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Symposium Celebrates Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Abigail Scott Duniway, Oregon champion of suffrage

“From Suffrage to Citizenship: Empowering Oregon Women in the Twentieth Century and Beyond, ”a symposium celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage, is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Knight Library’s Browsing Room on the UO campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Linda Long, manuscripts librarian at the University of Oregon Libraries and organizer of the symposium, says that the event is meant to not only celebrate past accomplishments of women as voters and citizens but to look to the future as well. “Women have accomplished much in the past 100 years,” she says, “but a primary goal of the symposium is to sustain and strengthen their contributions as citizens far into the future.”

From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., a panel will address the question “How Have Women Changed Politics?” Panel members include:

  • April Haynes, Assistant Professor, UO Department of History
  • Priscilla Yamin, Assistant Professor, UO Department of Political Science
  • Margaret Hallock, Director, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
  • Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene

At 4 p.m., Lauren Kessler will deliver a keynote address entitled “Perseverance.” Kessler is a UO journalism professor and director of the UO’s multimedia journalism master’s degree program. She is the author of six works of narrative nonfiction and the founder of online magazine Etude. Her website is laurenkessler.com/.

A reception will follow Kessler’s talk.

Sponsors for the event include the UO Libraries, Oregon Humanities Center, the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

Learn more about Oregon feminist collections in SCUA in Linda Long’s new article “Equality, Politics, and Separatism: The Papers of Oregon Feminists in the University of Oregon Libraries,” Oregon Historical Quarterly.

Catch a cool flick at Home Movie Day!

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Home Movie Day Comes to Eugene Sat., Oct. 20

home movie day projector imageDon’t throw away your old 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and VHS home movies! Instead, bring them to Knight Library on Home Movie Day, Sat., Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m., to view them and learn more about their value as historical and cultural documents. A program of talks and presentations on home movies will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Local film experts and archivists will assess the condition of the film before projecting movies for viewing. They will also offer advice on how to best preserve and protect these film formats from damage. Talks about the phenomenon of home movie making and a screening of some of these older film formats will also be offered as part of the day’s events.

Times and locations of Home Movie Day activities are:

  •   Noon – 4:00 p.m., film inspection and viewing, Studio A and Proctor Classrooms 41 and 42, ground floor, Knight Library
  •   6:30 p.m., “Home Movies as Documentary Film,” Tom Robinson, home movie film expert, Proctor Classroom 41, ground floor, Knight Library
  •   7:00 p.m. “People Near Here” screening and discussion with Ron Finne, Proctor Classroom 41, ground floor, Knight Library

Home Movie Day is an international event intended to help the public learn about, enjoy and rescue films now considered obsolete because of home video.

“Saving our film heritage should not be limited only to commercially produced films,” says legendary director and film preservation advocate Martin Scorsese. “Home movies do not just capture the important private moments of our family’s lives, but they are historical and cultural documents as well.”

“If you’ve kept your older home movies all these years but don’t have a way to view them, here’s your chance to revisit the past through film,” says James Fox, head of the library’s Special Collections and University Archives and coordinator for Home Movie Day in Eugene. “We encourage anyone who has an interest in home movies to attend and take advantage of this rare opportunity to celebrate home movie making.”

UO Home Movie Day  is sponsored by the UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives and Center for Media and Educational Technologies, UO Arts and Administration Program, UO Academic Extension, and Cinema Pacific.

Visit http://www.homemovieday.com/ to learn more about national and international activities planned for Home Movie Day. For more information on the local event, contact James Fox at 541-346-1904, jdfox@uoregon.edu.

Newly Available Collection: Capital National Bank Records

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Founded by John Henry Albert and R. S. Wallace in 1885, the Capital National Bank was a prominent financial institution in Salem, Oregon. The collection consists of corporate records, correspondence, financial statements, administrative files, miscellaneous files, accounting and bookkeeping volumes, photographs, and three copper printer’s cuts.

Call number: Bx 198

Guide to the Capital National Bank Records

Harry Stamper remembered

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Harry Stamper (1944-2012) was an Oregon longshoreman and a noted musician who combined messages of both labor and environmentalism in his songs. His song, “We Just Come to Work Here, We Don’t Come to Die” is considered a classic in labor and folk song circles, the anthem of the occupational health and safety movement, and is included in the Smithsonian Folkways album, Classic Labor Songs.

The Stamper collection arrived at SCUA recently, and is being processed by a Folklore student, Nathan Moore. SCUA has a close relationship with Folklore’s Mills Archive and the Oregon Folklife Network (OFN), which recently relocated to the UO campus.

Nathan brings more to this processing project than just his academic training. He’s a folk musician, part of the Low Tide Drifters, and he knew and played with Harry Stamper. It’s always fun to see a student get really excited about the collection he is processing!

Harry and Nathan

Nathan’s film about Stamper, We Just Come to Work Here: The Music of Harry Stamper, will be shown at a film festival in Canada this year. You can see the film on YouTube, and please check out the Remember Harry page (from which this great photo is borrowed). Stay tuned; we’ll post as soon as the Stamper collection is available for research.

LGBT exhibit at airport through October

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Creating Change: Forty Years of LGBT Activism at the University of Oregon

A new exhibit at the Eugene airport showcases the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) life on the UO campus and is entitled “Creating Change: Forty Years of LGBT Activism at the University of Oregon.” This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Standing Committee on LGBT Concerns, and this exhibit is one part of the University’s commemoration of the event.

Did you know… a UO student group, the Gay People’s Alliance, was the very first gay student group founded at any college or university on the West Coast.

The documented history of LGBT life on campus started in 1969 with the creation of a student group, the Gay People’s Alliance. Years later, an atmosphere of homophobia on campus led to discrimination that was eventually addressed by the task force established by President Myles Brand in 1989. The president’s task force was charged with analyzing the degree to which discrimination based on sexual orientation existed on the university campus and, consequently, the way in which it negatively affected the academic or professional lives of students, faculty and staff. The Task Force was also charged with creating a plan to reduce or eliminate intolerance, insensitivity, and discrimination against gays and lesbians on the campus, and to create a more accepting environment.

Photo of Gay Pride parade

The exhibit includes a copy of the presidential Task Force, as well as images from the student yearbook Oregana, posters, photographs, reports, ephemera, and artifacts. A detailed timeline is included in the display which chronicles the history of LGBT history on the UO campus.

You can see this exhibit through the end of October, on the first floor by the baggage claim, across from the car rental counter.

Students! SCUA collections can help you win the Undergrad Research Award!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Did you know you can be awarded $1500 for a great research paper? Check out http://library.uoregon.edu/general/libaward.html for details.

Several students have used SCUA collections to win this award. For example, Shelley Grosjean won in 2011 for A “Womyn’s” Work Is Never Done: The Gendered Division of Labor and the Creation of Southern Oregon Lesbian Separatist Communities.”

Poke around on our website or dig into Northwest Digital Archives.

Please let us know if we can help you find materials. We really, really like to see our collections in use!

Celebrating Archives Month: What Have You Found in the Archives?

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Did you know that October is American Archives Month? This celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists, as well as highlight our collections and what we actually do each day in caring for such unique items.

There are numerous events and activities happening across the state of Oregon to celebrate Archives Month. The State Archives is having an open house on Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this event, their new exhibit, “Centennial of Women’s Suffrage and Milestones in Women’s Political History,” will be introduced in the exhibit hall.

The University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives will also be hosting a symposium celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage on Thursday, October 25, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Knight Library’s Browsing Room on the UO campus. The symposium is facilitated by Linda Long, manuscripts librarian at the UO Libraries. Specific details about the symposium can be found here.

The Portland-area Archives will again host the very popular “Oregon Archives Crawl” on October 6, 2012. More information on this event is available here.

The Society of American Archivists is focusing it’s public awareness efforts on the campaign—I Found It In The Archives!—which reaches out to archives users nationwide to share their stories about what they found in the archives that has made a difference in their lives. In conjunction with this effort, the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives would like to hear from YOU, our users and constituents, what have you found in our archives? Did you find a long-lost relative or see a book or document that changed your life? We really want to hear about what you’ve found in our collections. Even if you haven’t used our collections, what would you hope to find in our collections? Please take a few moments to tell us about your experiences in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!!!

Jennifer R. O’Neal
Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist