The University of Michigan Library Report 2009
Progress Toward Long-Term Goals The Libraryâ€™s mission is to support scholarship at one of the worldâ€™s great research universities. We accomplish this by providing excellent services and robust access to superb collections. The recent incorporation of the University of Michigan Press and the Digital Media Commons (DMC) into the Library enhances our ability to achieve that mission. The Press is vital to our efforts to reshape scholarly communication in ways that benefit scholarly communities everywhere, as well as the general public. The Digital Media Commons enables us to develop and deploy innovative technologies for teaching and learning. While these two units strengthen our ability to meet our goals, they also bring added financial risk. With the Press and the DMC, as with all our resources, we strive to achieve our goals efficiently; by managing wisely, we make it possible to do more.
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Collection Development The Library continues to build distinguished collections in areas of traditional campus strength while also remaining responsive to newer academic programs and emerging areas of interdisciplinary interest. We seek opportunities to acquire digital resources wherever possible, continuing to fund online access in part by reducing our acquisition of print copies. Over the last year we moved aggressively towards online access to East Asian periodicals and English language ebooks from several major publishers. Electronic resources remain more expensive to acquire than their print counterparts, and are sometimes sold in bundles that offer less flexible budget management. We strive to maintain the strength of the print collections, particularly those from regions of the world where publishing remains more traditional. We are streamlining and enhancing access to the collections with our popular document delivery services, though one financial source for these services is drying up, putting extra strain on the General Fund. We continue to realize savings from vendor consolidation, collaborative purchasing programs, and other means. We actively pursue strategic withdrawal of print materials that are no longer needed.
University of Michigan Press and Digital Media Commons Integration A major undertaking last year was the integration of the University of Michigan Press and the Digital Media Commons into the Library. The Press, which is now a division of MPublishing, solidifies the Library’s commitment to advancing the dissemination of scholarship. The integration of the DMC into the Library, which was recommended by the report of the Provost’s Special Committee on Institutional Innovation in Collaborative Technologies for Learning—known as the “Mendez Report”—has already yielded many of the predicted efficiencies and new opportunities for collaboration. However, the report also found that “the Digital Media Commons has lacked the resources with which to disseminate innovation and provide large-scale support for campus-wide implementation of innovative learning technologies incubated in its programs.” In other words, the DMC needs greater financial support to fully realize its potential. Its existing resources are either fully committed to CTools—an advanced web-based course and collaboration environment—or, courtesy of one-time funds from the Provost’s office, to MPortfolio—a project that seeks to identify and facilitate student integrative learning and portfolio needs.
Access and Services New website and catalog launch. After reviewing a number of commercial and open source options for an interface to Mirlyn that incorporates advances in searching for and presenting results, we selected and implemented the open source VuFind software, significantly improving functionality and saving money. We also launched a new version of the Libraryâ€™s website, again built on open source software, after two years of development and a four-month beta test. The response inside and outside the University has been overwhelmingly positive, with one technology analyst praising the site for the way it connects users with the library information they seek, and â€œabstract[s] the user experience away from the underlying database and service boundaries it is managing.â€? Expanded access to reprints. In fall 2009 the Library expanded its successful print-on-demand program to include the majority of public domain texts scanned by Google. Almost 500,000 volumes from the Library collection can be purchased from a variety of distributors, including the Library via the Espresso Book Machine.
Instruction and Research Support Instruction initiatives. As more information becomes available electronically, and teaching and learning encompass spaces beyond the traditional classroom, the Library is expanding both our instructional services and the contexts in which we provide them. By reallocating resources, we have been able to create new positions—Director of User Education Initiatives, a Learning Communities Librarian, and Learning Librarians—to develop a more comprehensive approach to instruction. We have also created instruction teams to realign our instruction program priorities, and partnered with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and other groups to explore new ways to integrate technology into instruction, and to share our expertise in developing and delivering instructional services with the broader campus community. “Digital Research: Critical Concepts & Strategies,” our for-credit course with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), is in its fourth year, and enrollment continues to rise. CTools. The Library is leading a multi-institutional design process to integrate library resources with Sakai 3—an enterprise teaching, learning and academic collaboration platform—to enable faculty and students to incorporate electronic scholarly content in their courses. In addition, the Library continues to expand the CTools suite of services. For example, now users can embed the Ask a Librarian virtual reference service in course sites, and more than 400 courses are using this tool to provide students with realtime research assistance from a reference librarian. Shift to virtual services. We are moving services online and expanding the ways we offer support and resources to our users in a digital environment. This shift from location-based services allows us to repurpose our physical spaces for more pressing needs, and has also yielded a nearly 50% increase in Ask a Librarian usage, now at 1,000 questions per month. Textbooks. In the past year, the Library began an effort to address the burden imposed upon our students by the rising cost of textbooks. This effort includes research into faculty behavior in selecting textbooks, work with faculty to produce open textbooks, analysis of textbook selection data, and the creation of a textbook information and initiatives Web resource. We intend to extend these efforts in the coming year; but while this commitment of resources may save our students collectively many hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, it generates no direct savings for the Library. Without financial assistance, we will not be able to sustain this initiative.
Changing the Landscape of Digital Libraries Nationally and Internationally HathiTrust. The Library has built a broad partnership to support a digital archive of published content. HathiTrust, our shared digital repository, added millions of volumes and one major research library partner (Columbia University) in the last year. In all, 26 partner libraries have contributed more than five million volumes thus far. We will soon add hundreds of thousands of books digitized by the Internet Archive. By the end of 2010, the collection will have grown to eight million volumes. We hope to use HathiTrust as a mechanism to develop a shared print storage strategy, and we expect that HathiTrust will soon be one of the first certified preservation repositories. This year we also launched a fulltext search mechanism for the billions of pages in the collection. HathiTrust is now broadly relied upon by national and international library communities (See Appendix D). In two years, HathiTrust has evolved from an experiment to a necessary piece of the academy’s infrastructure. If launching this operation were the only innovation that we had accomplished in the last two years, we would count that as success. Copyright Review Management System. With funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Studies, the Library continues to lead a national effort to make reliable copyright determinations for US works published between 1923 and 1963. Our work has identified tens of thousands of public domain books from this period, and they are all now publicly available. Several other institutions are contributing staff to this effort as of June 2010. We also hope to expand the project to non-US works and to securing permissions for works that are in copyright. Google. Our work with Google to digitize the Library’s collections continues. Each year we work through new and unforeseen problems; recently our attention has turned to refining quality metrics and improving bibliographic reliability in Google’s processes. Digitized materials from the University of Michigan Library now represent more than 35% of all of the content in Google Book Search, which has content from more than thirty libraries and countless publishers. We cannot understate the amount of work that went into defining the terms of the controversial proposed settlement between Google and authors and publishers. Although our influence was limited, we succeeded in creating pricing controls, in securing a freer public domain, and in making many of these works available to our campus and the world. In exchange for the substantial contributions the University of Michigan has made, the campus will have access to this body of content at no cost for 25 years. There is no question that Google thinks of the University of Michigan as its best partner, and this fact is critically important in our ongoing relations.
“…materials from the University of Michigan Library now represent more than 35% of all the content in Google Book Search…”
Facilities and Facilities Planning Library Gallery and Author Series. The Library Gallery has become a vibrant center for cultural events and exhibits that serve the University and the broader community. Of particular note is our ongoing Author’s Forum series, a collaboration between the University Library and several local organizations that highlights local authors of current works. Using $150,000 raised from donors, we installed a secure permanent space in the new Audubon Room to showcase precious items from our special collections. Repurposing space. We continue to repurpose Library space to meet new needs for research, study, and learning by means of careful planning and the creative use of funds from a variety of sources. This year’s examples include the Asia Library remodeling, which will provide dramatically improved research space along with group study and instructional capability; the Shapiro Science Library’s redesigned reference and reading area, which brings together consultation services, new books and journals, and collaborative study space; and the new screening room in Shapiro, which offers group viewing space for visual media from the rich collections of the Askwith Media Library and other sources. In addition, the closing of the Social Work Library and the significant downsizing of the Public Health Library are emblematic of the Library’s ongoing collaboration with faculty and administrators to provide outstanding access to collections while helping meet the University’s need for space. Staff that were assigned to those physical collections are now focusing on document delivery and new discovery tools, and on support services for users in the Web environment, which are essential for maintaining service levels with fewer physical locations. Grants and contracts. Current grants and contracts amount to more than $4 million. Among the exciting current projects are: Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan for CLIR; UM Support to the Sakai Community Extension from the Sakai Foundation; Korean Collections at Asia Library II from the Korea Foundation; Improving Search and Discovery of Digital Resources Using Topic Modeling (subcontract to Yale University from IMLS); Copyright Review Management System from IMLS; and A Feasibility Study for a National Science Foundation Open-Access Publication Repository from the NSF.
Better use of space • Withdrew more than 71,000 volumes, freeing the equivalent of 30% of one floor of Hatcher South, space we can use for more frequently used publications and new public services. • Using donated funds, created the Audubon Room in the Library Gallery with secure permanent display space to showcase precious items from our Special Collections. • In the Shapiro Library, built a 40-seat Screening Room to support course-related screenings and show student-produced films, and made space for several multimedia study rooms. • Completed a redesign of the Asia Library to better meet the needs of students and faculty. • Redesigned reference and reading area in the Shapiro Science Library to bring consultation and help services. and new books and journals, into visible and highly functional user space.
Sustainability This has been an important year for sustainable practices at the University of Michigan Library. We have worked closely with other campus units and initiatives on these efforts, and have made particular strides in curbing energy use from computers and other electronic technology. We have taken the following steps, internally and with external sources, to lessen the environmental impact of our operations:
• Created a cross-unit Green Library Team, charged with promoting, encouraging, and facilitating more sustainable practices at the U-M Library. The Hatcher, Shapiro, Duderstadt, and Taubman buildings are all Planet Blue buildings that now have motion-sensor lights, water-saving devices (toilets and faucets), and better HVAC. •For the second year, bought Energy Star equipment whenever possible.
• Relocated computer servers to Universitydesignated server-space and continued effort to consolidate servers where possible.
• Closed Hatcher Library building entirely between Christmas and New Year’s Day without material service reduction.
• Replaced old copiers, faxes, scanners, printers with new multi-function devices where possible.
• Used 100% recycled-content for the approximately 25,000 inclement weather bags distributed annually; this effort was paid for with assistance from Planet Blue.
• Hosted battery and ink-jet recycling for all-campus use. • 100% recycled paper in copiers/printers.
• Implemented power-save settings to turn off monitors and hard-drives after 15-minutes of non-use on all staff and public computers (about 1,000 total). • Partnered with U-M Recycle to recycle all packaging from computer equipment; we also recycle all Library staff media—CDs, floppy discs, video tapes, etc. • Continued replacement of individual printers with shared network devices.
• Continued active participation in several University-wide Climate Savers teams. • Hosted Curb your Car teams and worked on University advisory group for Curb your Car month. • Consolidated resources to reduce the physical space occupied by the Library, closing the Dentistry and Social Work Libraries, and reducing the Public Health Library while continuing to provide services for affected faculty, staff, and students.
• Cleaned, reupholstered, or ordered refurbished furniture rather than ordering new. • Increased the availability of recycle bins; worked with U-M Recycle to enhance communication and education regarding recycling. • Implemented a program in partnership with the Climate Savers Computing Initiative on campus to loan Kill-a-Watts power monitors to the University community, now available in the Shapiro, Hatcher, and Art, Architecture, and Engineering Libraries. • Sold, donated or recycled duplicate, withdrawn or unwanted gift books.
The move from print to digital in our collections, where consistent with the needs of our academic community, will greatly reduce the environmental impact of Library operations. Digital collections use less energy and less space than print collections. They also permit us to return highly valued space to other units on campus, including Social Work, Dentistry and, currently, Public Health, which would otherwise be forced to expand their space. By reducing the University’s space footprint these actions on the part of the Library have a direct and positive environmental impact.
Building a Diverse Community The Library has an active commitment to supporting diversity in the U-M community by providing collections, services and programs that educate and challenge our understanding of society and culture. We invest in new collection materials, in a wide variety of languages and from a wide variety of perspectives, that support research and teaching relating to gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disability studies. Activities in the works include looking at options for a Library climate assessment, participation in a campus-wide Diversity “Passport” program, participation in a Common Ground workshop offered by The Program on Intergroup Relations, offering Spectrum Center “ally training” for Library staff, and screening a film regarding disability and related misconceptions. We continue to focus on identifying, recruiting, hiring and retaining diverse staff at all levels of the organization in an attempt to mirror the community we serve. Our new recruiting process, including a broader recruiting approach and the use of a single committee on searches to review most professional searches, continues to hone our efforts to bring the broadest, most talented and most diverse candidate pool to the Library. We had 46 new hires across the Library last year; 11 of these hires came from underrepresented groups. Our total self-reported diversity makeup includes 18% from these groups. The Library continues to support and participate in the ARL Leadership & Career Development Program, an ongoing program that prepares midcareer librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to assume increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries. In addition, we are currently searching for a cultural diversity librarian to support recruitment and help cultivate a welcoming work environment for everyone. Our 2010 MLK event was a huge success, as more than 1,100 people attended a discussion on “Push, Literacy, Women, and African American Literature” featuring the author Sapphire. The large audience consisted of members of all ages from the campus and metro-Detroit community. The Library was particularly pleased to host 55 high school students as part of the first joint collaboration between the U-M and EMU GEAR UP programs.
Recent Acquisitions As many more texts become available online, our collecting has become more concentrated on items that are unique or particularly rare, and those that cannot be studied thoroughly in a digital version (e.g., their physical form is integral to understanding them). These include fine press and artist books as well as rare books (often with rich illustrations). Among the unique items added are archival collections in the fields of literature, book illustration, the history of early labor and ecology movements, transportation history, and filmmaking.
Additions to the Rare Books Collection
An illustration by Salvador Dali from Dante’s La Divine comedie.
José Chafrión (fl. 1693). Escuela de Palas Ò Sea Curso Mathematico … y … el Arte Militar … Fortificacion … la forma de marchar, acampar, aloxar, y aquartelar … Artilleria, Morteros, Fuegos … Exercicios Militares. [School for Soldiers or A Brief Course in the Military Arts….] Milan: M.A.P. Malatesta, 1693. This book covering the practical knowledge necessary for a Spanish soldier adds to the library’s already strong collection of early military texts from Europe. It begins with lessons in mathematics, followed by a section on geography (including a chapter on the New World), an extensive section on fortification and discussions of infantry exercises, ballistics, and firearms. The text is illustrated by over one hundred etchings and maps. No other copies are known in the U.S. Purchased on the Spaulding Trust Fund.
Johann Heinrich Balzer (1736-1799). Neueste Pariser Moden … Verschiedenen Frisuren und Frauenzimmer Aufsätzen, wie auch 72. Figuren, von verschiedenen Kleidertrachten für Kavaliers und Damen …. [The Newest Parisian Styles: … Various Hairstyles and Womanly Articles, with 72 Illustrations of Various Clothing Styles for Gentlemen and Ladies] Prague: Johann Balzer, ca. 1780.
Balzer engraving of hats and hairstyles for the fashionable.
This collection of copper engravings documents Parisian fashion so that gentlemen and ladies in Prague could keep current in their dress. Balzer’s illustrations served as a pattern book for women’s headdresses and fashionable attire for men and women, including some four hundred fifty designs. The full title suggests that the book was intended to be useful to ladies’ maids, hairdressers, stay and dress makers, milliners, and tailors. No other copy of this edition is known. Purchased on the Kenyon Trust Fund.
Daishinsai shashin Gaho [Photographs of the Kanto Earthquake]. Osaka: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1923. No. 2. The devastation of the Great Kanto Earthquake, which hit September 1, 1923, was vast. Collapsed buildings and wind-fed fires destroyed 70-80% of the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama, as well as much of the surrounding region, and killed more than 100,000 people. Direct communication from the affected areas became extremely difficult, and rumors about what had happened were rampant in the first few days after the quake. This pictorial supplement, published by one of the leading newspaper publishers in Osaka, used numerous photographs to show the conditions in Tokyo and Yokohama, including the presence of Prince Regent Hirohito reviewing the damage on horseback. This is the second of a series of three publications from this source. All are very rare. Gift of Hisashi and Kazuko Ogata.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). La Divine comédie. Paris: Editions d’Art les Heures Claires, 1959-1963. Illustrations by Dalí; translation by Julien Brizeux. With the watercolors he created for this publication, Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) takes his place in a rich tradition of attempts to illustrate Dante’s masterpiece. This publishing endeavor began as a commission by the Italian government, with completion planned for the 700th anniversary of Dante’s birth in 1965. Dalí worked during the 1950s creating a series of watercolors, one for each of the 100 cantos of the poem. When the project was announced to the public, however, Italians were outraged that a Spaniard had been chosen to honor their national poet, and the commission was rescinded. The French publisher Joseph Forêt took over the project, reproducing Dali’s original watercolors as wood engravings. Purchased with funds given by Lydie Arthos Hudson and Joseph L. Hudson IV.
The Szyk Haggadah. Burlingame, Calif.: Historicana, 2008. #135 in an edition of 300 copies.
A page from the Szyk Haggadah
Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) was a leading political artist and caricaturist during World War II, producing hundreds of anti-Axis illustrations and cartoons in aid of the Allied war effort. Born in Poland, Szyk studied in Cracow and then in Paris during the 1920s, finally emigrating to the United States in 1940. Syzk’s book illustrations were rendered in the style of medieval miniatures. His magnificent Haggadah, first published in 1940, has long been out of print and nearly impossible to acquire. Publisher Irvin Ungar of Historicana received permission from the owners of Szyk’s original drawings to digitize and reproduce them for this new edition of only 300 copies. The resulting publication shows the care taken with the photographic process and the editing of the photographs in the presence of the original art.
Additions to the Children Books Collection Included among the Children’s Literature Collection are several archival collections related to writers and illustrators. Notable among recent acquisitions are sketches and drawings by local artist, Tom Pohrt, for a book by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor entitled Finding Susie (2009), which is an autobiographical account of growing up in the American Southwest. Tom Pohrt is a nationally renowned children’s book illustrator. The “Pop-Up” Mother Goose. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1934. With “pop-up” illustrations in full color by Harold B. Lentz. Blue Ribbon Books was one of the first publishers to re-discover the popular pop-up mechanisms that had been a strong feature of many late 19th century children’s books. Pop-ups had generally gone out of production between 1900 and the early 1930’s until Blue Ribbon Books began to feature three animated images in their volumes. This scarce title is one of some 800 pop-up books being given to the Library by Dona Ostrander (M.S. 1961, Library Science). She began collecting in the year of her graduation and gathered many early pop-up books which have greatly enriched the Library’s holdings. Added to the Gosling Pop-Up & Moveable Book Collection. Gift of Dona Ostrander.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Fairy Tales. London: Hodder & Stoughton, ca. 1920. Edition de Luxe, signed by the illustrator Kay Nielsen, 500 numbered copies. This edition of Andersen’s Fairy Tales is richly illustrated by the 20th century Danish artist Kay Nielsen (1886-1957). A contemporary of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, his work was influenced by the more “modern” styles of Beardsley, Burne-Jones, and the influx of Japanese art that was spreading to the West at this time. This is one of several works illustrated by Nielsen recently given to the Special Collections Library by JoAnn and Ned Chalat.
Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1878). German Popular Stories, translated by Edgar Taylor from the original Kinder- und Haus-Märchen. London: J. Robins, Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper, 1834. Two volumes, with title page and etchings by George Cruikshank. While the Library had other editions of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales and many works illustrated by Cruikshank, this set is important because it is regarded as the “first major illustrated book for children in English and the first illustrated [edition of] Grimm’s fairy tales.” It is more than fifty years earlier than the library’s other editions of these tales and enhances both the Children’s Literature and Book Arts collections. Purchased on the Duane A. and F. Jean Bingel Endowment Fund. Kay Nielsen’s illustration for the Snow Queen in H.C. Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Additions to the Jewish Heritage Collection We are grateful that Constance Harris continues to give new material so generously to the collection she founded, the Jewish Heritage Collection Dedicated to Mark and Dave Harris. Over the past two years Mrs. Harris has acquired and donated some 300 items to the collection, including 120 books as well as works of art, manuscripts, ceremonial and household objects, and ephemera such as postcards, brochures, and calendars, all contributing to the documentation of Jewish life. Details on these two important works of art represent the collection’s strength in that area. Caspar Luyken (1672-1708). “Franckfurther Jud und Jüdin” [Jew and Jewess of Frankfurt] Plate from Neu-Eröffnete Welt Galleria [Newly Opened Gallery of the World], Nürnberg: Christof Weigel, 1703. This print was published in a volume of 100 costume plates created by the Dutch artist Caspar Luyken. The Galleria featured magnificent portraits of members of the Viennese court as well as images of people from a variety of nations. The Jewish couple from Frankfurt is shown in everyday wear, with the woman in a distinctive bonnet with cone-shaped wings. Gift of Constance Harris.
Hermann Struck (1876-1944). [Two people in front of town on hillside] Etching. Ca. 1935?
Jew and Jewess of Frankfurt, Luyken
Hermann Struck was a German Jewish artist known for his etchings and an important book Die Kunst des Radierens (The Art of Etching), 1908. He was born in Berlin and volunteered for service in the German Army during the first World War, then emigrated to Palestine in 1922 and taught at the Bezalel Academy. His students included Marc Chagall and Jacob Steinhardt. Gift of Constance Harris.
Additions to the Labadie Collection Documenting a wide spectrum of radical social movements, the Labadie Collection will mark its 100th anniversary at the University of Michigan in 2012. It continues to acquire many books, magazines, and pamphlets, but the items featured here consist of four archival collections. Margherita Arlina Hamm (1867-1907). [Notes from the murder trial of Gov. Frank Steunenberg.] 1907. Autograph manuscript. When journalist Margherita Hamm covered the murder trial of Frank Steunenberg in Boise for Wilshire’s Magazine during the summer of 1907, she recorded her notes in this 173-page handwritten manuscript. William “Big Bill” Haywood, Charles H. Moyer, and George Pettibone, all officers of the Western Federation of Miners, were accused of the assassination of retired Idaho governor Steunenberg. Defended by the famous Clarence Darrow, all three were acquitted after a three-month trial. Hamm was among the earliest American female journalists, and also an active suffragette.
Ella Reeve Bloor Papers. Ella Reeve Bloor, aka “Mother Bloor” (1862-1951), was a suffragist, socialist, and free speech advocate. In 1897 she was part of the Founding Convention of the Socialist Labor Party of Daniel DeLeon, along with Eugene Debs and Victor Berger. Bloor was a union organizer and helped Upton Sinclair gather material for his book, The Jungle, by going undercover in Chicago’s meatpacking industry. Bloor’s campaign on behalf of the radicals who had run afoul of the Sedition Laws of 1914-1920 is documented in this collection of hundreds of detailed, revealing, and personal letters to her children and to other radicals. They were written as she traveled the country speaking and raising funds while working with the Socialist Party.
Stephanie Mills Papers. Mother Bloor and friends
Stephanie Mills is a bioregionalist and author of several books, including Whatever Happened to Ecology (1989); Turning Away From Technology (1997); and Epicurean Simplicity (2002). She advocates for ecology through her writings and lectures while living in a fire-heated cabin in the woods of Northern Michigan. She is a Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, and received an honorary degree from her alma mater, Mills College, in 2009. Her speech at commencement at Mills in 1969 drew national attention when she vowed not to have children as a stand against overpopulation. The Stephanie Mills Papers consist of 23.5 linear feet of correspondence, manuscripts, book and article drafts, artwork, and audio tapes of interviews and lectures.
Chellis Glendinning Papers. Chellis Glendinning is a political activist and psychotherapist who specializes in the ecological and human costs of technological progress. She is the author of Waking Up in the Nuclear Age (1987), When Technology Wounds (1990), which was nominated for a Pulitzer, and My Name is Chellis and I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization (1994). Her latest two books won awards from the National Federation of Press Women and others. Glendinning lives in rural New Mexico where she works for environmental justice and cultural preservation. The Glendinning Papers consist of 12 linear feet of correspondence, manuscripts, journals, photographs, books, and periodicals.
Additions to the Literary Collections The literary collections of the Special Collections Library have been enriched by the recent addition of archives of two writers with long associations with the University, Nicholas Delbanco and Richard Tillinghast. Nicholas Delbanco Papers. Nicholas Delbanco, currently the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature, has also served the University of Michigan as Director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and Director of the Hopwood Awards Program. Delbanco has published twenty-four books (novels, short stories, and non-fiction), as well as many essays, reviews, and articles, and edited selected works of his friends and mentors John Gardner and Bernard Malamud. Best known is his Sherbrooke trilogy of novels set in New England, which will be reissued this year. John Updike said of him that he “wrestles with the abundance of his gifts as a novelist the way other men wrestle with their deficiencies.” He has created successful works in a wide variety of genres. The Delbanco Papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, personal materials, and professional records.
Richard Tillinghast Papers. Poet and author Richard W. Tillinghast has published ten books of poetry, travel writing (beginning with editing Let’s Go: the Student Guide to Europe in the 1960s), plentiful reviews and travel columns in the New York Times Book Review and other publications, and three non-fiction books, including a critical memoir of Robert Lowell. He taught in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan from its inception in 1983 until his retirement in 2005. He now lives in Ireland, maintaining an active schedule of writing and travel and continuing his decades-long interest in Turkey and Turkish literature. His literary archive includes correspondence, drafts, publications, and reviews of his works. Ephemera from the Delbanco Papers
Additions to the Transportation History Collection The core of the collection is made up materials on the early history of the railroads, and of road and waterway travel. The Lincoln Highway Collection is the most heavily used archives in the Collection. Alois Auer (1813-1869). Negrelli Eisenbahnbrücke: Detail-Plan [Negrelli’s Railroad Bridge] [Prague: 1850?] Watercolor illustration on accordion-fold leaves. The railroad viaduct/bridge depicted here was designed by Austrian engineer Alois Negrelli (1799-1858). Completed in 1850, it spanned the Moldau River in the northeastern section of Prague. To commemorate the bridge’s completion, illustrator Alois Auer painted this 27.5 foot-long watercolor portrait.
Helen Bidwell Reiner (1894-1982). Travel Diary and Photograph Album, 1923. On June 14, 1923, University of Michigan graduate student Helen Bidwell and a friend, Betty Schwingel (Messer), set off on a cross-country hitchhiking trip. Leaving Ann Arbor equipped with knapsacks stuffed with three changes of clothing and sturdy shoes, the two young women were given rides in 184 automobiles and travelled a total of 6,000 miles before reaching San Francisco on October 12. Helen took photographs along the route and recorded the events of the day in a travel diary, noting people, places, and events, and including the make of each automobile in which they caught a ride on their journey. Gift of Nancy Bogart, grandniece of Helen Bidwell Reiner, 2009.
Detail from Negrelli’s Railroad Bridge, Auer
Visionaries of Stage, Radio, and Screen Collection: The Robert Altman Archive The most important addition to our collection during the last two years has undoubtedly been the Robert Altman Archive. Its size dwarfs any other collection in the Special Collections Library, but the content fits perfectly with the visionary ideas contained in the archives of the founder of the Chicago Little Theatre, Ellen Van Volkenburgh, and the two archives related to Orson Welles which began our Visionaries of Stage, Radio, and Screen Collections.
Robert Altman Papers. Noted American filmmaker, writer and producer Robert Altman (1925-2006) had a long relationship with the University of Michigan beginning in 1977 when he appeared at a question and answer session in a packed Hill Auditorium. The relationship deepened in 1982 when he was asked to direct Stravinsky’s opera “The Rake’s Progress” at the Power Center, and spent that Fall semester in Ann Arbor teaching a class on his films with Professor Emeritus Frank Beaver. In 1985 he filmed Secret Honor in Martha Cook Hall, using several students on the crew, thereafter using a stream of University of Michigan students as interns in his production offices. This warm association helped the Library acquire the archive of Robert Altman in competition with several other institutions in 2007. The archive measures approximately 1,000 linear feet, chronicling both the creative and business sides of his career.
Selected Electronic Acquisitions Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, Composer Harry Nillsen and Shelley DuVall on the set of Robert Altman’s “Popeye”
the first scholarly, primary-source collection dedicated to the study of adult comic books and graphic novels. It includes more than 75,000 pages of primary materials and 25,000 pages of interviews, criticism and journal articles.
Ethnographic Video Online, a streaming video product of primarily ethnographic documentaries and interviews of anthropologists. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including previously unreleased raw footage, field notes and study guides.
Cambridge Histories Online, over 260 titles from the renowned series from Cambridge University Press. Each volume includes authoritative overviews by specialists in the area as well as extensive bibliographies.
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007 A collection of thousands of digitized original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images related to slavery and abolition. Documents are accompanied by contextual essays by leading academics.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is a historical archive for the scholarly study of slavery. Part 1 of the collection, which we have access to now, is Debates over Slavery and Abolition. It contains 1.5 million pages including more than 7,000 books and pamphlets, 80 newspaper and periodical titles, and a dozen major manuscript collections. There is a strong U.S. focus, but it also includes resources from Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
State Papers Online is a searchable archive of 16th- & 17th- century British government documents. It includes State Papers Domestic, Foreign, Scotland, Borders, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council. With 3 million pages of documents, this is an invaluable resource for teaching and research in politics, government and social, economic and religious history.
The Library Gallery in Room 100 : Exhibits and Events for All The Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery has become a gathering space for the entire University and the broader community—a place to educate and enrich, and a forum for a broad spectrum of programs. The Library is delighted to make this venue available to students, faculty, researchers, musicians and filmmakers seeking to share ideas and spark lively interactions. The Author’s Forum is an ongoing series that brings authors together in conversation with scholars or experts in a field. The series provides the opportunity for readers to enjoy—and participate in—the conversations that fine books inspire. The Author’s Forum is a collaboration among the University Library, the U-M Institute for the Humanities, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival. The Ghost Army exhibit told a little-known story about soldiers who used deception, art, and ingenuity rather than guns during World War II. In conjunction with the exhibit, the library hosted the first national screening of a rough-cut version of The Ghost Army, a documentary. Hundreds flocked to the Gallery to see the film. A CD release party celebrating Someone Talked! Memories of World War II featured: Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano; Robert White, tenor; William Bolcom, piano; and Hazen Schumacher, narrator. The performers offered a generous sampling of songs and narration from the CD, presented to resemble a radio show of the period.
Welcoming The Audubon Room Guardian of many unique and beautiful items that are part of the record of human history and culture, the Library has sought for many years a way to share these treasures with the public. In October we opened the doors of our atmospherically-controlled, secure Audubon Room. The dedication celebration honored the donors who made the Audubon Room possible: Jennifer R. Poteat, Stephen S. Clark and Bernard J. Sivak, M.D. In addition, contributions from many Friends of the Library enabled us to design a custom case for the permanent display of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America—the first book purchased by the Regents for the Library, in 1838.
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Gifts Mlibrary is building a major gifts program to help us take full advantage of the transformative opportunities afforded by its pioneering program to digitize its print collections. As little-used print resources are moved from the main campus libraries to off-site locations, we are transforming newly available space into collaborative research and study areas, and creating technology centers that provide the powerful computing resources required by todayâ€™s students and scholars. During this time of state cutbacks, we are redoubling our efforts to generate private funds and donations. Aided by the generosity of our donors, we will continue to provide the University of Michigan community with the tools needed for this great transition to the future. Scheduled to open in 2011, the Shapiro Undergraduate Library Lobby and Technology Connection will be transformed from a hallway that students pass through into an information hub of activity, connection and collaboration. This new center was made possible by a gift from Bert Askwith.
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