CUL NEWSLETTER

JULY 2003

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

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CALENDAR

ALA/EndUser (formerly VUGM) BROWN BAG/ Tuesday, July 8th; CIP Conference Room 12:00noon-1:30pm.
  • Your colleagues that attended these conferences will give brief presentations on what they learned.
    • 12:00-12:45 EndUser
    • 12:45-1:30 ALA
  • Cold drinks and cookies will be provided.
SUMMER TERM/ Wednesday, May 28th-Thursday, July 31st

OPPORTUNITIES

FOR ADOPTION

Desperately searching for a good home for a sweet mixed breed who wandered up to my curb (at the time he was too small to get up the curb!) last fall. As far as we know, the dog is currently about a year old. He is a long, skinny dog (probably around 40 lbs.). We have no idea what mix of breeds he is, but he has a very sweet temperament and is good with kids and other dogs. We thought we had found him a home twice (which is why we still have him), but something happened both times. Since we already have two other large dogs (an old border collie mix and a lab mix puppy both adopted from Operation Kindness) and two small children, it is not possible for us to keep this dog any longer. Please help!!! Call (8-1939) or email Amy Carver (acarver@mail.smu.edu) if you are interested.

NEED A GOOD HOME

4 Female and 1 Male 7 1/2 week old kittens need to find a good home.  For information, please contact June Hagler (82397) or 214-378-7638.

 

DIVISION NEWS

Tim Silcox, Director of Hamon Library, is  happy to announce that after a national search, the Hamon Arts Library has hired Alisa Rata as the new Music, Theatre, and Dance Librarian. Many of you will remember Alisa, who completed her undergraduate degree in Viola Performance here at SMU. She went on to receive master’s degrees in Musicology and Library Science at Indiana University. Please stop by and give Alisa a big SMU welcome – or better yet, “Welcome Home.” 
A RARE FIND

Some months ago, DeGolyer Library director, Russell Martin, informed Anne Peterson, Curator for Photographs at DeGolyer Library,  that he had discovered a three-volume set of 19th century photographs of India in the collection. They were uncatalogued, and Anne and Russell found out later that they were purchased years ago by Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr.  Although they probably were not "published," Anne stated that she certainly would categorize them as photographically illustrated books with original tipped in albumen photographs.  The albumen prints were wonderful to look at, but the photographer and exact time they were made remained a mystery.  First she looked at the obvious.  They have Henry Bartle Edward Frere's bookplates glued in each and the penciled in date of 1874, but are not in any way travel albums.  Anne found out that Frere was a rather important British diplomat, and  guesses that these books were probably given to him as some kind of presentation copies.  Each of the three volumes, 16/16 x 131/4", have red leather  bindings  embossed with gold lettered titles, Photographs of Western India, v. I., "Costumes and Characters," v. II., "Scenery, Public Buildings," and v. III. "Scenery, Public Buildings."  The images were most certainly made by a single very skilled photographer.  Each photograph is numbered underneath on the mount and often the same number is visibly scratched in the negative emulsion.  Naturally she looked at the bottom of the photographs for any identifying photographer's name or studio mark, and there are none.  The print size varies a bit but most are approximately 8 1/4 x 6 1/4".  There are 290 photographs in the three books and most have identified locations.  The subjects vary from temples to workers, ships, mountains, aqueducts, cities, etc.  Sects are represented as well as such occupations as bearers, "itinerant doctors," native converts to Christianity, gardeners, knife grinders, royalty and ship workers, etc.  However, aside from the first volume, people are not very conspicuous in the images other than the occasional Indian worker or one or two British men in the landscape.  To try to identify the maker, Anne sent an email to the Victoria & Albert Museum, because she saw they had a “notes on” photographs western India.  Their list was too fragile to copy so that was a dead end.  After a few more queries she spoke to Roy Flukinger, curator at the UT Ransom Center in Austin.  He looked up Christie’s catalogue sales and found a very similar single volume with photographs by William Johnson had sold in 2001 for a Kings ransom!  After a little more digging Anne found one of the images in the DeGolyer’s v. I. reproduced and identified as being by Johnson in a Smithsonian Sackler exhibit catalogue.  The photographs were probably made in the 1850s and 1860s, and Johnson turns out to have been one of the founding members of the Bombay Photographic Society – another wonderful accession at the DeGolyer.

  STAFF NEWS

JULY BIRTHDAYS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

2-July Bickston, Dev FLC IIS
6-July Olson, Cindy FLC Circulation
17-July Horne, James CMIT
20-July Barnett, Steve Collection Development
23-July Martin, Russell DeGolyer
24-July Bellavance, Maria CIP
26-July Youngblood, Dawn FLC Maps
26-July Silcox, Tinsley Hamon
Curt Holleman's son, Josh, graduated from Harvard Law School, and his daughter-in-law, Tammy, from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in June. They are moving to Austin, where Josh is joining a law firm and Tammy is pursuing graduate education at the University of Texas.
Shannon Cain, Administrative Coordinator for Public Services will be leaving CUL as of this Friday, June 13th (He says 13 is his lucky number!) Shannon has taken a position as an admissions specialist in the Perkins School of Theology Student Services Department. We all wish Shannon the best of luck and thank him for all his hard work and many accomplishments of the past 14 months here in Fondren.
Despite continued pressure from Library and ITS management to abandon the attempt, Systems Office staff member Jorge Cruz proceeded to recklessly endanger any number of University projects and priorities by stubbornly jumping out of a perfectly good airplane on Saturday, June 21 2003. Upon hearing of the incident in question, fellow co-workers were noted to exclaim, "I always *knew* there was something wrong with that guy! And this proves it!" Rumors of a last minute attempt to divert Mr. Cruz from his chosen course of action by lacing his water bottle with a sleeping potion remain as yet unconfirmed. When asked about this surprising yet altogether understandable turn of events, a spokesperson for CUL management simply replied, "No Comment"!

Mary Ann Herbel's daughter Stephanie graduated in May from UNT with Masters in Kinesiology and she has recently earned her Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She will be pursuing her dream of being a Strength and Conditioning coach at collegiate level.  Mary Ann's son Jeremy made the President's Honor Roll his first year at SMU (his junior year in college). He will begin his senior year at SMU this Fall and graduate in May with BBA in Marketing from Cox School of Business.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

This is a new section in which a new CUL staff member will be featured each month.  The purpose is to get to know each other a little better.  Please feel free to send me the profiles of your newest staff members (tvangoet@mail.smu.edu) so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL.

EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS

HORTON FOOTE AND THE TRIP TO THE BOUNTIFUL, 1953-2003/ May 15-July 18; DeGolyer Library

From its debut on television and Broadway in 1953, to its production at the Alley Theatre in Houston in 2003, Horton Foote´s The Trip to Bountiful has become a classic of the American stage. This exhibit features original drafts, screenplays, publicity photos, playbills, posters, and other memorabilia documenting the history of the play (and movie), with glances at other events in Horton Foote´s distinguished career .  This exhibit is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Russell Martin, 214.768.3231, rlmartin@mail.smu.edu

HAMON LIBRARY EXHIBIT

Through September 28, in conjunction with the Pollock Gallery, of SMU's Division of Art, the Hawn Gallery will be the venue for “John Himmelfarb: The Card Catalog Drawings.”  This exhibition consists of over one hundred small scale drawings by Harvard alumnus John Himmelfarb and brings together a selection of works the Chicago artist has executed on now obsolete library card catalog cards.  Himmelfarb carries the cards when traveling to allow him the ability to constantly draw as a sort of travelogue of his thoughts as he moves through his world of places and things. Art Critic John Brunetti wrote of Himmelfarb, “Consistently blurring the boundaries between drawing and painting, [he] revels in line’s evocative potential to create a synthesis of graphic sign, text and elusive image that challenges one’s ability to interpret visual language. In the process, he initiates inward journeys whose rewards are not measured by reaching specific destinations, but by the experience of the chosen path.”   Himmelfarb is represented in several major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the British Museum, the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Mildred Hawn Gallery hours:

May 27-August 20:  Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm (closed July 4th).

August 20-September 28: Monday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm (closed Labor Day).

LIGHTER SIDE

According to the 2003 Chase's Calendar of Events July is:

 

Anti-Boredom Month

Cell Phone Courtesy Month

National Baked Bean Month

National Bison Month

National Dog House repairs Month

National Hot Dog Month

Roots and Branches Month

2nd I forgot Day

3rd Stay Out of the Sun Day

4th Independence From Meat Day

6th Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day

7th-13th Nude Recreation Week

10th Don't Step on a Bee Day

19th Cow Appreciation Day

21at National Get Out of the Doghouse Day

23rd Hot Enough for Ya Day

24th Virtual Love Day

25th-31st National Salad Week

27th Parents' Day

31st Mutt's Day

DID YOU KNOW?
  • July Astrological Signs:
    • Cancer: June 21-July 22
    • Leo: July 23-August 22
  • July Birthstone: Ruby
  • July Flowers:
    • Larkspur
    • Water Lily
  • According to the Georgian calendar, July is the seventh month. On the Roman calendar, it was the fifth month and it was called 'Quintilis', meaning 'fifth'. Julius Caesar gave the month 31 days in 46 B.C. The Roman Senate named it 'Julius', in honor of Caesar. 
  • July is usually the hotest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. July is one of the winter months in the Southern Hemisphere. The climate is mild in most of the Southern Hemisphere, with the exception of the COLD Antarctica, and the cold, rainy part of South America. 
  • During July, when there isn't much rain, the grass often loses it's greenness. Some flowers are abundant in July, because they strive on the heat. Also, insects are abundant as well -life is striving in July! 
  • Independence Day is observed in the United States on July 4. On that day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. 
  • In France, a similar holiday, Bastille Day, occurs on July 14. 
  • Canada celebrates July 1 as Canada Day. 
  • Several other countries celebrate national independence in July:
    • Venezuela; July 5
    • Argentina, July 9
    • Belgium, July 21 
    • Peru, July 28
  • Kentucky became the 15th state, June 1, 1792. 
  • American troops occupied San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War, July 1, 1898. 
  • Battle of the Somme began in World War I, July 1, 1916. 
  • President James Garfield shot, July 2, 1881. 
  • Sherman Antitrust Act passed, July 2, 1890. 
  • Thurgood Marshall, first black justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, born July 2, 1908. 
  • Idaho became the 43rd state, July 3, 1890. 
  • Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, and John Hancock signed it, July 4, 1776. 
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author, born July 4, 1804. 
  • Work began on the Erie Canal, July 4, 1817. 
  • Stephen Foster, American songwriter, born July 4, 1826. 
  • Vicksburg surrendered to the Union Army in the Civil War, July 4, 1863. 
  • Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, born in Plymouth Notch, Vt., July 4, 1872. 
  • First Pacific cable, running between San Francisco and Manila, opened by President Theodore Roosevelt, July 4, 1903. 
  • Amendment 26, which sets the voting age at 18 in the United States, was proclaimed, July 5, 1971. 
  • John Paul Jones, American naval hero, born July 6, 1747. 
  • British troops captured Fort Ticonderoga, July 6, 1777. 
  • The Republican Party held its first state convention, at Jackson, Mich., July 6, 1854.  
  • Japanese and Chinese troops clashed, beginning the struggle that became World War II, July 7, 1937.
  • John D. Rockefeller born July 8, 1839. 
  • Wyoming became the 44th state, July 10, 1890. 
  • John Q. Adams, sixth President of the United States, born in Braintree (now Quincy), Mass., July 11, 1767. 
  • Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, July 11, 1804. 
  • Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States, born in Omaha, Nebr., July 14, 1913. 
  • Manitoba became a province of Canada, July 15, 1870. 
  • Second Battle of the Marne in World War I began, July 15, 1918. 
  • First mission in California established at San Diego by Father Junipero Serra, July 16, 1769. 
  • District of Columbia established, July 16, 1790. 
  • Scientists set off the first atomic bomb, Alamogordo, N. Mex., July 16, 1945. 
  • Spain officially turned Florida over to the United States, July 17, 1821. 
  • Spanish Civil War began, July 17-18, 1936. 
  • First woman's rights convention in United States met at Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19,1848 
  • British Columbia became a Canadian province, July 20, 1871. 
  • U.S. astronaut Neil A. Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, July 20, 1969. 
  • First Battle of Bull Run, or Manassas, in the Civil War, July 21, 1861. E
  • Battle of Atlanta in the Civil War, July 22, 1864. 
  • The Mormons settled Salt Lake City, July 24, 1847. 
  • Amelia Earhart, American aviator and first woman to fly the Atlantic, born July 24, 1897. 
  • New York ratified the Constitution, July 26, 1788. 
  • Truce signed, ending Korean War, July 27, 1953. 
  • Amendment 14, which defines United States citizenship, was proclaimed, July 28, 1868. 
  • First representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, July 30, 1619. 
  • First patent in United States registered, July 31, 1790. 
SOME HISTORY ABOUT AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE

Schoolchildren in America learn the basic history of the events surrounding the Fourth of July, but the details of this monumental occasion in American history somehow fall through the cracks.

Although July 4th is celebrated as America’s official split from Britain’s rule and the beginning of the American Revolution, the actual series of events show that the process took far longer than a single day. The original resolution was introduced by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia on June 7, 1776, and called for the Continental Congress to declare the United States free from British rule. Three days later a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson was appointed to prepare an appropriate writing for the occasion.

The document that we know as the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4th although the resolution that led to the writing of the Declaration was actually approved two days earlier. 

All of this had occurred with some of the delegates to the Congress not even present; New York, for example, did not even vote on the resolution until July 9th. 

Even more interesting is the fact that not a single signature was appended to the Declaration on July 4th. While most of the fifty-six names were in place by early August, one signer, Thomas McKean, did not actually sign the Declaration until 1781.

Nevertheless, July 4th was the day singled out to mark the event of the United States establishing itself as a nation

Only four American holidays are still celebrated on their proper calendar days: Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s and Independence Day. Of all the secular holidays, the Fourth of July is the only one whose celebration date resists change. Even in more provincial times, suggestions to alter the day of the festival to the preceding Saturday or the following Monday when July 4th fell on Sunday were protested.

The feeling about the sanctity of America’s Independence day was best expressed in a quotation from the Virginia Gazette on July 18th, 1777: “Thus may the 4th of July, that glorious and ever memorable day, be celebrated through America, by the sons of freedom, from age to age till time shall be no more. Amen and Amen.”

(Copied from http://www.fourth-of-july-celebrations.com/  Click on the link for more information on Fourth of July traditions and celebrations.)

THINGS TO DO IN THE DFW AREA TO CELEBRATE THE 4TH:

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http://www.guidelive.com/profile/322494/ LONE STARS AND STRIPES-GRAND PRAIRIE

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http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356931/ 4TH OF JULY AT ONMI MANDALAY HOTEL-IRVING

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356771/ 4THFEST INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION-BEDFORD

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356784/ RED WHITE AND YOUTH CELEBRATION-GRANDBURY

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356934/ LIBERTY BY THE LAKE-LEWISVILLE/FLOWER MOUND

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356777/ OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY-SOUTH DALLAS

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356468/ PLANO PATRIOTIC POPS CONCERT-PLANO/RICHARDSON

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356962/ PLANO'S FOURTH OF JULY-PLANO

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356923/ INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION-RICHARDSON

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356912/ STARS STRIPES AND SPORTS FESTIVAL-DUNCANVILLE

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356913/ FANTASTIC FOURTH FIREWORKS CELEBRATION-DESOTO

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356956/ FLOWER MOUND'S CELEBRATE AMERICA-FLOWER MOUND

http://www.guidelive.com/profile/322486/ FRISCO FREEDOM FEST-FRISCO

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http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356668/ TRINITY FEST-DALLAS

 

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