Archives of the Ninth Air Force Processed and Digitized
The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently completed the processing and preservation of the Archives of the Ninth Air Force Association (9AFA). The collection was originally processed in 2012, but significant materials have been added since. This includes association records such as meeting minutes, reunion materials, and correspondence from Thomas R. Olsen, the last President of the 9AFA. Other additions include military records of Edward F. MacLean, first President of 9AFA, including rare archival footage of the D-Day invasion.
AC&Y Railroad collection comes to UA
Railroad historical society donates significant collection to Archival Services at The University of Akron.
Opie Evans Exhibit Extended
The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, is pleased to announce that the exhibition on the photography of Opie Evans at the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture has been extended until early November. Evans was a local reporter, broadcaster, publisher, and businessman and one of the earliest African-American photographers in Akron. His photography documents the local African-American community as well as other segments of the city’s population from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s.
AC&Y Railroad Historical Society Donates Collection
The Akron, Canton & Youngstown (AC&Y) Railroad Historical Society recently donated its significant collection of historic records to The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries. The AC&Y Historical Society is a group of rail historians, modelers, and railfans who share a common interest in the AC&Y and its predecessors. Since its inception in 1993, the group has worked to preserve the history of the AC&Y for future generations and has amassed a substantial collection of original records on the history of the railroad.
Archival Services Awarded NFPF Grant
The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) recently awarded The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, a $13,440 grant. The NFPF, located in San Francisco, California, is a non-profit organization created by Congress to help save America's film heritage. It supports activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.
The grant will be used to transfer volatile nitrate-based 35mm motion picture film from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company onto polyester safety film and to provide access copies for public viewing. The work will be performed by a vendor in Hollywood.
Goodyear Donates Historic Films
Last year, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company donated its extensive collection of historic motion picture films to The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries. The collection consists of over 3,000 films that visually document the history of the world’s largest and most influential rubber company.
The films date from 1898 to 2007 and are in a variety of formats including 16mm and 35mm nitrate and acetate base film as well as Beta, VHS, and DVD formats. They are a treasure trove of information on a variety of important topics in American and world history including labor, factory conditions, tire and rubber production, lighter-than-air flight, parade balloons, war products, and amateur and professional racing.
Archival Services Commemorates Civil War Sesquicentennial
The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently commemorated the Civil War Sesquicentennial by digitizing and making available online over 200 rare letters from its collections that document the War Between the States. The project was implemented by Kent State University School of Library and Information Science student Adam Wanter. Wanter not only digitized the letters, but also created metadata about each item under the direction of Archival Services faculty and staff and uploaded them to the archives’ digital repository in order to share them with a broader audience online. The letters can be accessed at http://cdm15960.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15960coll3.
Food for Fines
Through Dec. 7, you may drop off the food donations at the Bierce Library Circulation desk, Science and Technology Library or the Law Library, and have your library fines eliminated.
UA's Bierce Library to celebrate Banned Book Week
Students will be posting “Caught Reading Banned Books” photos on Instagram with the hashtag #uafreadom that they took in the photo booth station in Bierce Library.
UA Archives commemorates Civil War Sesquicentennial
Digitization project makes rare war letters available online.
UA Archives to preserve rare airship films
The films document the history of the USS Akron (ZR-4), one of the largest flying objects in the world.
De-stress at University Libraries during pre-finals week
As the semester winds down and students gear up for exams, the University Libraries is working to reduce stress the week before finals. Monday, April 28 through Thursday, May 1, students will be able to take a break from studying and enjoy some free and fun activities.
No Heat, No Hot Water in Bierce
Physical Facilities will be making mandatory repairs to the high temperature hot water system outside of Bierce Library. There will be no heat or hot water in the building for several weeks. To maintain a warm environment, there are temporary heaters throughout the library. Once the repair is made, hot water and heat/air conditioning will be available once again.
Bierce Library installing 'Race Card Project'
From Monday, Jan. 27, through Saturday, Feb. 15, UA students, faculty and alumni are encouraged to join in a conversation about race, ethnicity and identity by submitting their six-word race card essays in Bierce Library. The collection of candid submissions will be on display in the library throughout Rethinking Race 2014.
Upcoming Rethinking Race Events with the Libraries
The University Libraries is partnering with the School of Communications for Candid Conversations with Dr. Lin on Friday, February 7th at 11am in Einsteins. Dr. Lin, who teaches intercultural communication at UA, will use submissions from The Race Card Project display in Bierce lobby to start conversations about race, ethnicity and identity. Please join us!
Book-based Art debuts at Bierce
Give a book to Buzz Spector, and he’s likely to stack it up with hundreds of other books or tear it apart page by page.
Now he is collaborating with students from The University of Akron's Myers School of Art in "Thoughts as Pages, Stacks as Memories," a free exhibition March 12 through April 18 in the lobby of UA's Bierce Library. In addition to Spector's works, the exhibition will feature works created by students in a painting class taught by UA Art Professor Matthew Kolodziej.
Gallery Reception to Honor Research of Science Faculty
Please join the University Libraries for a reception Thursday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the Science Faculty Research Gallery in the Science and Technology Library. Light refreshments provided.