Last week Jane Lindholm from Vermont Public Radio visited the Middlebury College Archives to find out more about a recent gift of Civil War letters. To listen to the story and see more images, visit the VPR web site here!
The Middlebury College Archives is searching for a movie about the College filmed in 1948. It features scenes shot at the Snow Bowl in the winter and the main campus in the spring. We’ve placed a request with Paramount Picture, which originally produced it, and we’re waiting to hear back from them. But we also thought it was possible that somebody associated with the College might have a copy somewhere. If you know where a copy can be found, please let us know. SpecialCollections@middlebury.edu 802-443-3028.
Sandy Stott of the Thoreau Farm recently visited Special Collections at Davis Family Library to see Henry David Thoreau’s personal copy of Walden with his notes in the margins. Stott wrote about his visit in this very nice blog post– http://thoreaufarm.org/2013/07/holding-walden/
Thoreau’s personal copy of Walden is invaluable and one of Middlebury College’s most significant holdings. Special Collections plans to digitize the pages with Thoreau’s marginalia so that this unique content can be shared widely on the web. In order to preserve the hard copy safely for future generations, access to it is strictly limited and an advance appointment is necessary. Please see the Special Collections page for more information.
The Italian Summer School is currently presenting a display of color photos in the Atrium of the Davis Family Library. The display, entitled SEE-CILY, will be in place until the end of the Summer Language Schools.
This exhibit depicts the inner life of Sicily, a rugged island, rich in history and art. It is a photographic journey through Sicilian culture and folklore, illustrating ancient and cherished traditions. You will discover the heartfelt festival of Saint Agatha, the centuries old handcrafted marionettes known as “Pupi Siciliani”, the superb craftsmanship of artisans working with wood, iron and textiles, as well as the preparation of delicious homemade foods. Churches, monuments and the unspoiled beauty of central Sicily’s landscapes will also be explored. The SEE-CILY exhibition will transport you to places tourists never see. It is a unique collection of forty-two photographs that serve as the nucleus of an ever-expanding exhibit, bearing witness to the sublime beauty and ancient rhythms of this most Mediterranean of islands.
Photographs by Antonino Riggio. Art Curator: Valentina Morello
“I wouldn’t define SEE-CILY as just an exhibit. I see it more as an itinerary, a path through the places and people I grew up with. It is my inner subconscious through the eye of my camera.” Antonino Riggio.
For more info: www.antoninoriggio.com
The weather we’ve been having so far this summer could encourage mold to grow in places it normally wouldn’t. Damp places like basements can be bad year ’round and should never be used to store books, but even the nice book shelf in your living room will be susceptible to mold growth after many days of rain, heat, and high humidity. Mold spores are everywhere, just waiting for the right conditions to sprout and grow, so be on the lookout. If you discover an infestation, read this excellent article from our friends at Cornell University Preservation Dept. to learn how to deal with it. http://www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/librarypreservation/mee/management/mold.html
The recent book sale in Davis Family Library has ended and all the books that are left over are waiting for you to come and take them away, FOR FREE!!! Stop by Davis Family Library anytime before the Thanksgiving recess and help yourself.
During Spring Break next week, starting on Monday 3/26, LIS will be shifting some collections in Davis Family Library in order to make room for an expansion of classroom LIB140 that is planned for June. We’ve hired the same library moving company that moved the Music Library last year. We expect the shift to be completed by Friday.
The Government Documents collection in the center of the Main Level will be consolidated to the eastern end of the compact shelving that it currently occupies. This will open up three ranges of shelves at the western end of that section. Monographs that are on shelves next to LIB140 on the Lower Level will then be moved to the newly vacated shelves in the center of the Main Level. The collection will continue to be in the same order overall, but the break between the Main and Lower Levels will be slightly different. All the print and online building guides will be updated to reflect the change. See go/davismap for details.
If you need an item that is in the area being shifted by the moving company, simply place a request for the item at the Circulation Desk and it will be retrieved and held for you to pick up.