Class Project Breathes Life into Historical Documents

In her own academic career, English professor and PhD candidate Allison Harris has spent a significant amount of time in archives, using records dating back to the historical periods she’s studying to support research and to breathe life into her writing. Taking her African-American Literature students to the archives for a project focused on the era of slavery, however, was an idea actually inspired in a cemetery, … Continue reading Class Project Breathes Life into Historical Documents

This Just In: Acquisitions from the Women’s Studio Workshop

Last month, Special Collections had the privilege of hosting Tana Kellner from the Women’s Studio Workshop. Tana brought with her a fantastic selection of artists’ books, or works of art realized in the form of a book, produced by WSW. The beautiful books that we acquired from this visit cover a range of topics including: environmentalism, scientific theory, incarceration, immigration, poetry, and language. The following descriptions … Continue reading This Just In: Acquisitions from the Women’s Studio Workshop

A Most Excellent Adventure

Exploring the Pan Am Archives in Miami By Rebecca Snider Sprecher with Dian Groh After writing a novel about Pan Am flight crews and giving a number of history presentations on our airline for various community organizations, I was anxious to visit the Pan Am archives at the University of Miami’s Richter Library. I’d read many books on the history of Pan Am, but I … Continue reading A Most Excellent Adventure

Now Available: The Lenny Kaye Science Fiction Fanzine Collection

We are happy to announce the acquisition of the Lenny Kaye Science Fiction Fanzine collection at the Special Collections Department of the University of Miami Libraries. The Kaye collection constitutes a very rich and unique trove of science fiction fanzines from the 1940s to the 1970s, and represents a significant addition to our ever-growing zine holdings. The zines were originally collected by Lenny Kaye, who … Continue reading Now Available: The Lenny Kaye Science Fiction Fanzine Collection

Looking for Ezra Pound, Finding a Local Treasure

Guest Writer: Barry Devine, Ph.D., English Graduate Student Researching in the archives is a slow, often labor-intensive process, but one that rarely leaves me disappointed. Each rare book or box of documents is a world waiting to be explored; sometimes you will find something once thought to be lost, sometimes you will find documents that either confirm or contradict previously held notions about a particular … Continue reading Looking for Ezra Pound, Finding a Local Treasure

Local Food Experts Engage Foodie Community of South Florida

by Sarah Block, Library Communications Local food experts reflected on South Florida’s abundant natural offerings, strong multicultural seasonings, and rich supply of untapped resources—all shaping the area’s evolving culinary landscape—during a panel discussion at UM Special Collections’ Tropical Gastronomies featuring chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken, food blogger and Edible South Florida editor Gretchen Schmidt, and author and historian Mandy Baca. Moderated by Special Collections … Continue reading Local Food Experts Engage Foodie Community of South Florida

Special Collections’ Food Chains Screening Opens Discussion on Farmworker Exploitation

by Sarah Block, Library Communications Local farmworkers demanding fair labor practices in farm fields are making meaningful changes in one of the nation’s most critically relied on but historically exploited areas of the labor force. An event at the University of Miami Special Collections on April 22 brought together UM students, faculty, and community members for a screening and discussion of the documentary Food Chains: The … Continue reading Special Collections’ Food Chains Screening Opens Discussion on Farmworker Exploitation

Life in an Archive: A Visit to the Pan Am Collection

by Jay Sylvestre and Steve Hersh, Special Collections Washington DC resident Guy Noffsinger has made several trips to Miami to conduct research on Special Collections’ Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records. He made sure to time his most recent visit with the “Cleared to Land” event on January 29, in which Special Collections celebrated the completion of a two-year effort in reprocessing the collection. The visit … Continue reading Life in an Archive: A Visit to the Pan Am Collection

2014 Abrams Banning Grant Winner

Special Collections and the Pan Am Historical Foundation are thrilled to announce that the 2014 Dave Abrams and Gene Banning Pan Am Research Grant has been awarded to Hadassah St. Hubert. Presented by the Pan Am Historical Foundation, the award supports scholarly research using the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records housed at the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections, and honors two of Pan … Continue reading 2014 Abrams Banning Grant Winner

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Althea “Gerry” Lister Papers

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Emily Gibson One of Pan Am’s earliest and most notable employees, Althea “Gerry” Lister made many strides as a woman in the aviation world, serving as the Secretary to the General Traffic Manager, then as an Assistant to the Passenger Service Manager, and finally as the Pan Am Museum’s curator and company historian. … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Althea “Gerry” Lister Papers