Monday, November 23, 2015

Archives Display: Women in Science

Attention all Science Students, this one is for you!

This month the St. Kate's Archives & Special Collections wanted to highlight women in science-- especially our very own! St. Catherine students have always been dedicated to exploring the natural and physical sciences. In the 1940s, a student club dedicated to the sciences was created and called Mendel Forum. This club was geared towards students majoring in the sciences, but also encouraged these students to be active in learning and engaging with all the sciences offered on campus.

The  display also features the scales, made out of horn, used and gifted by Sister Antonius Kennelly for her work on her Ph.D in Munich, Germany. We like to think Sister Antonius would be very proud of all the women doing amazing work in our science departments today!

The display features a wide variety of Mendel Forum artifacts, but we are missing artifacts and papers from modern science clubs! If you are a participant in any science club, please contact the Archives & Special Collections and learn how you can get your club's story preserved!

For more information, visit the Archives online or in person in Room 62 of the Library, open Monday-Friday from 9:30-4:30.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov. 21 RefWorks workshop canceled

Unfortunately we have to cancel the RefWorks workshop scheduled for November 21.

There may be workshop opportunities in the Spring, so keep an eye out for those.

And, as always, if you need help using RefWorks, Ask a Librarian. We'd be glad to help you.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov. 14 APA Workshop, spots available

The St. Kate's Library is offering our popular APA Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at the St. Paul Campus Library (Room 110). This is our intensive workshop on APA-related topics for graduate students, including: citing electronic sources in APA style, in-text citations, paraphrasing and other strategies to avoid plagiarism.

Space is limited, but some spots have recently opened up for the Nov. 14 Workshop, so we're looking for more participants. Go to the APA Workshop page to learn more and sign up.

Attn: MLIS students - Grad Assistantship!

Hey, MLIS students, want to get on-the-job reference experience working with fun, energetic librarians? Then apply for our Reference Graduate Assistantship position!

The purpose of this position is to first provide professional reference service to the University community and, second, to facilitate a hands-on learning experience for the graduate student. The Reference Graduate Assistant will be mentored by and work alongside four professional reference librarians at the St. Paul Campus.

Depending upon the qualifications of the Assistant, there may be opportunities to work beyond the reference desk and do things like: deliver instruction, develop LibGuides, support outreach initiatives, etc.

Apply today!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

RefWorks Workshops on November 10 & 21

Learn how to use this web-based bibliographic management software that allows you to store and organize your citations, and, produce a reference list in any citation style.

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30-6:30 pm
Saturday, November 21, 10:30-11:30 am

Both sessions will be held in Room 110 at the St. Paul Campus Library.

For more information, contact Sue Gray ( or Kathi Rickert (

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Found In the Archives: College of St. Thomas Panty Raid Letter

Ahhh...the good old days. Dating back to the late 1940s, a panty raid was a college prank in which large groups of male students attempted to invade the dorms of female students and steal their undergarments as the trophies of a successful raid.

Considered the first post-World War II college craze, the panty raid originated in 1949 at Illinois's Augustana College, eventually sweeping through colleges in the United States. For many college students, this prank was carried out as a humorous protest against dormitory curfews and and restrictions placed on male visitors.
Letter from Sister Marie James, CSC Dean of students, 1973

According to a letter we found in the 1972-1973 College Association Annual Reports, a group of students from the University of St. Thomas (at the time, College of St. Thomas) were successful in their raid, however this victory came with a price.

In the letter, Sister Marie James, CSC Dean of Students, itemizes the expenses incurred during the panty raid. The total cost is $33.00, including 2 emergency exit glasses ($2) and one hour to check out damage ($6). She also reiterates the severity of the prank, reminding the St. Thomas students that "... an entry such as you made the other night adds additional costs which really, in justice, should be born by you boys."

By the mid-1970s, the fad had run its course and we suspect that this was the last time a panty raid was carried out by our neighbors from St. Thomas. Fortunately, the relationship between our schools remains strong, even after a prank like this!

Until 1977, St. Thomas was an all-male campus with St. Kate’s students taking on the role of cheerleaders and homecoming queens. This, combined with the proximity of our campuses, organized social events, and a shared commitment to Catholic education, make the history between our two campuses unique.

This letter is one of many unique items you will find in our Archives! Learn more about the history of St. Catherine University online and in person in Room 62 of the Library, open Monday - Friday from 9:30-4:30.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Archives Display: Student Life

Calling all Katies!

October is American Archives Month, and for this post we're asking your help in adding to the St. Kate's Archives and Special Collections. Do you want future St. Kate’s students to learn about your experience here on campus? YOU are what makes St. Catherine University and we want to include you in its history!

If you are part of a student club or organization, please help us preserve your group’s history by giving us flyers, posters, buttons, banners, meeting minutes, etc. We are also looking for handouts from campus events, workshops, and speeches you have attended, Residence Hall flyers about events within your building, playbills from on-campus concerts, plays, etc. Basically, anything that you think reflects your experience here at St. Kate’s! We know how busy you are--you can bring your collection to us anytime during the school year when it is convenient for you!

To recognize the variety of student life past and present, we are currently displaying photos and memorabilia of student groups and activities throughout the years. The display is located on the main level of the St. Paul Library, in the case in front of the video carrels. For more images of student life, you can also browse through our Digital Collections anytime.

Items on display include:
  • Students roasting marshmallows in a fireplace in the common room of Mendel Hall, 1942
  • Dolphin Club (Synchronized Swimmers) program, 1960s.
  • Residence Life newsletter, titled “On Campus”, 1985.
  • Chapstick from Senate with contact information on it, 2014.

If you have any questions about donating your student organization’s records and memorabilia, please let us know! For more information, visit the Archives online or in person in Room 62 of the Library, open Monday-Friday from 9:30-4:30.