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Upcoming Talk: 1940s Conscientious Objectors Campus in Oregon, Wed., November 6

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Upcoming talk on 1940s Conscientious Objectors Camp in Oregon on Wed., Nov. 6

Here on the Edge is the long-awaited story of how a World War II conscientious objectors camp on the Oregon Coast plowed the ground for the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.    On Wednesday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Knight Library’s Browsing Room on the UO campus, author Steve McQuiddy will present a slideshow and talk on this group of artists and writers who carved an unpopular path during the dark days of the 1940s, then later inspired the likes of Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey. The talk is free and open to the public, and the book will be available for purchase and signing.

McQuiddy did much of his research for Here on the Edge using materials from collections in  Special Collections and University Archives, particularly the Camp Waldport Records.

The event will also feature an exhibit of rare books and materials from the Camp Waldport Records, which includes materials produced by the Fine Arts Group at Waldport, the conscientious objectors who published books, produced plays, and made art and music—all during their limited non-work hours, with little money and resources.

For more information and background on Here on the Edge, visit http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/here-on-edge.

The talk is sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries and the Duck Store.

SAIL Visit to SCUA

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Special Collections & University Archives hosted Prof. Bill Harbaugh and a group of students from the SAIL program on July 31, 2013. A group of about 20 students gathered in the SCUA classroom to look at (and touch!) materials from our collections, including cuneiform tablets, medieval manuscripts, early University memorabilia, 19th-century photographic negatives, the first-ever printed map of the world, Golden Age comic books, a letter signed by Albert Einstein, and more.

The students particularly liked the stereographic photographs of Mexico from the Underwood & Underwood photographs (PH194_001). Stereographic photographs create the illusion of three-dimensional images, usually from a pair of 2-D images side-by-side that, when viewed through a special viewer, resolve into three dimensions. The technique was common in the first part of the 20th century; SCUA has many photograph collections containing stereo photos.

By far the biggest hit of the day, though, was the full UO football uniform (jersey, pants, shoulder pads, and helmet) from the 1910s. Compared to modern equipment, the uniform is tiny–made for a much smaller person than the typical football player of today. In fact, as you can see from the photo in this post, the pads are just about a perfect fit for a smallish teenager!

Prof. Harbaugh reports that the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and SCUA looks forward to becoming a regular feature of SAIL.

Becoming a Comics Journalist: Joe Sacco’s Visit to Special Collections and University Archives

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Joe Sacco is a comics journalist whose work is based on intensive on-the-scene research and interviews, close observation, and dramatic graphic representation.  Many of his books deal with war and conflict. One U.S. publisher, Macmillan, has called him “the world’s greatest cartoon reporter.”

Sacco is shown in these photos signing copies of his book Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995, in the Special Collections and University Archives classroom. The students in this Freshman Seminar, “From Gothic Script to Graphic Novel,” taught by James Fox and Marilyn Reaves, were assigned this book for a reading and drawing project. Sacco graciously agreed to come down from Portland to meet with the class and answer their many questions about wartime journalism, publishing, creativity, drawing, his career path, his involvement with the people and places in his books. He is an eloquent speaker and deep thinker; it was a lively and inspiring interchange.

Sacco has won several major book awards for his work:

Palestine: American Book Award (1996)

Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995: Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Novel (2001)

Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel: Oregon Book Award (2012)

These and other books by Joe Sacco are held in Special Collections and University Archives. Journalism, published this year, is a collection of shorter pieces on conflicts around the world. His most recent book, with Chris Hedges, entitled Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, examines poverty in several regions of America. It was a pleasure having him visit the University of Oregon Library.

–Marilyn Reaves, Assistant to the Director

Exhibit: Vintage editorial cartoons about elections!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The Price of Freedom

Stop by the SCUA hallway today to see some great examples from our collection of original artwork for editorial cartoons. These are poster-sized work, inked onto card stock, from the days when all the drawing, lettering and inking was done by hand.

Many of the visitors to this exhibit come away shaking their heads, because it can seem as if nothing much has changed over the years.  In 1932, Quincy Scott (1882-1965) was worried about Oregon voters who weren’t paying attention to the measures on the ballot. In “The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance,” the background to the conversation shown here has a scene from the Revolutionary War, “1776: We fight for the right to govern ourselves. 1932: We govern ourselves.” Scott  was the editorial cartoonist for The Oregonian from  1931-1949.

We also hold work by Homer Davenport (1867-1912) of Silverton, Oregon, who became the most highly paid political cartoonist of his time. Davenport started at the Portland Mercury, moved to the San Francisco Examiner, and then was hired by William Randolph Hearst for the New York Journal. Davenport’s attacks on the McKinley campaign and their ties to big business. These cartoons enraged his critics so much that they attempted to pass an anti-cartoon bill through the New York legislature in 1897, but Davenport’s public supporters defeated the legislation.

Compare these cartoons to those you see in today’s newspapers, and you’ll see one huge difference: the amount of text. The visual literacy expectations for the public were much lower, so everything was labeled to make sure the meaning was clear. Here you can see that the Ancient Mariner embodies “Depression Complex” and his deadly weapon is “Voting Without Thinking.” (The dead albatross is “Actual Progress Toward Recovery by the Hoover Administration.”) The title of the cartoon is “The Ancient Marine Made a Mistake.”





Votes for Women: A hundred years worth celebrating

Monday, November 5th, 2012

November 5, is the centennial of Oregon women’s suffrage. There are several events, many organized by Century of Action with the assistance of SCUA curator Linda Long.

“What’s Suffrage Got to Do with It” Live Town Hall Debate*
*With special guest speaker Rep. Nancie Fadeley
Monday, November 5 at 6 PM
Presented by Lane County Historical Society
At UO Baker Downtown Center (325 10th Ave., Eugene, OR)
Free event. For more information: Heather Kliever, 541-682-4242

Monday, Nov. 5 at 9 PM
Premiere of  the documentary “The Suffragists

Here’s Your Guide to Celebrating the Oregon Women Suffrage Centennial

In the words of Abigail Scott Duniway, “Yours for Liberty”

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.

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.

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