Monday, May 11, 2015

Vogue Archive!

We now have access to the Vogue Archive, a searchable database of Vogue magazine back to its inception - 1892!

What's so cool about this archive is that it searches everything in the magazine - articles, image captions, advertisements...everything!

And what's even more awesome - full-page, color images. High quality images. Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue, made sure the images were up to their high standards, so it really is like you're flipping through the magazine.

Search tip: if you want to limit to a certain time period, go to the Advanced Search page and change the Publication Date to a certain date or a range of months or years.

If you need help searching the Vogue Archive, just ask a librarian.

Archives Photographs Part of Digital Public Library of America

Photographs from the Archives that were contributed to Minnesota Reflections, a project of the Minnesota Digital Library, are now part of the Digital Public Library of America.  A total of 59 images from St. Catherine were added to the DPLA site.

The Digital Public Library of America brings together resources from across the country into an online portal for discovery and use. It also encourages the development of apps that provide creative ways to search and visualize the items contained in the DPLA.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Archives Display: May Festivities

This month's display features items from St. Kate's Archives relating to May Fête and Dew Drop Bop. Throughout St. Kate’s history, students have marked the passage of the academic year and the arrival of spring with a festival held in May.

Originally called Whoopee Day, the tradition was begun in 1938.  From 1939-1986, students celebrated it as May Fête, an annual event similar to May Day. An article in the April 24, 1947 Wheel described it this way:
For freshmen who have heard much talk and seen little action, May Fete is the school's contribution to Living A Life of Confusion and most of the planning is done behind locked doors . . . witness the soph skit and senior Varsity Show.
The May Fête revelry included a May pole dance (with the lamp post located inside the campus gate on Randolph Avenue serving as the May pole). Students gathered along the streets of campus to watch a parade in which Freshmen dressed in thematic costumes (often relating to their studies or extracurricular interests), drove cars that were decorated with balloons, flowers and other adornments. In the afternoon, Katies enjoyed the chance to take canoe rides on Dew Drop Pond. May Fête activities concluded with a play performed in honor of the senior class.

Students perform a May Pole dance.
In addition to providing fun, one of the purposes was to raise funds for a major project on the campus.  The first project was converting a former greenhouse into an addition to the student tea room in Whitby.  The second was to raise enough money to erect a shrine to Our Lady of Peace. It took 5 years, but the Shrine was dedicated in 1943.  The statue still stands on campus, now located on the south side of the CDC.

Since 1987, the annual May celebration has been known as the Dew Drop Bop. Whereas May Fête involved pageantry and performances such as a parade and a play, the Dew Drop Bop is similar to a modern day carnival held on the Quad.  The event features rides, games, crafts, live music, and food. Dew Drop Bop is an opportunity for students to socialize and celebrate the end of another academic year. True to its name, the Dew Drop Bop culminates with a dance held in the evening.

This display will be on view during the month of May on the main level of the St. Paul Library, in the case in front of the video of the carrels. Stop by to learn more!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Summer Reading Staff Picks

We know you're busy with final papers and tests, but summer is just around the corner and what's more fun to do in the summer than read? You need to catch up on some good books and we have some recommendations for you!

This Pinterest board is full of library staff book recommendations, from short stories about interesting women to post-apocalyptic science fiction to a riveting story of trapped miners to some seriously good graphic novels. You're bound to find something you'll like.

And while you're checking out this board, follow us on Pinterest!

Do you have any book recommendations for us?

Photo by Anjum Malkana / licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Google Scholar downtime until May 10

If you're used to using Google Scholar to try to find articles in our library, unfortunately right now you won't see links that lead to our content, like the "Full Text @ SCU" link.

This issue is on Google's end and they are working to resolve it, but it probably won't be resolved until the weekend. We are hoping by May 10 those links will be up and running again.

In the meantime, if you're having trouble finding articles, contact us at

Monday, May 4, 2015

This Week in St. Kate's History: May 4th Matters

May 9, 1970 Pioneer Press headline
On May 4, 1970 four students of Kent State University were fatally shot and nine were wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen. Today we remember our fallen peers and the terrible loss of life that day 45 years ago.

Following the shootings, St. Kate's students, staff, and faculty joined together with more than 1,250 other universities to stand in solidarity with Kent State.

Students voted 510-410 against a general social and academic strike. But 110 students who voted against the strike still wanted some form of positive action. This feeling, combined with the enthusiasm of the 410 students supporting a strike, caused the student government to call for prayers, letters to Congress, and cancellation of all social events.  The cancellations included May Fete, the end of year celebration we now call Dew Drop Bop.

On May 9, 1970 many St. Kate's students and faculty marched from campus to the Capitol steps--joining protesters from 9 other schools along the way.  Together Archbishop Leo Byrne and Governor Harold LeVander declared Sunday, May 10 a day of prayer for those at Kent State and everyone affected by the war.

Classes continued as scheduled, although many discussions centered around what happened at Kent State. While May Fete was cancelled, booths were still set up.  But instead of the usual food and games, they provided students phone numbers and addresses of congressmen.

Students also held prayer vigils in the chapel, participated in 36 and 60 hour fasts, and gathered signatures from the Highland Park area for a petition calling for the removal of American troops in Cambodia.

Read the full article about St. Kate's students and their response to Kent State on the Digital Collections. To learn more about other institutions who protested the shootings at Kent State search #May4Matters on Twitter or Facebook and visit the photo website.

Friday, May 1, 2015

ILL issues May 1-3

Our interlibrary loan (ILL) system is being updated the weekend of May 1-3. During this update, the ILL system may run slower and the processing of requests may be slightly delayed.

This shouldn't cause any major problems, but if you're having trouble placing requests, contact the interlibrary loan office at:

Things should be running smoothly again on Monday, May 4.