Monthly Archives: November 2010

Kentucky Library’s Global Collections

Though the Kentucky Library and Museum’s major focus has followed our mission statement, “We Collect Kentucky,” our collections can now be characterized as both local and global. A sample of recently cataloged items illustrate this new focus: Institutes of Hindu Law and the History and Antiquities of Carborough, Viciniti: with Views and Plans, The Northern Campaigns and History of the War, from the Invasion of Russia, in 1812, and Memoirs and Recollections of Count Segur: Ambassador from France to the Courts of Russia and Prussia, and Important Engagements Which Took Place Between His Majesty’s Forces and the Rebels, During the Irish Rebellion, 1798., by John Jones. These primary source materials enable researchers to delve into what it was like to live during the earlier centuries by reading these types of first-hand accounts of everyday people, leaders, revolutionaries and their times. For the last title by John Jones, we are among a few libraries that hold this original book including the Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg and the British Library. Additionally, our unique holdings are now more accessible through our “KenCat” catalog which uses the collection management program, PastPefect. The collection is searchable online at and covers a wide variety of materials in four areas: objects, archives, photographs and library materials. For more information about these unique collections contact or 270-745-5083.
Irish Rebellion


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Activities this week at WKU Libraries

A big week of activities at WKU Libraries!

At Noon, Wednesday the 10th in Java City the Steven Baker Band performs.

Thursday the 11th, the KY Live Series features local food celebs Kenny and Beverly
Mattingly of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese at 7pm at Barnes and Noble.

Head over to the KY Museum on Friday, Nov. 12th from 5-8 for Harry Potter Night!

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WKU Libraries now offers patron access to BioOne, an online database of bioresearch resources:

BioOne provides a unique aggregation of high-impact bioscience research journals, featuring timely content on a wide-array of today’s most pressing topics, including global warming, stem cell research, ecological and biodiversity conservation.  Complementing this content is an agile new platform launched in January 2009 that allows for easy navigation to content both within and outside the BioOne aggregation, as well as researcher-designed toolbars with valuable title, article, and reference-linking tools. ~BioOne

BioOne can be accessed on campus through this direct link or off campus from our Databases Page.

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Kentucky Live! It’s All About the Cheese!

Kenny and Beverly Mattingly told their story of cheese making as one of the WKU Libraries' Kentucky Live talk series.WKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live featured Kenny and Beverly Mattingly on the evening of November 11, 2010 at Barnes & Noble, Bowling Green, KY. Kenny, owner of the Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, told us the story of his family tradition and allowed us to sample some of the sumptuous cheeses he and his wife brought. If you missed the cheese, you can still listen to his talk and view the pictures of the event.

Photos of the Event | Podcast | Audio Files

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Today: Cravens Library Closes at 5 pm and Reopens at 7 pm

Cravens Library will close at 5:00 pm Thursday, Nov. 4, and reopen at 7:00 pm due to a cellular equipment helicopter airlift to the top of that building.


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A Champion of Mammoth Cave

Max Brunswick Nahm, 1864-1958

Max Brunswick Nahm, 1864-1958

On May 19, 1924, prominent Bowling Green banker Max B. Nahm attended a meeting of citizens interested in the creation of a national park at Mammoth Cave.  Within a year, the Mammoth Cave National Park Association had been formed to raise money, lobby the U.S. Congress for enabling legislation, and negotiate purchase options from private owners of the proposed park lands.  Max Nahm became the Association’s president.

A collection of Max Nahm’s papers at WKU’s Special Collections Library documents his key executive role, over the next two decades, in the creation of the park.  As Association president and chairman of the Kentucky National Park Commission, Nahm was involved in all aspects of the project: assembling land; securing private, state and federal funding (which became increasingly difficult during the Depression); defending the project from public criticism; developing roads and hotels to serve tourists; managing cutthroat competition from private owners of surrounding caves; completing the controversial process of removing residents; and fulfilling all the conditions under which the National Park Service would assume responsibility for the park.

A finding aid for the Max Brunswick Nahm Collection can be downloaded here.  For more information on the Nahm family, search TopScholar and KenCat.


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Temporary Closing of Cravens Library

Cravens Library will close at 5:00 pm Thursday, Nov. 4, and reopen at 7:00 pm due to a cellular equipment helicopter airlift to the top of that building.  All pedestrian traffic will be prohibited around Cravens during that time and the street closures adjacent to the building will be extended temporarily in both directions.  Helm Library will remain open during this event, but the Helm/IEB parking lot may be closed temporarily.


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Lauren Cunningham wows crowd at Java City

Lauren Cunnignham at Java City Lauren Cunningham at Java City

Well-known local song-stylist, Lauren Cunningham thrilled the crowd today in Java City with her unique voice and musical arrangements.  Coming next week, The Steven Baker Band on Wednesday, November 10th.  Thanks to our sponsor Independence Bank.

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When is a Music Program Not Just a Music Program?

Iolanthe Program

Iolanthe ProgramWhen it is the program for Gilbert & Sullivan operatta Iolanthe performed at WKU March 29, 1927. This program is chock full of ads for Bowling Green businesses. Some ads tell us where the business was located, especially in the downtown area. It is also a record of how much support the citizens of Bowling Green have given to WKU throughout the years.

And, of course, it is a program of the performance, giving a list of the principle actors, members of the band, orchestra and chorus as well as the officers of the Strahm Music club. Quite the bang for the printing buck for six page program.

This and many other music programs are available to researchers in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room of the Kentucky Library & Museum, 9 – 4 Monday through Saturday.  The entire program is available on TopScholar:


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WKU Libraries on the Cover of C&RL News

College & Research Llibraries News cover

granville1We’re pleased to announce that a painting by Granville Mitchell from the Kentucky African American Art Collection in the Raymond Cravens Library is featured on the front cover of the nation’s leading college and university libraries trade journal. With more than 12,000 personal and institutional subscribers and an international readership many times that number, College & Research Libraries News showcases the work of the Association of College and Research Libraries and its member institutions. Mitchell, who studied commercial art at WKU, works on paper with pen and ink, acrylic, oil, and some airbrush. In his works he seeks to capture movement, the dynamic of life.

“Main Street” is one of two Granville Mitchell paintings in our collection.

Mitchell’s art was showcased in Kentucky Live! Southern Culture At Its Best, an annual series of public talks sponsored by the WKU Libraries, now in its eighth season. He also depicted the Historic Freedom Riders in a collaborative mural honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Kentucky Library and Museum.

This marks the third time WKU Libraries has been featured on the front cover of C&RL News.

Click here for a large version of Granville Mitchell’s Main Street.



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