COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: American Big Game Fishing, 1935

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Steve Hersh American Big Game Fishing (1935) is a must-see for all fishing enthusiasts who want to learn more about the different kinds of fish that exist all over the United States and what methods, environments, and seasons are the most viable for a great catch. It likens fishing to an art form and describes … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: American Big Game Fishing, 1935

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: aUI: The Language of Space

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Yvette Yurubi Seeking to bridge the gaps of communication between ourselves and worlds beyond, John W. Weilgart created what is described as not a “concocted language” but a “rediscovery of the basic categories of human thought and expression.” In his book, aUI: The Language of Space (1968), Weilgart sought to reduce language to its … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: aUI: The Language of Space

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Train Approaching UM’s Student Union

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Marcia Heath, University Archives technician A recent and generous donation from the University of Miami’s Office of Communications and Marketing has provided us with several boxes of captivating photographs which hail as far back as the mid-1900s and capture the essence of university life from UM’s formative years to the present. The growth and … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Train Approaching UM’s Student Union

Spectral Collections: The Jackie Gleason Collection

The first time I opened a book from the Jackie Gleason Collection, a single long, wiry strand of white hair plunged forward from its pages. The book was Confessions of a Spiritualist (1921) by Arthur Conan Doyle, the wizardly creator of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle dabbled in mediums and other worlds, so I figured it was as good a place to start as any, but that … Continue reading Spectral Collections: The Jackie Gleason Collection

The Haitian Diaspora Oral History Digital Collection

The Haitian Diaspora Oral History Digital Collection includes videos and outlines of oral history interviews conducted with individuals of Haitian ancestry that are well renowned in the world of culture and the arts, education, community activism, civic leadership, and many professional organizations. In these interviews, musicians, artists, dancers, and writers explore the creative process, often through the lens of the diaspora experience, while showcasing the … Continue reading The Haitian Diaspora Oral History Digital Collection

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Tomato Pickers of Immokalee, Florida from the Florida Photograph Album Collection

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Yvette Yurubi Written and photographed by Shiho Fukada, Tomato Pickers of Immokalee, Florida is a stunning piece of photojournalism held in the Florida Photograph Album Collection. Produced in 2003, the piece exhibits a series of images that narrate the hardships experienced by immigrants who live and work as tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida. Fukada … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Tomato Pickers of Immokalee, Florida from the Florida Photograph Album Collection

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: A Guide to Tourist Services: Hustling Jamaican Style, How to Speak Jamaican, and The How to be Jamaican Handbook

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Cory Czajkowski This set of recent acquisitions to our collections, which includes A Guide to Tourist Services: Hustling Jamaican Style, How to Speak Jamaican, and The How to be Jamaican Handbook, is a series of handbooks from the 1980s aiming to help the reader acclimate himself or herself to life in Jamaica—BUT they would … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: A Guide to Tourist Services: Hustling Jamaican Style, How to Speak Jamaican, and The How to be Jamaican Handbook

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Miscellaneous Photographs from the Ruth and Richard Shack Papers

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Bea Skokan   Former Dade County Commissioner, Ruth Shack, recently donated her and her husband’s papers to the University of Miami Special Collections, which offer a lot of history and insight into her political career that began in the 1970s. She was a noted social rights and women’s rights activist, and she was also … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Miscellaneous Photographs from the Ruth and Richard Shack Papers

Politics, Literature, and Culture in Brazil: The Leila Míccolis Collection

Politics, Literature, and Culture in Brazil: The Leila Míccolis Collection by Tatiana Faria Over the last several months, I have had the privilege of working with an extensive collection of alternative press materials from Brazil. Most of the pieces—in the form of newspapers, magazines, newsletters, books, and comics—are from 1968-1990, a time of political unrest and oppression for Brazil. From 1964-1985, Brazil was under a … Continue reading Politics, Literature, and Culture in Brazil: The Leila Míccolis Collection

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Ball and Cotillon Articles Decorations

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Steve Hersh A rare, vintage catalog from around the year 1908, Ball and Cotillon Articles Decorations bears many parallels to modern-day Party City catalogs and offers an array of costumes, props, and decorations that can be used to create overall themes for balls and cotillons. The costumes are of the outlandish variety, represented by … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Ball and Cotillon Articles Decorations