Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Archives Display: Victorian Valentines

Valentine's Day is drawing near--have you gotten your valentine a card yet? If not, maybe you can draw some inspiration from these gems from the Victorian period! The Victorian Valentine Collection was donated to the St. Catherine University Archives and Special Collections by Helen Schoenheider in 1988. Schoenheider attended St. Kate's from 1924 to 1925. These early cards of love date all the way back to 1840! The collection has over 100 valentines dating all the way back to 1840! Some are even just for friends.

The collection contains the work of numerous artists such as Louis Prang (1824-1909), who was a German immigrant that settled in Boston in 1850. He was known as the "father of the American Christmas card" after he introduced Christmas cards to the American market in 1875.

Other notable artists and companies within the collection include Raphael Tuck & Co., McLaughton, Esther Howland, and George C. Whitney Manufacturing Company. Pictured below is a German mechanical card. They were called mechanical because of the unique way they popped out to the viewer. This particular card was made somewhere between 1890 and 1910, when they were extremely popular.

To see more Victorian valentines, visit the February display in the St. Kate's library, which can be found just behind and to the left of the circulation desk.

For more information on the history of St. Catherine University, visit the Archives and Special Collections online or in person in Room 062 in the lower level of the Library; open Monday-Friday from 9:30-4:30

Friday, February 5, 2016

Found in the Archives: Chemistry Classroom Photograph

February 7th is National Periodic Table Day, an unofficial holiday celebrating the publication of the first table of the elements on February 7, 1863.

The Archives and Special Collections has this picture of Whitby Hall room 121, which was used as a chemistry classroom.

The photograph, taken around 1918, shows a poster of the periodic table hanging on the wall to the left. The poster is enlarged below.

The text underneath the poster's title indicates the table is "according to Mendeleev . . . revised and corrected to 1910 by Dr F W Clarke."  The periodical table St. Kate's students learned in the early 19th century, with its 70 elements arranged into 8 groups and 12 series, is much simpler than the 118-element table chemistry students use today.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Archives: Student Assistant Job Opening

Are you a St. Kate's student looking for a unique and rewarding part-time on-campus job opportunity? Do you want to learn about St. Kate's history and get paid for it? Work with us as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections!
Job duties include staffing the service desk and providing assistance to users of the collections, organizing and/or digitizing records of University offices and manuscript collections, and creating displays using materials from our Archives.
If you are a first year or sophomore student interested in history, religion/theology, and archives or libraries, this is the perfect job for you! Log in to KatieCareer and learn more.

Review of applications will begin February 15th and the deadline to apply is Sunday, February 21st.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Homelessness, health equity, & public libraries

Amy Mars, our Outreach & Reference Librarian, also works part-time at Hennepin County Libraries (HCL), and her most recent work at HCL centered around a grant they received to help support community members who are experiencing housing insecurity.

As part of her work on this grant, Amy helped train staff on how to work with those experiencing housing insecurity, partnered with outside organizations to provide community programming, and helped boost awareness of the issue of homelessness and how it impacts the community.

To learn more about this, check out this article Amy recently wrote: Advancing Health Equity through Services to Patrons Experiencing Homelessness.

Good job, Amy! Keep it up.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Registration is Now Open for the Grad Student APA and Writing Workshops

The St. Kate's Libraries and the O'Neill Center are presenting two intensive workshops for graduate students on APA and effective writing strategies on Saturday, February 13 and 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Both workshops, running concurrently, are offered each weekend so students can attend one or both sessions.

Space is limited and registration is required. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis so don't delay!

Registration forms and more information is available at http://libguides.stkate.edu/apaworkshop

Questions?  Please contact Sue Gray (sagray@stkate.edu) or Kathi Rickert (kdrickert@stkate.edu)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

ProQuest downtime Jan 16

On Saturday, January 16, starting around 9pm and lasting for 8+ hours, all our ProQuest databases and products will be down while they do upgrades.

This outage will affect downtime with the ProQuest citation manager RefWorks as well as these ProQuest databases:
  • ProQuest Education
  • ProQuest Newspapers
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • PsycINFO
  • Vogue Archive
  • New York Times Historical
  • And any other database or journal on the ProQuest platform

For almost all subject areas we have multiple databases on different platforms, so go to our Databases by Subject page and select your subject area to see other databases you may use during this ProQuest downtime.

By the morning of Sunday, January 17 these databases should be working again, but do contact us if you're having issues.

*Image courtesy of Minitex

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Library over break

Since the campus is closing from noon on December 23 to January 4, the library is also closed at this time. But don't forget about all our online resources - those will be up and running!

Thanks for the long break, Sr. Andrea. This is some of what we'll be doing with the extra time:

Happy holidays!