Edward Everett, 1794-1865
After winning the presidency in 1840, William Henry Harrison appointed Edward Everett as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James–diplomat-speak for ambassador to Britain. Everett, a former professor, Congressman and governor of Massachusetts, was also a legendary orator. On November 19, 1863, he would uncork the two-hour-long speech that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s remarks at the dedication of the national cemetery at Gettysburg.
Everett enjoyed some diplomatic success in Britain, but in 1845 was recalled by the new president, James K. Polk. Late in August, rushing to depart from London for home via Liverpool, he attended to one minor matter. Everett had hired the firm of Stultz and Company, tailors to no less a personage than Beau Brummell, to make some pantaloons for himself and his 15-year-old son. He had found “with great regret,” however, that they had arrived “a little too long & too full at the foot,” and that young Edward’s were “so much too long that they would seem not to have been made from his measure.” He asked that the garments be re-hemmed and sent to Liverpool on the evening train. As Everett himself was not leaving London until later that morning, he hinted that a Stultz tailor might even attend him in person as it was quite “unsafe to alter clothes without seeing them on.”
Edward Everett’s note to his tailor is part of the collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library. Click here for a finding aid. For other collections relating to politicians and diplomats, search TopScholar and KenCat.
WKU Librarian, Tammera Race, and Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Wilson, participated in the United Way Day of Caring with other WKU faculty, staff, students and families to prepare backpacks for all the area elementary schools.
WKU Libraries recently won the Best of Show Award for its Horse in Kentucky video in the Fundraising category. Pictured is Bryan Carson, WKU Librarian, accepting the award from Jennifer Duvernay, chair of the PR-Xchange committee at the conference in New Orleans last month.
From left to right: Jenna Ryan, Jonathan Ramseur, Robert Gramling, Brian Coutts (in rear). Photo taken by: Alberto Herrera Jr. Click photo to link to bibliography.
Legal Consequences of Environmental Crises:
What Librarians Need to Know About the Gulf Oil Disaster
This was the topic of the Law and Political Science Library Section (LPSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) annual program at the meeting of the American Library Association held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, June 25. Brian Coutts, a member of the LPSS Board served as moderator and introduced the three speakers: Robert Gramling, a professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Socioeconomic Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Jonathan Ramseur, a Specialist in Environmental Policy at the Congressional Research Service (CRS); and Jenna Ryan, Reference Librarian for the School of Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Continue reading
Alphonse Duteil, human hair merchant
English-born Alphonse Duteil was a dealer in human hair work. In 1872, his store on Fourth Street in Louisville, Kentucky advertised a “large assortment of Wigs, Braids, Curls, and the latest styles of Chignons,” both on hand and made to order. Accordingly, Duteil was in the market not just for hair, usually imported from Europe, but for all the accessories necessary to make it look stylish. Writing to a New York supplier, Duteil asked to be shipped 10 pounds of hair pins, 2 dozen boxes of blond powder, and 5 pounds of watch springs (sewed into wigs for a secure fit). But women weren’t his only customers; Duteil also included an order for a foundation for a man’s wig, “same color as sample enclosed. I do not want it to have any less grey,” he wrote, probably on orders from his client, but “would prefer it with more grey hair.”
On the reverse of Duteil’s letterhead was a mini-directory of some of his fellow Louisville merchants, including brewers, piano makers, grocers, tobacconists, coppersmiths and wrought iron dealers, a snapshot of the city’s busy and varied commercial life late in the 19th century.
Alphonse Duteil’s letter is part of the collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library. Click here for a finding aid. For other collections relating to Kentucky businesses, search TopScholar and KenCat.
The Friday weekend edition of the China Daily (U.S.A.) is now part of WKU Libraries’ print newspaper subscriptions. The newspaper, a full-color, English language publication, offers news on Chinese business, politics, culture, sports, technology, and a host of other newsworthy topics. Analysis on economics, trade issues, military issues, foreign affairs, and many other spheres of interest are also part of the content. Readers are welcome to submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or to specific columnists for the paper.
As part of WKU Libraries’ efforts to expand newspaper holdings dealing with international matters, the China Daily is a welcome addition to our international newspaper subscription portfolio. The WKU community has a growing international presence both here and abroad, as evidenced by growing numbers of students from China and other countries, as well as a vigorous program of travel and study beyond American borders.
The China Daily, other international newspapers, and national, state, and local papers can be found on Helm Library 2nd floor. The most recent edition of any print newspaper to which we subscribe can be found in the plastic display towers next to the periodicals help desk, near the center of the floor. Older editions of our newspapers can be found in the orange hanging folders, located in the northeastern corner of the floor, adjacent to the computer lab. Restricted access newspapers (the Courier Journal, Wall Street Journal, Park City Daily News, and The Tennessean) are in Helm office 204, which is near the older editions collection.
Yesterday marked the 86th anniversary of the Scopes Trial which began on the morning of Friday, July 10, 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee at the Rhea County Courthouse. Four months earlier, John Washington Butler’s “Anti-Evolution bill” had became law. It made it unlawful for any teacher in any of the universities, normals, and all other public schools in the State, to teach any theory that denied the story of the divine creation of man as taught in the Bible. (Allen, 1925) Continue reading
Anne Pence Davis, 1901-1982
After she graduated from WKU in 1925, Anne Pence Davis moved to Wichita Falls, Texas with her new husband. She became involved in marketing, literary and volunteer activities, including radio production, poetry writing and the Camp Fire Girls. Davis’s interest in programming for the Camp Fire Girls led her to try her hand at juvenile fiction. The results were three popular books for young adolescents, Mimi at Camp, Mimi at Sheridan School, and Mimi’s House Party. Davis drew on her experiences in Bowling Green to create the character of Mimi Hammond, a red-haired extrovert who sometimes cast aside the Pollyanna-like qualities of her fictional contemporaries. Davis’s success prompted her election to the Texas Institute of Letters in 1937.
Davis wrote two other well regarded works of juvenile fiction, Wishes Are Horses and The Top Hand of Lone Tree Ranch. Her 1940 novel The Customer is Always Right, about the characters who populate a large Texas department store, was an alternate Book of the Month Club selection. Throughout her career, Davis also published poetry, haiku and reviews, and participated in writer’s conferences, book fairs and workshops.
The papers of Anne Pence Davis are part of the collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library. Included are correspondence with editors, colleagues and friends; scrapbooks; photos; poetry journals; and even a Braille edition of The Top Hand of Lone Tree Ranch. Click here and here for finding aids. To explore other collections relating to authors and poets, search TopScholar and KenCat.