It’s National Tango Day! Not in the U.S., though, but in Argentina. That’s as good an excuse as any to put up this photo of a couple dancing a tango on ice from the book “Dancing on Ice,” which you can find in our digital repository.
Here is a page from one of the many holiday books that you can find in the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection. The Miracle of the Potato Latkes: A Hanukkah Story, was written in 1994 by Malka Penn and illustrated by Giora Carmi. This page from the book is shown here courtesy of the author and illustrator.
This is one of many images UConn Professor Jerauld Manter took of agricultural scenes on campus, this one taken in 1944. For more photos of cows and other livestock check out our digital repository at http://archives.lib.uconn.edu/.
More than 2000 UConn alumni served in World War II; 114 of them lost their lives in the conflict. After the war the Veteran’s Administration requested that the university accept between 3000 and 4000 returning soldiers as students. In 1946 the campus had 792 veterans enrolled as students (11 of them were women) with another 300 at the Hartford and Waterbury extension campuses and 154 are enrolled in the Law, Insurance and Pharmacy schools. Eleven temporary barracks, nicknamed “Siberia” because of their distance from the main campus, were built on “the site of the former agronomy plots bordering the main road to Willimantic.” This site is now the Fine Arts Complex and E.O. Smith High School. As more veterans were accepted to UConn more housing was built or found in nearby Willimantic.
More information about the expansion of the campus for returning World War II veterans can be found in the UConn Chronology at http://doddcenter.uconn.edu/asc/collections/chronology/index.cfm and photographs of scenes such as the one above, of “Agronomy Field” can be found on the Digital Repository.
President Bill Clinton came to the University of Connecticut in 1995 to dedicate the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. He returns today, exactly twenty years later, to receive the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, along with the international Human Rights Education organization Tostan. We’re delighted to welcome him back to UConn! Here he is at the ceremony on October 15, 1995.
In support of the National Puppetry Festival, we have joined other exhibition venues on campus to show off puppet related materials in our collection. In the reference room you’ll see books describing how to make puppets of all kinds and the theaters and plays to go with them as well as hand puppets from the Phyllis Hirsch Boyson Artifact Collection. The show will be up through August 31.
For more information about the National Puppetry Festival visit http://www.nationalpuppetryfestival2015.com/
You can view the puppet exhibit during the hours that our reference room is open: Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 4p.m.
“The most important value of the practice of puppetry for a child is his introduction to the world of art. In his work, a puppeteer creates and uses many forms of art: he writes, he designs sets, he sculptures his puppets, he costumes them, he uses carpentry techniques to build sets and props, he uses artists’ techniques to color his backgrounds. The puppeteer also becomes a producer, an actor, and a director; perhaps a singer, a musician, or even a lighting director or stage manager. On top of all this, the puppeteer must be skillful with his hands; he must be a manipulator of puppets.
The study of puppetry is not just a hobby; it is a most enjoyable initiation to the world of fine arts.”
—Sir George’s Book of Hand Puppetry, George Creegan, 1966
We’re always looking to improve our new digital repository, either by adding content at a crazy fast pace, or improving the look and design of the pages. Our latest change is to group the collections by overall topics, to help direct researchers to the main areas under which they are likely to search. The categories are:
Activism, and include such interesting items as the charter for the International Military Tribunal which led to the Nuremberg Trials to convict Nazi war criminals after World War II, in the Thomas J. Dodd Papers.
Literary and Artistic Expression has many collections that show the range of human creativity, with such fascinating research items as this photo of Gregg Won in a series of scrapbooks from the Joe Snow Punk Rock Collection.
Political Collections hold many different types of materials documenting the lives of Connecticut political figures, including this video recording from the papers of Bruce Morrison, who ran for the office of Governor of the state of Connecticut in 1990.
University of Connecticut History includes a vast array of materials chronicling UConn’s history from its formation in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School to its current status as one of the highest regarded state universities in the United States. This photograph shows an alumni day parade in 1941.
There will be some cross-over among the categories; for example, the Thomas J. Dodd Papers can be found in the categories of Activism as well as Political Collections.
You can also browse the materials by types of media right from the front page. Options include printed books; manuscripts, pamphlets, periodicals; maps; photographs; audio recordings; and video recordings.
Let us know what you think of these improvements and keep checking for more on the way!
The Archives & Special Collections Reading Room will be closed from 11:30a.m. to 4p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, for a staff event.
Please call us at 860-486-2524 for more information.