Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In memory: Wallace Clayton "Wah Wah" Jones, July 14, 1926 – July 27, 2014

"Wah Wah" Jones and his close friend Humsey Yessin in 1945.

Jones will be remembered by fans, family, and friends.  His legacy in UK Athletics will live on in the Big Blue Sports Archives at the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky Photographs Now Available on ExploreUK

Another fantastic Civil War-related collection has been added to ExploreUK. The Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky photographs (dated circa 1861-1865; 0.6 cubic feet; 75 items) contains photographs showing prominent civil war figures such as Ulysses Simpson Grant, John Hunt Morgan, Mary Todd Lincoln as well as a group portrait of the Kentucky Division of United Confederate Veterans. The collection was drawn together artificially from various purchases and is arranged by source of acquisition.

The full finding aid can be found here.

Above: Unidentified man in military dress

Friday, July 18, 2014

Appleton Sturgis papers, 1862-1874 now on ExploreUK

We're pleased to announce the Appleton Sturgis papers have been digitized and are available on ExploreUK.

The collection (dated 1862-1874; 0.45 cubic feet; 72 items) consist of 70 letters written by Appleton Sturgis, who served for ten months on a Union transport steamer, the Achilles, in the Peninsular campaign in Virginia and Maryland. These lengthy letters contain detailed descriptions of military life, battles, strategy, and a variety of hand-drawn illustrations and maps. They also include Sturgis' personal observations of a tour of the ironclad Monitor (Box 1, Folder 19); of President Abraham Lincoln (Box 1, Folder 21); and various military personnel, including Admiral David Farragut, General Nathaniel P. Banks, General Benjamin Butler, General Ulysses S. Grant, and General William T. Sherman (Box 1, Folder 43). Sturgis also describes in these letters the work he does on behalf of his father, obtaining charters and certificates for company ships to be contracted out to the Union. Additionally, the collection includes one telegram and one general release document.

Click here to see the entire collection guide.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Collection on Manuscript Documents from Spain, 1139-1798 now on ExploreUK

We're pleased to announce the Collection on Manuscript Documents from Spain has been digitized and is now available on ExploreUK.

Document Signed. Pere Guinard. In Dei nomine ego Pere Guinard et uxor su, 1139

The collection (dated 1139-1798; 5.85 cubic feet; 921 items) includes legal documents, ecclesiastical records, and personal papers in Latin, Spanish, Catalan, French, and Italian generated by Spanish dukes, counts, clerics, students, merchants, property owners, and many others. It also includes documents, edicts, and decrees endorsed or initiated by several Spanish kings including Ferdinand the Catholic (Ferdinand V); King Peter of Aragon; Philip II, Philip III, Philip IV, and Philip V; and Charles I, Charles, II, Charles III, and Charles IV. A few of the documents are signed by kings and princes, including numbers 153, 418, and 470 (Felipe IV); 158 and 161 (Felipe V); 698 (Felipe II); and 694 (Prince Carlos, son of Philip II). Other notables that appear frequently in this collection include the Duque de Abrantes, the Conde de Aguilar, the Marqués de Montealegre, the Conde de Oñate, and the Duque de Sesar. A complete index of personal names can be found in the Special Collections Research Room.

A large portion of the collection consists of legal documents such as wills, bills of sale, and property transfers. Other materials include personal letters, marriage announcements, personal tributes, appointments, and genealogical records. The oldest document is number 753, dated 1139. The largest document is number 672, which is 58 cm by 64 cm. Document number 755 was written on February 15, 1212, five months before the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, the last stand of Muslims versus Christians.

Taken as a whole, this diverse group of documents the opportunity to study Spanish history and culture, linguistics, social mores, and economy from the twelfth through eighteenth centuries.

Document Signed [multiple documents and signatures]. Duque de Abrantes. El duque de Abrantes. Marqués de Valdefuentes

Document Signed. Notary. In nomine Dei, amen. Per hoc [...] publicum, 1505

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Levi C. Worster diaries and papers now on ExploreUK

We're pleased to announce a portion of the Levi C. Worster diaries and papers is now available on ExploreUK.

http://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7jm61bkk8g_3_3/viewer?The collection (dated 1863-1913, bulk 1863-1865; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily comprise three diaries that provide an eyewitness account of life as a Union cavalry soldier during the Civil War, 1863-1865. Diary entries describe scouting parties, skirmishes, and marches through Kentucky and Tennessee. They also include vivid accounts of combat at Chickamauga and Stone River (Murfreesboro), harsh weather, and details of wounded and ill soldiers. When not in combat, his duties as a corporal included picket and scouting assignments, as well as building and protecting camps. Some diagrams of the works and fortifications are included. Other descriptions of ordinary military life include food and drinking, visits to hospital, life in camp, and Worster's ailments. In addition, Worster recorded a running tally of his correspondence at the end of the 1863 diary. The collection also includes his discharge papers, July 10, 1865; a pension certificate, June 24, 1913; a copy of Mumford & Co.'s The Historical Map (Cincinnati, Oh.); and advertisements for soldier's pensions and patent solicitors, undated. The third diary (entries are written in a Planters & Merchants Insurance Co. leather covered notebook) includes military, patriotic, and love song lyrics transcribed by Worster, 1865-1866; an 1878 insurance certificate; and additional handwritten notes in pencil, apparently by a child, dated 1881-1913.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1/4 of a ton = .5 of a polar bear = 8496 human eyeballs

Last week, University Archives received a return shipment of 1/4 ton or 531 pounds of paper dissertations (plus the wood shipping pallet) from ProQuest.  ProQuest is the publisher the University of Kentucky Library uses to microfilm our paper dissertations.  Over 700 universities participate in ProQuest's theses and dissertation's database, which started in 1938.  This allows the scholarship of UK's doctoral students to be searched and discovered side-by-side with many other theses and dissertations across the world on the same or similar topics (www.proquest.com/products-services/dissertations/; regarding polar bears and eyeballs, see weirdconverter.com).

These 531 pounds (14 boxes--paper is heavy!) represent the end of an era, because they are the last print format dissertations produced at UK.  For more than 100 years, from 1896 to 2000, UK masters and doctorate graduate students submitted their theses and dissertations in typed print format.  (The typewriter was invented the 1860s.)  From 2000 to fall 2013, students could submit either print or electronic versions of their culminating work.  However, starting in Fall 2013, the Graduate School has required that students submit their theses and dissertations electronically only.  All of UK's electronic theses and dissertations can be accessed through the library's on-line, open access repository for student, staff, and faculty scholarship, UKnowledge (uknowledge.uky.edu).

UK's theses and dissertations are a permanent university record that document both the scholarship of the University and certify that the individual student has completed their graduate course of study.  The University Archives thus preserves all the print theses and dissertations in our closed stacks.  There is also an access copy in the main library.  Use our library on-line catalog system, InfoKat, to locate all our theses and dissertations (infokat.uky.edu; put the word "theses" into the call number search field).

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Green Bean Newsletter Available

The University of Kentucky Libraries staff newsletter, The Green Bean (1972-2000, scattered), is now on ExploreUK. This publication is a precursor to Off the Shelf. From 1992-1993 it was titled the Green Screen. These issues are especially fun because they are printed by our old friend the dot matrix printer.