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$14.3 million for oldest European book!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Check out the Washington Post’s article: British Library buys $14.3 million Cuthbert Gospel, an Anglo-Saxon book

The 7th century book is described as the oldest fully intact European book.

Did you know that SCUA has medieval manuscripts available for research and teaching?

Check out the Burgess Manuscript Collection page here to see some summary information. Click on “collection contents” to see information on each volume (some have images included).

To read more about our instruction program and arrange a class session: Curriculum Support

We strive to provide walk-in access to all materials, but due to staffing may not always be able to accommodate walk-in requests.

Here’s our policy (available on homepage too) about access to sensitive materials:

To maintain the safety and integrity of early manuscripts and sensitive, fragile, or large-format materials, we have a set of general guidelines that need to be strictly adhered to.  These material include, but are not limited to, early manuscripts, glass-plate negatives, architectural drawings.
1) Access to these materials can be guaranteed only by confirmed appointment. Walk-in requests will be  accommodated if there is sufficient staffing.
2) These materials are generally not available on Saturdays unless you have a confirmed appointment.
3) Before using these materials, a reference interview is highly recommended

Reading room use is skyrocketing!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Our reading room use stats for the third fiscal quarter (1/1/2012-3/31/2012) are showing heavy and increased use of SCUA materials. This quarter covered the winter term and 2 weeks of intersession.

Compared to the same time period last year, this year we had:

  • 41% more researchers
  • 62% more research hours conducted

Wow! This does not even include all the remote reference we do via email!

Here’s the full comparison stats:

Change in use 2012 Q3 2011 Q3
Days open Same 74 74
Hours open -6 457.5 463.5
Phone inquiries -18 96 114
Directional inquiries -27 62 89
Information inquiries/tours (walk-ins, not planned)
+6 62 56
Time for info/tours +8 minutes 5 hours, 10 minutes 5 hours, 18 minutes
Researchers +194 researchers 663 469
Total research time +429 hours and 34 minutes 1121 hours 692 hours and 34 minutes


New acquisitions to the UO Libraries, March 2012

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Each month the Collection Services department produces a list of new acquisitions to the UO Libraries. For SCUA that includes both new books, periodicals, and serials new to the library, but also includes books or collections that have just received cataloging.

Click here to see SCUA’s newly added materials to the library catalog for March 2012.

They include materials from both our Rare Books collection as well as the Oregon Collection.

See the full list for the libraries for March 2012.

1930s WPA panels in reading room

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Check out today’s Register Guard article about our WPA cedar panels in the Paulson Reading Room!

Oregon History in Cedar

Be sure to click both the “story” and “photo” tabs.

Come by the Paulson Reading Room anytime to view both panels yourself. We have handouts that provide more information on the artists and panels.

Newly available collection: Philip Van Doren Stern papers

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Philip Van Doren Stern was a historian, author and editor of over forty works. The collection contains book manuscripts, short story and other short works, printed material, correspondence, and personal files.

Call number: Ax 803

20 linear feet (14 containers)

Guide to the Philip Van Doren Stern Papers. 1909-1974

Newly available collection: Ernest F. Loring “Red” Nichols papers

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Ernest F. Loring “Red” Nichols (1905-1965) had a long and productive career as a cornetist, bandleader and recording artist. The collection contains music manuscripts (including original scores), published sheet music, cassette tape, phonograph and reel-to-reel recordings, biographical and personal files, correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Call number: Ax 539

117 linear feet (237 containers, 10 volumes, 1 envelope)

Guide to the Ernest F. Loring “Red” Nichols Papers, 1926-1965

Newly available collection: Robert Blackford Duncan papers

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Robert Duncan (1920-2011) served in the merchant marine and the Naval Air force, became a lawyer, and served in the Oregon State legislature and the US House of Representatives. The collection contains office and legislative files, correspondence, subject and research files, committee files, film and tape recordings, and campaign files.

Call number: Ax 535

94.5 linear feet (63 containers)

Guide to the Robert Blackford Duncan Papers, 1957-1980

Newly available collection: Axel Stordahl papers

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Alex Stordahl (1913-1963) was a trumpeter with the Bert Bloch orchestra and Tommy Dorsey, and composed music for Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby among others. The collection contains scores and arrangements for orchestra and voice.

Call number: Ax 528

274 linear feet (239 containers)

Guide to the Axel Stordahl Papers, 1936-1960

Newly available collection: Charles H. Snow papers

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Charles H. Snow (1877-1967) became a prolific writer (over 465 works) of western stories, most of them published in England. The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, published works, recordings, transcriptions and a photograph.

Call number: Ax 298

36.5 linear feet (25 containers)

Guide to the Charles H. Snow Papers 1934-1960

Newly available collection: Sidney Shalett papers

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Sidney Shalett (1911-1965) was a freelance writer who also worked for the Chattanooga Times and the New York Times, and in 1947 became a Washington, D.C. correspondent for American Magazine. The collection contains manuscripts written by Shalett and with other collaborators, subject files, interviews with the Roosevelt family, correspondence, biographical material, photographs, and miscellaneous material.

Call number: Ax 248

22.5 linear feet (15 containers)

Guide to the Sidney Shalett Papers, 1937-1965