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July 11, 2008

The estate of Dr. Harry Philpott, President of Auburn University from 1965 to 1979, recently donated a complete set of the Eleventh Edition of The Encyclopaedia Britannica.  The Eleventh Edition (1910-1911) is considered to be one of the most collectable and contains articles by many famous and soon-to-be-famous authors.  The set donated to the Auburn University Libraries is the regular quarto sized edition rather than the "handy volume" edition published in octavo size.  The Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, also holds the Presidential records of the Philpott Administration and over 20 hours of oral history interviews with the late Dr. Philpott.

The Eleventh Edition of The Encyclopaedia Britannica is currently on display in the Special Collections and Archives Department in the five flat glass display cases located on the east side of the department.

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May 23, 2008

Seminars on EndNote citation software are being offered to faculty members and graduate students during   the Summer.  Click on the Seminars link located in the middle of the Auburn University Libraries homepage for registration information, etc.  Seminars are free but registration is required.

Currently, the following EndNote seminars are being offered:

Wednesday, August 6

Thursday, August 21

Friday, September 5

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May 2, 2008

The Special Collections and Archives Department was recently presented with the donation of an Auburn University keepsake quilt originally given to Polly Philpott, wife of A.U. President Harry Philpott, in 1980 by the Auburn University Campus Club.

The quilt features 49 muslin squares appliqued or embroidered featuring numerous Auburn scenes including campus buildings including the Draughon Library, War Eagle, a map to Toomer's Corner, the Tiger, the University Seal, and more.

The quilt was originally presented to Polly Philpott at a luncheon held in her honor and a "Goodbye, Polly" musical review in 1980.  The late Harry Philpott served as Auburn University's president during the period 1965-1980.  The quilt will be put on display later this year.

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May 2, 2008

Located in the five flat glass exhibit cases on the east side (facing the A.U. Hotel and Dixon Conference Center) of the Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, is an exhibit featuring the art of Laquita Thomson.

Thomson, an assistant professor at the Freed Hardeman University Art Department in Henderson, Tennessee, received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from Auburn University in 1991.  She has worked on a project recording oral histories of living Southern artists.

The exhibit features numerous woodcuts by Laquita Thomason featuring such subjects as flowers, kudzu, cotton, birds, dogs, cats, and electrical powerlines.

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May 2, 2008

Currently on display in the Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library is an exhibit featuring books, photographs, sheet music, and phonograph records on Gospel Music and early Rock 'n' Roll (mostly the 1950's with some coverage into the 1970's).  The exhibit is located in the three tall glass display cases immediately on the left hand side upon entering the Special Collections and Archives Department.

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March 28, 2008

Currently on display in the Special Collections and Archives Department in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library is the following exhibit:  "William Bartram:  Botanist, Artist, Explorer, Author.  April 7, 1739-July 22, 1823."

The exhibit features numerous illustrations of southeastern plants and flowers, plus numerous books by and about Bartram, the flora of the southeast including Alabama, Indians of the southeast, numerous captions, and a chronology of Bartram's life.

The exhibit is located in the three upright glass display cases in the north side (i.e., facing Samford Hall) of the Special Collections and Archives Department which is located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

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March 4, 2008

Seminars on EndNote citation software are being offered to faculty members and graduate students during the Spring Semester and on into the Summer.  Click on the Seminars link located in the middle of the Auburn University Libraries homepage for registration information, etc.  Seminars are free but registration is required.

Currently, the following EndNote seminars are being offered:

Tuesday, May 13

Thursday, May 29

Wednesday, June 25

 

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February 13, 2008

Exhibit on Display March 7 - April 15:

Alexander Hamilton:  The Man Who Made Modern America

The exhibit is located in the three tall glass display cases on one's left upon entering the Special Collections and Archives Department.  This exhibit features numerous illustrations, books, captions, and a chronology detailing the life of Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) who was born in on the Caribbean island of Nevis, emigrated to what became the U.S.A., fought in the American Revolution, became the very influential first Secretary of the Treasury in 1789 and died in a duel with Aaron Burr (who served as Vice-President in the first administration of Thomas Jefferson) in 1804.  Additional exhibit materials concerning Hamilton are located on the large folding panels located to one's right on the opposite side of the department from the exhibit described above.

The Special Collections and Archives Department is located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

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January 30, 2008

An exhibit on Cotton in Alabama is located in the three upright glass exhibit cases in the north side (facing Samford Hall) of the Special Collections and Archives Department which is located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

The cases feature books, photographs, theses, and more on cotton in Alabama including historical information about the cotton gin and a chronology of the textile industry.  Those interested in the history of cotton in Alabama should make plans to attend the February 12 library lecture by Dr. Angela Lakwete on the History of the Cotton Gin.

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January 30, 2008

An autographed copy of the famous photograph of marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima in 1945 was recently donated to the library by Viena L. Katainen.  The photograph, taken by Joe Rosenthal, is autographed by Rosenthal and inscribed to Katainen (Louise Spinello at the time).

The photograph plus explanatory material is located in a small glass exhibit case next to the door to the Alabama Collection, located in the Special Collections and Archives Department which is located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.  Viena L. Katainen is Associate Professor Emerita of Italian at Auburn University.

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