Bibliophile Spring 2011
Bibliophile is published in print and online semi-annually by the University of Kansas Libraries for alumni, friends and benefactors. Printing is paid for with private contributions.
Spring 2011 A University of Kansas Libraries publication for friends and benefactors Distinguished Professor Emerita Marilyn Stokstad gives $250,000 to KU Libraries By Dylan DerryBerry MaJOr GIFTS a generous gift from a retired University of Kansas faculty member and noted art history scholar will leave a major mark on the University of Kansas libraries this year. Dr. Marilyn Stokstad, Judith Harris Murphy distinguished professor emerita of art history, has given $250,000 to KU libraries to create a new interior reception space and remodel the reading room at Kenneth Spencer research library. The renovated space, to be named the Marilyn Stokstad reading room, will be more open, inviting and visible--key qualities at Spencer, where researchers spend most of their time in the reading room because the collections do not circulate and are preserved in closed stacks. "Study of Marilyn Stokstad," 2008, by Cody McLouth. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Murphy Art & Architecture Library. "as a world-renowned author and researcher in her own right, Dr. Stokstad clearly understands the importance of Spencer research library not only for faculty and researchers on campus, but throughout the world," said lorraine Haricombe, dean of KU libraries. "I am so pleased that Marilyn has chosen to support this effort, which will have such a positive impact on scholarly research. This (COnTInUeD On InSIDe FlaP) John Tibbetts brings Hollywood insider interviews to KU ScholarWorks By SArAh KAnning From richard attenborough ("a Chorus line") to ed Zwick ("Glory"), in the course of the past 30 years, University of Kansas film professor, entertainment reporter and music scholar John C. Tibbetts has interviewed an incredible range and variety of directors, actors, writers and major Hollywood players and musicians. now, with the help of KU libraries and the KU ScholarWorks digital repository, more than 250 of those full-length video interviews will be available and freely accessible to teachers, students, scholars and film fans in "Over the rainbow: The John C. Tibbetts archive of Conversations in the arts and Humanities (1980 � Present)." as an entertainment correspondent for CBS television and several radio networks, Tibbetts spoke with Oprah Winfrey at the debut of "The Color Purple," her first film role. He interviewed both Haing S. ngor, the Cambodian physicianturned-actor who starred in the film "The Killing Fields," and Dith Pran, the journalist Ngor portrayed in the film. Out of the 10 minutes or more of each interview that Tibbetts typically recorded, only 15 or 20 seconds might actually make the broadcast. But in the unseen footage, (COnTInUeD On InSIDe leFT PaGe) In THIS ISSUe: � Tibbetts donates silver screen memorabilia � Gift of Latin American collection adds rare materials to KU libraries' international holdings � Adopt-a-Journal program � Stuart Roberts named first Sanders Library Scholar Distinguished Professor Emerita Marilyn Stokstad gives $250,000 (COnTInUeD to KU Libraries FrOM FrOnT PaGe) project will be a fitting tribute to her support and her contributions to KU as a scholar and teacher." Spencer research library has been dedicated to the preservation of the extensive collections of books, manuscripts, photos and other items since its opening in 1968. Stokstad hopes that her contribution to KU libraries will encourage students and researchers to explore the collections that deepen our understanding of the vast histories of the world. "...Dr. Stokstad clearly understands the importance of the Spencer Research Library not only for faculty and researchers on campus, but throughout - Lorraine J. Haricombe the world." "Both the Spencer Museum of art and the Kenneth Spencer research library have always felt like home to me," said Stokstad. "as a medievalist-art historian, you need both a museum and library in which to do your work. at KU, we are fortunate to have world-class institutions in both cases." Stokstad, a member of the KU libraries Board of advocates, has been a longtime supporter and advocate for KU libraries, with deep ties to both Spencer research library and Murphy art & architecture library. She previously established a generous endowment to support the art history collections at KU libraries. The Stokstad reading room project will include an enclosed consultation/teaching space for small groups Conceptual renderings of the reception desk (above) and entrance (right) to the planned Marilyn Stokstad Reading Room at Spencer Research Library. within the reading room, a new central service point to make using the collections easier for visitors, and a new interior entryway. Infrastructure improvements include more power outlets and upgraded wiring, essential to 21st century researchers, and new flooring. Construction is slated for summer 2011, with completion anticipated by the start of the fall semester. "I am thrilled that Dr. Stokstad has chosen to support Spencer library," said Beth Whittaker, head of Spencer. "I hope this renovation will be the first of several major improvements to the building, retaining its historic character while allowing us to transform the way researchers, students and the public experience our outstanding collections." Dr. Stokstad has been a generous donor to KU throughout her career. In addition to the libraries, she has supported the Spencer Museum of art, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the College of liberal arts and Sciences and the lied Center of Kansas. Made possible through a gift from Helen F. Spencer in honor of her late husband, Kenneth Spencer research library and its staff are dedicated to the preservation of diverse collections ranging from Kansas historical records to national political documents. The gift will be managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fundmanagement organization for KU. For more information on Spencer research library please visit: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu. v THanK yOU TO OUr VOSPer SOCIeTy MeMBerS We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported us in the past year by joining the Vosper Society, and we'd like to thank them all by name! Visit www.lib.ku.edu/vosper/ members to see the complete list from 2010. We'd also like to encourage you to join or renew your annual membership now for 2011. You can make a gift online at www.lib.ku.edu/vosper or complete and return the pledge card (inside). Supporting KU Libraries helps strengthen the University of Kansas in a unique and powerful way, by helping us maintain and enhance the intellectual heart of campus in the form of innovative projects, world-class collections and excellent service to students, faculty and researchers from Kansas and beyond. Tibbetts donates silver screen memorabilia By DyLAn SAnDS a seldom seen side of the silver screen has come to KU libraries thanks to a gift from a KU faculty member. John Tibbetts, associate professor of film studies, has given Kenneth Spencer research library his collection of rare promotional materials for films from the late 70's through 2000. Tibbetts worked as a journalist for CBS from 1981 to 2002 and received the materials in press kits from Hollywood studios for many years. The collection includes 875 press kits that were produced by major studios such as MGM, Warner Bros., Walt Disney, 20 th Century Fox, Sony Classics, Universal and Paramount. "During the course of conducting audio and video interviews with film industry actors, directors, and personnel during my years as a television and radio journalist, I was the recipient of hundreds of press books released by the studios," Tibbetts said. "In hindsight, they are valuable historic artifacts, time capsules, as it were, of a period in Hollywood when great care was taken in the production and imaginative formatting of these materials." Sherry Williams, curator of collections at Spencer research library, said the gift would make an excellent addition to Special Collections. "This collection really is a unique, tangible look at another era," Williams said. "These types of promotional materials have fallen by the wayside since the internet took over." The collection features posters, movie stills and biographies of the people involved in the production, as well as production photos and head-shots of actors. Brian Faucette, a graduate student in the film studies department at KU, said the collection would prove to be invaluable for researchers. "This type of information will be of use to scholars who are trying to locate information about where certain films are shot, and how the look of a particular film was designed in conjunction with the needs of the studio and the desires of those involved in the production," Faucette said. v Bibliophile is published in print and online semi-annually by the University of Kansas Libraries for alumni, friends and benefactors. Printing is paid for with private contributions. John Tibbetts brings Hollywood insider interviews to (COnTInUeD KU ScholarWorks FrOM FrOnT PaGe) Tibbetts often dug deeper--and his subjects responded, revealing tips and strategies about cinematography, acting and other film industry topics. "I said to richard Donner (director of the "lethal Weapon" and "Superman" movies), `let's talk about how you plan a second unit car chase,'" Tibbetts said. He asked Donner and others for strategies they would offer to film students, using those interviews to illustrate aspects of film theory and criticism in his film courses at KU. Tibbetts unearthed a few hidden gems along the way. "When the first Batman movie came out, I realized nobody had interviewed Bob Kane, who originated and drew the first Batman comic back in 1939," he said. Tibbetts got the interview. "Sometimes you don't know what use you'll make of it," Tibbetts said, "but I took the opportunity." "John's collection of interviews is not only a lively and useful audiovisual archive of information; it is also an important collection of research data from the humanities." - Deb Ludwig Tibbetts not only took the opportunity to get the interviews, he also took the initiative to preserve them. "I knew it was important to preserve those interviews, because tape will deteriorate," he said. "So I began the process of transferring them to CDs and DVDs, with the help of larry Johnson, a recording engineer in Kansas City." "When I found out KU libraries were doing these kinds of projects, I approached Deb" [ludwig, assistant dean of Actor Tom Hanks with John Tibbetts Dean of Libraries - lorraine j. haricombe | Editor - Rebecca Smith Content - Sarah Kanning and Dylan Derryberry Design and production - Courtney Foat and Claire Dooley Garrison's role was to help organize the interviews, adding title cards to the videos and building catalog records to ensure they could be easily searched and discovered within KU ScholarWorks. Tibbetts is still a very active scholar and interviewer. In 2010, he and coauthor James Welsh edited and published three volumes of features, profiles and interviews from "`American Classic Screen," a magazine Tibbetts edited. The covers feature paintings by Tibbetts of Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Paul Newman. Tibbetts' book of interviews with science fiction authors, "The Gothic Imagination," is forthcoming in fall 2011 from Palgrave Macmillan. He has also published extensively on the topic of 19th century composer robert Schumann. John Tibbetts collections and head of the Center for Digital Scholarship at KU libraries], Tibbetts said. "She was instantly enthusiastic, and for me, making these interviews available in this way seemed useful to other scholars and students." ludwig said of the project, "Often, when we in universities think about research data, we think about columns and rows of data in structured data sets. John's collection of interviews is not only a lively and useful audiovisual archive of information; it is also an important collection of research data from the humanities. I'm delighted to see it available and preserved to benefit future students of the humanities." Tibbetts worked with Wade Garrison at KU libraries' Center for Digital Scholarship to make the project a reality. More than 100 of the Tibbett's interviews have already been added to "Over the rainbow: The John C. Tibbetts archive of Conversations in the arts and Humanities," with more to come this spring. See them now at http://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/ dspace/handle/1808/6581. v LOOKing BAcK: OUr annUal rePOrT 2010 You may have already received our 2009-10 Annual Report in November. If you missed it, visit www.lib.ku.edu/ pressroom/annualreport to view it online, or request a print copy by sending your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. P.O. Box 928 Lawrence, KS 66044-0928 1-800-444-4201 www.kuendowment.org Giving Options Please make check payable to: KU endowment Check the appropriate credit card: q Visa q mastercard q Discover q American express Gift Information i/We would like to make a gift of : $______ in support of KU Libraries Gift is from: Name(s) as they should appear on receipt 100 percent of your gift will be used to benefit the area of your choice at the University of Kansas. Credit Card # _________________________________ exp. 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Jana Krentz, Ibero-american bibliographer and head of KU libraries' international area studies program, said Woodyard's experience and dedication to scholarship helped him amass his vast collection. "KU libraries is home to a world-class latin american collection, thanks in no small part George's contributions," said Krentz. "arguably, it is the collection's strong theater component that brings such international preeminence to this library. Contributions from the latin american Theatre review, of which George served as editor for 40 years, as well as the generous and recent contribution of the Woodyard collection, continue to build the remarkable holdings within latin american literature at KU." The gift includes rare books on theater criticism as well as many plays. Stuart Day, chair of the Spanish and Portuguese department at KU, said students would use the collection not only at the graduate level to do advanced research but also at the undergraduate level, where many of the plays and critical studies are used by those who teach theater. "It's a beautiful collection, in part because it represents everything from transformative street theater to the most erudite studies by theater critics the world over," said Day. "For me, this is the crown jewel on a library that is exceptional in terms of its collection of books from latin america and Spain. To add the most complete private collection of latin american theater is a dream come true, though I'm not a bit surprised that George would make this generous gift." Woodyard joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 1966. In 1989, he was named KU's first dean of international studies. He founded the latin american Theatre review in 1967, a journal published by KU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese that was digitized and made freely available online by KU libraries in 2009. He joined the KU libraries Board of advocates in 2009 and served until his death in november 2010. v New Adopt-a-Journal program By SArAh KAnning Eleanor and George Woodyard. Photo by Dylan Sands. an imaginative gift from Kirk McClure, a former student employee, and his wife Jeannie has sparked a new giving opportunity at KU libraries. The couple's gift covers subscription costs for the awardwinning "World Shakespeare Bibliography Online," an electronic resource published by the Shakespeare Quarterly, which is the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and 2011. The McClure's gift inspired the new adopt-a-Journal program (www.lib.ku.edu/giving/journals), which gives friends and fans of KU libraries the chance to support scholarship at KU by underwriting the costs of journal subscriptions. Kirk McClure, a professor of urban planning at KU, had this to say about the couple's joint gift: My wife, Jeannie, and I are both KU graduates. I worked my way through college as an hourly employee with the Circulation Department at Watson Library. It seemed like a natural job for me; my father was a printer and bookbinder. Jeannie was an English major with the normal affection for books and libraries found in all English majors. This makes the libraries at KU near and dear to our hearts. Jeannie has a love of Shakespeare, which she passed on to our daughter. As part of a grade school independent education project, our daughter completed a study of many of Shakespeare's plays, which we, as a family, read aloud, each taking different roles. This project led to a family visit to England to see the Royal Shakespeare Company. The study and the trip created many lasting memories. It seems only appropriate that our family help KU Libraries by adopting a Shakespeare journal. Interested in learning more or making a contribution? Visit www.lib.ku.edu/giving/journals for a prioritized list of subscription opportunities and estimated costs. v Stuart Roberts named first Sanders Library Scholar By reBeccA Smith KU student Stuart roberts is the inaugural recipient of a new scholarship designed to give students a glimpse into the world of librarianship. The Sanders library Scholars Fund was established by former library dean, Bill Crowe, and by his late wife, nancy Sanders, in memory of nancy's parents, r.W. and Dorothy J. Sanders. The fund provides graduate or undergraduate scholarships for students on the lawrence campus who are working with a librarian mentor in the KU libraries. "It is a great honor," said roberts. "I feel fortunate to be awarded this generous support which has been made possible by gifts from Bill Crowe and nancy Sanders and many others. It is an exciting opportunity to work with and learn from my mentor, Beth Whittaker; I have learned a great deal about librarianship and the process of editing and publishing a scholarly journal in the field." Crowe said the fund would serve to give students of all backgrounds and interests firsthand experience in the field of librarianship. Stuart Roberts. Photo by Claire Dooley. "There are often a lot of misconceptions as to what librarianship entails," said Crowe. "This scholarship is meant to expose selected students to some of the interesting roles of librarians, including many that take place behind the scenes." roberts, a native of lawrence, is pursuing an undergraduate degree in english and classics. The scholarship helps to support roberts in a student assistant position; he is working as editorial assistant to Beth Whittaker, head of the Kenneth Spencer research library. Whittaker is the is editor of rBM: a Journal of rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. The announcement came in October 2010, during a celebration of Bill Crowe's career on the occasion of his retirement from KU. Contributions may be made to the Sanders library Scholars Fund in care of KU endowment. v "This scholarship is meant to expose selected students to some of the interesting roles of librarians, including many that take place behind the scenes." - Bill Crowe MarK yOUr CalenDarS: ApriL 14 ApriL 18 ApriL 21 ApriL 29 Snyder Book Collecting Contest Film screening of "To Kill a Mockingbird" "at Home in Shakespeare's Tragedies" Presentation and reception with Professor Geraldo de Sousa Reception and film screening of "William S. Burroughs: a Man Within" Can'T GeT enOUGH OF BIBlIOPHIle? 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