Daily Archives: October 1, 2014

Family Bibles

Each year the Kentucky Library Research Collection receives many valuable donations. Recently, we received a Woolsey Family Bible. The bible was an 1887 “Peerless” Edition of the Parallel Bible: containing the Authorized and Revised versions of the Old and New Testaments, arranged in parallel columns; a complete concordance; with a comprehensive Bible dictionary. Since one of our collecting strengths is genealogical, we greatly appreciated the marriages, births and deaths that were included starting with Sanford C. Woolsey and Angie Smith and their children. This genealogical information about this specified family also included photographs which made the bible even more unique. One of the marriages noted was also performed at Historic Diamond Cave in Park City, KY.Woolsey Family

Family bibles were very important before the advent of official government records. Even many non-religious families chose to use a family Bible as a record keeper. These bibles were sold in stores, by mail order and by door-to-door salesmen. The selling factor was not the holy scriptures but the blank pages between the Old and New Testaments that were waiting to be filled in with names, dates of births, marriages and deaths. This may have been the only record of such important dates in the lives of our ancestors and may give us that elusive maiden name and include other information such as baptismal information or names of godparents. The bibles also became the repository for numerous keepsakes such as newspaper clippings, funeral cards, pressed flowers, and other items that were valuable or meaningful to the owner.  Please see KenCat for a listing of our family bible holdings.

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First Faraway Flix film welcomed a full faculty house.

Sixty students, faculty, and staff poured into the Faculty House on Friday, September 26 for the first film of the 2014-15 Faraway Flix series, featuring international films. Ecuador, the featured country for WKU this year, was the first country highlighted in the movie Que Tan Lejos. Participants received a free t-shirt, a sample of Ecuadorian food, and great scholar-led discussion with Dr. Sonia Lenk from Modern Languages.
“We were very pleased with the turn out for the first film of the year,” said Shaden Melky, chair of the Faraway Flix committee and organizer of the event. “There were several conflicting events so it was great to see so many attend for our kick off to a great line up of films.”

Other countries or cultures featured this year in the film series include Japan, Native America, France, Thailand, and Lebanon. For more information on each film, go to http://wku.edu/library/farawayflix/index.php

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WKU Libraries announces winner of 8th Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award

Western Kentucky UnAdamsiversity Libraries has selected Jilli, That’s Silly! –A Story About Being a Girl, written by Christa Carpenter and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, as the winner of the eighth Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award. The national award was created to honor the memory of former WKU librarian Evelyn Thurman, who made significant contributions to children’s librarianship and literacy during her 25 years of service to the university and community. Books eligible for the award must be written or illustrated by a Kentucky author or illustrator or have a significant Kentucky-related connection.

“The committee reviewed several great books; however, this particular book stood out,” said Deana Groves, selection committee member and department head for Library Technical Services at WKU. “It has a very positive message to be true to who you are, and the whimsical illustrations are very colorful and eye catching.”

Christa Carpenter is a mother, a teacher, and a writer. Since childhood she has enjoyed writing plays, poetry, and stories. She lives in Maitland, Florida, with her two children, Nicholas and Jillian, and their funny dog Eddie.

Mark Wayne Adams was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Murray State University where he received a BFA in drawing. Adams has illustrated over forty books, including The Belly Button Fairy and Polly and Her Pigtails. He has worked for Walt Disney World Company, Sea World Orlando, GSI Architectural Sign Company and is now the CEO of his own business. He currently serves as President for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.

Both the author and illustrator will be honored at an awards luncheon in November where they will receive monetary awards from Ms. Thurman’s endowment and commemorative plaques. While in the area, Carpenter and Adams will visit local schools as part of the Southern Kentucky Book Fest’s “Fall into Books” program. For more information about the Evelyn Thurman award, visit http://www.wku.edu/library/awards/evelynthurman.php.

This program is made possible by the Evelyn Thurman Children’s Author Fund, the Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership, and WKU Libraries.

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WKU Library Faculty Nancy Richey receives KLA Innovation Award

Nancy with awardNancy Richey, WKU Associate Professor, received the  Innovation Award from the Special Libraries section of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) at their annual meeting September 19 in Louisville, Kentucky. The award recognizes the contributions of an individual who has applied creative ideas or innovative thinking in his/her library which has resulted in significantly changed or enhanced service to constituents.

Richey, a lifelong book enthusiast, was surprised and humbled by the honor. “To be personally recognized by the Kentucky Library Association and/or anything to do with books, is very gratifying,” said Richey. “Books were my best friends while I was growing up in a very rural community, and the love of libraries set my career life path.”

Ms. Richey is an Associate Professor at Western Kentucky University Libraries, where she serves as the Reading Room Coordinator and Visual Resources Librarian for the Department of Library Special Collections. Ms. Richey is a native of Mt. Hermon, Kentucky, and has been a faculty member at WKU since July 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University where she received degrees in Information Science and Southern History. Richey has served on various historical boards, including Giles Historical Society, Morrison Park Camp Meeting Site Restoration Board  and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has authored two local history books in the Images of America book series published by Arcadia Press. Richey has cleaned up forgotten cemeteries, presented local historical information at regional events, and assisted in the restoration of historical grounds in Barren County. She is responsible for collection development for the Kentucky Library for Genealogy and Local History, and for providing research assistance and library research instruction.

A member of the board of directors for the Kentucky Library Association stated, “(Richey) has reached beyond the walls of the library to offer some amazing support to her community through service on historical boards and in support of historical renovation…(her work) makes her quite a role model to others wanting to provide innovative, valuable outreach and expertise to their communities.”

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Out of the Box – September

Board of Regents – Special Meeting 9/16/1939 re: Kentucky Building

Kentucky Building

Kentucky Building

Bookstore – department history

BUWKY 9/1939 – student publication


Cherry Political Papers – collection inventory

Craig Alumni House – everything you wanted to know . . .

Darwin Newton Papers – student papers collection inventory

Downing University Center – building history

Fact Book 1989 – a statistical snapshot from 25 years ago

Franklin Photos – some of the best vintage images of WKU campus

Morehead State 9/30/1939 – football program

ROTC – photograph collection inventory

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Archives Month

AKentucky Archives Monthrchives Month is an annual celebration of all things archival and the work of institutions that preserve historical records while making them available to researchers.  This year’s theme for Kentucky is Agriculture in the Commonwealth.

This month WKU Archives will be highlighting the WKU Department of Agriculture in our website feature “Out of the Box.”  We’ll also be blogging about some behind the scenes stuff.  Stay tuned and get out and visit an archives near you.  Check out Kentucky Archives Month events.


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