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Documenting 100 Years of Extension at WVU

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
September 22nd, 2014

Blog post by Lori Hostuttler, Digital Projects and Outreach Archivist.

 

This week researchers and educators are gathering at West Virginia University to celebrate 100 years of cooperative extension at the Century Beyond the Campus: Past, Present, and Future of Extension research symposium.  Agricultural education has always been a fundamental part of West Virginia University’s mission and the holdings at the West Virginia and Regional History Center (WVRHC) reflect this commitment.  Extension program records, county agent reports, faculty files, as well as photographs and serial publications document the rich history of extension at WVU.  Read the rest of this entry »

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WVU Libraries Seek Input on Website

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
September 16th, 2014

The West Virginia University Libraries want to know what students, faculty and staff think about their website.

A current survey provides an opportunity to tell WVU about your experience with the Libraries’ website. The survey focuses on the site’s general usability, not specific digital resources.

Your thoughts could be worth something in return. Participants who include their email addresses will be in the running for two random prize drawings for $500 tablets of the winner’s choice – Android, Apple or Windows. Not providing an email address negates participation. The contest is open until October 16, and the winners will be announced by October 31.

For more information, contact Tim Broadwater at twbroadwater@mail.wvu.edu.

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WVU groups seeking participants for LGBTQ History Read-In

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
September 15th, 2014

Event organizers are seeking participates for a read-in in observance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History Month.

The West Virginia University Libraries, in collaboration with the Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Equity, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, will host a read-in and discussion on Oct. 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Library, room 2036.

“This event will provide an opportunity for Mountaineer students, staff, and faculty to gather with a common goal of community, support, and providing voice and visibility to members of the LGBTQ community and their allies,” said Brian Jara, co-chair of the Commission for LBGTQ Equity. “I expect it to be engaging, touching and valuable for all who attend.”

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An Evening of Music: Betsy Lane Shepherd, American Concert Soprano Music Program

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
September 8th, 2014

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

Affiches Posters Phonographe Edison 1899- 041

 Image of Edison Phonograph advertisement from Flickr photostream of Jalal gerald Aro, album titled “affiche”

 

The archives at the West Virginia and Regional History Center contain many historical items, including pieces of music and advertising.  These two areas intertwine with a program for a musical evening with Miss Betsy Lane Shepherd, soprano, with music provided by Mr. Rudolph Polk, violinist.  The program was for a recital held at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Moundsville, West Virginia, Tuesday, November 6, 1917.  Read the rest of this entry »

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University Press Director Candidates to Visit Campus

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
September 5th, 2014

Three candidates for West Virginia University Press Director will visit campus this month.

“We have three extraordinary individuals as finalist in our search for a director of the WVU Press,” said James Harms, WVU professor of English and chair of the press director search committee. “Each would bring a wealth of experience and knowledge. I encourage everyone to attend the upcoming forums to learn about and meet the candidates.”

Candidates will be meeting with University and college administrators as well as library faculty and staff at the public sessions.

Candidates include: Henry Carrigan, Assistant Director & Senior Editor, Northwestern University Press, will be on campus Sept. 15; Joyce Harrison, Acquiring Editor, Kent State University Press, Sept. 17; and Derek Krissoff, Editor in Chief, University of Nebraska Press, Sept. 16. All forums will be held form 1-2 p.m. in room 104 of the Downtown Campus Library.

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Brush the Dust Off: Identifying and Cleaning Glass Plate Negatives

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
September 2nd, 2014

Blog post by Jane Metters LaBarbara, Assistant Curator, WVRHC.

 

The West Virginia and Regional History Center is in the middle of a project to digitize some of our glass plate negatives.  Previous blog posts have discussed the glass plate negatives of the Fred T. Newbraugh collection (scans online here) and the James Green collection (scans online here).  From those posts, we learned about the evolution of glass plate negative technology, from the time-sensitive “wet collodion” process in the mid to late 1800s to the “dry” process that arose in 1880.  Now we’ll learn how WVRHC staff members are cleaning a century’s worth of dust and dirt off of our glass plate negatives to preserve and provide access to our region’s history.   Read the rest of this entry »

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West Virginia Girl on Broadway

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
August 28th, 2014

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

 

In a 1923 interview entitled “Makes Money From Just Fun,” Broadway star Eleanor Williams is described as the “chief laugh-maker” in “The Love Child,” the show running at the time (ca. 1922-1923).  “At last a comedian has been found who does not wish to do serious roles,” observes the reporter, “only in this case the player happens to be a comedienne!”  The interview continues:  “No,” said Miss Williams emphatically, “I do not care to do serious parts at all, am not ambitious in that direction.”  “I think it’s wonderful to be able to make people cry.  But I get an actual thrill from laughter and it’s the thrill that I love best.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Hospitality and Tourism Complete – New Online Resource

Posted by ppugh@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
August 27th, 2014

Students will find scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism in a new database, Hospitality and Tourism Complete, now available on the popular EBSCOhost platform. The Libraries added the resource to support the Hospitality and Tourism Management major, offered for the first time this fall by the College of Business and Economics.

The collection contains more than 828,000 sources, with full text for more than 480 publications, including periodicals, company & country reports, and books. For more information or to access Hospitality and Tourism Complete, visit the databases page on the Libraries web site.

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J.R. Clifford and the Pioneer Press

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
August 18th, 2014

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

Portrait of JR Clifford next to nameplate of Pioneer Press newspaper

John Robert Clifford (1848-1933) was a pioneer in every way.  Driven to achieve, Clifford made significant contributions towards civil rights as an activist and as editor and publisher of the Pioneer Press, a newspaper published in Martinsburg, West Virginia.  The first African-American newspaper in the state, the Pioneer Press gained readers across the country as it sought to address the “moral, religious and financial needs,” not just for African-American subscribers, but all of humanity, on a weekly basis. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Online – Historical Black Newspapers

Posted by ppugh@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
August 18th, 2014

The Libraries recently acquired a new collection of digitized newspapers to support research. Proquest Historical Black Newspapers offers outstanding primary source documents for the study of African-American history, politics, and culture.

The collection contains full text of 9 important African-American newspapers: Chicago Defender, The Baltimore Afro-American, New York Amsterdam News,Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, Atlanta Daily World, The Norfolk Journal and Guide, The Philadelphia Tribune, and Cleveland Call and Post. Dates of coverage vary by newspaper, but taken together the collection covers from 1893 to 2005.

The 9 newspapers may be searched as a group through a listing on the Library web site at: Proquest Historical Newspapers – Black Newspapers. They may be cross-searched with other Proquest databases, such as the historical New York Times, as well.

For more information or questions contact http://answers.lib.wvu.edu/ or Penny Pugh at ppugh@wvu.edu.

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The Swamp Angel

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
August 11th, 2014

Blog post by Jane Metters LaBarbara, Assistant Curator, WVRHC.

 

One of the highlights of the WVRHC is the journal of John W. M. Appleton, part of A&M 92.  Appleton was an officer in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War, and later became Adjutant General of West Virginia.1  Appleton’s journal is a unique and valuable research tool, telling the story of one of the first all-black regiments in the Union Army through Appleton’s eyes and containing sketches, photographs, and newspaper clippings that give us greater insight into that time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mountaineers and Libraries Kickoff Fourth Touchdown Challenge

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
August 11th, 2014

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the WVU Libraries are teaming up again for the Mountaineer Touchdown Challenge, a fundraising campaign to benefit the Libraries.

The initiative, in its fourth year, enables participants to pledge a dollar amount per touchdown the Mountaineers score during the 2014 season and any subsequent bowl game. The proceeds will support a project within the Libraries.

“I am proud that the Mountaineer football team and the WVU Libraries are again teaming up for the Touchdown Challenge,” Director of Athletics Oliver Luck said. “Our Libraries are central to the University’s academic mission. I encourage our alumni and fans to participate in this fun opportunity to support academics while cheering for the Mountaineers.”

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Digitized Negatives Reveal Charleston Business History

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
August 5th, 2014

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

 

The West Virginia and Regional History Center is continuing to digitize the negatives of the Gravely and Moore collection in order to enhance their accessibility to researchers.  A previous installment of this blog highlighted Gravely and Moore photos of a busy World War II era bus depot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  In this installment we show images recently “discovered” of businesses in Charleston, West Virginia.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Clara Hough, WVU Librarian

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
July 28th, 2014

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

Martin Hall Library, West Virginia University

Library on the third floor of Martin Hall.

 

The study of Library History has become a popular field in recent years.  With the rise of interest in historical libraries, library practices, librarianship and librarians, we’ll take this opportunity to look at our own library history and the librarians who worked to make information accessible to students in the early years of West Virginia University.  This blog is part one in a series on the evolution of the WVU library and its librarians.

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Posted by Monte Maxwell.
July 24th, 2014

The West Virginia University Press has returned to its home in the WVU Libraries. After 15 years under the charge of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the Press has returned to where it began.

“We’re delighted that the Press is now in the Libraries and under the leadership of Dean of Libraries Jon E. Cawthorne, who is an energetic and visionary person,” Eberly Dean Robert Jones said. “We think that bodes well for the future of the Press.”

It was a dean of Libraries – Dr. Robert F. Munn – who founded the Press in the 1960s. In 1999, the Press moved to Eberly, where it has been managed by Dr. Pat Conner and then Carrie Mullen.

The Press publishes about 17-20 books each year, as well as four journals, and has received national recognition as an award-winning press. So far this year, three of its titles have won awards.

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Christmas in July: Ornaments of WVU Buildings

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
July 21st, 2014

Blog post by Jane Metters LaBarbara, Assistant Curator, WVRHC.

 

Though many of us don’t think about it, the buildings that make up the landmarks of our daily lives change over time.  West Virginia University is no exception.  Interiors are refurbished, wings are added, facades are restored, and new buildings are being constructed even now.  Some of our campus landmarks have been memorialized in holiday ornaments, donated to the WVRHC as part of a collection in processing which will soon be A&M 3950, tentatively called the Vaughn L. Kiger Collection of Historical Photographs and Records Regarding Morgantown.  These ornaments are part of a series produced by Heritage Collection in the 1990s.  I’ve paired each ornament below with an older photograph from our West Virginia History OnView database to highlight some of the changes, or lack thereof.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Bygone Era of Travel Revealed in Recently Digitized Negatives

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
July 15th, 2014

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

 

Recently, when reviewing the images resulting from scans of negatives from our Gravely and Moore photography collection, photos were uncovered that systematically document the facilities and operations of a busy bus depot during World War II.  According to a current online exhibit by the Smithsonian, “Americans On The Move,” the 1930s and 40s were a time when bus travel was a “glamorous and modern” mode of transportation that hit its peak during the years of World War II.  The photographs we discovered date from this golden era, documenting a Greyhound bus depot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in September 1942.  This blog will present a selection of images from this grouping of negatives.

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July 4, 1863: The Daily Citizen and the Surrender of Vicksburg

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
July 7th, 2014

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

Wallpaper background with the Daily Citizen newspaper nameplate

The nameplate of the Daily Citizen, and the wallpaper on which the WVRHC’s copy was printed.

As we celebrate Independence Day this July 4th, we look back to another 4th of July one hundred and fifty one years ago to events that occurred a mere fourteen days after West Virginia achieved statehood on June 20, 1863.  It was on July 4th, 1863, that Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton surrendered to General Grant at Vicksburg, an event considered by many to be an important turning point in the Civil War. Read the rest of this entry »

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A West Virginian on the Oregon Trail

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
June 30th, 2014

Blog post by Jane Metters LaBarbara, Assistant Curator, WVRHC.

Though the West Virginia and Regional History Center’s collections focus on the history of our state and the central Appalachian region, their scope extends across the globe.  West Virginians have travelled far and wide to see and do incredible things, and the WVRHC keeps their stories for posterity.  These travelers include WVU students who served in World War II and documented their experiences abroad (see A&M 120); businessman Stephen B. Elkins, who lived in Santa Fe, NM in the 1870s and recorded information about illegal land speculation in his letter book (see A&M 3979); and poet Maggie Anderson, who collected information on the Danish Resistance Movement when she traveled to Denmark in the 1990s (see A&M 3956).  Today’s post is about Reverend Edward Evans Parrish, a native of Monongalia County, WV who took his family west on the Oregon Trail in 1843-1844 and kept a travel diary for most of the trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Photographs of James Green and the Democratization of Photography

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
June 24th, 2014

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

 

The digital revolution has transformed the economics of photography, allowing almost anyone with a cell phone access to an inexpensive and convenient method to create photographs.  It’s consequently difficult to imagine a time when photography was an expensive and cumbersome process, usually requiring the attention of full time professionals.

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