Monthly Archives: September 2012

From Cover to Bibliography

Book cover features item from WKU collection.

A new geneaology titled Descendants of Revolutionary War Soldier Samuel W. Garrison (1762-1833) and Esther Alexander (1762-1829) features many references to collections housed in the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives division of the Special Collections Library at WKU.  The book’s cover features a watermark of a manuscript poem written by Samuel about his ideal wife in the late eighteenth century. The late Ray H. Garrison, who is listed as a co-author of this book, found that WKU owned the original manuscript of this poem and a family geneaology via TopSCHOLAR, WKU’s online digital repository.  After locating the poem and geneaology Ray and fellow author, Ellen Elaine Featherston Boston, utilized other WKU collections via TopSCHOLAR including Warren County marriage records, wills, vital statistics, and military service records.

The book’s cover features a poem titled “Choice” written by Garrison about his future wife.  In it he outlines the type of woman he is interested in marrying:

I first would take a partner to my bed,

One ruled by reason not by passion led,

Whom I my wife most willingly would make,

Of all the joys I knew she should partake,

The better if near twenty years of age,

Of temper mild of understanding sage.

Whether his wife Esther met all his requirements, we do not know, but they did remain married for life.  Garrison was born in Maryland and migrated to Kentucky via Mecklenberg County, North Carolina.  He and Esther settled in southcentral Kentucky on Bay’s Fork Creek.  A monument praising his life and service in the Revolutionary War was dedicated on May 12, 2001 in the Old Scottsville Cemetery.

To see a finding aid for Samuel W. Garrison’s collection, click here.  To search TopSCHOLAR for other family histories click here.

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Vogue Archive at WKU Libraries

Western Kentucky University Libraries have recently added the complete archives of Vogue magazine to our electronic resource collection. As the publisher describes this useful database:

“The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. In addition to the editorial content, all covers, advertisements and pictorial features have been captured as separate documents to allow for searching and discovery. You can also limit your search by journal editor, to find items published during the editorship of, say, Diana Vreeland (1963-71) or Anna Wintour (1988-present).”

This database will be a highly valuable resource across many disciplines, including:
• Textiles and dress
• Fashion history
• Popular culture
• Gender studies
• Photography and graphic design
• Marketing and advertising

This resource if available both on- and off-campus (off-campus users will log in with their NetID and password). We are delighted to be able to offer the Vogue Archive, and we invite all our library users to try it out soon!

Need help? Call Library Reference at 270-745-6176, or ask us online.

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Florencia Mallon Talked about Chile in Far Away Places Series

ChileFlorencia Mallon, Professor and Head of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, spoke in WKU Libraries’ Far Away Places Series at Barnes & Noble on the evening of September 20, 2012. She read from her book, discussed it in the context of Chilean history, and answered questions from an overflow crowd. Mallon signed copies of her book following her presentation.

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Renovation Project to Transform Cravens 4th Floor


WKU Libraries is transforming spaces and trading places on the fourth floor of Cravens to develop a new Information Commons area for its students, faculty, and staff. Effective Friday, September 28 at 4:30 pm to January 2, 2013, the entrance to Cravens 4th floor will be closed and individuals needing library services will use the Java City/Helm entrance.

“Patrons may have already noticed books, tables, chairs, and other items disappearing from the floor,” said Connie Foster, Interim Dean of WKU Libraries.

The newly redesigned floor will have varied and flexible seating, collaborative areas for study, 28 computers, two email stations, four laptop charging stations, and a fresh updated look.

Access to Cravens’ floors 5-9 will be available from the 2nd floor of Helm. Beginning Wednesday, September 26, Circulation Services will be relocated to Helm 1st floor next to the Reference Desk. In addition, The Writing Center will also be moved to the same area in Helm. Any student needing disability accommodations can call 745-3951 for assistance.

“We apologize for this interruption during the semester but our goal is to open by January and realize a very inviting, functional, and updated library environment for the future,” said Foster.

Patrons can check out the library’s website for updates at

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Go West, Young Men

Asa Young (1795-1865), father of George

Asa Young (1795-1865), father of George

In 1850, George Chapman Young (1824-1896) of Barren County, Kentucky, set out in an ox cart with two companions to seek his fortune in the gold fields of California.  Ninety years later, George’s son, Cave City farmer Amps P. Young (1876-1946) and his wife made the same journey by car, using George’s travel diary as a guide.  From these excerpts, telling apart the experiences of father and son should be easy:

Passed through Ash Hollow, camped near some Indian Wigwams.

Enjoyed the tourist camps very much being very nicely equipped in the West.

Yellowstone National Park a play ground of about 50 miles by 70 miles . . . where people play with the bears and other wild animals . . . .

Pass the Chimney Rock . . . camped by ourselves, a wolf ate our lariet.

Traveled last night but did not get through the desert reached Green river today about noon, no grass, our mules appear about starved.

Had the great pleasure of eating with a couple of very handsome young Indian Squaws.

They have now quite a museum here [Fort Casper] with quite a few old relicks dug from the old fort . . . .

Passed a grave part dug.  The man had just died, had the diarear when he left home.  The Indians stold 28 horses last night here.

Traveled all day without grass . . . .  We pass hundreds of dead horses every day.

Boulder dam is a man made wonder farming the great Mead lake for power and a surplus of water for irrigation . . . .

We went through San Joaquin Valley to San Francisco crossing the new bridge over the bay by Treasure Island.  After spending three days at the fair we go over the great Golden Gate Bridge . . . .

Making nothing prospecting.

The travels of George and Amps Young (and an 1817 account of a river trip to Natchez by George’s father Asa Young), are part of the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library.  Click here to download a finding aid.  For other collections of travel accounts, search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat.

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Kirby Gann: “Ghosting: A Novel”


WKU Libraries featured Kirby Gann for the 2012/13 season of Kentucky Live!. Gann talked about his new book Ghosting to a diverse university and community audience. The talk concluded with a book signing by the author.

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Students and Community Members Met Author Neil White in Helm Library


Students and community members met in the basement lounge area of Java City Wednesday, September 12 for a book discussion over author Neil White’s memoir In the Sanctuary of Outcasts. White’s book was this year’s book selection for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners’ SOKY Reads community read program. In an effort to encourage reading in the community, SOKY Book Fest partners gave away more than 500 books, provided book discussions, offered free writing workshops, and brought in the author of the book for presentations to various groups throughout the community.

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Author Neil White Featured in SOKY Book Fest Event


SOKY Reads program sponsored by the Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners featured Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts on September 6, 2012 in the WCPL Main Library and the Knicely Conference Center, Bowling Green, KY.

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A Century of Spirit PSA’s

The WKU Archives holds records in a variety of formats.  During the 2006 WKU Centennial celebration 26 public service announcements were created as MP4 files.  These announcements include ten decade by decade histories of WKU and special topics such as Henry Cherry’s legacy, Coach E.A. Diddle, Big Red, integration and student organizations.  The PSA’s and other documentation of A Century of Spirit are available online at: TopScholar, choose the year 2006.

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