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February 16, 2007

The Special Collections and Archives Department has mounted an exhibit to enhance the February 28 lecture by Dr. Rosephanye Dunn-Powell on "The African-American Spiritual:  Song Creating Community."

Located in the three large standing glass cases on the north side of the department (facing Samford Hall), the exhibit features numerous photographs, books, sheet music, song transcriptions, and art work concerning the history of African-American spirituals.

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

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February 16, 2007

In September 1922 WMAV ("We Make a Voice") began radio broadcasting on this campus.  In 1926 the radio station became WAPI ("W" plus "Alabama Polytechnic Institute").  The Special Collections and Archives Department has mounted an exhibit located in five flat glass cases featuring the early history of WAPI radio including numerous photographs, program transcripts, telegrams, correspondence, and other documents. 

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

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January 19, 2007

Seminars for faculty and graduate students in using EndNote citation management software are being offered.  Click on the Seminars link located in the middle of the A.U. Libraries homepage for registration information, etc.  Seminars are free but registration is required.  Please note:  it will be necessary to establish an account before registering (instructions are provided when clicking on the "Signup" link that shows up on the Seminars link web page). 

Currently, Endnote seminars are scheduled for the following dates:

 May 15 and 30, and June 13.

For more information about EndNote seminars, please contact Bob Buchanan at buchara@auburn.edu .

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January 19, 2007

The Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, has recently mounted an exhibit on the Alabama Maid of Cotton contest, at one time sponsored by the Alabama Cotton Manufacturers' Association and later by the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation.  The contest was designed to promote the use of cotton in clothing and other products.  The exhibit, located in the three large glass cases immediately on one's left upon entering the Special Collections and Archives Department, features numerous photographs, pamphlets, promotional materials, and informational captions.

In 1947 Alabama named its first Maid of Cotton, who went on the the national contest.  All of the major cotton-producing states participated.  At one time, Memphis, Tennessee hosted the national contest, which later moved to Dallas, Texas.

Special Collections and Archives houses the historical records of the Cotton Manufacturers' Association and the Farm Bureau Federation, which are employed in the display.  Also used in the display are the personal papers of Mamie Hardy, an Auburn graduate and in 1953 the Dale County, Alabama Maid of Cotton.  Ms. Hardy later worked with the national Maid of Cotton contest.

The records of the Cotton Manufacturers' Association and the Farm Bureau Federation also document a variety of other activities, including the political interests of these commodity groups.  In addition to her work with the Maid of Cotton contest, Ms. Hardy's papers document her career in home economics education with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Texas.

 

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January 11, 2007

Jack Simms will provide a photographic history of Auburn University on Thursday, January 18 at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Photographers have documented the history of Auburn University and these images illuminate the university's past in a way that textual documents cannot.  Jack Simms's slide-illustrated program draws upon decades of experience in the selection and description of images that best depict the history of Auburn University through photographs.

Simms received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and English from Auburn University in 1949, headed the Department of Journalism at Auburn from its founding in 1974 to 1992, and collaborated with Mickey Logue to produce Auburn:  A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village.

The lecture is part of the Spring Semester's Discover Auburn series, sponsored by the A. U. Libraries, the Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, and the A. U. Bookstore.  For more information call 844-1732.

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January 5, 2007

The third annual World Literature Lecture will take place on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library Auditorium located on the First Floor

The lecture will feature Harvard University professor Abiola Irele, who will present "The Significance of African Literature."  He is professor of Afro-American Studies at Harvard and is the author of several seminal works in his field, including The African Imagination:  Literature in Africa & the Black Diaspora and The African Experience in Literature and Ideology.  He has edited works by Leopold Senghor and Aime Cesaire and is an editor of The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature and also The Norton Anthology of World Literature.

The lecture is being co-sponsored by the Department of English, the W.W. Norton Publishing Company, the special lectures fund of the Provost's Office, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Auburn University Libraries.  For more information, contact Alexander Dunlop at dunloaw@auburn.edu or 844-9068.

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January 5, 2007

For an informative and very interesting display concerning censorship and literature, take a look at the Banned Books Display mounted in the eight display cases on the First through Fourth Floors of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.  The display cases are located opposite the central elevator doors where the old water fountains used to be.  The display will remain in place for the Spring Semester.

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November 16, 2006
Sesquicentennial Lecture 

See this link for a complete schedule of the Sesquicentennial Lecture Series.

The President's Home and Auburn's First Ladies

Speaker: 

Auburn University First Lady Nell Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree from A.U. in 1983 and taught English and French at Tuskegee Institute High School, Opelika High School and Jeff Davis High School in Montgomery. She also taught English at Southern Union and Alexander City Community College. While working on a master’s degree, she taught in AU’s Department of English. She earned an M.S. degree in English Education in 1988. She retired from Montgomery Public Schools in 2004 to join her husband in Auburn when he was named the university's president.

Mrs. Richardson’s lecture will be drawn from research on the nine families who have lived in the president’s home since it was built by Luther Duncan in 1939.

She will also address details of the house, including its setting, garden, and furnishings. A special feature of the program will be the unveiling of one or more portraits of former A.U. first ladies.

Date and Time:  December 7at 2 p.m.

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

Sponsored by:  The Auburn University Libraries, The Center for Arts and Humanities; Auburn University Outreach, and Auburn University Sesquicentennial Committee.

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November 3, 2006

The Auburn University budget for 2006-2007 is now available electronically through the A.U. Budget Office web site at http://www.auburn.edu/budget/

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to "Budgeted Salary Information," then click on either "Auburn Budget" or "AUM Budget."  Please note that you will be prompted for your AU username and password.  Print copies of the budget are also available in the Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

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October 4, 2006

The Auburn University Libraries will play a leading role in a two-year National Leadership Grant of $113,427 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant, which was awarded through the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) to Auburn and six other Alabama universities, was one of 37 awarded in the 2006 IMLS funding cycle.

Titled "Alabama Digital Preservation Network," the grant will be used to test the feasibility of employing LOCKSS ("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") software to harvest and store locally-created digital assets in a low-cost statewide distributed preservation network. Currently used for electronic journals, LOCKSS creates a network of copies that can quickly replace any lost or damaged digital object. This project will create the Alabama Digital Preservation Network for digital repositories of all types, demonstrating a preservation solution for academic institutions, state agencies, and community cultural heritage organizations that are building digital collections for public access. Aaron Trehub, the director of library technology at AU, is the project director.

The participating institutions are the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Auburn University, Spring Hill College, Troy University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of North Alabama. To read the full story, click to http://www.imls.gov/news/2006/092606.shtm . The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. 

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