
Tickets: $30 adult/$25 student/ $25 senior
Lynn Harrell will complete his UNCG residency with this recital of virtuosic works including those of Lev Aronson, Mr. Harrell's cello teacher. Lev Aronson, himself a cellist and composer, was interned in both a Nazi Concentration Camp and a Russian Labor Camp. He eventually made it to the United States where he became the Principal Cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a beloved teacher of many successful cellists.
Sonata in G major (edited by Lev Aronson), Henry Eccles

Cello Sonata in C major, op. 119, Sergei Prokofiev
Cello Sonata, Claude Debussy
Introduction, Theme and Variations, op. 82, no. 2 (arr. Gregor Piatigorsky), Franz Schubert
Cello Suite no. 3 in C major, BWV 1009, J.S. Bach 

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

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Continuing the #BannedBooks2016 theme, #FoodieFriday recognizes...

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:00:44 -0400

Continuing the #BannedBooks2016 theme, #FoodieFriday recognizes not a banned book but a banned cuisine. Before glasnost, Jewish cookbooks were both rare and suppressed in Soviet Russia. Those who wished to continue Jewish culinary traditions relied on covert sharing of either handwritten or typed recipe collections and Jewish cookbooks brought into the USSR by visitors. 

In honor of those who cooked, we’re featuring two cookbooks from our collections:

Brandeis University. Cook’s Choice: A Collection of Favorite Recipes, “Tried and True,” from Members of the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee with Illustrated Fruit and Flower Arrangements. New York, N.Y.: Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, 1967. Jackson Library Special Collections-Home Economics PamphletsTX715 .C78530 1967   

Grossinger, Jennie Grossinger. The Art of Jewish Cooking. New York: Bantam Books, 1977. Jackson Library Special Collections-Home Economics Pamphlets TX724 .G7270 1977  

Spartan Stories

Tales from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Liberty Ship, S.S. Charles D. McIver

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000

On May 23, 1943, the North Carolina Ship Building Company, located in Wilmington, North Carolina, launched its 100th Liberty Ship, the S.S. Charles D. McIver. As founder and first president of the State Normal and Industrial School (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and a fierce advocate of public education for women, McIver was a natural choice for a commemorative Liberty Ship. He was one of several North Carolina educators to have this honor. Initially named after notable deceased Americans, the ships names’ eventually included men and women, of all ranks, who were lost in the war. Naming opportunities came to those who raised two million dollars in war bonds.

The S.S. Charles Duncan McIver, 1943*

On the day that the S.S. Charles D. McIver was launched, high-ranking representatives of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, along with local dignitaries, gathered for the festivities in Wilmington, which was broadcasted on the radio. The shipyard band played as the newly christened ship slipped into the water. For glamor, Hollywood actress Constance Bennett was in attendance to present the shipyard with an award for its exceptional purchases of war bonds. Launching its first Liberty Ship only hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Wilmington shipyard was considered one of the best producers of these types of ships in the United States. The yard boasted over 20,000 employees and the ability to deliver up to ten ships per month.

Actress Constance Bennett attends the launching ceremony at the Wilmington Shipyard, May 25, 1943**

Based on a British design, Liberty Ships were basic cargo vessels built by the United States Maritime Commission during World War II. The first of these “Emergency Cargo” ships was launched on September 27, 1941, with President Franklin Roosevelt in attendance. Named the S.S. Patrick Henry, who is well remembered for his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, the president expected these ships to bring liberty to Europe and they were dubbed accordingly. Liberty Ships were meant to be quickly and economically mass-produced, with parts manufactured throughout the country and then assembled at shipyards on the east and west coasts, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Eighteen shipyards built over 2700 ships during the years between 1941 and 1945. Considered the “ugly ducklings” of the naval fleet, the Liberty Ships averaged 441 feet long with a crew of forty-four, holding almost 10,000 tons of cargo in addition to tanks, planes, and ammunition. Built to last only through the war, many of these ships survived, with over 800 incorporated into the United States cargo fleet, and others sold to Italy and Greece. Several ships continued to serve into the 1970s, and currently, two are used as museums. Sadly, the S.S. Charles D. McIver did not fare as well. On March 22, 1945, it sank after striking a mine as it left Antwerp, Belgium. A full rescue was made by a British motor minesweeper and a motor torpedo boat, which rescued the Merchant Marine crew and the armed guard also on board. The S.S. Charles D. McIver was later written off as a total loss.

*Image from the Charles D. McIver (Liberty Ship) subject file
** Image from The North Carolina Shipbuilder, June 1, 1943

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Open Data Flint

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:02:00 +0000

Open Data Flint
Open Data Flint (ODF), as part of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center (HFRCC) is an open access repository for all kinds of data and data-related resources about the Flint community within the state of Michigan. It is a place to both find data to use and share data for others to use.
Open Data Flint is an open-to-the-community data repository whose aim is to assist the community of Flint, Michigan to:
  • Bring together data to help build the evidence base to achieve a healthier Flint community.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the far-reaching impact of the water crisis on the Flint population.

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Vintage Viands: Last Call!

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:36:00 +0000

Vintage Viands offers opportunities for students, staff, and the local community to sample foods from an earlier era, and reflect on how taste and ingredients change over time. The event, connected through the Home Economics Pamphlets Collection and the Home Economics and Household Collection, offers attendees an online or physical exhibit. 

This year, Vintage Viands is honored to receive the University Libraries' Innovation Grant to support the promotion of the event itself and of the collection. See: 2016-17 Libraries’ Innovation Grant will Showcase Home Economics Pamphlets for more details!

No tickets are needed; ticket link will take you to more information about the event.

University Libraries staff are invited to contribute vintage dishes; there will be prizes and it is possible to be reimbursed for the cost of ingredients. Here's how:

Join us on Friday, September 23, 2016 as we recreate the tastes of the 1920's!

More information here...