Category Archives: Books


Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ~ the first president of Turkey

Today, May 19, is Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s birthday.  Mustafa Kemal was born in 1881 in Thessaloniki, which was part of the Ottoman Empire and died on November 10th, 1938 in Istanbul.  Atatürk, which means father of the Turks was the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday L. Frank Baum!

Today we celebrate the birthday of L. Frank Baum, known for his children’s books, most famously The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. His first best-selling children’s book was 1899′s Father Goose, His Book. In 1900 Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , which … Continue reading

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Special Collections remembers Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature

We in Special Collections were very sorry to hear of the passing of Prof. Sandro Sticca. He was a frequent visitor to Special Collections and the epitome of an Italian gentleman. He was a generous donor giving works such as … Continue reading

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Our Book of the Month and Honoring those who fought in WWII

The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (May 8 and May 9) is an annual international day of remembrance designated by Resolution 59/26  of the United Nations General Assembly on November 22, 2004. The resolution urges … Continue reading

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A recent rare book acquisition by the University Libraries’ Special Collections

The Special Collections and University Archives department of the University Libraries’ was fortunate to acquire recently a remarkable rare book for the William J. Haggerty Collection of French Colonial History:  Des colonies; particulièrement de la Guyane française.  It was written by … Continue reading

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Today in 1397 – the first reading of the Canterbury Tales

April 17, 1397 would turn out to be very significant in the development of English literature, for on this day Geoffrey Chaucer read his Canterbury Tales out loud for the first time in King Richard II’s court. He read it in … Continue reading

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Rabbits and other fur-bearers

Plate from Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers by John Burroughs; with fifteen illustrations in colors after Audobon, and a frontispiece from life. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900. Located in Special Collections, 2d floor Bartle Library.

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Digitizing history: 82,000-manuscript collection Vatican Library goes online

Project to open rare and valuable collection to the world is finally up and running. People gather in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican during Pope Francis’ weekly general audience on May 1.  (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)   By Lesley Ciarula … Continue reading

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Sonnets and Lyrics is Featured Book for April

April No days such honored days as these! While yet Fair Aphrodite reigned, men seeking wide For some fair thing which should forever bide On earth, her beautous memory to set In fitting frame that no age could forget, Her name … Continue reading

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Shell-fish, or the Influence of Diet on Procreation

Today we venture to western France in the novelette, Shell-Fish (subtitled Or the Influence of Diet on Procreation) by the French author Émile Zola. The story centers around Monsieur Chabre, a forty-five year old “retired grain merchant with a big fortune,” … Continue reading

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