Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for Helm-Cravens

Helm-Cravens Library will close Tuesday, November 23, at 4:30 p.m. The library will reopen on Saturday, November 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – midnight.

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New Books in the VPAL

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A variety of new books have recently been added to the Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL).

1. Symbolism /Nathalia Brodskaya. New York :Parkstone International,2007.

ISBN: 9781859956779

Call Number: N6465.S9B76x 2007

2. A legacy of art :paintings and sculptures by artist life members of the National Arts Club /Lowrey, Carol.

New York, N.Y. ;Manchester :National Arts Club ;In association with Hudson Hills Press,2007.

ISBN: 9780615154992

Call Number: folio N6512.L69 2007

3. The good office :green design on the cutting edge /Riordan, John.

New York, NY :Collins Design ;Distributed throughout the world by HarperCollins,c2008.

ISBN: 9780061537899

Call Number: folio NA6230.R526x 2008

4. Tintoretto /Madrid :Museo Nacional del Prado,2007.

ISBN: 1903470463 9781903470466

Call Number: ND623.T6A4 2007x

5. Kiki Smith :prints, books & things / Weitman, Wendy.

New York :Museum of Modern Art :Distributed in the United States and Canada by D.A.P.,c2003.

ISBN: 0870705830

Call Number: NE539.S576A4 2003

6. The rise of Islamic calligraphy / George, Alain,

London ;Berkeley, Calif. :Saqi,c2010.

ISBN: 9780863566738

Call Number: NK3636.5.G46x 2010

7. Robert Lee Morris :the power of jewelry / Morris, Robert Lee,

New York :H.N. Abrams,2004.

ISBN: 0810949547

Call Number: NK7398.M67 A2 2004

8. Threads & voices :behind the Indian textile tradition /

Mumbai :Published for Marg Publications on behalf of the National Centre for the Performing Arts,c2007.

ISBN: 9788185026794

Call Number: folio NK8876.A1T47 2007

These newly acquired books are temporarily shelved in the VPAL display area, but may be checked out just like other circulating books.

The VPAL is open the same hours as the rest of Helm-Cravens Library.


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Fall Into Books brings award winning author and illustrator to Bowling Green

Fall Into Books, a program sponsored by SOKY Book Fest partners, brought Evelyn THurman award winning author Crystal Hubbard and illustrator Robert McGuire to Bowling Green this week.    Ms. Hubbard and Mr. McGuire visited area elementary schools, to discuss their picture book The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby.  The book is about Jimmy Winkfield, one of history’s finest horsemen and the last African American to win the Kentucky Derby.  Ms. Hubbard and Mr. McGuire will be honored on Friday at the Evelyn Thurman Award luncheon held at the KY Museum.

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Screen Door Porch entertains at Java City

Screen Door Porch at Java City 2010

Wednesday saw the return of a local favorite to WKU Libraries Noon Concert Series.  Wyoming/Houston –based folk band “Screen Door Porch” wowed the crowd at Java City with their unique Americana sound.  Thanks as always to our sponsor Independence Bank.

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More from “Out of the Woodwork”

The American Carriage Company, Cincinnati Ohio

The American Carriage Company, Cincinnati Ohio

When we last left retired WKU professor Don Slocum, he had found a century-old letter wedged behind the siding of his back porch and donated it to WKU’s Special Collections Library.  Now, his old house has disclosed more of the secrets of its past owners.  In addition to two more letters dating from 1904, he has found some material relating to the American Carriage Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dating from early in the 20th century, one of the leaflets promotes “Our New Wagonette,” perfect for use on pleasure trips or as a “general utility wagon for summer resorts.”  Painted black, with dark green leather cushions and a “first-class foot brake,” the carriage came with or without a canopy.  A second offering was the Hotel Coach, the ancestor of today’s airport shuttle.  Holding up to ten passengers and their luggage, and designed to be pulled by just one horse, the coach promised innkeepers an edge in attracting commercial travelers who had just arrived at the railroad depot and were in search of lodging.

Like today’s automobiles, the models of the American Carriage Company were available in multiple configurations.  A price sheet set out terms for open or closed buggies; A-, B- or C-grade leather; coil or elliptic springs; half or full platforms; quarter or extension tops (with lettering applied at “very reasonable charges”); and much more.

A finding aid for the American Carriage Company leaflets, and the rest of Dr. Slocum’s latest discoveries, can be downloaded here.


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KenCat Access to Scrapbooks at Kentucky Library

Imagine seeing your grandparent’s calling card for the first time, or finding an obituary of a long lost relative. Visualize a world event through the eyes of an adolescent. Over 280 scrapbooks in the Kentucky Library and Museum allow such opportunities. Sue Lynn McDaniel, Special Collections Librarian, with the assistance of volunteer Ekaterina Myakshina, are creating KenCat records for scrapbooks on school memories, travels, genealogy, and simple scraps. Just yesterday, researchers came to our Harrison-Baird Reading Room in search of a scrapbook that KenCat taught them about. Check out our scrapbooks via the University Libraries homepage by clicking on the KenCat navigation tab and searching the word “scrapbooks”.


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Alpha Phi Omega

APO Scrapbook

APO Scrapbook

Alpha Phi Omega was a service fraternity at WKU.  The University Archives has a number of scrapbooks from the organization and the third in the series which dates from 1990-1991 is now available online at: 

If you recognize anyone in the images please let us know.  Also, if you were a member of this or another student organization, share your memories with us.

These and other records related to student organizations can be found in the University Archives.


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Far Away Places Presents Medellin, Colombia

Dr. John Dizgun is telling the story of Medellin, Columbia. Far left in the first row is Dr. Holli Drummond.Dr. John Dizgun from KIIS and Dr. Holli Drummond from the Department of Sociology, WKU shared their research discovery in youth and gang violence in Medellin, Columbia with a large audience at Barnes & Noble on the evening of Thursday, November 18. Their presentation was part of a Far Away Places talk series sponsored by WKU Libraries.

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We apologize that due to malfunction of our recorder, the podcast of this great event was unfortunately unavailable.

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“Show Them Such Courtesies”

Varina Howell Davis and John Cox Underwood

Varina Howell Davis and John Cox Underwood

Although he grew up in Bowling Green, John Cox Underwood (1840-1913) was born in Washington DC, where his father, serving in Congress, had married the daughter of Georgetown’s mayor.  Trained as an engineer, Underwood broke with the rest of his family and supported the South during the Civil War.

After the war, as a leader of the United Confederate Veterans, Underwood sought a favor on behalf of Jefferson Davis’s widow, Varina Howell Davis, and her daughter Winnie.  In 1891 Varina had moved to New York, where she showed more interest in pursuing a literary career than in fulfilling any symbolic role as matron of the Lost Cause.  Nevertheless, Underwood was concerned that Varina and her daughter be well treated at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, which they planned to visit in 1892.  Writing to Bertha Honore Palmer, a Louisville native, president of the Exposition’s Board of Lady Managers and queen of Chicago society, he asked that she and a few other prominent women show Varina and Winnie “such courtesies as they would naturally receive in London or Paris or any other large city,” in order to demonstrate that the clouds of sectional bitterness had long lifted from the region.

A copy of Underwood’s letter to Mrs. Palmer is part of the collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library.  Click here for a finding aid.  To find other collections relating to the Underwood family, search TopScholar and KenCat.


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What is it?

What is it?
What is it?

Can you identify this photograph?  It was taken in Bowling Green April 16, 1998 during a flood . . . .

Check back next week for the answer!
This and other images can be found in the University Archives.
This is a photograph of Lost River Cave during a flood.  The Jenny Lind boat had been secured to the roof and you can see how high the water is.


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