Dixie Highway map from 1915, from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
by Mary Morris
William Sydnor Gilbreath Sr. wanted to be remembered for his work as the driving force pushing the creation of the Dixie Highway, a paved route connecting the U.S. midwest to the south which was inspired by the east-to-west Lincoln Highway, and was the first highway to span the U.S.
For the family of Professor Monroe Hafter, books were an extension of the family in a way. And the professor’s pursuit of new additions to his collection shaped the future of the entire family as they journeyed far from their home in Ann Arbor in order to find important literature to feed his research.
When curator and outreach librarian Pablo Alvarez took on responsibility for the Library’s history of medicine collection back in 2014, he found among its thousands of rare texts a small box of gemstones and spells, made to cast off demons and cure ailments.
With the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the U-M Library and Press have released a new collection of resources that will support the efforts of authors, editors, publishers, and arts organizations seeking to make their publications and collections more accessible to people with visual impairments and other print disabilities.
Many students enter U-M with limited research skills, and most are not accustomed to navigating as many scholarly resources as the U-M Library provides, says Laura Thomas, program head for the Residential College’s creative writing program.