Handle with Care | Preservation Strategies for Pan Am’s Digital Archive

Repair and conserve: a phrase that drives a vast and complex component of University of Miami Libraries’ (UML) mission. Primary source materials and books are handled over years, decades, and even centuries; room conditions fluctuate, humidity falls and rises, and critters occasionally find their way to them for a snack. For the specialists that manage UML’s Preservation Strategies Department, “repair and conserve” holds a significance … Continue reading Handle with Care | Preservation Strategies for Pan Am’s Digital Archive

THIS JUST IN: Motoring through the Depression: to Florida & New England by ‘House Car’

By Nicola Hellmann-McFarland, Special Collections Library Assistant What exactly is a “house car”? It is, indeed, what it sounds like -a house that is also a car, very much like any other recreational vehicle (RV). However, it is often custom-built on a truck frame or a small bus, converted into a bulky sleeper and touring car made to allow its driver and inhabitants to romance the road … Continue reading THIS JUST IN: Motoring through the Depression: to Florida & New England by ‘House Car’

THIS JUST IN: Ben Cartwright Wants You to Know About Propaganda

By Nicola Hellmann-McFarland, Special Collections Library Assistant For those of you old enough, or those who have fathers and grandfathers that remember the Golden Age of Television, the 1960s TV show, Bonanza, was about Ben “Pa” Cartwright and his three sons, who ran a farm by the name of “Ponderosa Ranch” in the Wild West during the Civil War era. Bonanza aired on television for an amazing fourteen years, … Continue reading THIS JUST IN: Ben Cartwright Wants You to Know About Propaganda

THIS JUST IN: Lions, Tigers, and Pegacorns, Oh My!

By Yvette Yurubi, Research Assistant In following this year’s #BeBoldForChange theme for International Women’s Day, we wanted to highlight one of our more recent and unique acquisitions from Caroline Paquita and Pegacorn Press. Caroline and her collaborators have been publishing zines together since the mid-1990s. These works showcase femininity and sexuality in a raw and brazen way, and capture the female body in all of its many shapes, forms, … Continue reading THIS JUST IN: Lions, Tigers, and Pegacorns, Oh My!

Notes from the Miami Zine Fair

By Jay Sylvestre, Special Collections Librarian On Saturday, April 30, Special Collections and the UM Gender, Sexuality, and Visual Studies Collective shared a table at the 3rd annual Miami Zine Fair. The Zine Fair, organized by Exile Books and hosted by HistoryMiami, featured 140 tables of zine makers, artists, and poets. The event drew more than 1,500 people who came to purchase and swap zines, … Continue reading Notes from the Miami Zine Fair

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

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

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: The Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Cristina Favretto, head of Special Collections The Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany (Les Grandes Heures d’Anne de Bretagne in French) is a book of hours that had been originally commissioned by Anne of Brittany, consort of King Louis XII of France and illuminated in Tours or perhaps Paris by Jean Bourdichon between 1503 … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: The Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany