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Celebrating Ovid in the Library March 5th

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Publius Ovidius Naso, fondly known as Ovid, died in exile about 2,000 years ago. Since, his most influential work, the Metamorphoses, has served as a source and inspiration to authors and artists from Shakespeare, Chaucer,… Read More

“Game Changers” on display this Spring

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Fun and games in the library! The spring exhibit by Special Collections, Game Changers, focuses on vintage entertainments from the 19th- and 20th-centuries, exploring their historical significance as cultural artifacts and technologies of yore. From innovations… Read More

DIY Bookmaking is back this J-Term!

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Vinyl records are so 2010. Special Collections bookmaking gurus are back to celebrate the millennium renaissance of audio cassette tapes, those small, plastic, blasts from the past. We’ll provide vintage cassette tapes and… Read More

Spanish Centennial Exhibit

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The Spanish Summer Language School celebration its 100th anniversary this summer, and the library joined in the celebration with a colorful display.

Hostage Negotiations with Homeland Security, or, Rare Book Buying, Italian Style

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Special Collections visitors often ask how the rare books in our collection make their way onto our shelves, and indeed, the question of provenance is one of great importance in the world of… Read More

Peep shows at Middlebury

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Middlebury Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives has recently acquired some 19th-century European peep shows! Peep shows burst onto the European scene in 1825 with Austrian printer Heinrich Friedrich Müller’s first “Teleorama.” These tunnel… Read More

Mead Chapel turns 100

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2016 marks the centennial celebration of Mead Chapel, dedicated on June 18th, 1916. In 1914, former governor Dr. John Mead, class of 1864, fulfilled President Thomas’s desire for a space large enough to accommodate… Read More

Historic Saudi Arabian Room Revived

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When Tillinghast Professor of Religion Shalom Goldman heard mention of a mysterious room that used to exist in Starr Library, he knew to turn to Special Collections.

1,768 New Students, 15,000 Old Letters, and One New President

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The start of the academic year always brings exciting developments for our campus, including new faces in the student body and the administration.

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