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Food, History, and Hasty Pudding

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 21st, 2015

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

 

I wanted to write another blog post combining two things I love, food and history, and my fellow blogger Lori recommended a recently published book that has exactly what I’ve been looking for.  Serving Up History: Savor the Flavors of Early West Virginia Cookery 1776-1860 was written by Martha and Richard Hartley, who researched part of the book here at the WVRHC.  (We are ordering the book for our collection, so check the shelves soon!)  The cookbook is a companion to their earlier book, The Frontier Table: A Treatise & Source Book on Western Virginia Foodways History 1776-1860, and contains over 100 historical recipes with modern translations.  It also has “Cook’s Notes” that contain useful tips or recipe variations, and “Historic Insights” to help modern readers understand the original recipes.  Out of all the fantastic recipes it contains, I chose to make Hasty Pudding, Lemon Pudding, and A.P.s.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Brief History of Postcards

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 17th, 2015

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

 

I was attending the Harrison County Historical Society Christmas Party last weekend and some friends and I were trying to identify a postcard that was labeled as Main Street, Clarksburg.  It was unrecognizable as Main Street as we knew it, so we started talking about the clues that the postcard presented us about the time period it was created so we could use Clarksburg City Directories to find the location of the home in the photo.  Read the rest of this entry »

WVU art students win first Dean of the Libraries Award

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
December 15th, 2015

Two student artists in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts have won the Dean of the Libraries Award from the Art in the Libraries Committee. Matthew Gillette won for his sculpture “Slumped,” and Floyd-Wheat Robinson for his sculpture “Tap Water.”

 

Matthew Gillette with his sculpture Slumped.

Matthew Gillette with his sculpture “Slumped.”

Floyd-Wheat Robinson and his sculpture Tap Water.

Floyd-Wheat Robinson with his sculpture “Tap Water.”

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A Tour of Charleston Diners Through Vintage Photographs

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 10th, 2015

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

During this busy time of year people often choose the convenience of eating out to save time, and the diner has always been there as an option for those with challenging schedules.  Having emerged in the late 1800s, diners are now attracting interest as a historical phenomenon as evidenced by the considerable attention given the topic by publishers in recent decades.  There are now many books that survey the subject photographically by region with some related historical narrative.  A variety of genres are represented in this publishing effort, including children’s books, cook books, mysteries, travel diaries, and even a dictionary (entitled The Diner’s Dictionary:  Word Origins of Food and Drink by John Ayto).  Read the rest of this entry »

Extended operating hours have begun

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
December 3rd, 2015

The Downtown Campus and Evansdale libraries opened at 9 a.m. Sunday and will remain open through 2 a.m. Friday night/early Saturday, Dec. 12. Both libraries will be open Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. They will then be open from 9 a.m. Dec. 13 through 8 p.m. Dec. 16.

The Health Sciences Library will be open 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 7-10; 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 11; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12; 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 13; and 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 14-17.

Semester Break hours are available on the Libraries’ website.

 

O Tannenbaum! West Virginians and their Christmas Trees

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 3rd, 2015

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

Decorating the Christmas tree in Courthouse Square, Morgantown

From its early origins in Germany, where a cut and decorated tree was called “Tannenbaum,” to its arrival in this country in the mid-19th century, Christmas trees have become an essential component of our holiday celebrations.  Read the rest of this entry »

Honor your favorite librarian

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
December 2nd, 2015

Help the West Virginia University Libraries recognize an exceptional librarian by nominating a librarian who you think is doing an outstanding job.

The Outstanding Librarian Award, sponsored every three years by the WVU Libraries Faculty Assembly, honors exceptional contributions toward the delivery, development, or expansion of library services or special programs for the WVU community. Attributes sought in the finalist may include leadership, initiative, creativity, dedication, and exemplary attitude. The award is open to both current and retired Library faculty.

Nominations will be accepted from WVU administration, faculty, and staff and must be submitted to Stewart Plein, stewart.plein@mail.wvu.edu, on the official nomination form by February 15, 2016. Selection criteria, dates, and the nomination form with submission details can be found on the Libraries’ website.

The Awards Committee includes Linda Blake, linda.blake@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-0328; Mary Strife, mary.strife@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-9756; and Jessica Tapia, jessica.tapia@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-0312.

Digital Collection, "From Our Family to Yours: A Collection of Rockefeller Family Holiday Cards" Opens

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 1st, 2015

Blog post by Danielle Emerling, Assistant Curator, WVRHC

 

The West Virginia & Regional History Center announces the opening of a new digital collection, “From Our Family to Yours: A Collection of Rockefeller Family Holiday Cards.” The collection draws on materials in the Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV papers and includes holiday cards sent by the Rockefellers to family and friends throughout his many years in public service. The cards, which became a popular collectible among some supporters, span the years 1971-2014 and feature photographs of the family, illustrations of the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion and State Capitol, and the U.S. Capitol building.

 

An exhibition in the John D. Rockefeller IV Gallery in the Downtown Library accompanies the digital collection and will be open December 1, 2015-January 15, 2016.

 

Image of Jay Rockefeller, wife, and three children

1978 Rockefeller family holiday card, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV papers, West Virginia & Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries, https://rockefeller.lib.wvu.edu/cards/catalog/wvulibraries:2599

 

Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV came to West Virginia in 1964 as a 27-year-old VISTA volunteer in the small community of Emmons, an experience that shaped his extensive career in public service. He entered politics in 1966 as a Kanawha County candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates.

 

In April 1967, he married Sharon Lee Percy, daughter of U.S. Senator Charles Percy of Illinois. The Rockefellers had four children, John Davison “Jamie” V, Valerie, Charles, and Justin Aldrich, and later several grandchildren.

 

After his time in the West Virginia House of Delegates (1966-1968), Rockefeller served as Secretary of State of West Virginia (1968-1972); President of West Virginia Wesleyan College (1973-1976); and Governor of West Virginia (1977-1985).

 

In 1984 he was elected to the United States Senate and was reelected four times, in 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008, before retiring in 2015. He was a leading champion for health care reform, an advocate for improving the lives of children and working families, and a supporter of the nation’s soldiers, veterans, and senior citizens.

 

In 2014, Rockefeller donated his papers documenting his 30-year career in the U.S. Senate to the WVU Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center. To learn more about Senator Rockefeller and his Senate career, visit the Center’s “Jay Rockefeller” website at https://rockefeller.lib.wvu.edu.

Recently Acquired NAACP Branch Records Shed Light on WV Brown v. Board Case

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
November 23rd, 2015

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

 

The WVRHC recently acquired a bound volume of typed minutes from various meetings of the Charleston, West Virginia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded in the summer of 1918.  The minutes in the book span the years 1922 to 1936; during that time, attorney and politician T. Gillis Nutter served as the branch president.  Many meetings were held at Garnett High School (founded ca. 1900, sometimes spelled Garnet), an African-American high school in Charleston; branch member Charles Wesley Boyd was the school’s first principal.

 

Garnett High School in Charleston, WV

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New agreement for the Libraries will mean a better research experience for users

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
November 18th, 2015

Behind the scene changes in how West Virginia University Libraries manages resources will translate to a better search experience and fewer headaches for library users.

WVU Libraries has signed an agreement for OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS), a cloud-based library management system, to administer its entire lineup of books, journals and electronic resources.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a complete, cloud-based library management system that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including Acquisitions, Circulation, Metadata, Resource Sharing, License Management and a single-search Discovery interface to connect library users to the information they need. WMS also includes a range of Reports based on local data that help libraries understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

“My priority has been to move WVU Libraries to a next generation library system,” Dean of WVU Libraries Jon E. Cawthorne said. “I am impressed with everything I have learned about WorldShare Management Services, and I am excited about the growth potential. I am grateful that the entire University community and the regional institutions will benefit from the Libraries partnering with OCLC.”

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Vandalia Fiddlers: New Collection of Photographs Documents Musicians at West Virginia Folk Festivals

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
November 18th, 2015

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

The West Virginia and Regional History Center recently acquired a collection of photographs documenting Appalachian Folk Music Festivals from the 1970s.  Among the many candid images of musicians playing guitars, banjos, and dulcimers are shots of the fiddlers, many of whom have achieved acclaim as Vandalia Award winners, including Ira Mullins (1982), Franklin George (1994), and Bobby Taylor (2010).  In its recognition of a lifetime’s contribution to West Virginia’s traditional culture, the Vandalia Award bestows upon its recipients public recognition of their accomplishments, and sets a standard for future artists and their development.  Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Campus Library adds ‘easy button’ for recording presentations

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
November 12th, 2015

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The Downtown Campus Library has added software that streamlines the process of recording a video in its Presentation Practice Room.

One Button Studio is a simplified video recording system that requires no production experience or training. All you need is a reservation and a flash drive. The One Button Studio monitor guides you through the process:

  1. Insert a thumb drive
  2. Push the start button
  3. Following a five-second countdown, begin presenting.

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Five Questions with Author Daniel de Vise

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
November 9th, 2015

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

 

This Wednesday, November 11, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Don Knotts biographer Daniel de Visé will discuss the research for his new book, Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show.  Please join us for the discussion and book signing at 2:00 p.m. in the Robinson Room of the WVU Downtown Campus Library.

 

Portrait of Daniel de Visé

 

To learn a little more about Mr. de Visé before his visit, we asked five questions about his career, interests and Don Knotts!

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William Henry Edwards and the Butterflies of North America

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
November 2nd, 2015

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

Colored images of butterflies from Edwards book Butterflies of North America

William Henry Edwards’ (1822 – 1909) business was coal.  Although born in New York, Edwards spent most of his adult life in Coalburg, a small town outside Charleston, West Virginia.  As a co-founder of the Kanawha and Ohio Coal Company, Edwards moved to Coalburg in order to be closer to his mining operations.

William H. Edwards portrait

However, the real love of his life was butterflies.  Read the rest of this entry »

WVU Libraries hires Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
October 28th, 2015

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West Virginia University Libraries’ newly hired Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity, Kelly Doyle, will help Wikipedia address its gender gap while increasing the presence of Mountain State natives in the online encyclopedia.

“We are thrilled for Kelly Doyle to lead West Virginia University in this extensive endeavor to enhance Wikipedia’s content and reliability,” said Jon E. Cawthorne, dean of the WVU Libraries. “This project will enable us to promote the accomplishments of West Virginians, both historical figures and those making a difference in the world today.”

A Wikipedian in Residence (WiR) is an editor based at an institution to facilitate the creation and improvement of Wikipedia articles related to that institution’s mission. A relatively new role, the first WiR was a volunteer at the British Museum in 2010. By 2014, there were 31 Wikipedians working at institutions around the world.

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Don Knotts biographer to speak about Knotts and research process

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
October 27th, 2015

Don Knotts would be proud. Not only has a Pulitzer Prize-winning author penned a book about him and Andy Griffith, but the author is stopping in Knotts’ hometown and at his alma mater to talk about the book and how he performed research in the West Virginia University LibrariesWest Virginia and Regional History Center.

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Daniel de Visé, author of Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show, will speak at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Robinson Reading Room of the Charles C. Wise, Jr. Library. Following his remarks, he will sign books.

“Mr. de Visé’s presentation will be tailored to fit the interests of not just Don Knotts fans but also those interested in the process of writing a book from the ground up,” WVRHC Curator John Cuthbert said. “He will discuss his research methods, sources, and emphasize the role of the WVRHC in his research regarding Don’s Morgantown roots.”

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A Mountaineer and the Sultan of Swat

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
October 26th, 2015

Blog post by Catherine Rakowski, Administrative Associate, WVRHC.

 

Trivia Question:  What do Babe Ruth, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Powley’s Creek, WV have in common?

Answer:  Jack Warhop, of course!

 

Jack Warhop, from Powley’s Creek near Hinton, delivered up a few home run pitches during his major league career to baseball greats such as Joe Jackson and Ty Cobb, but none as historic as the one he threw to Babe Ruth.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Diaries of Theodore L. Gardiner, former President of Salem College

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
October 19th, 2015

Blog post by Ashleigh Coren, Resident Librarian, WVU Libraries.

Portrait of Theodore Gardiner

From the Men Of West Virginia, Volume I

The diaries and ledgers of Reverend Theodore L. Gardiner (April 15, 1844 – July 3, 1938), collection A&M 4130, offer a glimpse into the history of Salem College (now Salem International University) and the life of a man who suffered many tragedies during his lifetime. While Gardiner led a long and memorable life, he is mainly known for being the former president and instructor of Salem College in Salem, WV from 1892-1906, and for being an active member of the Seventh-Day Baptist Church.

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Downtown Campus Library to host World War Z cosplay and reading event

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
October 15th, 2015

WorldWarZ

Downtown Campus Library is calling for a zombie horde to descend on its building. As part of the 9th Annual Morgantown Zombie Walk, the Downtown Campus Library will host a one-hour cosplay and live reading performance of “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” the 2015 WVU Common Read, on Saturday.

Zombies can enter the Downtown Campus Library at 5 p.m., and the reading will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Robinson Reading Room.

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History Center Acquires Papers Regarding a World War II B-17 Turret Gunner

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
October 12th, 2015

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

The West Virginia and Regional History Center recently acquired research papers regarding Kingsley Spitzer, a B-17 gunner who participated in the strategic bombing of Germany as a member of the 95th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force.  Compiled by his brother William Spitzer, the papers include information regarding not only Kingsley, who died in a plane accident in Wales on 29 December 1943, but also of his crew mates and others, including service records from World War II and information from living veterans.  There is also material regarding efforts to preserve the history of the unit.  Read the rest of this entry »