Refinitiv’s Thomson ONE Banker Transitions to Workspace for Students

Refinitiv’s Thomson ONE Banker database is being retired and replaced with Workspace for Students. Workspace for Students offers the same global market data, historical and current company financials and filings, earnings estimates, equity, loan deals and more as Thomson ONE Banker.

Access to Workspace requires advanced registration. For current UConn faculty, staff, and students, please register for an individual account with your UConn email address. After registration, you can access via the web at workspace.refinitiv.com/web or install the desktop application. This includes the Workspace add-in for Excel. UConn will lose access to Thomson ONE Banker on July 31, 2021.

Support and training information for Workspace is available, with live and on-demand training videos. If you and others in your team would like a custom demonstration or have any questions about this transition, please contact the Business & Entrepreneurship Librarian at edward.lim@uconn.edu.

For more information, contact our Library’s Acquisitions and Discovery team at ermsupport@uconn.edu.

Meet our student advisory group, the Homies

Logo: Homies Student Friends of the Library

Homer’s Homies is a student-led organization that doesn’t hide their love for the Homer Babbidge Library! And even though they weren’t on their home turf in HBL this year, they found ways to connect with each other on and off campus, keeping their love for the library strong. The Executive Board took some time out of their schedules to dish all things Homies. 
Austin Mott – President
Griffin Love – Vice President
Thomas Reese Jr. – Treasurer

Top left to bottom - Jean Nelson, John Cropp, Austin Mott, Griffin Love, Thomas Reese.
Top left to bottom – Jean Nelson, John Cropp, Austin Mott, Griffin Love, Thomas Reese.

For our readers who don’t know, who or what, are the Homies?
The Homies, originally formed in 2016, is a student-led advocacy group named after the flagship location at the UConn Library – Homer Babbidge Library. The Homies: Friends of the Homer Babbidge Library work to put on events to allow students to de-stress, have fun in the Library, and provide student advocacy and input on library issues. Much like the library itself, we are a resource open for anyone who enjoys interacting with other library lovers.    

Why did you join the Homies?
We all came to Homer Babbiddge early on as freshman because it was a great dedicated space to study. One day Griffin was walking out of the building and former Homies President Nick Helber was sitting at the student activities tables. For anyone that knows Nick, his laid back style, Magic School Bus t-shirt, and vintage snap-back hat made it easy to stop and chat and Griffin did just that. Nick shared his enthusiasm for the Homies and Griffin and Austin went to the next meeting. The group was small and offered endless opportunities to be a part of the group in meaningful and fun ways and they were hooked. 

What do you love most about HBL?
Homer Babbidge is in the central part of campus so it’s a great place to connect in the middle of the day between classes or at night to study. Frankly, if we aren’t eating, it’s the place to be. Our freshman year we spent a lot of time on Level 1 because it was a great place to talk but when we needed more studying and less talking, we moved up to the second floor which is now our favorite place. The best place on the second floor is a table with a view if you can get it. 

How are the Homies connecting during the Pandemic?
Not being able to be in the space that defines us has been challenging, but we have found ways to stay connected and our meetings are more fun and productive than ever! We meet weekly for about an hour and have study sessions on Wednesday nights where some have classes together or have taken the class before and can help each other, and sometimes it’s a chance to just sit in the room together and listen to the Homies’ playlist on Spotify.

Our biggest fundraisers each year are selling grilled cheese to hungry students so we have had to find new ways to fundraise and just held a successful trivia night. And a special shout out to Valerie Lee, our new secretary. She has really stepped up and created fun things to do to keep everyone connected. 

What are you working on that you want us to know about?
Our goal was to start an annual gift back to the Library but it’s been difficult without the ability to fundraise. We may not get that done this year, but will at least plan for that legacy. We are also hoping to continue the interest of past Homies to raise funding for nap pods or a relaxation zone to give students a place to go and decompress.  

What are three songs you would find on the Homies Playlist?
Tom created the playlist and now it has a lot of great music. It leans towards the classic rock feel and includes The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy, Africa by Toto, and Superstition by Stevie Wonder. 

Homies grilled cheese event

You are all graduating seniors, what are your majors?
Austin – Biomedical Engineering
Griffin – Communications and Psychology, with a minor in Ecology
Thomas – Civil Engineering

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Austin – I hit a half-court shot at an exhibition game at Gampel as a freshman and won a $100 gift certificate to PC Richards and Sons.
Griffin – My minor in ecology is purely for interest and I hope to pull it together with communications and psychology some day.                                                                            
Thomas – My dad was in the Navy and I have moved 13 times, living in nine states. Maryland and Connecticut are my favorites. 

What is on your reading list?
Griffin – The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
Austin – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Thomas – at my grandmother’s suggestion it’s a book that will help me understand the stock market

The Homies encourage you to tell them what you are reading! Submit your latest book to the Babbidge Bookworms

If you could only have two apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
If you can reach your Homies, you have everything you need so we would need three – Spotify for our playlist, GroupMe to send Homies messages, and Zoom for Homies meetings. 

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Austin – Flying. I could go anywhere and see anything.
Griffin – Time travelling. Even just to go back and see what we looked like and the shenanigans from freshman year. 
Thomas – I spend a lot of time working with 3D maps for class and it would be great to be able to fly through them or see everything from a birds-eye view. 

What’s your most used emoji?
In our Zoom meetings it is most certainly the clap.
Thomas – laughing, followed with the thumbs up
Griffin – muscle emoji because it’s great for almost every message
Austin – tongue sticking out with tear (used ironically of course) 

Follow along with the Homies 
Instagram: @uconnhomies
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/uconn-homies

Retirements – Hilda Drabek and Ed Chang

In both bitter and sweet news, Associate Dean Lauren Slingluff announced the retirement of two members of the Financial Services unit – Hilda Drabek and Ed Chang.

Hilda Drabek

Hilda has been with the UConn Library for more than 36 years working in many different capacities. She started in what was then known as technical services at a time without computers but with typewriters, and worked throughout her career on implementing critical resources including the first automated integrated library system, NOTIS and its replacement Voyager. Hilda often used her skills in speaking and writing Spanish to help colleagues translate materials, and spent a week at the University of Puerto Rico teaching Voyager in Spanish.

Hilda’s dedication to her work was apparent in everything she did. Her attention to detail and her goal to always strive for perfection will surely be missed, but mostly we will miss how she quietly provides support, kindness, and friendship throughout the library.

Ed Chang

Ed started his UConn career in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources where he worked for 11 years. Folklore says that former Vice Provost Brinley Franklin worked with Ed on a project and wooed him into joining the Library in 1997. Ed took his responsibilities as Director of Finance seriously, but was also known to bring a little humor unexpectedly into the conversation. Best described by his supervisor Lauren Slingluff, Ed is a “little country and a little rock & roll”. Ed’s pure grit and a desire to ensure that we were using our funding with the utmost of care defined Ed’s professionalism. “I have come to rely on his knowledge, experience, and commitment to helping the Library manage our resources efficiently and effectively,” said Lauren.

Ed and Hilda made an amazing team that accounts for a collective 70+ years of service. The pair were often asked to come up with solutions and continually find efficiencies in some very tight budget years. They were also a resource for UConn, and often invited to review university-wide procedures and systems like their role in evaluating the Kuali Financial System (KFS) currently in use to manage the University of Connecticut’s finances.

Professionally and personally, the retirement of both Ed and Hilda will be a challenge for the Library to move forward from, but we have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with them for as long as we have. We ask you to join us in wishing them nothing but happiness and health in retirement.

Meet the Staff

John Cropp is one of the newest members of the UConn Library staff and having been hired in the middle of a pandemic, many of us only know John from his face on the screen. John was hired in Access Service to provide support at the iDesk among other tasks, and has also become the advisor to the Homies Student Advisory Board.

John Cropp, Access Services Associate

How did you get into libraries?
In short, the wonderful people in charge of the University of Georgia Libraries’ Access Services department let me in. After countless applications and several interviews for library positions, they opened the door for me and it changed my life.

What do you love most about working in a library?
I love the eclectic community. And my role as the Homies’ advisor has given me a chance to become involved with that eclectic community as well, which has been really fun and rewarding.

Do you have a good library story to share?
One of my first responsibilities was managing private study carrels at the UGA Main Library. They had been neglected so there were many carrels that were still assigned to students who had graduated and faculty members who had passed away. One faculty member that was marked as deceased had a carrel that was packed full of incredibly amazing books and artifacts from the university and surrounding communities. While searching for information about him so the items could be returned to his family, I found all kinds of interviews and news stories about him as well as books and websites that he had contributed to. He was obviously an incredibly interesting guy and it broke my heart that I was learning about him after he had passed away. Eventually, I came across a website that said he was teaching a course to a local community group that semester. Like Mark Twain before him, news of his demise had been grossly exaggerated. A few months later, I got to speak with him on the phone and found that he was indeed incredibly interesting and, thankfully, not at all deceased.

In the midst of the pandemic, what do you do to take your mind off the crazy things happening in the world right now?
Dream League soccer on my phone. When the world is spinning out of control, it is nice to have this little world inside my phone where I am in charge of a world-beating soccer team!

What is a positive that has come from this pandemic?
I have been able to spend much more time at home with my wife and daughter than I would have in normal times.

What was your first job?
I worked in the kitchen of a retirement facility. I made dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, helped deliver dinners to the dining rooms, and washed dishes.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Listening to Paul Simon’s “Graceland.”

How do you prefer to start your day?
As slowly as possible.

How do you prefer to end your day?
As peacefully as possible.

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?
Time management. The pandemic has wrecked the routines and tricks that I relied on. 

Tell us a fun fact about you.
I was once a character performer at Walt Disney World.

What is on your reading list?
Whatever my library school professors have assigned this week and a bunch of articles saved on my phone that I hope to read after the semester.

Do you have a favorite hobby?
Researching concert venues and old ballparks.

Everyone loves UConn for their own reasons. What is yours?
On my first day in the building as a UConn staff member, Joseph from security gave me a UConn paperweight and said, “welcome home.” As a nutmegger adrift for many years, I always thought of Connecticut as home, but everyone at UConn has made me feel like I really am home.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Coffee assisted early bird.

What energizes you at work?
Solving problems and answering questions.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Playing stringed instruments.

Do you have a hidden talent?
Mechanical puppetry.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Time travel. There are a lot of old concerts that I would like to attend and demolished ballparks that I would like to visit.

What’s your most hated household chore?
Unloading the dishwasher.

What’s your most used emoji?
Probably the heart-eyes emoji thanks to the petpics channel on the UConn Library Slack!

COVID-19 and UConn Nation: What will future generations learn about COVID-19?

The world-wide COVID-19 pandemic has affected every person across the globe and while we are all going through this collectively, we are also each living our own unique experiences. Archives & Special Collections is asking you to take a moment to share your thoughts to provide future scholars with the personal side of the pandemic.

Pandemics are not new to the history books. We hear news outlets, scientists, and historians recall past pandemics and see pictures like the lines for polio vaccines and hospital rooms full of cots and sick patients, and we look to learn from each of those dark times. Archived news and internet sites will be well documented and become primary sources for future historians studying COVID-19, but what about the day-to-day activities and social and emotional experiences of people? It is essential that we collect and preserve these memories while our experiences and reactions are fresh. If not, they may be lost. 

What can you do? Archives & Special Collections is asking for your help in continuing to build the UConn COVID-19 Collection with your personal pandemic experiences. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to share stories, in whatever form, to be collected, preserved for posterity, and made accessible for research and study.  Examples can include audio files, social media posts, emails, screenshots, photographs, blog posts, journaling, zines, interviews, and more. You can also answer a few survey questions online. 

For those who have previously contributed, thank you!  Ongoing contributions are encouraged as experiences, reactions and coping mechanisms have changed as the emergency of last spring became the “new normal” of the past year.

For more information on how to submit , visit our website or contact Betsy Pittman, University Archivist at besty.pittman@uconn.edu

Public Domain Day 2021

Post written by Michael Rodriguez, Collections Strategist and Rebecca Parmer, Head of Archives & Special Collections

New Year’s Day was Public Domain Day! 

Public Domain Image

On January 1, 2021, copyright expired for all works published in the United States in 1925. These works entered the public domain. Anyone is now free to share, use, and build on them in the US without permission or payment. Public Domain Day celebrates this trove of books, serials, music, and art that become public property on January 1.

Each January 1st, a new year’s worth of publications will enter the public domain. In 2022, copyright will expire for works published in 1926, and so on. Non-US works may enter the public domain later; this varies by creation date and country of origin. Sheet music from 1925 is entering the public domain this year, but sound recordings do not start entering the public domain till December 1, per the Music Modernization Act.

Some 1925 works were already in the public domain before January 1. This is because the copyright was not registered or renewed in time, under the US laws of the era. Works published after January 1, 1964 had their copyright automatically renewed by statute. But for works published between 1923 and 1964, works automatically entered the public domain if the copyright holder didn’t include a copyright statement at the time of publication or renew their copyright after 28 years.

Unfortunately, searching for the status of these works can be tricky. While copyright records from 1978 to today can be searched online, registrations and renewals for all works prior to 1978 can only be searched onsite in the US Copyright Office’s copyright card catalog. To help the public navigate the status of books published between 1923 and 1963, Stanford University Libraries developed a database of copyright renewals – but note that this only includes renewals for books, and not other copyrighted material like art, sound recordings, film, and so on.

Some Notable Books Entering the Public Domain

Book cover for "The Secret of Chimney's" by Agatha Christie

The BBC hailed 1925 as perhaps “the greatest year for books ever.”

In 1925, Ernest Hemingway published his first novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald penned The Great Gatsby, and Virginia Woolf wrote Mrs. Dalloway. Alain Locke published The New Negro, a defining work of the Harlem Renaissance that featured essays from Black luminaries such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston.

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
  • Alain Locke, The New Negro
  • Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time
  • Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy
  • Sinclair Lewis, Arrowsmith
  • Franz Kafka, The Trial (in German)
  • Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans
  • John Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer
  • Agatha Christie, The Secret of Chimneys
  • James Weldon Johnson, Book of Negro Spirituals
  • Aldous Huxley, Those Barren Leaves
  • W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil
  • Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction
  • Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto, A Daughter of the Samurai

Other Works Entering the Public Domain

Image of "Sweet Georgia Brown" songbook cover
  • The first issues of the New Yorker magazine
  • Poems by Countee Cullen, Robinson Jeffers, Ezra Pound, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Hilda Doolittle, and many other poets
  • “Sweet Georgia Brown” and songs by Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, and many other artists
  • Silent movies, including Rudolph Valentino’s starring role in The Eagle

Connecticut-Themed Works Entering the Public Domain

Image of an historical map of Connecticut

HathiTrust has created a digital collection with 37,530 resources–books, journal issues, research reports, and other items–that entered the public domain on New Year’s Day. Here are Connecticut-themed 1925 works that HathiTrust now makes free for all.

These resources provide unique historical perspectives on Connecticut’s public education system, research enterprise, finance industry, and libraries.

Some Works from UConn Library and Archives Entering the Public Domain

Search the UConn library catalog for works from 1925 or earlier. Below are just a few of the books in our special collections that were published in 1925.

Book Cover of "Doctor Dolittle's Zoo" by Hugh Lofting

Learn More about the Public Domain

James Boyle, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (Yale University Press, 2008). Download book for free from the author’s website.

January 1st Brings Public Domain Riches from 1925 – Internet Archive blog post.

Public Domain Day 2021 – Duke University, Center for the Study of the Public Domain.

Using Zines to Build Community

Make a Zine cover image

Archives & Special Collections acquired a collection of zines for use in research, teaching, and learning activities across campus and in the community. Zines (rhymes with “beans”)  are low-barrier, low-budget, photocopied publications in which authors are in full control of the entire process of creating a publication, from writing and layout to printing and distribution. Zines are made for the purpose of sharing information, and have often been used by historically marginalized or underrepresented subcultures and social movements to build communities where people can connect and communicate with one another. In times of strife and conflict, zines offer a cathartic art form to create and share stories of lived experiences and play a large role in communication for members of social and political movements.

Zine class in Archives & Special Collections

The zine collections in Archives & Special Collections contextualize and complement resources available at the UConn Library, including zine-making kits in the Library’s Maker Studio and publications available in the circulating collections for learning about and making zines.

Here are a few resources to get you thinking about making your own Zines

Post by Rebecca Parmer, Head of Archives & Special Collections

Honoring Dr. Robert Lougee’s Legacy to UConn

On a cold day in February we had the pleasure of meeting Robert Lougee, Jr. regarding a collection he and his sister, Lorraine Lougee, were donating to the Library. As we watched the snow fall, we learned not just about the importance of the book collection prized by Dr. Robert Lougee (May 4, 1919- July 6, 2019) and his interest in making sure they were made available to those who might benefit from them, but also insight into his personal and professional legacy.  

It was clear from the start of the conversation that the family has a deep love and respect for Robert. We learned of his service to the country including as an artillery officer (First Lieutenant) in Europe during World War II which sent him to the Battle of the Bulge, his love for his wife Grace and their nearly 77 years of marriage, his ability to read five languages, his respect of the beauty of nature, and the family vacations they all treasured together in New Hampshire.

Image of the Connecticut Daily Campus, newspaper, October 3, 1973
Connecticut Daily Campus, October 3, 1973

Professionally speaking, Dr. Lougee’s career at UConn began in 1949 when he moved his young family to Storrs, joining the faculty as an instructor in the History Department. Lougee thrived in the academic environment and in turn provided UConn with invaluable expertise and leadership for 35 years, including serving as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1971-1974), University Senate President, head of the History Department, and countless committees including his part in the selection of President Glenn W. Fergueson (1973-1978). In an article from the Connecticut Daily Campus on October 3, 1973, President Fergueson is quoted as saying he accepted Lougee’s resignation as dean “most reluctantly, and only after many efforts to persuade him to continue.” When he retired from UConn in 1984, Lougee received dozens of letters of appreciation from his colleagues across campus and his profession, including one from our own library director Norman D. Stevens.

Beyond the formal titles and roles, perhaps most important is what Dr. Lougee gave back to the University through the humanity he brought to students and colleagues alike. It was not out of the question for him to bring home a sobbing student for lunch to help cheer them up or counsel foreign students who were struggling with the English language. During a conversation with Nora Stevens shortly after ours with Robert, she painted a picture of a different time at the University. Where faculty gathered as friends, enjoying luncheons and activities together. She fondly remembered the Lougees’ and their part in making UConn faculty, students, and staff feel like family. In fact, UConn was so much a part of the Lougee family, their dog Peter would follow him to his office and even showed up in the middle of one of his western civilization classes. Robert and Lorraine would agree, their father made a greater contribution because of the way he lived his life, treating everyone with a genuine sense of respect and dignity. 

Image of inscription from the book Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. Statesman of the Old Republic by author R. Kent Newmyer.
Image of inscription from the book Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. Statesman of the Old Republic by author R. Kent Newmyer.

After serving as an administrator, Dr. Lougee returned to his first love – teaching students and being a student and scholar himself. Dr. Lougee’s research passion was for modern European, German, and social history which is what built up the substantial collection of books. After his death at the age of 100, Robert, Jr. and Lorraine felt they could continue the legacy that was so important to him by generously donating over 1,600 books to the UConn Library. The collection was built through his academic research and leisure reading, including works in foreign languages, and in many of them you can find handwritten notes and marginalia, providing unique historical context valuable to researchers and book lovers. [You can learn more about Book Traces, a project we are involved in with the University of Virginia to document these types of communications.]

“I have personally looked through each book in the collection and am excited that students, faculty, and researchers will have the opportunity to use such a deep collection of primary research materials spanning World War I and World War II. Professor Lougee was building his collection in the same fashion we were, and it is full of top notch research titles for an incredible addition to UConn’s resources,” notes Dave Avery, our subject specialist to the History Department.  

Image of donated books

More than 300 books were permanently added to the collection and the remainder were donated to Better World Books, an organization that also believes in the power of knowledge and the desire to share it with those in need.

As I write this months after our meeting and months into working from home, I am reminded of how important it is to hear the stories of the people behind the donations. Over a cup of coffee, we learned so much more than Dr. Lougee’s collection of books but also the person he was. And when Robert pulled out the collection of typed, hand signed, and weathered letters sent for Dr. Lougee’s retirement, you can imagine that our University Archivist Betsy Pittman was like a kid in a candy store. They don’t just represent the gratefulness of Dr. Lougee’s colleagues, but also a reminder of the beauty found in a handwritten letter, a kind of communication that we rarely see these days. We also spoke to him about our CT Soldiers Collection which documents the experiences of Connecticut servicemen from the Civil War through the Vietnam War, and how his collection of written letters home while serving in the war would be an opportunity for researchers to see the kind of person he was during a difficult time in our country. 

“We are so pleased Robert and Lorraine chose to give back to UConn and its research through the Library,” said Dean Anne Langley. “The book collection will greatly benefit the general collections, and just as important, it opened up an opportunity to talk about how some of his other materials could continue to share with others the kind of person he was while benefiting researchers in Archives & Special Collections.”

There has been a delay in the processing of those books due to our temporary exit from the Homer Babbidge Library in March, and we expect the books will be made available through our catalog in 2021. For more information about the collection, please contact Dave Avery.

Meet the Staff

We caught up with our Stamford Campus Library Director Phara Bayonne and asked her a few questions. Phara has worked for the UConn Library since 2003 and even we learned a few new things about her!

Phara Bayonne, Director
UConn Library, Stamford Campus
Phara Bayonne, Director
UConn Library, Stamford Campus

How did you get into libraries?
I met a librarian at a career event, and we had a great conversation that drew me to investigate the field of librarianship 

What do you love most about working in a library?
I love helping people investigate and research information they need locating

In the midst of the pandemic, what do you do to take your mind off the crazy things happening in the world right now? 
I discovered TikTok

What’s your most used emoji?
Face palm

What was your first job?
Sales associate at a clothing retail store

What is on your reading list?
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Checking my to-do list before checking email 

Do you have a hidden talent?
Double jointed in my arms

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Time Travel

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, what would you pick?
Audible, YouTube, and Tidal 

Book Traces: Exploring the Past through Marginalia in Library Books

Post written by Michael Rodriguez, Collections Strategist

Book Traces Event Publicity - November 18, 2020, 1:00pm. Registration required at s.uconn.edu/booktraces. Co-sponsored by the UConn Humanities Institute and the UConn Library.
Join us for a virtual event about Book Traces on November 8 at 1:00pm. Registration is required at s.uconn.edu/booktraces.

Book Traces is a national project led by the University of Virginia to discover and document handwritten inscriptions, marginalia, and other readerly markings in old library books. Last year we were interested in knowing if our older collections in the stacks contained interesting marginalia and we discovered some remarkable stories about the books, their readers/owners, and the library that holds them.  

We randomly selected 2,000 UConn Library books published before 1925. We wanted books only with historical annotations – no highlighting or fresh marks! Once our student employee Vanessa Garcia located the book on the shelf, she paged through it and snapped photos of any noteworthy markings using a library-supplied iPad. All the photos were uploaded to  booktraces.org, which features crowdsourced images of over 3,100 marked-up old library books. 

What did we find? 

Some 12% of the 2,000 books in our sample contained markings. Approximately 1.5% revealed what University of Virginia scholars call “notable interventions.” Supplemented by genealogical research, these markings give real insight into past readers and owners and enables us to trace the genealogy of library books. Like many universities, UConn Library’s early collections were built largely through gifts of previously owned books. Thus, our findings also give insight into UConn’s history and the growth of UConn’s library.

Inscription in UConn's copy of Chronicle of Calais in the Reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII. "I have always regretted your secession from the Camden Society,” wrote Nichols, “until now that it gives me the excuse for requesting your acceptance of a copy of the book I have just edited.”

Glued-in Letter from 1846 

UConn’s copy of Chronicle of Calais in the Reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII was a gift—a peace offering—from prominent English printer John Gough Nichols in 1846. “I have always regretted your secession from the Camden Society,” wrote Nichols, “until now that it gives me the excuse for requesting your acceptance of a copy of the book I have just edited.” Nichols’ letter is glued onto the book’s flyleaf. The unknown addressee must have quit the Camden Society, founded by Nichols in 1838, after a dispute. He or his heirs presumably regifted Nichols’ book to UConn.

Inscription in UConn's copy of In Hospital

Reader Engagement with Poetry

In Hospital, a collection of poems by William Ernest Henley published in 1908, includes a poem called “Children: Private Ward,” on whose page is the annotation “see page 41, R. L. S.” On page 41, the owner of the book had copied in longhand a published letter by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island. Like Henley’s poem, Stevenson’s letter alludes to children in sickbed. The book’s owner evidently felt it was very important to read poem and letter together. He or she may have felt a deep personal connection to the theme of children suffering from illness.

Notes of a Solo Woman Traveler 

Inscription in UConn's copy of Italien Handbuch für Reisende

Italien Handbuch für Reisende is a Baedeker’s German-language travel guide to Italy. Published in 1902, it is filled with miniscule, penciled English reading notes on Italian art and geography. The flyleaf shows an ownership inscription in the name of Ida Prescott Clough, with an address of Friedrichstraße 124 in Berlin, Germany, and a sketch captioned “Shape of Doge’s cap.” This refers to the distinctive hat worn as a mark of office by the Venetian doge, or leader. 

Research reveals that the book’s owner, Ida Prescott Clough (1875–1959) was a Bostonian and Radcliffe College alumna. In 1902, she lived and traveled in Europe, where she likely acquired this German guidebook, in which she jotted countless observations and sketches. Miss Clough journeyed solo in an era when society frowned on young women traveling unaccompanied. Later in life, she taught at Miss Porter’s School for Girls in Farmington, Connecticut.

Pressed Clover and Gift Inscription 

Verse (1862) is a book of poetry by Henry Webster Parker, a native of Danbury, Connecticut, who served as pastor of the North Congregational Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This volume’s flyleaf shows the gift inscription: “Presented to Mrs. Elizabeth Mayhew on her ninety-second birthday, with the friendly regards of H. W. Parker. New Bedford, June 26, 1862.” Mrs. Mayhew could have been one of Parker’s parishioners. On page 103 is a very different marking: a delicate clover pressed between the pages by an unknown reader, who perhaps felt inspired by Parker’s poem “More Light.” These verses call for reason to triumph over false beliefs.

How You Can Participate
1. Explore other examples of marginalia and readerly markings on booktraces.org. In the dropdown menu “Browse by Institution,” select “University of Connecticut.”

2. Post your own photographs of markings in old library books.

3. Transcribe marginalia already available on booktraces.org