In celebration of Women’s History Month, the March Special Collections Book of the Month is Queen Elizabeth by Mandell Creighton, Lord Bishop of Peterborough. The book was published in 1896, and is a sympathetic look at the life of England’s Elizabeth I (1533-1603). The volume was printed, and its wonderful plates engraved, by Boussod, Valadon & Co.
Buggies on Broadway, Granville, Ohio
As we get ready to enjoy the winter holidays, let’s look back in time. The Denison University Archives holds a variety of materials related to the season, from trustee William Howard Doane’s Christmas cantatas, to winter dance programs and photographs. So be of good cheer!
Dance program, 1939 winter formal
Steps to academic quad
Music by William Howard Doane
1890s card photograph of students
Postcard of the lower campus
Christmas card from President Good
When Asian Studies became an area of study among the GLCA colleges in the sixties, Denison faculty decided to focus on Burma. Art department chair Dr. Jim Grimes contacted 1910 alumna, Helen Hunt, to begin forming a Burmese art collection at Denison. Hunt had served for decades as a teacher and missionary in Burma. She got in touch with others in service there, and soon donations of Burmese art arrived on campus.
October is American Archives Month! I see the impact of the archives daily, as the resources of the Denison University Archives enrich lives and aid researchers here on campus, and from across the U.S. and even the world.
For instance, the designs of the 1931 Denison Centennial Commemorative Plates set so impressed a visiting British ceramics artist that he had to take a photograph of each plate.
Image from our PowerPoint display.
Images of the event are now up on our Facebook page.
Denison University Library is celebrating 125 years as part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The library was designated as a depository library on April 17, 1884. The purpose of the depository program is to ensure that all members of the general public have easy, free access to government information in all formats.
Denison University is known for its outstanding academic life, but there is a recreational side to the university, as well. The following images show Denison at leisure.
Up on the roof
Tug o’ war
The May pole
Ritual burial of the English textbook
Taking in the view
Archives are well-known for their paper-based documents, but they also may contain a wealth of other materials, such as objects, that help to reveal the past. Here’s a sampling of objects from the Denison University Archives.
Pin from the Shepardson Club, a campus women's club
Early campus computer parts
Krapp's Last Tape
Theatre in Video is a new resource that contains performances in streaming video of the world’s leading plays and film documentaries on the subject of theater. Some plays are presented in multiple productions exemplifying various interpretations of the text, and technical and cultural differences among the presentations. Stage work of directors and actors are cross-searchable and available for side-by-side comparison.
The archives holds a fascinating collection of student scrapbooks, dating from the later 1800s to the 1950s. The scrapbooks are filled with photographs, plus ephemera such as ticket stubs, programs, and clippings. There’s also objects inserted between pages–pins, corsages, even a spoon! More than fifty scrapbooks are available for viewing and research use. See some examples below:
Beverly Brickell scrapbook page
Cover of the Catherine Darby scrapbook
Catherine Darby scrapbook page
Joseph Castellini scrapbook photograph of Granville shops
Joseph Castellini scrapbook photograph of 1924 freshman initiation