Month: February 2008

The Archives is awarded an IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Lawrence Archives will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books, DVDs, and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding of the nation’s museums and libraries. IMLS and its cooperator, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), will award a total of 2,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf by the end of 2008.

The Lawrence Archives is among the first to receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for care of its collections. The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries’ special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

Honorary degree citations of emeriti faculty now on the Archives website

Citations read at Commencement for retiring faculty receiving the honorary degree Master of Arts ad eundem are now on the Archives website at the link below.

The citations cover the 1978-2007 Commencement ceremonies. Citations for the Excellence in Teaching and Young Teacher awards also given at Commencement will soon be available on the website.

Current Exhibits

Winter Traditions at Lawrence

This exhibit on display on the first floor of the library covers traditions of the winter season. Photographs, programs of the Winter Carnival, and newspaper articles are included. The important art of snow sculpting and the tradition of sledding down Union Hill and not going into the Fox River (a tradition still practiced today) are documented. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Winter Carnival.

The exhibit will be up through the end of February.

Current Exhibits

The Annual Great Midwest Trivia Contest

This exhibit on display in Riverview Lounge in Memorial Union documents the history of the 42 year-old trivia contest and includes photographs, letters, shirts, and questions from previous contests. A look at how the trivia contest made it to the Wall Drug Store in South Dakota is also included. The 2008 trivia contest was held from January 25-27.

A digital collection featuring items from past contests is located on the Archives website at the link below.

The exhibit will be up through February.