UH Libraries News http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:02:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Rare architecture books online http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/03/04/rare-architecture-books-online/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/03/04/rare-architecture-books-online/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:34:04 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=521 The following books from the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Book Room have been scanned and uploaded to the UH Digital Library.  Low-res and high-res reproductions are available free of charge.

 

Antiquities of Ionia, Part the First http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3003

Antiquities of Ionia, Part the Second http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3191

Antiquities of Ionia, Part the Third http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/2824

Four architectural etchings http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3200

L’art roman en Italie; l’architecture et la décoration, Première Série http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/2563

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Problems Accessing Library Resources on Campus http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2015/03/03/problems-accessing-library-resources-on-campus/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2015/03/03/problems-accessing-library-resources-on-campus/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:42:02 +0000 brettk http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/?p=539 The Library has recently been made aware of an overlap of IP addresses on our campus, and it is affecting several buildings here.  We are working with our colleagues to resolve the issue.

In the meantime, if you are unable to access an article from the web, please copy and paste the following string in front of the URL for the article: ezproxy.lib.uh.edu/login?url=

You will be prompted to login with your CougarNet ID and password.  As long as the library has a subscription to the journal, you will be able to access the article after logging in.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Streaming service for art and architecture videos now available http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/03/02/steaming-service-for-art-and-architecture-videos-now-available/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/03/02/steaming-service-for-art-and-architecture-videos-now-available/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:57:06 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=518 The University of Houston Libraries now offer access to a collection of streaming videos through Kanopy. Records for over 4,500 videos have been added to the library catalog so that students and faculty can easily find and access these titles when searching the catalog for material. New videos will be added as they become available.

You can search for Kanopy in the catalog to browse or search by subject.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on architecture, using your CougarNet login.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on general design, using your CougarNet login.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on experimental/alternative media, using your CougarNet login.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on photography, using your CougarNet login.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on visual art, using your CougarNet login.

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UH Libraries Welcomes Instruction Librarian http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/26/uh-libraries-welcomes-instruction-librarian/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/26/uh-libraries-welcomes-instruction-librarian/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:56:03 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2817 Ariana Santiago joins the team as the new instruction librarian.

Ariana Santiago joins the team as the new instruction librarian.

Ariana Santiago recently joined the University of Houston Libraries as an instruction librarian in the department of Liaison Services.

In this role, Santiago works with UH instructors of high-impact undergraduate courses, such as English, psychology, engineering, biology and public speaking, to deliver point-of-need library instruction in research skills and information literacy.

Santiago is part of the Libraries instruction team, a group of librarians who support student success initiatives at the University by collaborating with faculty to strengthen students’ analytical skills and effectively use the library’s many resources.

FACULTY: Learn more about the Libraries’ Instruction Program | Request instruction for your courses

Applying active learning methods, the instruction team takes students through library basics and beyond to transferable, concept-based knowledge, such as ethically using scholarly resources or strategic searches for information. These are the skills students need while in college and after graduation.

Santiago’s professional interests include learning theory, pedagogy and instructional design. Previously, she was a residency librarian at the University of Iowa, focusing on library outreach to undergraduate students.

Her venture into instruction began when she taught several marching band drum lines and competitive drum corps. As a drummer herself, this teaching role influenced her interests in the different ways that people prefer to learn, and eventually, nudged her onto the path of librarianship.

A native of Florida, Santiago says that Houston reminds her of home, and the University is an exciting place to be. “There’s a great sense of pride here,” she says. “I love that people are really striving for excellence in everything they do.”

A big part of the journey is the Libraries’ collective focus on student success. “We want students to be successful academically, but also in their personal lives,” Santiago says. “We want them to excel and achieve their career goals, and we contribute by helping them make use of the resources that we have here, and think critically about information.”

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Favorite Things: Narrative of the Expedition... http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/02/24/favorite-things-narrative-of-the-expedition/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/02/24/favorite-things-narrative-of-the-expedition/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:50:40 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4542 Whether it’s a rare book printing found at long last or piece of ephemera found in an archival collection by chance, those who visit the University of Houston Special Collections almost always find something they cannot wait to share with others.  Here we celebrate what makes the University of Houston Special Collections so special–our Favorite Things.

Today Sara Craig, University Archives Student Assistant, offers us one of her favorites.

One of my favorite things in the UH Special Collections is the series of 13 volumes of the Narrative of the expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan donated by Maury Maverick, a Texas Congressman in the late 1930s. The Narrative itself was compiled from the journals and notes of Commodore M. C. Perry and his officers during a trip to Asia from 1852 to 1854, first printed commercially in 1856. What makes this particular set so fantastic is the care that went into the binding and creation of each volume. Each individual book is unique, with a soft cover Japanese four-hole stab-bound (Yotsume Toji) book ensconced in a tri-fold hardcover case. These books are considered to be extra-illustrated, that is the creator of the books took the narrative and added in extra pages containing maps, prints, newspapers and other ephemera before rebinding, creating a unique and unusual set of books.

"This is somethign I purchased from the artist himself when I was in Tokyo. M.M."

“This is something I purchased from the artist himself when I was in Tokyo. M.M.”

Extra-illustrated books were an unusual fad that was popular in the late 18th to early 19th century in England and the United States. Collectors of extra-illustrated books would pay to have an original printed book taken apart and rebound with added letters, maps, prints and pages from other books. Often the rebound books would be encased in gilt and leather bindings. Occasionally the extra-illustrations in a book refer to sketches, drawings and small paintings included in an original binding of a book.

Some of the extra information added, including the newspapers, deal with the aftermath of World War Two and the signing of the treaty with Japan. There are also items of a personal nature included, a letter from J. Edgar Hoover to Maury Maverick and personal letters from President Truman and his wife, Bess Truman, to Maury Maverick and his wife. Other items appear to be ephemera gathered by Mr. Maverick during his travels in Asia, postcards, Christmas cards and woodblock prints.

"Peace Treaty is Signed" - cover of the Nippon Times, September 10, 1951, tucked inside volume one

“Peace Treaty is Signed” – cover of the Nippon Times, September 10, 1951, tucked inside volume one of the Narrative of the Expedition…

What first intrigued me about these books, however, was not the information contained within. The visual appeal of the books is obvious. The beautiful book cloth covering each individual volume, each a different pattern, some small and woven, others either created using a wax-resist technique or hand-printed to appear so, is eye-catching as you walk down the aisle in the book stacks. Once you open each volume, the actual bound books are covered in a completely different and unique book cloth that complements the exterior case. Some of the interior book covers have areas of hand-embroidery; others appear to be hand-printed.

extra-illustrated: as part of the rebinding process, inserted and included is this hand-signed letter from Harry Truman to Maury Maverick (December 21, 1951)

extra-illustrated: as part of the rebinding process, inserted and included is this hand-signed letter from Harry Truman to Maury Maverick (December 21, 1951)

For individuals who are interested in Asian history and culture, both historic and more recent, these volumes are particularly wonderful resources. They are also nice examples of extra-illustrated books, of interest to individuals with an enthusiasm for unusual books or artists books. Even fans of scrapbooking will find looking through this set of books might give them ideas for future projects.

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Kanopy Streaming Video http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/24/kanopy-streaming-video/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/24/kanopy-streaming-video/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:23:15 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2813 The University of Houston Libraries now offers access to a collection of streaming videos through Kanopy. Students, scholars and faculty can search and view over 4,500 educational videos in business, the arts, training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.

Browse and view over 4,500 videos with UH Libraries' Kanopy resource.

Browse and view over 4,500 videos with UH Libraries’ Kanopy resource.

New videos will be added as they become available.

Browse the collection of videos by searching for “Kanopy” in the library catalog or by using a keyword search.

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UH Libraries Welcomes Resource Management Coordinator http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/17/uh-libraries-welcomes-resource-management-coordinator/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/17/uh-libraries-welcomes-resource-management-coordinator/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:41:33 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2806 Melody Condron

Melody Condron

The University of Houston Libraries provides access to four million volumes of books and e-books, manuscripts, journals and other resources that support the teaching, learning and research activities of our students and scholars.

The care and maintenance of the catalog’s records fall under the purview of the Libraries’ resource management unit, led by Melody Condron.

Condron recently joined the UH Libraries as the new resource management coordinator. In this role, Condron and her team are responsible for quality control of the four million records in the Libraries’ database that represent a range of scholarly resources. Quality control involves activities that ensure records of catalogued materials are properly identified, described and linked for ease of discoverability.

Along with providing practical expertise in bibliographic resources management, Condron’s professional interests include libraries’ management of physical materials in a digital age. While students and scholars are using more and more digital resources, the conservation of print or physical collections in the stacks remains a priority to ensure users can access the best of both worlds.

Condron also studies personal archiving, the capture and preservation of an individual’s digital content, such as social media posts, photos and other ephemera. “We have a lot of data in our personal lives, and most people don’t think about what will happen to that if they pass away,” Condron said. “There’s been a big push in librarianship on how to make that data accessible in a meaningful way.”

Prior to arriving in Houston, Condron helped manage a consortium of 171 libraries in Montana that included K-12 school, law, public, and college and university libraries. Before that, she managed the collection for three public libraries, also in Montana. These experiences helped her gain broad knowledge of the larger issues in librarianship, and a strong desire to make connections with librarians across multiple areas of the profession.

Condron was excited to find a culture of collaboration and focus on innovation at UH Libraries. As a new member of the team, Condron brings fresh perspective, and has discovered that colleagues support suggestions for improvements to existing processes. “Everyone is really open to new ideas,” she said.

She has embraced the University’s focus on student success, and the Libraries’ commitment to provide enhanced services and resources in support of our students and scholars. This common goal, she says, has a positive impact on the engagement of librarians and staff as well. “Everyone seems to be excited about being at the University of Houston,” she said.

Miscellany about Melody

  • An avid vegetable gardener and former resident of beautiful but chilly Montana, she is thrilled at the fact that she can now garden year-round.
  • Her top nonfiction go-to is The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers. “This is a fantastic book that identifies the seven different ways that your brain tricks you on purpose. Each time I read it, I learn new things, and I think ‘I forgot that,’ which is funny because it’s a book about memory.”
  • Favorite fiction: “I’m a fan of anything by Terry Pratchett.”
  • Favorite cuisine: Indian, Thai, Vietnamese. “Houston is a fantastic place for food.”
  • Favorite films: Hot Fuzz and Tombstone.
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From Our Collections... and More! http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/02/16/from-our-collections-and-more/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/02/16/from-our-collections-and-more/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:07:24 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4547 New items now on display in our mini-exhibition, "From Our Collections..."

New items now on display in our mini-exhibition, “From Our Collections…”

If you have not visited the M.D. Anderson Library recently, you should know that right now we have quite a bit we would like to show you.

Here at the University of Houston Special Collections we continue to shine light on the fruits of research’s labor.  Our mini-exhibition, “From Our Collections…” is currently featuring a rotation of three new works that may be viewed at the entrance to Special Collections in the Aristotle J. Economon, Hanneke Faber & Andrew J. Economon Elevator Lobby exhibit space on the second floor.  Now highlighting the breadth and variety of research potential contained in our collections are the following:

Breaking ground on the "World's First Air Conditioned Domed Stadium" using Colt .45 pistols in lieu of the more traditional golden shovels (1962, from the George Kirksey Papers), featured on the cover of James Gast's The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle.

Breaking ground on the “World’s First Air Conditioned Domed Stadium” using Colt .45 pistols in lieu of the more traditional golden shovels (1962, from the George Kirksey Papers), featured on the cover of James Gast’s The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle.

Incredible Tretchikoff: Life of an Artist and Adventurer, Boris Gorelik (2013); featuring research from the Cruiser Houston Collection.

The Other Great Migration: The Movement of Rural African Americans to Houston, 1900-1941, Bernadette Pruitt (2013); featuring research from the Oral Histories – Houston History Project.

The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle, James Gast (2014); featuring research from the George Kirksey Papers.

In addition, Pat Bozeman’s exhibit, “1914-2014: Commemorating One Hundred Years — World War I,” continues it’s run at the foot of the Morrie & Rolaine Abramson Grand Staircase on the first floor of the M.D. Anderson Library.  Timed in part to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the armistice, the exhibit features maps, poetry, prose, and propaganda representing a number of the Great War’s belligerent nations.

Also on the first floor you can find the celebrated “Nina Vance and The Alley Theatre: A Life’s Work,” a collaborative curatorial effort carried out by our own Stacey Lavender along with Catherine Essinger, Librarian for UH’s Architecture & Art Library.  The exhibit chronicles the people, plays, and places that have made the Alley Theatre what it is today.

Finally, if you have visited us before here on the second floor, you have no doubt experienced our USS Houston permanent exhibition.  Pulling letters, photographs, artifacts, and more from our popular Cruiser Houston Collection, the exhibit illustrates the long peacetime and wartime history of a ship that earned the nickname the “Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast” and the sailors who served on her.

But wait, there’s more!  Can’t make the trip to campus?  I’d be remiss if I failed to mention our growing list of online exhibitions, open 24/7, 365 days a year.  A couple of my favorites are UH Homecoming Through the Years, where curators Matt Richardson and Sara Craig draw from our rich University Archives to tell the story of our homecoming traditions, and From American Football to ZZ Top: A History of Robertson Stadium, that highlights the history of the 70 year old stadium that was demolished in 2012 to make way for the new TDECU Stadium.

More information regarding our exhibits, past and present, can be found online here.  Hope to see you soon!

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Sea Cadets Visit UH Special Collections http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/02/03/sea-cadets-visit-uh-special-collections/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/02/03/sea-cadets-visit-uh-special-collections/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:30:29 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4530 The Sea Cadet Corps of Houston visits the University of Houston Special Collections

The Sea Cadet Corps of Katy visits the University of Houston Special Collections

The University of Houston Special Collections recently hosted the Sea Cadet Corps Katy Division for a day of discovery and insight into the history of the USS Houston.  The Sea Cadets are a non-profit youth program for Americans ages 11 through 17, committed to teaching leadership abilities to young people while broadening their horizons through hands-on military training.  Cadets in attendance included new members as well as veterans of the Corps.

The Sea Cadets tour the USS Houston permanent exhibit

The Sea Cadets tour the USS Houston permanent exhibit

Julie Grob, Coordinator for Instruction and longtime caretaker of our USS Houston archival collections, invited the cadets to participate in a scavenger hunt to locate special items in the library’s USS Houston permanent exhibit and then shared the story of the USS Houston (CA-30) and her crew with them.  The cadets were fascinated to learn about the hardy volunteer crew who served on the Houston during World War II, many of them tragically becoming prisoners-of-war under the Japanese for three and a half years.

Sea Cadets inspecting a shell casing recovered from HMAS Perth, sunk during the battle of Sunda Strait

Sea Cadets inspecting a shell casing recovered from HMAS Perth, sunk during the battle of Sunda Strait

We are so pleased to be able to host the Sea Cadets and provide this look into the Navy’s history and look forward to doing more of the same in the future.  Those interested in naval history or the story of the USS Houston are encouraged to visit and experience the exhibit for themselves.  While here, be sure to check out our archival collections.  Unable to make it to campus?  Remember that we continue to grow our online access for researchers through our Digital Library collections, including the USS Houston (CA-30) Photographs, the Lt. Robert B. Fulton USS Houston Letters, the William Slough USS Houston Letters, and the USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters.

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A Salute to Pat Bozeman http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/02/a-salute-to-pat-bozeman/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/02/a-salute-to-pat-bozeman/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 07:47:52 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2799 Pat Bozeman

Pat Bozeman

When Pat Bozeman arrived at the University of Houston Libraries 30 years ago, Special Collections was in a state of transition, much like Bozeman herself, who was switching careers from the private sector in Boston to librarianship.

As a newly-minted graduate of the School of Library & Information Science at Indiana University, Bozeman accepted a position as special collections librarian in 1984. She felt that the job announcement was written just for her, because the department sought a person with knowledge of rare books and manuscripts, just the trade in which she had worked for 12 years prior.

Little did she know that, within less than two years, she would be appointed head of Special Collections.

“I have never, ever regretted that I came to Houston,” Bozeman says. She assumed that she would establish herself as a librarian, and eventually return to the Northeast. “Thirty years later, here I am,” she says with a smile. “I have really enjoyed being here at UH, and watching things grow.”

Bozeman was motivated to develop a new professional path for herself, while leading a small but increasingly active department. “Special Collections had been considered an add-on that nobody paid much attention to,” she says. “I was determined to change that.”

And she did. Bozeman was the first librarian to grow the Special Collections instruction program with diligent outreach to faculty and students, creating lectures for academic courses with use of the rare book collection and archival materials. Today, Special Collections hosts an average of 40 classes annually in its own classroom.

She organized and culled myriad books and archival items that had accumulated since the department’s inception in 1968, with careful attention to the needs of students and scholars. In recent years, she has overseen an increasing number of digitization projects focusing on the department’s unique materials and has worked tirelessly to enhance the visibility of the collections under her care. Bozeman strengthened existing collecting areas, such as Houston and Texas history, and established new archival units, such as Performing and Visual Arts, Hispanic Archives and Architecture and Planning. She supervised the creation of the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection, the Houston History Archives and the University Archives. Her team of librarians and archivists has flourished under her leadership, growing in number and national prominence.

The expansion of the department accelerated further when Dana Rooks became Dean of Libraries and placed more emphasis on Special Collections as an integral service point in this research library. Bozeman credits Rooks and Marilyn Myers, associate dean of Public Services, as stand-outs among those who championed the mission of the department and supported Bozeman in her vision of its relevance and growth.

View photos from Pat Bozeman’s retirement celebration.

In addition to leading Special Collections, Bozeman has been substantially involved in scholarship and service. She has curated or co-curated over 50 exhibits and Digital Library collections (and has supervised an even greater list), has given presentations on a wide range of topics in special collections and archives management, has organized conferences and workshops and, since 2004, has served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Texas’ School of Library and Information Science. She also has served in numerous professional associations at the national and regional level.

Throughout her long and impactful career, the rare and unique items of Special Collections remained a captivating reminder of why Bozeman loves this field, as she enjoys the thrill of discovery and making historical connections. She has worked with countless books, documents and objects that carry their own hidden stories, such as the collection of Revolutionary War letters in which she discovered that the person who penned many of those letters, a colonel in the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, was her first cousin eight times removed.

A few of her most treasured items include a 1692 court document, signed by Cotton Mather, convicting an Andover, Massachusetts woman as a witch in the infamous Salem trials. There is a fine press book of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven that, from its slipcase inward, evokes the somber image of that ominous black bird. Bozeman was later fortunate enough to be able to purchase Alan James Robinson’s original drawings for that book. She recalls a time early in her career when she reached for something peeking over the edge of a top shelf that turned out to be a Civil War-era document signed by President Abraham Lincoln. She also has enjoyed teaching with all manner of rare books, from medieval manuscript books of hours and the first edition of the King James bible (1611), to a wide array of children’s pop-up books.

And there is an exciting story behind an 1836 broadside playbill from New York City’s American Theatre, advertising a vaudevillian evening to benefit the “Texians” of the Texas Revolution. Although listed in Thomas Streeter’s Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845, the notation indicated that Streeter himself had been unsuccessful in locating an original, having seen only a photostatic copy at the Texas State Library. In 2004, Bozeman discovered an original framed copy, belonging in the papers of New Deal Texas governor James V. Allred, one of the first collections to come to Special Collections in the 1960s. Bozeman’s resulting article, titled “‘For the Relief of the Texians’: A Theatrical Benefit to Aid the Texas Revolution,” appeared in the July 2012 Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Although she is retiring from her post as head of Special Collections, Bozeman’s work continues. Her first project will be to take part in the ongoing research to create an online database of Texas artists and artisans for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-Bayou Bend.


In honor of her retirement, gifts may be made to the Pat Bozeman Endowment in Special Collections that provides travel stipends for researchers using the University of Houston Libraries’ archival collections. To make a gift, contact Todd Marrs at 713.743.9741.

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Rare Books now online http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/01/31/rare-books-now-online/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/01/31/rare-books-now-online/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:26:49 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=514 Ten new books from the Franzheim Rare Books Room collection are now available in the UH Digital Library.   Fragments d’architecture (Vol. 1 and 2), Monuments antiques (Vol. 1-3 and Supplement), and La renaissance en France (Ser. 1 and 2, Vol. 1-2) may all be found in Selections from the Franzheim Rare Books Room.

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2014 Strategic Directions Report Now Online http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/01/30/2014-strategic-directions-report-now-online/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/01/30/2014-strategic-directions-report-now-online/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:45:54 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2789

View the full report for accomplishments and stories of progress at the University of Houston Libraries (PDF).

University of Houston Libraries 2014 Strategic Directions Report

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Planned Service Outage on Friday January 30 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/01/28/planned-service-outage-on-friday-january-30/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/01/28/planned-service-outage-on-friday-january-30/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:54:28 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2786 The University of Houston Libraries’ campus network connection will undergo an improvement to its router on Friday, January 30 at 5:30 a.m. This change will result in significantly faster speeds for traffic entering and leaving the Libraries’ network.

The work will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, during which time connection to the campus network will be interrupted.

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Literary Manuscripts and Correspondence http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/01/22/literary-manuscripts-and-correspondence/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/01/22/literary-manuscripts-and-correspondence/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:21:31 +0000 Stacey Lavender http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4514 Ezra Pound, handwritten notes on “The Genteel Tradition in Liberal Education” by Harold A. Taylor, undated (Literary Manuscripts and Correspondence)

Ezra Pound, handwritten notes on “The Genteel Tradition in Liberal Education” by Harold A. Taylor, undated (Literary Manuscripts and Correspondence)

The University of Houston Special Collections is excited to announce the publication of the Literary Manuscripts and Correspondence finding aid. Items in this collection, which include letters, notes, and writings by several major literary figures, were previously housed separately in our A-Z files, but have now been gathered into one place to provide easier access for researchers interested in contemporary literature.

In this collection you’ll find items from many recognizable writers, such as Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Charles Bukowski, and Eugene O’Neill. The materials also cover a wide range of time periods and locales. The oldest item, a letter from English poet Richard Braithewate, was written in 1634, while the newest, an article written by James Thurber for the magazine Adirondack Life, is from 1991. The collection also contains materials both from close to home, including letters written by Texas’ own Katherine Anne Porter, and abroad, such as letters written by Irish novelist Norah Hoult and an autograph from Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco.

Take a closer look at the finding aid to see which of your favorite authors make an appearance, or better yet, come visit us at Special Collections and see these unique and interesting materials in person!

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Olive Hershey Papers http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/01/16/olive-hershey-papers/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/01/16/olive-hershey-papers/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:26:17 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4504 Page one of "Pigeon Shoot" chapter draft from Truck Dance, featuring edits from Donald Barthelme (Olive Hershey Papers).

Page one of “Pigeon Shoot” chapter draft from Truck Dance, featuring edits from Donald Barthelme (Olive Hershey Papers).

We are very pleased to announce the recent publication of the Olive Hershey Papers finding aid.

Born in Houston, Texas in 1941, Olive Hershey was educated at Connecticut College and the University of Texas at Austin before attending the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.  Studying under trailblazing postmodernist Donald Barthelme and alongside the likes of Tracy Daugherty, Hershey earned her M.A. from UH in 1987.  Her published works include a collection of poems entitled Floating Face Up and her novel Truck Dance (originally her thesis while studying at UH).

The Olive Hershey Papers contain drafts, revisions, editorial notes, and writings from a handful of Hershey’s projects, however the bulk of materials are related to Truck Dance.  Particularly noteworthy are the drafts of the various chapters filled with the edits and suggested revisions of Daugherty and the unmistakable scrawl and insight of Barthelme.

A fine complement to our Contemporary Literature collections, the Olive Hershey Papers help provide even more context for a community of authors that established the University of Houston as a destination for emerging and talented literary voices.  For more information on the life and work of Olive Hershey we invite you to consult this newly published finding aid.  The original materials of the Olive Hershey Papers can be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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Barthelme Architectural Papers Join UH Digital Library http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/01/13/barthelme-architectural-papers-join-uh-digital-library/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/01/13/barthelme-architectural-papers-join-uh-digital-library/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:46:59 +0000 Dr. Stephen James http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4470 Donald Barthelme, Adams Petroleum Center (c. 1955), aerial view  of proposed complex (Donald Barthelme Architectural Papers and Photographs)

Donald Barthelme, Adams Petroleum Center (c. 1955), aerial view of the proposed complex on Fannin at Brays Bayou. (Donald Barthelme Architectural Papers and Photographs)

The UH Digital Library recently announced its newest addition—the Donald Barthelme Sr. Architectural Papers and Photographs. The Digital Library makes accessible online important holdings of the University of Houston libraries and archives. These new items illustrate the work of noted architect Donald Barthelme through pencil sketches, photographs, and the detailed working drawings used to construct his buildings. They are only a small part of the total found in the Donald Barthelme Sr. Architectural Papers, but they illustrate his most important projects.

Barthelme Residence (c. 1952), living room looking east with parents' bedroom in the background (Donald Barthelme Sr. Architectural Papers and Photographs)

Barthelme Residence (c. 1952), living room looking east with parents’ bedroom in the background. (Donald Barthelme Sr. Architectural Papers and Photographs)

The earliest is Barthelme’s own residence (1939), a small flat-roof modernist house on Wynden Drive. The open plan created the illusion of a larger space within. A grid of Japanese tatami mats covering the floor met a similar grid of windows facing the patio. He filled the living room with iconic modernist furniture by Alvar Aalto, Charles Eames, and Eero Saarinen. In an unusual feature, the parents’ bedroom was open to the living room; a folding screen provided privacy from the children.

St. Rose of Lima Church and School won an award of merit from the American Institute of Architects in 1948 for its simple and austere brick forms. But Barthelme’s most important building was the award-winning West Columbia Elementary School,

Donald Barthelme, West Columbia Elementary School (1951), north court (Donald Barthelme Architectural Papers and Photographs)

Donald Barthelme, West Columbia Elementary School (1951), north court. (Donald Barthelme Architectural Papers and Photographs)

completed in 1951. Its innovative design departed from the traditional practice of placing classrooms along both sides of a long corridor. Instead, he arranged the building around two large courtyards; classrooms opened to the courts through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The picture of a teacher and her students captures the cheerful atmosphere of Barthelme’s light-filled classrooms.

West Columbia Elementary School (1951), view of classroom with teacher and students (Donald Barthelme Architectural Papers and Photographs)

West Columbia Elementary School (1951), view of classroom with teacher and students. (Donald Barthelme Architectural Papers and Photographs)

In the mid-1950s, the Adams Petroleum Company hired Barthelme to design its new office building on Fannin Street. The company hoped to develop the large site as an office park, with the APC building to be followed by other office buildings. Barthelme spent hundreds of hours planning the large complex before Adams abandoned the scheme. The Digital Library contains a selection of rarely seen studies for this ambitious unbuilt project.

Through the UH Digital Library the public now has easy access to these images, some of which have never been published. As usual, the Donald Barthelme Sr. Architectural Papers are available to researchers at the UH Libraries’ Special Collections department.

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New Student Art Added to UH Libraries’ Digital Library - Yours Could Be Next http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/01/12/new-student-art-added-to-uh-libraries-digital-library-yours-could-be-next/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/01/12/new-student-art-added-to-uh-libraries-digital-library-yours-could-be-next/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:23:17 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=511 The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library proudly supports student artists by hosting a venue for the display of their work. Located on the library’s mezzanine level, the A2 Alcove comprises an intimate gallery space complete with natural light and comfortable lounge seating. Rotating exhibitions provide year-round opportunities for those seeking an audience for their work.  Student artists interested in exhibiting work are encouraged to contact the library’s Supervisor, Chris Conway (at ccconway@uh.edu) with digital samples of proposed exhibition work. All submissions are evaluated by library staff (with possible, additional input from UH School of Art faculty and/or Blaffer Museum representatives). Determination of acceptance is based on an individual work’s:

-artistic merit/value

-aesthetic quality

-potential appeal to wide campus audience

-formal execution and/or conceptual idea demonstrating the artists’ commitment to the creative practice

-suitability and appropriateness for display within the library

 

Beyond the temporary, physical exhibition of work inside the library, all displayed work is digitally documented and uploaded into UH Libraries’ Digital Library. The Student Art Exhibits collection provides an easily accessible, fascinating, permanent archive of all student work displayed in the library. Check out the most recent additions to the collection:

Nabila Dadabhoy’s Library Series

and

Shivendra Singh’s Varied Views

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Illustrated Timeline on Display in TDECU Stadium http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/01/08/illustrated-timeline-on-display-in-tdecu-stadium/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/01/08/illustrated-timeline-on-display-in-tdecu-stadium/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:34:43 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2768 The University of Houston Libraries recently collaborated with campus partners to present highlights in UH history.

A pictorial timeline of storied UH people and events is now on display in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU Stadium. The 2200 square-foot special event space serves as a game day club for the north loge boxes and Section 129 on the north side of the stadium.

University of Houston History timeline in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU stadium.

University of Houston History timeline in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU stadium.

The project came to fruition through the efforts of Katina Jackson and Jeff Conrad from Athletics, Oscar Gutierrez from the Office of the UH President, Debbie Harwell from the Wilson Center for Public History, Nancy Clark from the University of Houston Alumni Association, Eric Gerber from the Office of University Communication and Mary Manning and Matt Richardson from the University Archives in Special Collections, which contributed a majority of images that celebrate the story of UH.

“As part of his gift to the stadium, Corby Robertson requested there be an area that recognizes all the highlights and milestone events of the University of Houston, not just athletics,” said Katina Jackson. “The committee that helped make this vision a reality did an outstanding job. The finished product is not only informative but should give everyone a great sense of pride in all that has been accomplished at UH since 1927.”

View photos of the timeline.

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Join us on Facebook! http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2014/12/23/join-us-on-facebook/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2014/12/23/join-us-on-facebook/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:46:37 +0000 lanes http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/?p=465 Did you know that the UH Music Library has a Facebook page?

Visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/uhmusiclibrary to get weekly highlights on new collection items, events, and music news.

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Video Now Available -- Life With Books: Collecting, Reading, and Teaching LGBTQI Literature http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/12/19/video-now-available-life-with-books-collecting-reading-and-teaching-lgbtqi-literature/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/12/19/video-now-available-life-with-books-collecting-reading-and-teaching-lgbtqi-literature/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:14:27 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4463 This fall semester UH Special Collections hosted Edward Lukasek and Dr. Natalie Houston in a panel discussion, “Life With Books: Collecting, Reading, and Teaching LGBTQI Literature.”  If you could not make the event or if you would like to remember that very special conversation, please enjoy the recently published video below courtesy of University of Houston Libraries.

http://youtu.be/4W_WkOyVSwc

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Book of the Month: George Ade’s Fables in Slang http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/12/17/book-of-the-month-george-ades-fables-in-slang/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/12/17/book-of-the-month-george-ades-fables-in-slang/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:32:21 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4447 Fables in Slang by George AdeIn addition to the over 7,000 linear feet of archival collections made available for study at the University of Houston Special Collections, we are also proud to offer over 100,000 rare and antique books for use in our reading room. Each month we highlight a text from our collections and what makes it so special.  This month’s selection is contributed by Library Specialist for Liaison Services and Curator for the new Unique Holdings brown bag lecture series, Kristine Greive.

George Ade’s Fables in Slang is a collection of satirical fables with titles like “The Fable of the Martyr who Liked the Job” and “The Fable of the Professor who Wanted to be Alone.”  Originally published in a Chicago newspaper, these tales mock all the personality types of late nineteenth century America. Even better, the fables are thoroughly illustrated in a bold, exaggerated style, and each ends with a sarcastic moral. In “The Fable of the Man who Didn’t Care for Story-Books,” for example, a man decides that contemporary literature is “all a mockery,” describing all the literature he has read and found lacking. The story concludes with the moral that “Only the more Rugged Mortals should attempt to Keep Up on Current Literature.”

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“All A Mockery,” from George Ade’s Fables in Slang, illustrated by Clyde J. Newman.

Read a few of Ade’s fables and you’ll join a group of admirers that stretches back over a hundred years. Ade was enormously popular in the early twentieth century; in fact, the advertisement for his other books in the back of Fables in Slang asserts that “Mr. Ade’s books are too well known to require comment here.” He had influential fans, too: Taft held his first presidential campaign rally at Ade’s home, and Theodore Dreiser so admired Ade’s gift for description he even lifted a passage from his fables for use in the original edition of Sister Carrie. In his book on Ade, Lee Coyle locates a passage in the letters of Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh calling Ade “the greatest living American writer, ” an assertion that, while controversial even then, illustrates the name recognition Ade enjoyed in his time. He may not be as well known today, but Ade is forever being rediscovered, with periodic new editions of his works.

Fables in Slang was also recently discussed in The Last Untapped Resource in Houston, the first brown bag lecture in the Unique Holdings series highlighting rare books in our collection. The next event is April 22 and will feature life science books, ranging from centuries old illustrations of mythological animals to contemporary fine press books. In the meantime, why not come to the Special Collections Reading Room and read some fables? Just ask for call number PS1006.A6 F3 1900.

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M.D. Anderson Library: The Forgotten Master Plan http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/12/15/m-d-anderson-library-the-forgotten-master-plan/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/12/15/m-d-anderson-library-the-forgotten-master-plan/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:32:12 +0000 Dr. Stephen James http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4418 M.D. Anderson Library has grown with the University of Houston, and its modest original building has been enlarged several times as needs have changed. Within these additions it is still possible to see evidence of the library’s 1970s master plan, only part of which was carried out.

At the building’s core is the original structure opened in 1950, a conservative modernist design by Staub and Rather. Clad in the white limestone of the university’s original buildings, the library harmonized with the nearby Ezekiel Cullen building without upstaging it. When the original library building, known today as the Red Wing, became inadequate, the university responded by adding a large eight-story tower (the Blue Wing), completed in 1968. Designed by Staub, Rather and Howze, the tower housed the research collections and study carrels necessary to support the university’s graduate degree programs.

Anderson Library Tower

This architect’s rendering shows the library’s original building (the Red Wing) in the foreground with the proposed tower (the Blue Wing) in the back. (UH Photographs Collection, University of Houston Buildings)

Despite this impressive addition, the university’s growth made further library expansion inevitable. In 1975 administrators retained Kenneth Bentsen (UH 1952), architect for Agnes Arnold Hall (1968) and Philip G. Hoffman Hall (1974), to prepare a master plan that would guide this expansion. Bentsen proposed to enlarge the library’s main building substantially in three phases over a ten-year period. The first phase would include a five-story wing on the north side of the building and a new black-glass façade that would house a lobby and lounge area. This addition (the Brown Wing) was completed in 1978 according to Bentsen’s design.

Phase Two would add a matching five-story wing on the south side. When more space was needed, a third phase would add two more floors to the north and south wings. Bentsen projected that this three-stage expansion might be completed by the end of the 1980s.

Kenneth Bentsen's 1975 master plan proposed to expand the M.D. Anderson library building in three phases. (Kenneth E. Bentsen Architectural Papers)

Kenneth Bentsen’s 1975 master plan proposed to expand the M.D. Anderson library building in three phases. (Kenneth E. Bentsen Architectural Papers)

That decade brought a major recession in the energy industry, which devastated the Texas economy. State government funding for building projects dried up, and the university was unable to continue with the proposed library additions.

When planning for a major library expansion resumed in the late 1990s, the architects Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott followed Bentsen’s general idea for a large wing on the south side while renovating the main entrance with a new façade inspired by the Ezekiel Cullen building. The library’s 1975 master plan has been forgotten, but some of its ideas lived on.

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M.D. Anderson Library as it appears today, with most recent additions by Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott (2005). (Photo by the author)

The Kenneth E. Bentsen Architectural Papers are housed in the library’s Special Collections Department and are currently being processed. Pictures of the M.D. Anderson Library and other campus buildings are available in the University of Houston Buildings Collection of the UH Digital Library.

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The Donald Barthelme Sr., Architectural Drawings and Photographs is now available in the UH Digital Library http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/12/11/the-donald-barthelme-sr-architectural-drawings-and-photographs-is-now-available-in-the-uh-digital-library/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/12/11/the-donald-barthelme-sr-architectural-drawings-and-photographs-is-now-available-in-the-uh-digital-library/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:03:05 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=506 The collection found here highlights the career of Donald Barthelme (1907–1996), the first Houston architect to gain national prominence in the years after World War II.  These 57 items illustrate his work through pencil sketches, photographs, and the detailed working drawings used to construct his buildings.

Barthelme first gained attention in 1936 as the lead designer for the Hall of State, the principal building of the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas. In 1948 he won an award from the American Institute of Architects for Houston’s St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, applauded for its simple Scandinavian modern forms. Yet he made his reputation with the West Columbia Elementary School of 1951, which won many awards and was published internationally. Its innovative design departed from the traditional practice of placing classrooms along both sides of a long corridor. Instead, Barthelme arranged the building around two large courtyards; classrooms opened to the courts through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. This flooded the rooms with light while providing a sheltered environment for the students. At the main entrance a flamboyant scalloped canopy greeted visitors.

In addition to the St. Rose and West Columbia buildings, the collection includes Barthelme’s own residence. He built this small modernist house for his family about 1939. The original drawings are lost, but he enlarged it slightly a decade later, and the collection preserves his 1949 drawings for this remodeling.

Of particular interest, and rarely seen, are a few of his studies for the Adams Petroleum Center (1954–58), his largest and most ambitious project. The Adams Petroleum Company wanted to develop its large site as an office park. Barthelme planned to build the complex in four phases, beginning with the client’s own building. He spent hundreds of hours studying different designs for the APC tower and preparing a dramatic aerial view. The company later abandoned the scheme and constructed only a modest building without the tower.

Barthelme helped shaped the look of Houston during its postwar boom. Today only the church buildings still stand, but the West Columbia school district has preserved his entrance canopy at the original site of the elementary school.

Several of Barthelme’s children became prominent writers, and the works of his eldest son, Donald Barthelme, Jr., are preserved in the Donald Barthelme Literary Papers.

The original materials are available in UH Libraries’ Special Collections in the Donald Barthelme, Sr. Architectural Papers.

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Public History Grad Students Learn about the Archival Profession via Women’s Archives http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/12/10/public-history-grad-students-learn-about-the-archival-profession-via-womens-archives/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/12/10/public-history-grad-students-learn-about-the-archival-profession-via-womens-archives/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:30:21 +0000 Julie Grob http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4404 Students in the Archival Practice and Organizational Histories course meeting in the Evans Room of Special Collections.

Students in the Archival Practice and Organizational Histories course meeting in the Evans Room of Special Collections.

The UH Public History Program prepares graduate students interested in history for positions in various historical venues, government agencies, business enterprises, and educational institutions. This fall, students enrolled in Dr. Kairn Klieman’s course “Archival Practice and Organizational Histories” spent three weeks immersed in the theory behind archives and the work of professional archivists. Coordinator for Instruction Julie Grob welcomed the students to Special Collections, where they focused their learning on the fascinating collections that make make up the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive & Research Collection (WARC). The goal of the unit was to encourage students to consider archives as a potential career, introduce them to the riches of WARC, and lead them to understand how archivists and institutions make collecting decisions which may perpetuate the dominant narrative or fill in gaps in the historical record.

Student working with the Hispanic Women in Leadership Records.

Student working with the Hispanic Women in Leadership Records.

Students in the course read a variety of journal articles about archival theory and practice, attended lectures and discussions led by Grob, toured Special Collections, and completed a project in which they arranged a photocopied version of an archival collection in order to duplicate the work on an archivist. Their favorite activity was probably exploring some of the WARC archival collections related to local organizations such as the Hispanic Women in Leadership Records, Women in Action Records, and Women in the Visual and Literary Arts Records. One pair of students was excited to find correspondence between the Houston Council of Texas Garden Clubs and (then Senator) Lyndon B. Johnson, related to an environmental cause. Students also enjoyed a visit from Vince Lee, curator for WARC, who spoke to the class about his background and career path to the field of archives, and his work with donors and incoming collections.

The course was also open to advanced undergraduate students, one of whom is pictured here.

The course was also open to advanced undergraduate students, one of whom is pictured here.

Following the archives unit, the students went on to work extensively with the local nonprofit Voices Breaking Boundaries, recording oral histories and writing an organizational history to document the organization. The records of Voices Breaking Boundaries, and the oral histories created by Dr. Kairn’s students, will be added to WARC.

If you are interested in exploring the collections yourself, you may visit the WARC website to view finding aids (guides to the collections) and digital collections, or stop by Special Collections during our open hours. If you are a faculty member interested in having a unit developed around archival practice or our primary source collections, please e-mail Julie Grob.


“Archival Practice and Organizational Histories” Course Visits Special Collections

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UH Libraries acquires Aker Architectural Photographic Records Collection http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/12/01/uh-libraries-acquires-aker-architectural-photographic-records-collection/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/12/01/uh-libraries-acquires-aker-architectural-photographic-records-collection/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:42:31 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=502 Architectural photographer Joe Aker has given a collection of images to the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

The Aker Architectural Photographic Records Collection comprises roughly 50,000 distinct images depicting scenes of commercial architecture over the past three decades.

SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

Aker, owner of Aker Imaging, has worked with leading architecture and real estate firms, such as Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Robert A.M. Stern, César Pelli, Pickard Chilton, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Philip Johnson, HOK, Kirksey and Ziegler Cooper; as well as Gerald D. Hines Interests and Trammell Crow.

In 2011, Aker began considering the future for his vast collection of photography. He contacted UH Special Collections, whose mission is to preserve, safeguard, organize, and describe primary sources in a number of collecting areas for teaching and research activities of students and scholars.

The Aker collection offers a rare view of the architectural landscape in Houston and other major cities, including a photographic record of original models of structures that were never built, as well as plans, renderings, models and final photography of the finished buildings. What makes this collection of images special are the many photographs showing the process of design from the first drawing of the first model to the final design model and the finished building.

Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City, Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

Aker was one of the first to digitally produce structural model composites before the advent of computer-generated graphics. Working with Houston digital artist Raphaele Malandain, he would photograph a site where a building was set to be constructed, photograph the building model, and drop the model image onto the site image using analog film composition, resulting in a close representation of the future finished building.

As a whole, Aker says, the collection tells a fascinating story of Houston’s economic booms and busts. For more information on this new and growing collection, contact Vince Lee.

Thanks to Vince Lee and Esmeralda Fisher for text.

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UH Libraries News

UH Libraries News

UH Libraries Welcomes Instruction Librarian
Ariana Santiago joins the team as the new instruction librarian.

Ariana Santiago joins the team as the new instruction librarian.

Ariana Santiago recently joined the University of Houston Libraries as an instruction librarian in the department of Liaison Services.

In this role, Santiago works with UH instructors of high-impact undergraduate courses, such as English, psychology, engineering, biology and public speaking, to deliver point-of-need library instruction in research skills and information literacy.

Santiago is part of the Libraries instruction team, a group of librarians who support student success initiatives at the University by collaborating with faculty to strengthen students’ analytical skills and effectively use the library’s many resources.

FACULTY: Learn more about the Libraries’ Instruction Program | Request instruction for your courses

Applying active learning methods, the instruction team takes students through library basics and beyond to transferable, concept-based knowledge, such as ethically using scholarly resources or strategic searches for information. These are the skills students need while in college and after graduation.

Santiago’s professional interests include learning theory, pedagogy and instructional design. Previously, she was a residency librarian at the University of Iowa, focusing on library outreach to undergraduate students.

Her venture into instruction began when she taught several marching band drum lines and competitive drum corps. As a drummer herself, this teaching role influenced her interests in the different ways that people prefer to learn, and eventually, nudged her onto the path of librarianship.

A native of Florida, Santiago says that Houston reminds her of home, and the University is an exciting place to be. “There’s a great sense of pride here,” she says. “I love that people are really striving for excellence in everything they do.”

A big part of the journey is the Libraries’ collective focus on student success. “We want students to be successful academically, but also in their personal lives,” Santiago says. “We want them to excel and achieve their career goals, and we contribute by helping them make use of the resources that we have here, and think critically about information.”

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Kanopy Streaming Video

The University of Houston Libraries now offers access to a collection of streaming videos through Kanopy. Students, scholars and faculty can search and view over 4,500 educational videos in business, the arts, training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.

Browse and view over 4,500 videos with UH Libraries' Kanopy resource.

Browse and view over 4,500 videos with UH Libraries’ Kanopy resource.

New videos will be added as they become available.

Browse the collection of videos by searching for “Kanopy” in the library catalog or by using a keyword search.

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UH Libraries Welcomes Resource Management Coordinator
Melody Condron

Melody Condron

The University of Houston Libraries provides access to four million volumes of books and e-books, manuscripts, journals and other resources that support the teaching, learning and research activities of our students and scholars.

The care and maintenance of the catalog’s records fall under the purview of the Libraries’ resource management unit, led by Melody Condron.

Condron recently joined the UH Libraries as the new resource management coordinator. In this role, Condron and her team are responsible for quality control of the four million records in the Libraries’ database that represent a range of scholarly resources. Quality control involves activities that ensure records of catalogued materials are properly identified, described and linked for ease of discoverability.

Along with providing practical expertise in bibliographic resources management, Condron’s professional interests include libraries’ management of physical materials in a digital age. While students and scholars are using more and more digital resources, the conservation of print or physical collections in the stacks remains a priority to ensure users can access the best of both worlds.

Condron also studies personal archiving, the capture and preservation of an individual’s digital content, such as social media posts, photos and other ephemera. “We have a lot of data in our personal lives, and most people don’t think about what will happen to that if they pass away,” Condron said. “There’s been a big push in librarianship on how to make that data accessible in a meaningful way.”

Prior to arriving in Houston, Condron helped manage a consortium of 171 libraries in Montana that included K-12 school, law, public, and college and university libraries. Before that, she managed the collection for three public libraries, also in Montana. These experiences helped her gain broad knowledge of the larger issues in librarianship, and a strong desire to make connections with librarians across multiple areas of the profession.

Condron was excited to find a culture of collaboration and focus on innovation at UH Libraries. As a new member of the team, Condron brings fresh perspective, and has discovered that colleagues support suggestions for improvements to existing processes. “Everyone is really open to new ideas,” she said.

She has embraced the University’s focus on student success, and the Libraries’ commitment to provide enhanced services and resources in support of our students and scholars. This common goal, she says, has a positive impact on the engagement of librarians and staff as well. “Everyone seems to be excited about being at the University of Houston,” she said.

Miscellany about Melody

  • An avid vegetable gardener and former resident of beautiful but chilly Montana, she is thrilled at the fact that she can now garden year-round.
  • Her top nonfiction go-to is The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers. “This is a fantastic book that identifies the seven different ways that your brain tricks you on purpose. Each time I read it, I learn new things, and I think ‘I forgot that,’ which is funny because it’s a book about memory.”
  • Favorite fiction: “I’m a fan of anything by Terry Pratchett.”
  • Favorite cuisine: Indian, Thai, Vietnamese. “Houston is a fantastic place for food.”
  • Favorite films: Hot Fuzz and Tombstone.
Posted on February 17th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
A Salute to Pat Bozeman
Pat Bozeman

Pat Bozeman

When Pat Bozeman arrived at the University of Houston Libraries 30 years ago, Special Collections was in a state of transition, much like Bozeman herself, who was switching careers from the private sector in Boston to librarianship.

As a newly-minted graduate of the School of Library & Information Science at Indiana University, Bozeman accepted a position as special collections librarian in 1984. She felt that the job announcement was written just for her, because the department sought a person with knowledge of rare books and manuscripts, just the trade in which she had worked for 12 years prior.

Little did she know that, within less than two years, she would be appointed head of Special Collections.

“I have never, ever regretted that I came to Houston,” Bozeman says. She assumed that she would establish herself as a librarian, and eventually return to the Northeast. “Thirty years later, here I am,” she says with a smile. “I have really enjoyed being here at UH, and watching things grow.”

Bozeman was motivated to develop a new professional path for herself, while leading a small but increasingly active department. “Special Collections had been considered an add-on that nobody paid much attention to,” she says. “I was determined to change that.”

And she did. Bozeman was the first librarian to grow the Special Collections instruction program with diligent outreach to faculty and students, creating lectures for academic courses with use of the rare book collection and archival materials. Today, Special Collections hosts an average of 40 classes annually in its own classroom.

She organized and culled myriad books and archival items that had accumulated since the department’s inception in 1968, with careful attention to the needs of students and scholars. In recent years, she has overseen an increasing number of digitization projects focusing on the department’s unique materials and has worked tirelessly to enhance the visibility of the collections under her care. Bozeman strengthened existing collecting areas, such as Houston and Texas history, and established new archival units, such as Performing and Visual Arts, Hispanic Archives and Architecture and Planning. She supervised the creation of the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection, the Houston History Archives and the University Archives. Her team of librarians and archivists has flourished under her leadership, growing in number and national prominence.

The expansion of the department accelerated further when Dana Rooks became Dean of Libraries and placed more emphasis on Special Collections as an integral service point in this research library. Bozeman credits Rooks and Marilyn Myers, associate dean of Public Services, as stand-outs among those who championed the mission of the department and supported Bozeman in her vision of its relevance and growth.

View photos from Pat Bozeman’s retirement celebration.

In addition to leading Special Collections, Bozeman has been substantially involved in scholarship and service. She has curated or co-curated over 50 exhibits and Digital Library collections (and has supervised an even greater list), has given presentations on a wide range of topics in special collections and archives management, has organized conferences and workshops and, since 2004, has served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Texas’ School of Library and Information Science. She also has served in numerous professional associations at the national and regional level.

Throughout her long and impactful career, the rare and unique items of Special Collections remained a captivating reminder of why Bozeman loves this field, as she enjoys the thrill of discovery and making historical connections. She has worked with countless books, documents and objects that carry their own hidden stories, such as the collection of Revolutionary War letters in which she discovered that the person who penned many of those letters, a colonel in the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, was her first cousin eight times removed.

A few of her most treasured items include a 1692 court document, signed by Cotton Mather, convicting an Andover, Massachusetts woman as a witch in the infamous Salem trials. There is a fine press book of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven that, from its slipcase inward, evokes the somber image of that ominous black bird. Bozeman was later fortunate enough to be able to purchase Alan James Robinson’s original drawings for that book. She recalls a time early in her career when she reached for something peeking over the edge of a top shelf that turned out to be a Civil War-era document signed by President Abraham Lincoln. She also has enjoyed teaching with all manner of rare books, from medieval manuscript books of hours and the first edition of the King James bible (1611), to a wide array of children’s pop-up books.

And there is an exciting story behind an 1836 broadside playbill from New York City’s American Theatre, advertising a vaudevillian evening to benefit the “Texians” of the Texas Revolution. Although listed in Thomas Streeter’s Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845, the notation indicated that Streeter himself had been unsuccessful in locating an original, having seen only a photostatic copy at the Texas State Library. In 2004, Bozeman discovered an original framed copy, belonging in the papers of New Deal Texas governor James V. Allred, one of the first collections to come to Special Collections in the 1960s. Bozeman’s resulting article, titled “‘For the Relief of the Texians’: A Theatrical Benefit to Aid the Texas Revolution,” appeared in the July 2012 Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Although she is retiring from her post as head of Special Collections, Bozeman’s work continues. Her first project will be to take part in the ongoing research to create an online database of Texas artists and artisans for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-Bayou Bend.


In honor of her retirement, gifts may be made to the Pat Bozeman Endowment in Special Collections that provides travel stipends for researchers using the University of Houston Libraries’ archival collections. To make a gift, contact Todd Marrs at 713.743.9741.

Posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | 1 Comment »
2014 Strategic Directions Report Now Online

View the full report for accomplishments and stories of progress at the University of Houston Libraries (PDF).

University of Houston Libraries 2014 Strategic Directions Report

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Planned Service Outage on Friday January 30

The University of Houston Libraries’ campus network connection will undergo an improvement to its router on Friday, January 30 at 5:30 a.m. This change will result in significantly faster speeds for traffic entering and leaving the Libraries’ network.

The work will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, during which time connection to the campus network will be interrupted.

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements, Planned Down Time | Comments Off
Illustrated Timeline on Display in TDECU Stadium

The University of Houston Libraries recently collaborated with campus partners to present highlights in UH history.

A pictorial timeline of storied UH people and events is now on display in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU Stadium. The 2200 square-foot special event space serves as a game day club for the north loge boxes and Section 129 on the north side of the stadium.

University of Houston History timeline in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU stadium.

University of Houston History timeline in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU stadium.

The project came to fruition through the efforts of Katina Jackson and Jeff Conrad from Athletics, Oscar Gutierrez from the Office of the UH President, Debbie Harwell from the Wilson Center for Public History, Nancy Clark from the University of Houston Alumni Association, Eric Gerber from the Office of University Communication and Mary Manning and Matt Richardson from the University Archives in Special Collections, which contributed a majority of images that celebrate the story of UH.

“As part of his gift to the stadium, Corby Robertson requested there be an area that recognizes all the highlights and milestone events of the University of Houston, not just athletics,” said Katina Jackson. “The committee that helped make this vision a reality did an outstanding job. The finished product is not only informative but should give everyone a great sense of pride in all that has been accomplished at UH since 1927.”

View photos of the timeline.

Posted on January 8th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Special Event or Display | Comments Off
Second Annual Gaming Event Held at UH Libraries

Over 160 students, faculty and staff, alumni and visitors from the Houston area attended Game On, Cougars! at the University of Houston Libraries this month.

The event, now in its second year, offers a full day of open gaming, complete with board games, card games, miniature gaming, puzzles and video games.

Game On, Cougars! offers a full day of open gaming, complete with board games, card games, miniature gaming, puzzles and video games.

The second annual Game On, Cougars! was a hit with gaming enthusiasts.

This year, UH Libraries partnered with FoodMachine Houston to hold a food drive during Game On, Cougars! benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Attendees contributed over $1600 in food items and cash donations. The group also taught board games, ran raffles, and managed Warmachine miniatures.

Members of Houston Pathfinder Society also attended, and gave participants tutorials on role-playing games. Several organizations donated games for play at the event, and game stores were also on hand to run demos and sell games, including Ettin Games.

Game On, Cougars! is hosted as part of International Games Day @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association that encourages communities to connect with their libraries through the educational, recreational and social value of games.

View photos from Game On, Cougars! 2014.

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
New Collection Portrays Houston’s Architectural Domain

Architectural photographer Joe Aker has given a collection of images to the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

The Aker Architectural Photographic Records Collection comprises roughly 50,000 distinct images depicting scenes of commercial architecture over the past three decades.

SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

Aker, owner of Aker Imaging, has worked with leading architecture and real estate firms, such as Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Robert A.M. Stern, César Pelli, Pickard Chilton, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Philip Johnson, HOK, Kirksey and Ziegler Cooper; as well as Gerald D. Hines Interests and Trammell Crow.

Of particular interest are images of properties developed by Gerald D. Hines, for which the University of Houston College of Architecture is named. It is one of the largest collections of photographs of his buildings completed in the twentieth century.

In 2011, Aker began considering the future for his vast collection of photography. He contacted UH Special Collections, whose mission is to preserve, safeguard, organize, and describe primary sources in a number of collecting areas for teaching and research activities of students and scholars.

The Aker collection offers a rare view of the architectural landscape in Houston and other major cities, including a photographic record of original models of structures that were never built, as well as plans, renderings, models and final photography of the finished buildings. What makes this collection of images special are the many photographs showing the process of design from the first drawing of the first model to the final design model and the finished building.

Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

Aker was one of the first to digitally produce structural model composites before the advent of computer-generated graphics. Working with Houston digital artist Raphaele Malandain, he would photograph a site where a building was set to be constructed, photograph the building model, and drop the model image onto the site image using analog film composition, resulting in a close representation of the future finished building.

As a whole, Aker says, the collection tells a fascinating story of Houston’s economic booms and busts. For more information on this new and growing collection, contact Vince Lee.

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | 1 Comment »
UH Libraries Hosts Bake Sale for Charity
University of Houston Libraries Bundt Cakes for Charity

Proceeds from Bundt Cakes for Charity benefited Education Foundation of Harris County.

In honor of National Bundt Cake Day and National Philanthropy Day last week, University of Houston Libraries held a bake sale to raise funds for a local organization.

The Education Foundation of Harris County supports innovative learning programs for the 800,000+ K-12 public education students in the greater Houston region, and provides training for teachers leading science, technology, engineering and math after-school programs.

UH librarians and staff baked, prepped and sold a variety of sweet treats in the MD Anderson Library and University Center, and in just a few hours, raised over $500 for the Education Foundation of Harris County.

The Bundt Cakes for Charity bake sale was made possible by the Libraries’ microgrant program, an initiative designed to foster new and innovative ideas by librarians and library staff that support the Libraries’ strategic directions.

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off