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Pocket watch of alumnus Andrew F. Gaffey, C'25, circa 1922, University Art Collection

Blog Posts from the Booth Family Center for Special Collections

Blue Bird

Blue Bird

While cataloging the University Art Collection’s 509 German movie posters this summer, I came across this 1977 poster for the film The Blue Bird (released in East Germany as Der blaue Vogel).

"I Fancy Myself a Little Better Looking"

"I Fancy Myself a Little Better Looking"

The year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass (circa February 1818 - February 20, 1895). Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper featured an interview and image of Douglass in 1879.

Discovering Alexandra David-Neel

Discovering Alexandra David-Neel

A manuscripts archivist finds letters in the collections from Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969), described variously as explorer, Buddhist spiritualist, writer and anarchist.

The Junior Yard

The Junior Yard

The University Archivist picks a favorite from the Archives' 200,000 images.

Shoe Shop Ledger Yields Serendipitous Football Fact

Shoemaker's Shop Ledger Yields Serendipitous Football Fact

A reasearcher stumbles on a football-related entry from October 1844.

"Your Friend and Relation"

"Your Friend and Relation": Dolley Madison's Letter to General Zachary Taylor

On June 8, 1846, Dolley penned a letter from Washington, D.C. to General Zachary Taylor in Matamoros, Mexico.

Print Room

Print Room

On February 28, the Art Collection was invited to participate in a Maker Hub workshop on linocut printing.

Nevertheless She Persisted!

Nevertheless She Persisted!

In honor of this year’s theme for Women’s History Month, I created an online exhibition representing a few amazing and persistent women whose works and writings comprise the small yet significant (persistent!) women’s archives here.

Hogwarts at Cambridge?

Hogwarts at Cambridge?

During the processing of the Montague Summers papers, recently opened to researchers at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, I came across an unusual manuscript in unidentified handwriting titled “The Necromantic Tripos.”

Tondy and the Knickerbocker Theatre Disaster

Tondy and the Knickerbocker Theatre Disaster

Did Father Francis A. Tondorf, S. J. sense a disaster before it occurred?

Happy Holidays from the University Archives

Happy Holidays from the University Archives!

You made it! Finals are over and it is now time for some rest and relaxation! To help get you started on this path, the University Archives presents the following festive images for your enjoyment.

"I Was There!"

I Was There!

An archivist finds her own travel experience reflected in a poet's unpublished manuscript in one of our collections.