by Hannah Parks, Ekstrom Library Media Resources
Summer is such a wonderful season. Schedules aren’t so tight, the weather is (usually) sunny, and people seem to be in a better mood than they were during the winter. I love to spend the summer hiking and cycling, but I also enjoy the rainy days, when I have an excuse to stay inside and be lazy. I usually spend these lazy days watching television shows and reading. Once I finish a show’s series or a book, though, I find it difficult to find a new one to start. I usually look for suggestions from friends, which, regarding television shows, aren’t hard to find here in Media Resources.
For those of you who share the same difficulty as I do in finding new shows to watch, I’ve consulted with my fellow Media Resources experts, and we’ve come up with a definitive list of eleven great TV shows to watch this summer, all of which are available through our department’s SGA collection. I’ve limited them to recent shows (aired within the past year) and separated them into genres, in case you’re interested in a specific type of show. I’ve also included their parental ratings.
Need more suggestions? Stop by the Media Department and we’ll help you out!
Arrested Development TV-PG
How I Met Your Mother TV-PG
Breaking Bad TV-14
Walking Dead TV-14
Game of Thrones TV-MA
Venture Brothers TV-MA
Family Guy TV-14
by Delinda S. Buie
Delinda S. Buie is a Professor with the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. She is also the Curator of the Rare Books collection.
Poet, documentarian and educator Lee Pennington is widely traveled — at home nearly every place on the globe. Now he also will have a home in the University of Louisville Libraries with the dedication of the Lee and Joy Pennington Cultural Heritage Gallery on June 13. The Pennington Gallery will provide exhibition space and nearly 6000 linear feet of shelving to preserve artifacts and works on paper: manuscripts; archives; rare books; art. It is the first such space on campus, dreamed and planned by archivists and librarians for decades, and ultimately secured by the tenacity and vision of a number of people, most especially Associate Dean of Libraries Diane Nichols.
Lee Pennington’s involvement with the project began exactly two years ago, when friend of U of L Libraries’ Dick Wilson brought him to campus. Wilson had been one of Lee’s students at Jefferson Community College and – like just about everyone who has ever been in contact with Lee – became a lifelong friend. Lee’s personal passion for collecting, and his appreciation for how objects and documents can inform and inspire, made him a perfect collaborator for a space to preserve his own collections, which he is generously donating to the university, as well as treasures from the University Archives, Photographic Archives and Rare Books collections. When we needed a name for the new space, the names of Lee and his late wife and creative collaborator Joy came first to mind. Lee and Joy Pennington have devoted their lives to interdisciplinary discovery. The Lee and Joy Pennington Cultural Heritage Gallery will continue that legacy, inspiring – even provoking – discovery that leads to creativity and scholarship.
by James Procell, Music Library
One of the music library’s oldest and most unique collections, the Ricasoli Collection, is being fully digitized and made available through the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP). Containing more than 400 music manuscripts and early music prints belonging to the Florentine Ricasoli family, the materials in this collection range in date from 1720 to about 1850. Purchased by the School of Music in the mid-1980s under the guidance of former faculty member Robert Lamar Weaver, this collection represents one of the few Italian aristocratic family collections of music that has not been lost or dispersed due to wars, bankruptcies, or other tragedies. In addition to the numerous manuscripts, the collection also contains a great number of first edition publications, including works by Mozart and Beethoven that were published while these composers were still alive, as well as works by lesser-known Italian composers. Though the collection has been previously microfilmed and indexed in the online database Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), the collection has long remained protected from public view. Currently housed in the music library’s archive room, this historic collection is now being made available for the world to see. In addition, this collection is the subject of a 2012 book, edited by Susan Parisi, The Music Library of a Noble Florentine Family.
IMSLP is the largest and most well-known online public domain music score website. Similar to Wikipedia, IMSLP allows contributions from everyone around the world. Our music library is one of the first libraries to directly contribute materials to this online project, which currently contains more than 239,000 scores by 7,600 composers. See the collection’s page on the IMSLP website, which currently contains 253 pieces from the collection, and continues to grow weekly.
Title page for a harpsichord concerto by Giovanni Francesco Guiliani (ca. 1760-ca. 1820). This concerto is from 1784.
First page of a quartet by Ignace Joseph Pleyel (1757-1831). This manuscript is from circa 1790.
Cover page for a copyist’s manuscript of a sonata for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). This manuscript is from ca. 1803.
First page of a manuscript part, in Italian, from The Creation by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809.) A performance using these exact parts took place in Vienna on April 29, 1798.
by Kathie Johnson, Associate Professor
Kathie Johnson is an Associate Professor and the Curator of History Collections for Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.
As I mentioned in earlier blogs – “I love my job.” There are many reasons for this, but the one I will focus on today is the neat items I get to see and touch on a regular basis. There are too many to name in one short blog, so I will just highlight a few and share them with you.
Civil War amputation instruments: which actually look like instruments of torture, and for anyone who had a limb amputated at that time, they probably were just that. So they had a choice of torture or death. We have probably all seen movies or television shows about the Civil War and scenes in hospitals or doctors working on the wounded in the field. But we know deep down inside that they are actors and there is no actual amputation taking place. When one sees and handles the actual instruments and realizes how they were used, it hits home. It also makes me glad that I live in this time period, so much for the “good old days.”
Brochures from various medical practitioners and facilities, 1898-1905: these items are interesting and often humorous. They are usually postcards or flyers, sometimes ads pulled from publications, but they illustrate the wide variety of legitimate and sometimes quack institutions that abounded at the turn of the 20th century. Of particular interest is the artwork used – photography, etchings, drawings, and other graphics. With no other media other than print, the advertisers usually went all out creating what today are real works of art as well as historic papers.
The records, photographs, text books and ephemera from various nursing schools in Louisville: I do a lot of research on nurses and nursing, and these items always prove to have something of interest to me, whether it be the images of the young women in their uniforms, their grade sheets, the yearbooks, or personal items such as letters and diaries.
One of my favorite artifacts is a shadowbox, approximately 6” x 12” filled with items an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) had removed from patients in the course of his practice. Included are about 18 coins (pennies through a half-dollar), 15 safety pins (of varying sizes), 3 straight pins, 3 buttons, 2 dental bridges (1 with 4 teeth, 1 with 1), 3 nails or screws, a bullet casing, a ladies ring, a metal jack, many small pieces of bone, nuts, or grain, and 2 spoon handles. It always amazes me to look at it, and wonder how in the world someone could have ended up with a spoon handle stuck in an ear, nose or throat. Nothing my children or grandchildren have ever hidden in an orifice compares to that!
So as you can tell, I have good reason to enjoy coming to work every day and I really do love my job!
Kathie Johnson, Associate Professor
Archivist/Curator, History Collections
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
By Melissa Laning and the new faculty
Melissa Laning is an Associate Dean at the University of Louisville Libraries.
Sarah-Jane Poindexter joined the libraries’ faculty as Archivist for Manuscript Collections/Co-director of the Oral History Center on January 2, 2013. Prior to joining the University of Louisville Libraries, Sarah-Jane was Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society where she was responsible for arranging and describing document collections related to local history and assisting researchers with using the collections. Sarah-Jane has also held positions at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky, and Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, and internships at the Tufts University Digital Collections & Archives and the Boston Athenaeum. She holds a M.S. in Library and Information Science with an Archives Management Concentration from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Her B.A. in Anthropology is from the University of Louisville.
In her current position, Sarah-Jane preserves the cultural memory of UofL and the greater Louisville area by organizing, preserving, and providing access to items of enduring historic value. These archival items include letters, journals, photographs, oral histories, maps, and architectural drawings. She is planning an oral history project to document and preserve the history of Louisville’s LGBTQ community.
Before working in archives, Sarah-Jane was an archaeologist at the Public Archaeological Laboratory (Pawtucket, RI) and AMEC Earth & Environmental (Louisville, KY). She also served as a groundskeeper for Katherine Hepburn.
Heather Fox was appointed to the faculty on February 4, 2013 as Archivist for Digital Collections. Her prior professional experience includes serving as Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society, Project Archivist at the Kentucky Oral History Commission and at the Speed Art Museum, Archival Consultant at Appalshop, Inc., and Data Wrangler at UofL Archives and Records Center. In each of these positions, Heather was responsible for arranging and describing historical collections in all formats including a born digital collection of the August 2009 Louisville Flood. In most of these positions, Heather’s work focused on making collections accessible to a broader audience through web technologies. She holds a M.S. in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville.
Heather works with the Digital Initiatives Librarian to provide web-based access to digital versions of archival collections and faculty research. She is currently working on describing and adding images to the Caufield and Shook photograph collection which contains images of Louisville from 1875-1939. http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/cs/
Heather plays in a (mostly) girl garage rock band and co-hosts a weekly garage rock radio show on ArtXFm.com with UL photo curator Elizabeth Reilly.
Maurini Strub joined the libraries faculty on March 11, 2013. She previously served as a Reserves Specialist at the Oakland University Library in Rochester, MI and as an Adult Specialist at the Oxford (MI) Public Library. In addition, Maurini worked on a multi-institutional Sakai Interaction Design Project at the University of Michigan. Her M.S. in Information is from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in Biology is from Oakland University.
User Experience and Assessment are relatively new areas for libraries. As our User Experience Librarian, she will study our how users interact with library tools, spaces and services. The information she collects will help libraries make user-research based decisions and changes. Maurini will use qualitative and ethnographic assessment methods to measure the usability, desirability, adoptability, and value of library programs and services. As the Assessment librarian, she will plan, design, and implement initiatives to measure the effectiveness of the University Libraries in meeting its strategic goals. It is also her goal to promote the integration of assessment into all phases of planning and services.
Maurini is currently working on analyzing the qualitative responses from the 2012 Benchmark Survey. This survey was conducted to evaluate how the U of L community uses the library and understand more about their needs.
Maurini was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, where she travels regularly to visit family.
by Latisha Reynolds
Latisha Reynolds is the Humanities and Social Sciences Reference Librarian at Ekstrom Library.
The U of L Libraries provide access to eBooks in various formats, and on numerous topics for research or pleasure. These are books that can be downloaded electronically or digitally.
Most of the eBooks are available to U of L students, faculty, and staff but some are freely accessible to anyone. We have individual books that are found in the library catalogs, and collections of eBooks within databases as well. There are also popular fiction and non-fiction titles available on Kindles at both Ekstrom and Kornhauser libraries that can be checked out through the Kindle Loan Program.
Below are descriptions of a few featured eBook collections.
Electronic Thesis and Dissertations
“Since 2002 the University Libraries have been building a collection of digital copies of theses and dissertations authored here at the University of Louisville. This effort is in keeping with an international trend of institutions migrating to electronic theses and dissertations (known as ETDs) in order to provide free worldwide access to these titles and to enable graduate students to include digital media in their works. In 2009 the Libraries migrated the ETD collection to be part of the Libraries Digital Collections. This migration has allowed for full text searching and simultaneous searching of other electronic collections.” U of L Electronic Thesis and Dissertations: http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/etd/
Early English Books Online
“Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700….” Early English Books Online: http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home
Safari Technical Books Online
“Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing over 23,793 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online to academic and library users.” Safari Books Online: http://proquestcombo.safaribooksonline.com/?mode=MyBookshelf
Oxford Art Online
“Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today. Through a single, elegant gateway users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.” Oxford Art Online: http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/
Women and Social Movements in the United States
“Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights of women’s history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 110 document projects and archives with almost 4,200 documents and 56,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, news from the archives, and teaching tools.” WASM/Alexander Street Press- http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/wam2/wam2.index.map.aspx
Health Sciences eBooks
We also have many health sciences related eBooks; check out the eBook Health Sciences guide at: http://louisville.libguides.com/content.php?pid=279208&sid=2703658.
For more information on accessing eBooks check out the eBooks at U of L Libraries guide: http://louisville.libguides.com/content.php?pid=279208&sid=2299786. The eBooks collection is still growing, so check back often to find new titles!
by Kathie Johnson, Associate Professor
Kathie Johnson is an Associate Professor and the Curator of History Collections for Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.
As curator of the History Collections at Kornhauser Health Sciences Library I have a variety of duties, one of which is assisting researchers doing family history. Most of the research questions that I receive are genealogical in nature. Patrons want to verify that an ancestor attended and/or graduated from medical school in Louisville; or they have that information and want a copy of a diploma, a photograph, or information about medical education during that student’s time here.
Although the University of Louisville traces its roots to 1798, in reality it became an active and on-going educational institution in 1837, with the founding of the Louisville Medical Institute (LMI), which in 1846 became the Medical Department of the newly formed University of Louisville. By the end of the 19th century, Louisville had become a center of medical education with seven medical schools, but by the early 1900s, in response to pressure to improve medical education, four of the schools had been absorbed by the UofL Medical Department. Their alumni were officially listed as alumni of ULMD, and any records that still remained from the schools went to the combined ULMD and Jefferson County Medical Society Library, which is now the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library. The other two schools were closed by 1912.
One of the tools I have available to track alumni is a database that includes most of the medical students who attended LMI/UofL or the schools that were absorbed by UofL from 1837-1908. This database is also available on-line from the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library web page. While it is a simple matter to search this list for an individual name, there can be some challenges involved. Many of these names were transcribed from hand-written ledger books, some with almost illegible handwriting, and the spelling of names sometimes varies. Many of the students are listed with initials only, so common sir names may prove to be troublesome. Second, this list is massive, containing over 30,000 names, so as with any project this magnitude, a few names got omitted. An entry in the database only indicates attendance, not graduation, so follow-up in school records is needed.
All inquiries are written up on an “Information Request Form.” When the work is done, one copy is saved for tallying statistics, while a second is filed alphabetically by the name of the subject of the inquiry. If the research has already been done for a particular individual, that sheet may answer the entire question, thus this is the next step in my search. We also maintain extensive biographical reference files as part of the History Collections and a quick check there for a name is part of the process. These files may contain photographs, articles by or about a person, obituaries, CVs, and lists of publications among other things.
My search in not over after checking the above sources. Some very helpful tools are the various kinds of medical directories we have on hand. For doctors who could have died before 1929, I check the Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929, which contains short biographical entries on most 19th century doctors. Next I go to the national medical directories, which in our collections date from 1878, and were published regularly from 1886 to the present. Entries may include location of practice, school and year of graduation, specialty, and occasionally additional details. Having over a century’s run of directories helps in tracking these individuals. If the database listing or any directory entries indicates that the person in question graduated from one of the Louisville medical schools, I can then check the school’s catalog.
Throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th, the catalogs listed not only the history of the school, the curriculum, the faculty, and the fees; it included the listing of the previous year’s students and graduates. The earliest ones also list the name of the students’ preceptor (or sponsor), their thesis titles, and their home state, or some combination of those three items. We hold a fairly complete run of catalogs for UofL and the schools absorbed by UofL along with some official alumni lists compiled periodically.
Many people also want to know about the courses offered in medical school, the length of the program, and other such information, which can easily be provided. The 19th and some of the 20th century catalogs are digitized and available in our Digital Collections, http://digital.library.louisville.edu/collections/kornhauser/ . There one can learn that well into the 20th century a college degree was not required for admission to medical school, or that for most of the 19th century, medical training only consisted of two four-month sessions.
We also house a collection of ledger books from the various schools, dating to 1880 for some, and beginning in 1908 for UofL. These may provide very little information or may include home addresses, names of preceptors, previous education, and even grades. It is a thrill to find a person’s name in a ledger, in 19th century script, especially if detailed information is also included.
If the person in question practiced in Kentucky prior to 1940 another source is the WPA files. One project of the Works Progress Administration during The New Deal in the late 1930s was the employment of writers to document the history of certain aspects of life and then produce a published work with this research. One of the Kentucky projects was to document the history of medicine. Writers traveled the state transcribing newspaper articles, obituaries and other written documents. This was all combined and indexed for easy searching.
Each time I receive an inquiry, it is a puzzle, a scavenger hunt, and a lot of fun. On top of that, I get paid to do this, making it even better. As mentioned in an earlier blog – I love my job!!!
by Andrew Clark
Andrew Clark is currently pursuing his master’s in Public History. For the past year, Mr. Clark has been processing the Lilialyce Akers Papers.
The Lilialyce Akers Papers, located at the University of Louisville’s Archives and Special Collections, are the record of a life well-spent in the service of humanity. Dr. Akers was an academic, a human rights activist, and an advocate for women’s rights on a local, state, national and international stage. Her papers serve as an important addition to the historical narrative of Louisville, Kentucky, as well as to the nation in the last half of the twentieth century.
The collection material spans from Akers’ undergraduate schooling at Wheaton College in the late 1930’s through her service in the American Red Cross during World War II, her graduate and doctoral work in Sociology at the University of Kentucky in the 1950’s, teaching positions at Midway Junior College, Morehead State College, Kentucky Southern College and the University of Louisville, ending with her death in 2008. The collection reflects the wide range of interests and activities that informed her life.
She was a committed educator whose career was spent at five colleges and universities in fifty plus years in academia. Her interests and activities varied widely throughout her life but the constant theme is that of an engaged and committed social justice activist, primarily concerned with feminist issues.
The papers were donated in two separate segments. The first was donated and processed in 2006, while Dr. Akers was still alive. This initial donation consisted of professional and personal papers and ephemera from her work with women’s issues. The primary focus of this portion of the papers was concentrated on her efforts to help pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and early 1980s, as well as her work with local political organizations. The remainder of the collection was received by the archives after her death in 2008 and contained the additional personal papers as well as those of her husband Dr. Dee Ashley Akers.
By Tom Owen, Archives & Special Collections
Reprinted with permission by The Owl
I got to know Blaine Hudson well in the late 1970s when he was a PhD student doing research at the University Archives in our collections related to the history of the Louisville Municipal College, 1931-1951, an undergraduate college for Blacks run by UofL. (In 1981, he finished his dissertation at the University of Kentucky on the closing of that college.) As a researcher, Blaine was friendly, focused and determined.
In fact, our paths had unknowingly crisscrossed at UofL a decade earlier when I was an MA grad student and later full-time Instructor in the History Department and Blaine was an undergraduate activist organizing protests with the Black Student Union. I am confident I followed him, as he and other Black protestors in 1969 occupied University President Woodrow Strickler’s office, calling for the recognition of the African American experience in the University curriculum. The next year Blaine and I ALMOST passed one another in the hallway of the brand new Office of Black Affairs; he was a tutor there in the Spring of 1970, and just months later I began teaching a course in Black History through that same office.
Years later, after Blaine joined the faculty in the Pan-African Studies Department in 1992, he came back to the University Archives to do research on his book, Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in the Kentucky Borderland, and more recently Two Centuries of Black Louisville, which he co-authored with Ken Clay and Merv Aubespin. Over the same decades, when I was paired on the same local history program with Dr. Hudson, I always learned new facts, but even more importantly came to view the topic from his fresh perspective. Without histrionics, his manner effused scholarship, directness, and a love for his community and the university. Blaine Hudson believed that THE TRUTH truly would set you free!
The past several years I served on the UofL College of Arts and Science’s Hall of Fame award selection committee, where I watched Dean Hudson (our chair) navigate disagreements, nudge us toward consensus, and sometimes steer us where he wanted to go without the appearance of a heavy hand. His low-key manner, slow speech, and melliferous voice kept anyone from hunkering down on a position early in the deliberations.
My most cherished memory of Blaine Hudson occurred just last May when the UofL Alumni Office paired the two of us on a Sunday afternoon historical boat tour on the Ohio River. As we cruised along from Harrods Creek down to the basin in front of downtown and back, we seasoned Louisville natives and local historians without notes or rehearsal talked of the river and its banks from our unique perspectives. While there isn’t a “white” history and a “black” history, it became clear that OUR Ohio River history was much richer because the narrators were shaped by our different racial experience. The tour I believe is a classic example where one plus one equaled much more than TWO! Eight months ago, if I had known that Blaine Hudson would be gone by January, I would have insisted that our Ohio River history “rap” be preserved on tape!
J. Blaine Hudson’s contributions to our university, community and scholarly guild are multi-layered and enduring. He was a hard-nosed communicator of sometimes uncomfortable history truths, a skilled administrator, a poet, a careful researcher, and always an activist conspiring to make sure we never overlooked the story of the African Diaspora. While I was in no way his close friend, I’m privileged and blessed to have crossed paths with him for almost forty-five years.
One of my favorite activities when I’m sitting at the reference desk waiting for a student to ask me a question is to explore new books. Sometimes we’ll have a cart full of new reference books waiting to go; other times I’ll use the catalog’s “new items” section to search for newly received books or videos. One fairly new release is The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book: Singin’, Praisin’, Raisin’. [Ekstrom Library 3rd floor book stacks F106 .F695 2011]
This anniversary book is part of the Foxfire series which started out as a student writing exercise by a new teacher in a Georgia school. He asked his students what they could do to make learning English interesting. They decided to start a magazine in which they would write articles based on community interviews. In addition to capturing their interest the assignment captured aspects of a disappearing culture – from dressing hogs to making quilts. Many of the magazine’s articles were later published as books. While we don’t have the whole series we do have a number of the books, including:
- The Foxfire book: hog dressing, log cabin building, mountain crafts and foods, planting by the signs, snake lore, hunting tales, faith healing, moonshining, and other affairs of plain living
- Foxfire 2: ghost stories, spring wild plant foods, spinning and weaving, midwifing, burial customs, corn shuckin’s, wagon making and more affairs of plain living
- Foxfire 3: animal care, banjos and dulcimers, hide tanning, summer and fall wild plant foods, butter churns, ginseng, and still more affairs of plain living
- Foxfire 4: fiddle making, springhouses, horse trading, sassafras tea, berry buckets, gardening, and further affairs of plain living
- Foxfire 7: Ministers, church members, revivals, baptisms, shaped-note and gospel singing, faith healing, camp meetings, footwashing, snake handling, and other traditions of mountain religious heritage
- Foxfire 9: general stores, the Jud Nelson wagon, a praying rock, a Catawban Indian potter, haint tales, quilting, home cures, and the log cabin revisited
- Foxfire 10: railroad lore, boardinghouses, Depression-era Appalachia, chair making, whirligigs, snake canes, and gourd art
Besides being a great way to learn about Appalachian culture, the books have been praised as instructional tomes on all kinds of skills from fiddle making to horse trading.
 The Foxfire Fund, “Foxfire Magazine” http://www.foxfire.org/magazine.html. [Accessed January 29, 2013.]