UH Libraries News http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:22:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Ferimer Awarded AHIP Membership http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/02/ferimer-awarded-ahip-membership/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/02/ferimer-awarded-ahip-membership/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:22:04 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2983 Suzanne Ferimer of the UH Optometry Library has received senior level membership to the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Suzanne Ferimer of the UH Optometry Library has received senior level membership to the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Suzanne Ferimer, librarian and director of learning resources at the Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library, has been awarded senior level membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) by the Medical Library Association (MLA).

The peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program recognizes achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research, and other contributions to the profession. The AHIP credential signifies the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in the field of healthcare information.

Ferimer has coordinated the operations of the Optometry Library for over three decades, serving the teaching, learning, and research objectives of the UH College of Optometry. Ferimer is a member of the MLA, Texas Medical Center Health Information Librarians, South Central Chapter/South Central Regional Group of the MLA, and the Association of Vision Science Librarians. Her most recent presentation on the development of new standards in vision science libraries was delivered at the 2014 American Academy of Optometry.

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Librarian Emeritus http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/01/librarian-emeritus/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/01/librarian-emeritus/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:38:18 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2979 Pat Bozeman’s nomination as Librarian Emeritus has been approved by the University of Houston System Board of Regents. Pat Bozeman

Bozeman joined the University of Houston in 1984. Two years later, she was appointed head of Special Collections and at the time of her retirement in January 2015, held the Emily Scott Evans Endowed Library Professorship.

Through Bozeman’s work with faculty, library and university donors, and the Houston community, significant national and international collections were created. Her scholarly contributions included a seminal book, Forged Documents: Proceedings of the 1989 Houston Conference, which addressed a major issue in the rare books and manuscripts world.

Bozeman produced award-winning published catalogs, and was active as a frequent invited speaker and organizer of major conference and workshop events. Her professional engagement at the University included roles ranging from the Faculty Senate to the University Commission on Women.

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#LoveWins at Houston’s 36th Annual Pride Celebration http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/06/29/lovewins-at-houstons-36th-annual-pride-celebration/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/06/29/lovewins-at-houstons-36th-annual-pride-celebration/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:38:39 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4693 The following comes to us courtesy of Julia Taylor, Graduate Fellow of the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection.

While Friday’s SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality marks a milestone in the struggle for LGBTQIAP rights, Special Collections’ booth at this year’s Houston Pride documented the genealogy of LGBT activists who set the stage for this historic win.

Edward Lukasek’s copy of Liberace: Your Personal Fashion Consultant, a book of Liberace paper dolls emblazoned with life mottos, was a crowd-pleasing favorite.

Edward Lukasek’s copy of Liberace: Your Personal Fashion Consultant, a book of Liberace paper dolls emblazoned with life mottos, was a crowd-pleasing favorite.

This year’s Pride festival and parade took place in downtown Houston instead of the usual shady Montrose locale, making the air-conditioned atmosphere of the LGBT History tent a welcome respite from the Texas heat. Special Collections proudly exhibited rare books and artifacts from the Edward Lukasek Gay Studies Collection and the Norma Lee Gay Studies Collection, as well as papers and ephemera from the Houston Area NOW Collection, the Debra Danburg Papers, and the Kanellos Latino Literary Movement Book Collection. Library staff and volunteers stood by to answer questions and show support as families, couples, and friends perused the display of historical and literary materials.

The LGBT history tent, which was sponsored by AT&T, also housed exhibits from Rice University Special Collections, the Botts Collections of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, the Houston Public Library, and the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project.  To learn more about the history of Houston Pride, visit their website.

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Special Collections Images on CBS This Morning http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/29/special-collections-images-on-cbs-this-morning/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/29/special-collections-images-on-cbs-this-morning/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:58:20 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2975 CBS This Morning produced a segment on a little-known baseball player and University of Houston graduate named John Paciorek, who played exactly one game in the major leagues before a back injury prevented him from playing again. Since he had a statistically perfect game on that day (September 29, 1963) as a player with the Houston Colt 45s in their final game of the season against the New York Mets, he now holds the record as having the best career record in the history of Major League Baseball.

Archival images from University of Houston Special Collections were used in this CBS This Morning story on John Paciorek.

Archival images from University of Houston Special Collections were used in this CBS This Morning story on John Paciorek.

CBS requested images from UH Special Collections for this story, which can be viewed at http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/pacioreks-perfect-mlb-stats-after-one-day-career/. Images from Special Collections were shown at the 1:08 mark (team color photo) and at the 2:21 mark (Paciorek looking up to make a catch with the 360ft sign in the background.)

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Rare books currently on display http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/06/23/rare-books-currently-on-display/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/06/23/rare-books-currently-on-display/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:25:08 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=541 The Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Collection boasts several recent acquisitions, which are currently on display in the Architecture & Art Library.  These include a number of architectural retail pamphlets, produced from 1880-1938, as well as recent works on Donald Judd and Austin’s built environment.  These new acquisitions will remain on view through the start of the Fall Semester.

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Summer Book Club 2015 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/18/summer-book-club-2015/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/18/summer-book-club-2015/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:19:15 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2965 University of Houston Libraries and the UH Women and Gender Resource Center will co-sponsor the 2015 summer book club, which is open to all UH students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

Summer Book Club at University of Houston

Summer Book Club at University of Houston

Readers are invited to gather at the Resource Center, located in the University Center North Room 201, for a literary conversation. Readers may bring a lunch, and drinks and sweets will be provided.

On July 14th at noon, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (fiction) will be discussed.

On August 18th at noon, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (nonfiction) by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.

Both are available through the library’s interlibrary loan service. Sister Citizen is also available as an ebook, accessible via the library catalog.

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Still Life Meets Outer Space http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/18/still-life-meets-outer-space/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/18/still-life-meets-outer-space/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:59:12 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2959 "Radishes and Squash" in a series by UH artist Araceli Casas.

“Radishes and Squash” in a series by UH artist Araceli Casas.

Araceli Casas, a graduate student in the University of Houston Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction – Art Education program, has a series of paintings on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library A2Alcove. The library supports UH student artists by hosting their work in the gallery. All pieces are then digitally captured and included in the UH Digital Library.

The series, Veggies in Outer Space, started in 2007 with an odd sweet potato that Casas found while shopping in the produce section, at a time when her focus was on still life. That sweet potato was the inspiration of her latest project and, as a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, she gave it a background based on popular images of outer space, putting a new spin on still life.

Subsequent paintings included other vegetables with inspiration from famous images of the Hubble telescope and other icons of space exploration.

In addition to the Veggies series, Casas also collaborates with Houston area non-profit organizations to produce and display Christian-themed art, and is working on a new series for other types of venues.

Creative from a young age, Casas received a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Houston, and took applied training at the Glassell School of Art, where she became well-versed in the technical aspects of art. Casas also built her knowledge by the wisdom of her classmates and contemporaries.

“It’s good to learn from artists who came before you so that you have more tools with which to build your own identity as an artist,” Casas said. Her favorites include the baroque artist Caravaggio, Van Gogh, and Cy Twombly, whose art sparked her appreciation of contemporary artists.

"Celery, Carrot, and Squash" in a series by UH artist Araceli Casas.

“Celery, Carrot, and Squash” in a series by UH artist Araceli Casas.

Casas has worked in various teaching positions with elementary school-aged children and, as a teaching artist at Texas Children’s Hospital, she enjoys inspiring children to express their creativity. Her advice to young artists is to keep at it, surround yourself with people who are supportive of your work, and build a space or environment for yourself in which to be creative.

Student artists interested in displaying work at the Architecture and Art Library are encouraged to contact Chris Conway with digital samples.

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Creativity and Collaboration at UH Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/15/creativity-and-collaboration-at-uh-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/15/creativity-and-collaboration-at-uh-libraries/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:11:51 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2951 UH Libraries announces the 2015-2016 Microgrant Program winners.

UH Libraries announces the 2015-2016 Microgrant Program winners.

The University of Houston Libraries announces the winners of the 2015-2016 Microgrant Program.

The program, now in its 7th year, was created to foster new and innovative ideas in support of the Libraries’ Strategic Directions and the University’s Strategic Initiatives.

Librarians and staff submitted proposals for new services and programs which would benefit teaching, learning and research objectives of the UH community, and will work in cross-departmental teams to implement their ideas.

The UH Libraries Microgrant Program winners for 2015-2016 are:

Project title: LinkedIn at the Library
Esmeralda Fisher (project lead), Mauricio Lazo, Kelsey Brett, Alex Simons

LinkedIn is a powerful career and networking tool, yet many students who are seeking internship or full time job opportunities do not use it properly or at all. LinkedIn at the Library will give students a chance to improve their LinkedIn profile, and learn ways to build professional connections in the online space. Staff volunteers from the Libraries and University Career Services will assess students’ LinkedIn profiles and offer suggestions on ways to improve it. Professional portraits will be offered, which students can upload to their profile. Career Services and Libraries information will be distributed, and there will be opportunities for students to sign up for career-related tech training offered at the Libraries.

Project title: Walk and Learn for Wellness
Kelsey Brett (project lead), Marissa Aiello, Melody Condron, Lisa Martin, Porcia Vaughn

The project will consist of two parts. Part one is a walking challenge to be held in the fall. Part two is a wellness discussion series to be held in the spring.

An eight-week wellness program, Walk Across Texas, will be used in fall 2015 to motivate library employees to explore wellness in their work environment. The Walk Across Texas program, from Texas A&M Extension, focuses on team-based walking challenges.

The microgrant project for the walking challenge involves publicizing the walking challenge, signing teams up, holding a kickoff event, monitoring the challenges and providing feedback to teams, announcing winners, and hosting a final event to celebrate participants. Pedometers will be provided for every staff member and student worker. In spring 2016, the project team will hold approximately four Lunch and Learn workshops focused on wellness. Targeted discussion topics include nutrition, ergonomics, stress reduction for student workers, healthy activities, and other work-life balance topics.

Project title: Information and Access Services Student Empowerment Project
Margaret Dunn (project lead), Lee Hilyer, Nora Dethloff

This project will consist of hosting various events for the student workers employed in the Libraries’ Information and Access Services department. The students will be invited to events featuring an employee of other Libraries departments in order to learn more about how the Libraries functions.

Project title: African American Read-In
Rachel Vacek (project lead), Jesse Sharpe, Julie Grob, Andrea Malone

Since 1989, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English has sponsored the National African American Read-In. UH Libraries will host a Read-In for which students, staff and faculty can sign up to read self-selected book passages, articles, poetry, speeches, and other works written by African Americans. The Libraries will identify unique materials from Special Collections and the stacks to inspire those in search of reading material.

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Stayton and Ila Nunn interview now online http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/06/11/stayton-and-ila-nunn-interview-now-online/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/06/11/stayton-and-ila-nunn-interview-now-online/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:31:18 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=538 The latest interview in the Building Houston collection of oral histories is actually the earliest.    In 1980 AIA Houston Executive Director Robert Rick interviewed architect Stayton Nunn and his wife Ila, who studied architecture at the Rice Institute sometime between 1918-1921 but was unable to complete her degree because women were not allowed on campus after 5 pm.  Mr. Nunn taught architecture at Rice from 1928-1945.  He worked for William Ward Watkin before starting his own practice, which he discusses in the interview.  You can link directly to their oral history here.  Building Houston is part of an ongoing joint project between the AIA Houston and the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library.

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New Items for May 2015 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/06/11/new-items-for-may-2015/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/06/11/new-items-for-may-2015/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:37:46 +0000 Stephanie Lewin-Lane http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/?p=494 We got quite a few new items in during May. Here is a selection of what came in:

Title Author/Composer/Perfomer Call Number
The Philadelphia Orchestra: An Annotated Discography Richard Kaplan REF ML156.7 .P52 K37 2015
Sourcebook for Wind Band and Instrumental Music Frank L. Battisti, William Berz, Russ Girsberger REF ML128 .I65 B38 2014
Monumentos de la Musica Espanola, Vol. 81:
Piezas Para Clave, Organo, y Piano en Dos Cuadernos Miscelaneos Espanoles Del Siglo XIX
ed. Celestino Yanez Navarro REF M2 .M4846 v.81
The Complete Marching Band Resource Manual, Third Edition Wayne Bailey, Cormac Cannon, Brandt Payne MT733.4 .B35 2015
The Renaissance Ethics of Music: Singing, Contemplation, and Musica Humana Hyun-Ah Kim ML3921.2 .K56 2015
The Semantics of Chinese Music: Analyzing selected Chinese musical concepts Adrian Ten ML3877 .T55 2015
Queerness in Heavy Metal Music: Metal Bent Amber R. Clifford-Napoleane ML3838 .C55 2015
Out of Time: Music and the Making of Modernity Julian Johnson ML3800 .J63 2015
Traumstuck Reverie for double bass solo Jan Muller-Wieland M57 .M95 T7 2013
Marian Tropes for String Quartet Charles Wuorinen M452 .W97 M37 2010
Mosaique for String Quartet Karol Beffa M452 .B43 M68 2014
Tre Piccoli Notturni, op. 24 per due flauti e chitarra Ferdinando Carulli M377 .C375 op.24 2014
The Wild Horseman, from Schumann’s “Album for the Young” Robert Schumann M293 .S39 A4 no.8 1967
Danse Macabre, op. 40: arranged for harp duet by Erin Freund Camille Saint-Saens M293 .S24 D36 2014
Harp Duo Jan F. Fisher M293 .F58 H37 1990
Nocturnes Erik Satie M25 .S3 N6 no.1-5
Whirling Udumbara I & II for piano Xuntian He M25 .H42 W48 2014
Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille Johann Sebastian Bach M2020 .B16 BWV120 2015
Miserere for 3 Sopranos and “Baroque” instruments Thierry Pecou M2018 .P38 M58 2014
Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo, “Little Organ Mass” arraned for female choir Joseph Haydn M2010 .H417 H. XXII 7 2015
Piano Duets: American Composers ed. Michael Aston M200 .A5 2014
Estrela e lua Nova, for SATB a cappella Arr. Heitor Villa-Lobos M1579 .V4586 E8 2015
Schicksalslied, op. 54 Johannes Brahms M1530 .B8 S22 2014
The Queen of Spades: Opera in Three Acts, Seven Tableaux P. Tchaikovsky M1503 .C44 P5 2010
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming) for String Orchestra Jan Sandstrom M1145 .S233 E78 2015
Invitation to Dance Directed by Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton DVD0918
Flex Kings Directed by Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nicols DVD0915
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New OneSearch Features Offer Improved Discovery Experience http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/09/new-onesearch-features-offer-improved-discovery-experience/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/09/new-onesearch-features-offer-improved-discovery-experience/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 06:48:21 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2939 University of Houston Libraries has implemented new features in OneSearch to improve access of online resources.

University of Houston Libraries has implemented new features in OneSearch to improve access of online resources.

University of Houston Libraries has implemented new features in OneSearch to improve access of online resources.

  • Users now see a simple search interface that makes it easy to locate resources.
  • A new e-Shelf option allows signed-in users to permanently save items from search results for later reference. In the results list, click the e-Shelf button next to the title of the resource.e-Shelf

View your saved items by clicking the e-Shelf tab on the top right menu.

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  • To enhance off-campus or remote access, a new bookmark feature lets users retrieve UH Libraries’ online resources from anywhere on the Internet, bypassing the UH Libraries’ web site. This includes Google Scholar or email article alerts. Find the bookmark and more information on off-campus access.
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Director of Library Services for Health Sciences Joins UH Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/08/director-of-library-services-for-health-sciences-joins-uh-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/08/director-of-library-services-for-health-sciences-joins-uh-libraries/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:41:53 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2935 Michelle Malizia will oversee the forthcoming Health Sciences Library that will be located in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II.

Michelle Malizia will oversee the forthcoming Health Sciences Library that will be located in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II.

The University of Houston Libraries has welcomed a new director of library services for health sciences.

Michelle Malizia will oversee the forthcoming Health Sciences Library that will be located in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II, currently in development. The new facility represents the second phase of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Center, which opened in February 2013 and is home to the University’s clinical, educational, and interdisciplinary research.

The Health Sciences Library will serve the teaching and research needs of healthcare, pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors, existing as both a physical and virtual resource. The physical library will house library professionals with information expertise in optometry, pharmacy, and other disciplines supported by the Center, as well as specialists in health informatics whose skills can inform and enhance the work of the researchers and clinicians associated with the Center.

Malizia will design and implement targeted delivery of information services to students, faculty and the public. Now in the library’s development phase, Malizia is assisting in the design of the physical library space within the new building, with a focus on reflecting the physical attributes of the MD Anderson Library to make it an enjoyable place to study, collaborate and learn.

“It is my goal to ensure that students, faculty and staff in the health sciences programs have the physical and electronic resources to best meet their information needs,” Malizia said. “Healthcare and research are changing rapidly and will continue to do as information, technology, and legislation evolves. As a result, I am identifying future physical and electronic resources that can be included in the new library.”

Malizia is also consulting with faculty members throughout the University to determine how they envision the future of their programs and to anticipate educational information needs.

Previously, Malizia served as the associate director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region program, a federal contract held by the Texas Medical Center Library. She has worked in health sciences libraries for over 15 years in a variety of roles, including reference, instruction, technology services, outreach and administration. Her areas of expertise include database searching, instruction, and program planning. She has presented at a number of conferences nationwide on various topics, including health literacy, grant writing, evidence-based practice, searching PubMed/MEDLINE and public health information resources.

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Houston History Exhibit Opens at UH Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/01/houston-history-exhibit-opens-at-uh-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/06/01/houston-history-exhibit-opens-at-uh-libraries/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:46:38 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2925 A new exhibit documenting the rich narrative of Houston’s past opens in June at University of Houston Libraries.

Houston History: Archives, Magazine and Oral History is the visual representation of the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative (formerly known as the Houston History Project), a joint effort designed to expand and improve research on historical perspectives of Houston.

The exhibit illustrates a unique collective endeavor that developed from the vision of Joe Pratt, Cullen Professor of History and Business at UH. In 2003, Pratt moved the Houston History magazine from Houston Public Library to UH, and recognized the opportunity in establishing an archive and oral history repository, in tandem with the publication, to inform and perpetuate scholarship in public history.

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Landscape architect Arthur Comey’s urban plan for the City of Houston, circa 1912.

While the magazine is the most visible component of the Houston History Collaborative, the archives and oral histories serve as rich entry points to scholarship and research for students and scholars alike. UH students take an active role in the archives, oral histories, and magazine production. Selected content from recent issues of the magazine, including articles written by students, will be featured in the exhibit.

The exhibit was curated by Dr. Terry Tomkins-Walsh, historian, lecturer and archivist of the UH Special Collections Houston History Archives, which supports research in history with primary sources on growth and development along the Gulf Coast. The archives boast a medley of Houston historical perspectives, and reflect major themes in environmentalism, ethnic history and energy. Notable student projects and other scholarship produced with the use of primary resources in the Houston History Archives will be included in the exhibit.

Records related to environmentalism comprise a significant portion of the Houston History Archives. Some of the materials representing Houston’s environmental community include, but are not limited to, the Terry Tarlton Hershey Papers; Bayou Preservation Association; Citizens’ Environmental Coalition; The Park People Records; Kay B. Crooker Papers (city planning); Hana Ginzbarg Papers (Armand Bayou); and the Outdoor Nature Club.

Search finding aids in the Houston History Archives.

The collection also includes records pertaining to urban planning, city beautification, disaster and flooding response, watershed management, as well as insight on the city and county’s historical response to environmental problems such as transportation or air pollution.

Tomkins-Walsh notes that these records highlight a unique, symbiotic relationship between Houston’s environmental and business communities. Although Houston is known for being a pro-growth, pro-development city, environmentalists have tempered this model with concerted efforts to consider the city’s natural beauty.

Beyond environmentalism, the Houston History Archives include records that reflect many other cultural perspectives.

  • One of the more versatile collections within Houston History Archives is the Foley’s Department Store Records, often accessed by students and scholars for research on a number of areas including social issues, transportation and retail.
  • The Thomas R. Cole Desegregation Papers offer substantial primary sources on several Houston civil rights activists and a significant video study of Houston’s desegregation process, The Strange Demise of Jim Crow (1998).
  • The Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo Papers include press coverage, business plans, personal and political correspondence, photos, scrapbooks, menus, and other items related to the famous restaurateur’s business life.
  • The Ben F. Love Research Collection contains extensive audio recordings of interviews concerning the influential leader, as well as Love’s writings and material pertaining to the merger of Texas Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and Chemical New York Corporation.
  • The Joseph S. Cullinan Papers offer an encompassing view into the petroleum industry, land division of the Shadyside subdivision, Cullinan’s Pasadena farm, and his involvement with city improvement efforts, including the founding of the Houston Negro Hospital.
  • The John Henry Kirby Papers consist of a manuscript collection documenting the entrepreneur’s lumber and oil businesses, as well as personal and political correspondence.

The Houston oral history repository preserves audio files and transcripts of stories describing the growth and development of the Gulf Coast region. A wide range of subject areas, including business, offshore energy, disaster response and recovery, Mexican American culture, African American history, and philanthropy, to name a few, present multiple viewpoints of Houston’s past.

Oral histories are produced by graduate students and faculty, preserved for the archives, and are prepared for placement in the UH Digital Library, where they become widely accessible online. New oral histories are being added each year.

Visitors are invited to view Houston History: Archives, Magazine and Oral History at the University of Houston MD Anderson Library starting June 12 through December 18, 2015.

For more information, contact Dr. Terry Tomkins-Walsh.

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Blues Legend B.B. King and the Texas Music Collection http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/05/29/blues-legend-b-b-king-and-the-texas-music-collection/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/05/29/blues-legend-b-b-king-and-the-texas-music-collection/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 17:54:06 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4681 promotional poster for B.B. King and Bill Harvey & Orchestra (Texas Music Collection)

promotional poster for B.B. King and Bill Harvey & Orchestra (Texas Music Collection)

Today marks the last day of visitation before the King of Blues is laid to his final rest at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center.  On hearing the news of this music legend’s passing nearly two weeks ago, one could not help but pause and reflect on his storied career that made him synonymous with the blues and even extended his broad cultural imprint beyond music.  Here at the University of Houston Special Collections, Houston and Texas History Archivist Vince Lee shared some of his ongoing work as part of a digitization project and its surprising connection to B.B. King.

The Texas Music Collection contains research files on the history of Texas music, with an emphasis on the musicians and record labels of the mid-twentieth century.  There among the newspaper clippings, songbooks, and financial records, Lee points out, are promotional photographs of some of the most renowned musicians to call Houston home–including the late B.B. King.

King’s brand of the blues may always be associated with Beale Street and his deep Memphis roots, but the reasons why his photograph might show up in an archival box in Houston are likely less well-known.  A recent piece in the Houston Press by Chris Gray is an excellent primer on the King-Houston connection and references the research of Dr. Roger Wood (author of Down In Houston: Bayou City Blues) on the role music business mogul Don Robey played in King’s connection to Houston.

Founder of Peacock Records, the Houston native Robey acquired Duke Records (previously based in Memphis) with the same business aplomb that marked his other interests and acquisitions, giving him easy access to a roster of talented Memphis-based musicians and industry connections.  Among those connections was a young B.B. King.  Though King never signed with Duke/Peacock, it was natural that the Houston-based Buffalo Booking Agency representing B.B. King (also owned by Robey) would help stock his touring band with musicians from Robey’s many record labels and with plenty of what Wood calls that “Texas tenor, big-band sound.”  These tours, Wood argues, maximized B.B. King’s exposure to audiences and were critical in his professional success.

promotional photograph for the B.B. King Unit (Texas Music Collection)

promotional photograph for the B.B. King Unit (Texas Music Collection)

Materials from the Duke/Peacock label feature prominently in the Texas Music Collection and promotional photographs from the Buffalo Booking Agency are not hard to find.  One promotional photograph for the B.B. King Unit features a very young-looking luminary flanked by his band, including vocalist Mildred Jones (booked exclusively by Buffalo Booking, Houston, TX, the fine print reminds us).

These promotional photographs, that also include other greats like Junior Parker, “Gatemouth” Brown, and Johnny Ace, are another example of the surprises found in the archives on a daily basis.  As we remember B.B. King, we are also thankful to have these reminders of his career and legacy.  Interested researchers may request the Texas Music Collection in the Special Collections Reading Room during our normal hours of operation.

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Student artwork on view this summer http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/05/28/student-artwork-on-view-this-summer/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/05/28/student-artwork-on-view-this-summer/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 16:59:50 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=533 This summer the Jenkins Library’s A2 Alcove will feature “Veggies in Outer Space,” an unexpectedly whimsical series of acrylic paintings by UH art student Araceli Casas.  In these new paintings, Ms. Casas personifies vegetables battling on a journey through the final frontier.  Ms. Casas says she aims to prompt questions in the minds of her audience about the boundaries and limitations of the imagination with her spin on still life art.

 

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When the Water Recedes: Archivists Provide Salvage Assistance http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/05/28/when-the-water-recedes-archivists-provide-salvage-assistance/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/05/28/when-the-water-recedes-archivists-provide-salvage-assistance/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 10:28:20 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2919 Members of the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) are available for providing advice and best practices in salvaging photos, books, documents and other priceless records that may have been damaged in the recent flooding.

Archivists of the Houston Area

Archivists of the Houston Area

Vince Lee, archivist at the University of Houston Libraries and president of AHA!, urges those seeking help with waterlogged materials to contact the organization for guidance. “AHA! would be happy to talk with anyone in a situation in which their valuable materials have been damaged by floodwaters,” Lee said.

Flood remediation of family or organizational records involves cleaning, drying and other types of treatment specific to the type of item. Many materials that have been affected can be salvaged with appropriate methods. AHA! archivists can provide specialized expertise in salvage and preservation.

Houston area flood victims seeking help with damaged records are encouraged to contact AHA! For more information on emergency salvage of flood damaged papers, visit National Archives Salvage Tips.

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Re-Discovering María Cristina Mena http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/05/08/re-discovering-maria-cristina-mena/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/05/08/re-discovering-maria-cristina-mena/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 16:56:19 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4666 Attendees and panelists mingle, discuss, and view some of Mena's works at last months event.    Additional photos of the event can be viewed here. (Photo courtesy of Mauricio Lazo, University of Houston Libraries.)

Attendees and panelists mingle, discuss, and view some of Mena’s works.  Additional photos of last month’s event can be viewed here. (Photo courtesy of Mauricio Lazo, University of Houston Libraries.)

Last month Arte Público Press and the University of Houston Special Collections came together to celebrate María Cristina Mena (1893-1965) in an event that honored her writings and highlighted the gift of her papers to our Hispanic Collections.  Mena was an author probably most known for her children’s books and short stories, including some published in The Century Magazine and American Magazine from 1913 to 1916 (though she continued to write and publish up until just before her passing in 1965).

The event was held in Special Collections at the MD Anderson Library on campus. Honored guests Amy Doherty Mohr, PhD of Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich; José Aranda, PhD of Rice University, Department of English; and Carolina A. Villarroel, PhD of Arte Público Press and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, served as panelists for the event which was moderated by Lisa Cruces, Archivist for our Hispanic Collections.

Hispanic Collections Archivist Lisa Cruces highlights the María Cristina Mena Papers for the cameras of Houston Public Media.

Hispanic Collections Archivist Lisa Cruces highlights the María Cristina Mena Papers for the cameras of Houston Public Media.

Some of the major themes in Mena’s works include beauty (and plastic surgery), language, stereotypes, and women and romance.  In her stories, these themes were often used to explore aspects of the Mexican and American components of her Chicana/o heritage, especially the intersections in which these two components collided.  Attendees had an opportunity to hear from a wide array of panelists, both local and virtual (in the case of Dr. Mohr who was able to join the conference from Munich), whose research interests were able to provide more context and definition to Mena’s writing, life, and place among the literary output of the 20th century.  “Thrilled” with this new addition and its research potential, Cruces notes, “The Mena Papers offer a wealth of information ranging from insight on experiences of female authors in the early 20th century to the literary depiction of the Mexican Revolution abroad.”

Our thanks to all who helped make the event a success.  The María Cristina Mena Papers, part of our larger Hispanic Collections, are available for research in the University of Houston Special Collections Reading Room.

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Book of the Month: Salvator Rosa has ludentis oty Carolo Rubeo singularis amicitiæ pignus D.D.D. http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/30/book-of-the-month-salvator-rosa-has-ludentis-oty-carolo-rubeo-singularis-amicitiae-pignus-d-d-d/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/30/book-of-the-month-salvator-rosa-has-ludentis-oty-carolo-rubeo-singularis-amicitiae-pignus-d-d-d/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:43:54 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4658 In 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 will highlight a text from our collections and what makes it so special.

This spring semester we have been fortunate to host our first-ever UH Special Collections Social Media Intern, Shelby Love.  As part of her duties, Love has been curating our Book of the Month series here on the blog.  For this month (and many to come, no doubt) we share a Book of the Month selection from Shelby Love.

Salvator Rosa has ludentis oty Carolo Rubeo singularis amicitiæ pignus D.D.D. open to display female figurine

Salvator Rosa has ludentis oty Carolo Rubeo singularis amicitiæ pignus D.D.D. open to display female figurine

Book of the MonthSalvator Rosa has ludentis oty Carolo Rubeo singularis amicitiæ pignus D.D.D.

Why so Special? Salvator Rosa has ludentis oty Carolo Rubeo singularis amicitiæ pignus D.D.D. is a series of etchings by Salvator Rosa, an Italian painter and printmaker. The book was dedicated to Rosa’s Roman patron Carlo de’ Rossi. The book contains beautifully detailed portraits of peasants, women, and groups of soldiers as well as some mythological scenes. Rosa is considered to be one of the most original artists and bizarre characters of the 17th century.

The collection in this book features many etchings from Rosa’s figurine series, which went on to influence many Italian artists as elegant “stock” figures to incorporate into their works. Without the ability of color, Rosa’s traditional prints illustrate the versatility of the line to distinguish subject from object, light from shadow, and detail from outline.

Roman soldier figurine

Roman soldier figurine

This item presents a rare opportunity to experience the intricate and original artwork without the unfortunate distortion and separation of museum glass. The texture of the plate is softly written into the fabric of the paper and the viewer can also see the indention made into the paper from the plate’s edges after being run through the engraving press. These details bring the viewer excitingly close to the printmaking process that was used to create these images in a way that only originals can. Aesthetically engaging and enlightening, this collection by Rosa is just one captivating gem in Special Collections.

Location: Those interested in viewing this series of etchings in person may request call number ND623.R7R7x in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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New Items for April 2015 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/04/29/new-items-for-april-2015/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/04/29/new-items-for-april-2015/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:07:43 +0000 Stephanie Lewin-Lane http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/?p=489 Here is a highlight of some of the new items in the Music Library for April:

Title Author/ Editor Call #
A Yearbook of the History of Music Stanley Boorman Ref ML5 .M722 v.58 2013
Broadway, Movie, TV, and Studio Cast Musicals on Record Richard Chigley Lynch Ref ML 156.4 M8 L96 1996
Ethnic and Vernacular Music, 1898-1960 Paul Vernon Ref ML 156.4 F5 V47 1995
The Great Jazz Interviews Frank Alkyer and Ed Enright ML3506 .D69 2009
The Castrato Martha Feldman ML1460 .F45 2015
Selected Organ Works Johann Ludwig Krebs M7 .K87 F75 2012 v.3
86. Quintett in F-dur fur Violinen, Viola, und 2 Violoncelli Giuseppe Cambini M552 .C36 no86 2013
Violoncello totale Krzysztof Pendericki M52 .P46 V55 2011
Scottish Folk Tunes Barrie Carson Turner M38.5 .S44 2013
Trio fur Flote, Oboe und Fagott op. 86 Julius Rontgen M357.2 .R654 op.86 2014
Six Trio Sonatas, Opera III Luigi Boccherini M351 .B663 G.119-124 2014 v.4
Schumann’s Works for Chorus and Orchestra Robert Schumann M3.1 .S39 C5 2014
Encantacion Jesus Gonzalez M297 .G66 R4 2014
Top o’ the Millennium Peter Schickele M287 .S34 T67 2014
Ten dances old and new for young players Sir Charles Villiers Stanford M25 .S73 op.58 2014
Spinnerlied Richard Wagner & Franz Liszt M25 .L77 S65 2013
Preludes Claude Debussy M25 .D42 P7 2014
Romantic Pieces Antonin Dvorak M221 .D86 op. 75 2014
Oeuvres Pour Piano Francis Poulenc M22 .P87 O47 2014
Music for Piano Darius Milhaud M22 .M6 O4 2014
Messa da Requiem Giuseppe Verdi M2013 .V47 R45 2014
Solomon George Frideric Handel M2003 .H14 S57 2014
American Aria Anthology Richard Walters M1507 .A543 2004
20th Century Masterpieces for Guitar M126 .C48 2014
Oboe Concerto in A minor Joham Friedrich Fasch M1122 .F36 A min. 2014
Flute Concerto in D Major Johann Melchior Molter M1120 .M65 MWV6.17 2014
Trois Esquisses Victor Fenigstein M1118 .F46 E8 2013
Violakonzert G-dur Georg Philipp Telemann M1115 .T44 C6 G maj 2014
6 Echo-Fantasien Jan Pieterszoon Seelinck M11 .S95 F36 2014
Mysteries William Bolcom M11 .B695 M9 2014
Trois Esquisses Musicales Georges Bizet M11 .B63 E8 2014
Concerto No.3 in C Minor Ludwig van Beethoven M1010 .B41 op.37 2014
Requiem and Messe in D Charles Gounod and Antonin Dvorak CD 15709
Symphony No. 6 & 7; Night Voyage Christopher Gunning CD 15707
A Cambridge Mass Ralph Vaughan Williams CD 15706
Sinfonietta Johan Wagenaar CD 15704
Contemplations Oliver Messiaen CD 15691
Tango! Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble CD 15685
Cello sonata Prokofiev. Cello concerto no. 2 Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble CD 15682
The Roaring Twenties Calefax and Cora Burggraaf CD 15680
Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion CD 15679
Pandora’s Box Arditti Quartet CD 15674
Marimba Concertos Anders Koppel CD 15670
In the Sea of Iona Daniel Lentz CD 15669
Orgelwerke Rudolf Maursberger CD 15667
Piano quartet, op. 29 ; Sonata for violoncello & piano, op. 19 Georg Schumann CD 15663
Motets Johann Heinrich Rolle CD 15660
Guitar Solo Andrzej Mokry CD 15655
Chant Missa Latina CD 15652
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Welcome to our new Library Specialist, Julia Kress http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/04/27/welcome-to-our-new-library-specialist-julia-kress/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/04/27/welcome-to-our-new-library-specialist-julia-kress/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:55:22 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=530 For more than thirteen years Julia practiced law handling mainly corporate transactions, business litigation and environmental matters. However, seeking a more creative field of work, she received her MFA from Antioch University in Los Angeles and is currently finishing her master’s thesis for her MA in History from the University of California, Riverside. She is passionate about ancient Rome and in June 2014 she took part in the American Academy in Rome’s Summer Archaeology Program involving the documentation and analysis of ancient buildings. Her research interest focuses on rehabilitating the reputations of ancient Roman women by contextually analyzing evidence, including sculptures, inscriptions and coins. She is excited to be a Library Specialist at the Architecture and Art Library and is looking forward to assisting UH’s faculty and students with their research needs.

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UH Appoints Lisa German as Dean of Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/22/uh-appoints-lisa-german-as-dean-of-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/22/uh-appoints-lisa-german-as-dean-of-libraries/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:12:50 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2906 german

Lisa B. German was selected to serve as dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair.

For the first time in 18 years, a new leader of the University of Houston Libraries has been appointed. Lisa B. German, currently of Pennsylvania State University Libraries, was selected to serve as dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. Her appointment will begin on August 1, 2015.

“Lisa German is a highly regarded research library administrator, and has exceptional experience and leadership skills,” said senior vice president and provost Paula Myrick Short. “She brings to the University a strategic vision that will move the Libraries’ role in teaching and research forward. I’m thrilled that she will join us.”

At Penn State Libraries, German served as associate dean for collections, information, and access services, where she was responsible for planning, organization, policy development, implementation, assessment, and direction. She has also published extensively in these areas.

German has participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program. She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Illinois, Penn State University, and the American Library Association – Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the next dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair at the University of Houston, one of the most outstanding and diverse universities in America,” German said. “Building upon a solid foundation, and with excellent librarians and staff, we will make valuable contributions in pursuit of the University’s strategic directions.”

German succeeds Dana Rooks, who, in May 2014, announced plans to step down from the post she held since 1997.

German earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

A national search was conducted for the Libraries dean vacancy. Provost Short commended the search committee, chaired by Dr. Latha Ramchand, dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, for their valuable service in the search process.

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Mexico Documents Collection Available Online http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/21/mexico-documents-collection-available-online/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/21/mexico-documents-collection-available-online/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:33:41 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4649 Depiction of fire at Mexico City Cathedral (Mexico Documents Collection)

Depiction of fire at Mexico City Cathedral (Mexico Documents Collection)

On this San Jacinto Day, the University of Houston Special Collections is happy to share more exciting developments on the digitization front with the recent publication of the Mexico Documents Collection on the UH Digital Library.

Originally combined from several smaller collections, the Mexico Documents Collection contains government orders, announcements, decrees, pamphlets, and correspondence (both personal and official) dating as far back as 1570 (manuscript on vellum) on into the 20th century.  Many of the materials in the collection date from Mexican Independence (1821) through the end of the Mexican-American War (1849), but scholars with research interests in the Mexican Colonial Period or the Mexican Revolution are also likely to find some fertile ground in this collection.  Researchers with limited experience in the Spanish language will also be pleased to find a number of the documents accompanied by English translations.

Thanks to this new level of access, scholars around the globe and around the clock browsing through the online collection will turn up the names of Santa Anna de Lopez, Porfirio Diaz, and Jose Joaquin de Hererra.  A closer look reveals materials related to American military actions as part of the Mexican-American War, business and land transactions, as well as documents chronicling religion in Mexico.

petition from the Barefoot Monks to Philip V, King of Spain (from the Mexico Documents Collection)

petition from the Barefoot Monks to Philip V, King of Spain (1739, from the Mexico Documents Collection)

While nothing can replicate working with a physical copy of a petition from the Barefoot Monks to Philip V of Spain in the Special Collections Reading Room, the opportunity to share online these types of centuries-old documents alongside more recent materials highlighting distinct periods of Mexican history marks another exciting step for our larger Hispanic Collections.  We invite you to enjoy the Mexico Documents Collection and look forward to assisting you in your research, whether online via the Digital Library or offline next time you are able to pay us a visit.

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The Houston Saengerbund Records http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/15/the-houston-saengerbund-records/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/15/the-houston-saengerbund-records/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:15:34 +0000 Stacey Lavender http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4631 Title page from ledger in the Houston Saengerbund Records (1919)

Title page from ledger in the Houston Saengerbund Records (1919)

The University of Houston Special Collections is happy to announce both the recent publication of the Houston Saengerbund Records in the UH Digital Library and significant additions and revisions made to the finding aid for the related physical collection housed here in Special Collections!

The Houston Saengerbund is a German singing society that has been active in Houston for more than a century and continues to perform at public events throughout Houston and Texas to this day. It was founded in 1883 and was one of many all-male singing organizations which formed in the German communities of Texas during the last half of the 19th century. These local groups were united under Der Deutsch-Texanische Saengerbund (the German-Texan Singers’ League), a regional organization that held biennial meetings and Saengerfeste (Singing Festivals) in various Texas cities. Both the digital collection and physical materials provide insight not only into the activities, performances, membership, and administration of this group, but also into its responses to major events and social changes throughout the last century of American history.

The digital collection consists of five bound ledgers covering the years 1874-1937. In these ledgers you’ll find meeting minutes, financial statements, programs, clippings, and correspondence between the Houston Saengerbund and other German organizations. The materials span the time from the group’s inception, through its growth to over 1000 members in the years before World War I, and to the formation of the Ladies Auxiliary and the Damenchor (Women’s Chorus) in 1937.

Program from the 1983 Texas Saengerfest, held in Houston and also marking the Houston Saengerbund's centennial

Program from the 1983 Texas Saengerfest, held in Houston and also marking the Houston Saengerbund’s centennial

The updated finding aid describes physical materials dating from 1874 to present. Here you’ll find songbooks and event materials, administrative records, legal files, financial records, and publications from all points in the group’s history. Of particular interest is the effect of anti-German sentiment that developed during the World Wars. With the onset of World War II, the Saengerbund members changed the name of the group to “The Houston Singing Society,” quit their primary activity of singing German songs, and began keeping minutes in English due to their concern about arousing anti-German sentiment. It wasn’t until after the war ended that the club members restored both their singing and their name.

The events mentioned above are just a couple of the points of interest to be found in the rich and storied history of The Houston Saengerbund. Check out the digital collection or visit us here in Special Collections to find out more!

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Library Voted 'Best Place to Study On Campus' http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/15/library-voted-best-place-to-study-on-campus/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/15/library-voted-best-place-to-study-on-campus/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:08:43 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2897 UH students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus.

UH students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus.

University of Houston students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus according to Coogs Choose, a best-of survey from the student newspaper, The Cougar, in collaboration with the Center for Student Media.

The MD Anderson Library provides a variety of spaces to study and collaborate, services tailored for research and scholarship, and librarians whose mission is to help students and scholars find and create knowledge.

In Coogs Choose, students voted on everything they love about the campus and the city. Write-in categories included a range of people, places and services, like best professor, bike shop, and off-campus apartments.

Results for Coogs Choose were announced in a special section of The Cougar, available at campus newsstands until April 22.

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New Items for March 2015 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/04/13/new-items-for-march-2015/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/04/13/new-items-for-march-2015/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:24:42 +0000 Stephanie Lewin-Lane http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/?p=484 Here is a highlight of some of the new items from March that we have in the Music Library:

Title Composer/Performer/Author Call #
Manuel de Falla Manuel de Falla CD 15561
The Argentinian Album Amsterdam Sinfonietta CD 15590
Six String Quartets Bartolomeo Campagnoli CD 15594
Livre du Saint Sacrement pour orgue Oliver Messiaen CD 15604
Ponce: Complete Guitar Music Gerard Abiton CD 15607
1865 Anonymous 4 CD 15613
Chamber Works Vol. 1 Krzysztof Penderecki CD 15618
Symphonies, no. 7 Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich CD 15622
String quartet no. 3 Robert Schumann CD 15623
Quartets Camille Saint-Saëns CD 15626
Escualo Astor Piazzolla CD 15628
Konzerte Maria Cecilia Munoz and Sarah O’Brien CD 15631
Gramola Richard Strauss CD 15633
HMS Pinafore New D’Oyly Carte Opera CD 15634
Rameau – Ligeti Cathy Krier CD 15642
Scheherazade Zurich Ensemble CD 15647
Chant Missa Latina CD 15652
Perfect Strangers Heiner Goebbels & Frank Zappa CD 15658
Marimba Concertos Anders Koppel CD 15670
Heart & Soul Matthew Dirst CD 15675
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini DVD 0611
Tupac: Resurrection Tupac DVD 0903
Performance Practices in Early 20th Century Piano Music Maurice Hinson DVD 0906
6 Fantasias for Guitar M126 .V69 2014
Jigs, Reels, & Hornpipes Edward Huws Jones M1738 .J54 2014
African Songs Abdullah Ibrahim M25 .A14 A45 2014
Piano Trio: Los Ojos Simon Holt M312 .H74 T7 2014
Choral music : a research and information guide Avery T. Sharp and James Michael Floyd. ML128.C48 S53 2011
Ethnomusicology : a research and information guide Jennifer C. Post. ML128.E8 P67 2011
The madrigal : a research and information guide Susan Lewis Hammond. ML128.M2 L49 2011
Spirituals : a multidisciplinary bibliography for research and performance by Kathleen A. Abromeit. ML128.S4 A27 2015
William Alwyn : a research and information guide John C. Dressler. ML134.A56 D54 2012
Bela Bartok : a research and information guide Elliott Antokoletz, Paolo Susanni. ML134.B18 A7 2011
Gabriel Faure : a research and information guide Edward R. Phillips. ML134.F29 P55 2011
Gustav Holst : a research and information guide Mary Christison Huismann. ML134.H75 H85 2011
Quincy Jones : a research and information guide Clarence Bernard Henry. ML134.J73 H46 2014
Bohuslav Martinu¯ : a research and information guide Robert C. Simon. ML134.M44 S56 2014
Program music Jonathan Kregor. ML3300 .K724 2015
K-pop : popular music, cultural amnesia, and economic innovation in South Korea John Lie. ML3502.K6 L54 2015
The 21st-century singer : making the leap from the university into the world Susan Mohini Kane. ML3795 .K18 2015
Organising music : theory, practice, performance edited by Nic Beech and Charlotte Gilmore. ML3853 .O74 2015
Rethinking difference in music scholarship edited by Olivia Bloechl, Melanie Lowe,and Jeffrey Kallberg ML3916 .R49 2015
Prose works. Selections. English;”Berlioz on music : selected criticism, 1824-1837 edited by Katherine Kolb ; translated by Samuel N. Rosenberg ML410.B5 A5 2014
We’ll have Manhattan : the early work of Rodgers and Hart Dominic Symonds. ML410.R6315 S96 2015
Mellencamp : American troubadour David Masciotra. ML420.M357 M37 2015
Sounds of the New Deal : the Federal Music Project in the West Peter Gough ; foreword by Peggy Seeger. ML62 .G62 2015
Including everyone : creating music classrooms where all children learn Judith A. Jellison. MT1 .J35 2015
Music direction for the stage : a view from the podium Joseph Church. MT955 .C59 2015
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UH Libraries News

UH Libraries News

Ferimer Awarded AHIP Membership
Suzanne Ferimer of the UH Optometry Library has received senior level membership to the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Suzanne Ferimer of the UH Optometry Library has received senior level membership to the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Suzanne Ferimer, librarian and director of learning resources at the Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library, has been awarded senior level membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) by the Medical Library Association (MLA).

The peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program recognizes achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research, and other contributions to the profession. The AHIP credential signifies the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in the field of healthcare information.

Ferimer has coordinated the operations of the Optometry Library for over three decades, serving the teaching, learning, and research objectives of the UH College of Optometry. Ferimer is a member of the MLA, Texas Medical Center Health Information Librarians, South Central Chapter/South Central Regional Group of the MLA, and the Association of Vision Science Librarians. Her most recent presentation on the development of new standards in vision science libraries was delivered at the 2014 American Academy of Optometry.

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | No Comments »
Librarian Emeritus

Pat Bozeman’s nomination as Librarian Emeritus has been approved by the University of Houston System Board of Regents. Pat Bozeman

Bozeman joined the University of Houston in 1984. Two years later, she was appointed head of Special Collections and at the time of her retirement in January 2015, held the Emily Scott Evans Endowed Library Professorship.

Through Bozeman’s work with faculty, library and university donors, and the Houston community, significant national and international collections were created. Her scholarly contributions included a seminal book, Forged Documents: Proceedings of the 1989 Houston Conference, which addressed a major issue in the rare books and manuscripts world.

Bozeman produced award-winning published catalogs, and was active as a frequent invited speaker and organizer of major conference and workshop events. Her professional engagement at the University included roles ranging from the Faculty Senate to the University Commission on Women.

Posted on July 1st, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | No Comments »
Special Collections Images on CBS This Morning

CBS This Morning produced a segment on a little-known baseball player and University of Houston graduate named John Paciorek, who played exactly one game in the major leagues before a back injury prevented him from playing again. Since he had a statistically perfect game on that day (September 29, 1963) as a player with the Houston Colt 45s in their final game of the season against the New York Mets, he now holds the record as having the best career record in the history of Major League Baseball.

Archival images from University of Houston Special Collections were used in this CBS This Morning story on John Paciorek.

Archival images from University of Houston Special Collections were used in this CBS This Morning story on John Paciorek.

CBS requested images from UH Special Collections for this story, which can be viewed at http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/pacioreks-perfect-mlb-stats-after-one-day-career/. Images from Special Collections were shown at the 1:08 mark (team color photo) and at the 2:21 mark (Paciorek looking up to make a catch with the 360ft sign in the background.)

Posted on June 29th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | No Comments »
Summer Book Club 2015

University of Houston Libraries and the UH Women and Gender Resource Center will co-sponsor the 2015 summer book club, which is open to all UH students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

Summer Book Club at University of Houston

Summer Book Club at University of Houston

Readers are invited to gather at the Resource Center, located in the University Center North Room 201, for a literary conversation. Readers may bring a lunch, and drinks and sweets will be provided.

On July 14th at noon, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (fiction) will be discussed.

On August 18th at noon, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (nonfiction) by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.

Both are available through the library’s interlibrary loan service. Sister Citizen is also available as an ebook, accessible via the library catalog.

Posted on June 18th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Summer Book Club 2015
Still Life Meets Outer Space
"Radishes and Squash" in a series by UH artist Araceli Casas.

“Radishes and Squash” in a series by UH artist Araceli Casas.

Araceli Casas, a graduate student in the University of Houston Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction – Art Education program, has a series of paintings on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library A2Alcove. The library supports UH student artists by hosting their work in the gallery. All pieces are then digitally captured and included in the UH Digital Library.

The series, Veggies in Outer Space, started in 2007 with an odd sweet potato that Casas found while shopping in the produce section, at a time when her focus was on still life. That sweet potato was the inspiration of her latest project and, as a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, she gave it a background based on popular images of outer space, putting a new spin on still life.

Subsequent paintings included other vegetables with inspiration from famous images of the Hubble telescope and other icons of space exploration.

In addition to the Veggies series, Casas also collaborates with Houston area non-profit organizations to produce and display Christian-themed art, and is working on a new series for other types of venues.

Creative from a young age, Casas received a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Houston, and took applied training at the Glassell School of Art, where she became well-versed in the technical aspects of art. Casas also built her knowledge by the wisdom of her classmates and contemporaries.

“It’s good to learn from artists who came before you so that you have more tools with which to build your own identity as an artist,” Casas said. Her favorites include the baroque artist Caravaggio, Van Gogh, and Cy Twombly, whose art sparked her appreciation of contemporary artists.

"Celery, Carrot, and Squash" in a series by UH artist Araceli Casas.

“Celery, Carrot, and Squash” in a series by UH artist Araceli Casas.

Casas has worked in various teaching positions with elementary school-aged children and, as a teaching artist at Texas Children’s Hospital, she enjoys inspiring children to express their creativity. Her advice to young artists is to keep at it, surround yourself with people who are supportive of your work, and build a space or environment for yourself in which to be creative.

Student artists interested in displaying work at the Architecture and Art Library are encouraged to contact Chris Conway with digital samples.

Posted on June 18th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Still Life Meets Outer Space
Creativity and Collaboration at UH Libraries
UH Libraries announces the 2015-2016 Microgrant Program winners.

UH Libraries announces the 2015-2016 Microgrant Program winners.

The University of Houston Libraries announces the winners of the 2015-2016 Microgrant Program.

The program, now in its 7th year, was created to foster new and innovative ideas in support of the Libraries’ Strategic Directions and the University’s Strategic Initiatives.

Librarians and staff submitted proposals for new services and programs which would benefit teaching, learning and research objectives of the UH community, and will work in cross-departmental teams to implement their ideas.

The UH Libraries Microgrant Program winners for 2015-2016 are:

Project title: LinkedIn at the Library
Esmeralda Fisher (project lead), Mauricio Lazo, Kelsey Brett, Alex Simons

LinkedIn is a powerful career and networking tool, yet many students who are seeking internship or full time job opportunities do not use it properly or at all. LinkedIn at the Library will give students a chance to improve their LinkedIn profile, and learn ways to build professional connections in the online space. Staff volunteers from the Libraries and University Career Services will assess students’ LinkedIn profiles and offer suggestions on ways to improve it. Professional portraits will be offered, which students can upload to their profile. Career Services and Libraries information will be distributed, and there will be opportunities for students to sign up for career-related tech training offered at the Libraries.

Project title: Walk and Learn for Wellness
Kelsey Brett (project lead), Marissa Aiello, Melody Condron, Lisa Martin, Porcia Vaughn

The project will consist of two parts. Part one is a walking challenge to be held in the fall. Part two is a wellness discussion series to be held in the spring.

An eight-week wellness program, Walk Across Texas, will be used in fall 2015 to motivate library employees to explore wellness in their work environment. The Walk Across Texas program, from Texas A&M Extension, focuses on team-based walking challenges.

The microgrant project for the walking challenge involves publicizing the walking challenge, signing teams up, holding a kickoff event, monitoring the challenges and providing feedback to teams, announcing winners, and hosting a final event to celebrate participants. Pedometers will be provided for every staff member and student worker. In spring 2016, the project team will hold approximately four Lunch and Learn workshops focused on wellness. Targeted discussion topics include nutrition, ergonomics, stress reduction for student workers, healthy activities, and other work-life balance topics.

Project title: Information and Access Services Student Empowerment Project
Margaret Dunn (project lead), Lee Hilyer, Nora Dethloff

This project will consist of hosting various events for the student workers employed in the Libraries’ Information and Access Services department. The students will be invited to events featuring an employee of other Libraries departments in order to learn more about how the Libraries functions.

Project title: African American Read-In
Rachel Vacek (project lead), Jesse Sharpe, Julie Grob, Andrea Malone

Since 1989, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English has sponsored the National African American Read-In. UH Libraries will host a Read-In for which students, staff and faculty can sign up to read self-selected book passages, articles, poetry, speeches, and other works written by African Americans. The Libraries will identify unique materials from Special Collections and the stacks to inspire those in search of reading material.

Posted on June 15th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Creativity and Collaboration at UH Libraries
New OneSearch Features Offer Improved Discovery Experience
University of Houston Libraries has implemented new features in OneSearch to improve access of online resources.

University of Houston Libraries has implemented new features in OneSearch to improve access of online resources.

University of Houston Libraries has implemented new features in OneSearch to improve access of online resources.

  • Users now see a simple search interface that makes it easy to locate resources.
  • A new e-Shelf option allows signed-in users to permanently save items from search results for later reference. In the results list, click the e-Shelf button next to the title of the resource.e-Shelf

View your saved items by clicking the e-Shelf tab on the top right menu.

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  • To enhance off-campus or remote access, a new bookmark feature lets users retrieve UH Libraries’ online resources from anywhere on the Internet, bypassing the UH Libraries’ web site. This includes Google Scholar or email article alerts. Find the bookmark and more information on off-campus access.
Posted on June 9th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on New OneSearch Features Offer Improved Discovery Experience
Director of Library Services for Health Sciences Joins UH Libraries
Michelle Malizia will oversee the forthcoming Health Sciences Library that will be located in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II.

Michelle Malizia will oversee the forthcoming Health Sciences Library that will be located in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II.

The University of Houston Libraries has welcomed a new director of library services for health sciences.

Michelle Malizia will oversee the forthcoming Health Sciences Library that will be located in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II, currently in development. The new facility represents the second phase of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Center, which opened in February 2013 and is home to the University’s clinical, educational, and interdisciplinary research.

The Health Sciences Library will serve the teaching and research needs of healthcare, pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors, existing as both a physical and virtual resource. The physical library will house library professionals with information expertise in optometry, pharmacy, and other disciplines supported by the Center, as well as specialists in health informatics whose skills can inform and enhance the work of the researchers and clinicians associated with the Center.

Malizia will design and implement targeted delivery of information services to students, faculty and the public. Now in the library’s development phase, Malizia is assisting in the design of the physical library space within the new building, with a focus on reflecting the physical attributes of the MD Anderson Library to make it an enjoyable place to study, collaborate and learn.

“It is my goal to ensure that students, faculty and staff in the health sciences programs have the physical and electronic resources to best meet their information needs,” Malizia said. “Healthcare and research are changing rapidly and will continue to do as information, technology, and legislation evolves. As a result, I am identifying future physical and electronic resources that can be included in the new library.”

Malizia is also consulting with faculty members throughout the University to determine how they envision the future of their programs and to anticipate educational information needs.

Previously, Malizia served as the associate director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region program, a federal contract held by the Texas Medical Center Library. She has worked in health sciences libraries for over 15 years in a variety of roles, including reference, instruction, technology services, outreach and administration. Her areas of expertise include database searching, instruction, and program planning. She has presented at a number of conferences nationwide on various topics, including health literacy, grant writing, evidence-based practice, searching PubMed/MEDLINE and public health information resources.

Posted on June 8th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Director of Library Services for Health Sciences Joins UH Libraries
Houston History Exhibit Opens at UH Libraries

A new exhibit documenting the rich narrative of Houston’s past opens in June at University of Houston Libraries.

Houston History: Archives, Magazine and Oral History is the visual representation of the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative (formerly known as the Houston History Project), a joint effort designed to expand and improve research on historical perspectives of Houston.

The exhibit illustrates a unique collective endeavor that developed from the vision of Joe Pratt, Cullen Professor of History and Business at UH. In 2003, Pratt moved the Houston History magazine from Houston Public Library to UH, and recognized the opportunity in establishing an archive and oral history repository, in tandem with the publication, to inform and perpetuate scholarship in public history.

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Landscape architect Arthur Comey’s urban plan for the City of Houston, circa 1912.

While the magazine is the most visible component of the Houston History Collaborative, the archives and oral histories serve as rich entry points to scholarship and research for students and scholars alike. UH students take an active role in the archives, oral histories, and magazine production. Selected content from recent issues of the magazine, including articles written by students, will be featured in the exhibit.

The exhibit was curated by Dr. Terry Tomkins-Walsh, historian, lecturer and archivist of the UH Special Collections Houston History Archives, which supports research in history with primary sources on growth and development along the Gulf Coast. The archives boast a medley of Houston historical perspectives, and reflect major themes in environmentalism, ethnic history and energy. Notable student projects and other scholarship produced with the use of primary resources in the Houston History Archives will be included in the exhibit.

Records related to environmentalism comprise a significant portion of the Houston History Archives. Some of the materials representing Houston’s environmental community include, but are not limited to, the Terry Tarlton Hershey Papers; Bayou Preservation Association; Citizens’ Environmental Coalition; The Park People Records; Kay B. Crooker Papers (city planning); Hana Ginzbarg Papers (Armand Bayou); and the Outdoor Nature Club.

Search finding aids in the Houston History Archives.

The collection also includes records pertaining to urban planning, city beautification, disaster and flooding response, watershed management, as well as insight on the city and county’s historical response to environmental problems such as transportation or air pollution.

Tomkins-Walsh notes that these records highlight a unique, symbiotic relationship between Houston’s environmental and business communities. Although Houston is known for being a pro-growth, pro-development city, environmentalists have tempered this model with concerted efforts to consider the city’s natural beauty.

Beyond environmentalism, the Houston History Archives include records that reflect many other cultural perspectives.

  • One of the more versatile collections within Houston History Archives is the Foley’s Department Store Records, often accessed by students and scholars for research on a number of areas including social issues, transportation and retail.
  • The Thomas R. Cole Desegregation Papers offer substantial primary sources on several Houston civil rights activists and a significant video study of Houston’s desegregation process, The Strange Demise of Jim Crow (1998).
  • The Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo Papers include press coverage, business plans, personal and political correspondence, photos, scrapbooks, menus, and other items related to the famous restaurateur’s business life.
  • The Ben F. Love Research Collection contains extensive audio recordings of interviews concerning the influential leader, as well as Love’s writings and material pertaining to the merger of Texas Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and Chemical New York Corporation.
  • The Joseph S. Cullinan Papers offer an encompassing view into the petroleum industry, land division of the Shadyside subdivision, Cullinan’s Pasadena farm, and his involvement with city improvement efforts, including the founding of the Houston Negro Hospital.
  • The John Henry Kirby Papers consist of a manuscript collection documenting the entrepreneur’s lumber and oil businesses, as well as personal and political correspondence.

The Houston oral history repository preserves audio files and transcripts of stories describing the growth and development of the Gulf Coast region. A wide range of subject areas, including business, offshore energy, disaster response and recovery, Mexican American culture, African American history, and philanthropy, to name a few, present multiple viewpoints of Houston’s past.

Oral histories are produced by graduate students and faculty, preserved for the archives, and are prepared for placement in the UH Digital Library, where they become widely accessible online. New oral histories are being added each year.

Visitors are invited to view Houston History: Archives, Magazine and Oral History at the University of Houston MD Anderson Library starting June 12 through December 18, 2015.

For more information, contact Dr. Terry Tomkins-Walsh.

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Houston History Exhibit Opens at UH Libraries
When the Water Recedes: Archivists Provide Salvage Assistance

Members of the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) are available for providing advice and best practices in salvaging photos, books, documents and other priceless records that may have been damaged in the recent flooding.

Archivists of the Houston Area

Archivists of the Houston Area

Vince Lee, archivist at the University of Houston Libraries and president of AHA!, urges those seeking help with waterlogged materials to contact the organization for guidance. “AHA! would be happy to talk with anyone in a situation in which their valuable materials have been damaged by floodwaters,” Lee said.

Flood remediation of family or organizational records involves cleaning, drying and other types of treatment specific to the type of item. Many materials that have been affected can be salvaged with appropriate methods. AHA! archivists can provide specialized expertise in salvage and preservation.

Houston area flood victims seeking help with damaged records are encouraged to contact AHA! For more information on emergency salvage of flood damaged papers, visit National Archives Salvage Tips.

Posted on May 28th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on When the Water Recedes: Archivists Provide Salvage Assistance