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Striving to Stimulate Serious Thought: Jewish Scholarly and Cultural Life at Michigan across Two Centuries

This exhibit chronicles Jewish life and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan from the 19th century to the first Hebrew language and Hebrew Bible courses in 1890 to the founding of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies in 1988 to the present day.

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Dates
October 7th through February 22nd, 2017
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, 7th Floor, Special Collections
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Exhibit

Happy Birthday, NPS! A Cartographic Celebration of 100 Years of Our National Parks

Join us for a cartographic celebration of 100 years of our national parks. Come and explore the varied and vast landscapes and monuments protected by the National Park Service. We'll feature 19th century maps of Yosemite and Yellowstone, as well as one of Michigan's own national parks, Isle Royale.

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Date & Time
October 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Clark Library, 2nd Floor
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Series
Third Thursday in the Clark Library
Event Type
Open House

Of Love and Madness: The Literary History of Layla and Majnun

Opening of Laylī va Majnūn in Niẓāmī’s Khamsah from Isl. Ms. 287 (copied 1824)

This exhibit offers a glimpse into the literary history of Layla and Majnun, a romance of Arabian origins that exists in many poetic versions.

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Dates
October 7th through February 22nd, 2017
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, 7th Floor Exhibit Space
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Exhibit

The Florence Flood, November 1966: The Conservation of Books at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and Beyond

This exhibit focuses on the destruction of Florence during the flood on November 4, 1966. Among the collections severely impacted by the muddy waters were those in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze. Book conservators from the United States and Western Europe were called in to help with the recovery efforts.

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Dates
September 1st through December 21st
Today's Hours
8:00am to 11:45pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Clark Library, 2nd Floor
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Exhibit

I Could Have Mapped All Night: Musicals from Broadway to Bollywood

We'll have maps on display from the location and time period during which popular musicals were set. Examples: The King and I will be represented by maps of Thailand (Siam) made in 1862; The Music Man -- Iowa, 1912; Les Miserables -- Paris, 1815-1832.

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Date & Time
September 15, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Clark Library, 2nd Floor
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Series
Third Thursday in the Clark Library
Event Type
Open House

A New Treasure Trove at Special Collections

photo of a man driving an old car

From Motor Days in Japan, 1917. Part of the Transportation History Collection.

This display showcases recent acquisitions that strengthen our extraordinary holdings in the areas of radical literature, transportation history, film, rare books, culinary history, Islamic manuscripts, children’s literature, and Judaica. View an eclectic display of unique artifacts that reflect the broad range of our collections.

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Dates
May 9th through September 21st
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, 7th Floor Exhibit Space
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Exhibit

Journal Editors' Tea: Effectively Managing Submissions and Workflows

black and white line drawing of "add a file" icon

Is your inbox overflowing with journal submissions? Want to learn about better options for managing editorial workflows? Join us for our quarterly Journal Editors' Tea. We'll discuss various platforms and tools for effective version control, editorial tracking, and submission management.

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Date & Time
November 2, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location
Presentation Space, West end of Clark Library, 2nd floor Hatcher South
Event Type
Panel Discussion

Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive

Special Collections Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9377 (p)

A collection of American culinary history: cookbooks and other materials from the 16th through the 21st century

We are not just what we eat, but how we eat — not to mention when, where and with whom. Cookbooks, menus, advertisements, manuals of table etiquette and the like may not be written to preserve the history of everyday life, but that’s exactly what they do. And this is what makes the library’s Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive (JBLCA) so valuable. Containing more than 25,000 items including ephemera publications, it paints a rich and unique portrait of American life over the centuries. In the context of the collection, American culinary history is defined broadly to include both influences upon American foodways and the influence of American culinary practices elsewhere. 

Food preparation and consumption offers a doorway to explore how people saw themselves, their neighbors, and their larger communities. Through the culinary archive one can explore changing attitudes towards diet and health, homemaking, commercial dining and the industrialization of food production. It also reveals historical ideas about race, class, and gender. And food continues to be an important part of our culture — contemporary discussions about organic produce, fast food, dietetics and diet fads, concentrated feed lots, vending machines in schools and the merits of vegetarianism all stem from historical contexts chronicled in the archive.

The collection is shaped by the donation of a rich assemblage of cookbooks, menus, and other material collected over many years by Jan Longone, an adjunct curator in the U-M Special Collections Library, and her husband U-M Emeritus Professor Daniel T. Longone.

Not so long ago, even the concept of American culinary history was met with skepticism.

“[Critics] said America had no cuisine or culinary history to speak of; all we ate were hamburgers,” Jan Longone wrote of attitudes at an Oxford University food symposium in the 1980s. Yet today the archive is recognized as a premier collection for the study of American culture as it relates to food and home life.

Writing in the Boston Globe, renowned chef James Beard called an exhibit of works from the collection “an unequaled feat of culinary scholarship.”

“Not all the cookbooks are good cookbooks, but they are all interesting and the authors, mainly women, were an amazing group who did a great deal to influence American history,” Beard wrote in the 1984 column.

And the collection has only continued to grow and evolve since then. Formerly held at U-M’s William L. Clements Library, it was transferred to the U-M Library in 2013 where its potential for teaching and scholarship can be fully realized.

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