Library Exhibit: Souvenirs et portraits d’artistes, 1972

Our very own Katie Ziegler from Tech Services has put together a great display that you can find at the entrance to the library. The materials in this collection were donated to the library in 1986 and have been stored since then. These materials are now seeing the light of day once more, and we invite our community to come and view them.

Here is some information about the materials that Katie Ziegler provided for us:

Souvenirs et portraits d’artistes, 1972

Fernand Mourlot

Mourlot Studios, located in Paris, France, was known as the largest producer of artistic posters in the 1930s. It was also known to invite prominent artists to work on location within the studio to create original works which they then produced. This particular collection, put together by the Studio’s founder Fernand Mourlot, includes prints from 25 original lithographs created at the studios by artists such as Miro, Matisse, and Picasso.

This original edition is comprised of loose leaves while later editions were bound. Although this copy is number 270 of the 800 that were printed, only five libraries in the world are listed as owning one. Out of those five, this is the only copy in a United States library.

This work was donated to Berea College Hutchins Library by Thomas L. Hill and Dr. Kathleen Kulp-Hill, a professor of Spanish at EKU, in 1986 and now resides in the Special Collections Curio section.

The following images are now featured on the display case:

  • PABLO PICASSO, Le seigneur et la dame (M. 322)
  • JACQUES VILLON, Portrait d’une jeune fille
  • BERNARD BUFFET, Les ombelles

The display is free and open to the public.  You can view it during regular library hours.

December Holiday Collection

 When we hear the words December is coming, not only do we think, “Yes, finally a break”, but we often think about spending those amazing December Holidays with our many friends and family.


We have put together a December Holiday display and would like to share that with you, your friends, and your family.


There are movies and music that are just waiting to be shared with your family and friends.There are books for you and your friend.  There are even Holiday books for the children so they can join in on the fun and joyful celebration.

Come to campus and de-stress with a gentle dog

Therapy dogs visit campus flyer

Come relax and de-stress with a gentle four-legged friend. Therapy dogs will be visiting Berea College on Friday December 11th, 2015. The dogs will be here from 10:00am to 12 noon and 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

You can visit with the dogs at these locations:

  • Hutchins Library‘s basement.
  • The Fireside Room in Draper Hall.
  • The V-12 Lounge in the Alumni Building.
  • The CPO area in Woods-Penn Building.

The event is sponsored by the Campus Christian Center.

Food for Fines 2015

Image of soup can with text "Food 4 Fines"

The tradition continues at Hutchins Library

November 06- December 18th

Pay off your library fines and help your community

Each donated item=$1.00 in fines

Donated items also accepted!

The fine print:  Lost item fees cannot be paid off through this program.

No credits can be given for extra donated items.

See the circulation desk or library website for a list of acceptable items—expired, opened, homemade and perishable foods cannot be accepted.

NO ramen noodles—please!

Come Spend a Year with the St. John’s Bible

St. John's Bible Display September 24, 2014

Our display of the St. John’s Bible at the library is almost ready to go.

As you walk into Hutchins Library, you may have noticed work on a new display. There is a new wooden display case as you walk in. Banners are up now. The library is preparing to display Volume 6, “Gospels and Acts” of the Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible.

What is the St. John’s Bible?

In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible. This is an effort that has not been done in almost 500 years. However, it is not just the divine word or a work of art. It is also a work that dares to ask some very modern questions:

  • What if the Bible clearly depicts Adam and Eve, the first humans, as East African?
  • What if the views of Earth from space are borrowed from NASA’s Hubble Telescope?
  • What if the great religions of the world, in addition to Christianity, are referenced wherever possible?

Come explore the answers to those questions and more as you view and spend time with the St. John’s Bible at Hutchins Library.

The Event Details:

The event opens with a public showing at campus convocation on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3:00pm in Phelps-Stokes Chapel. The convocation features Tim Ternes speaking on “More Work Than We Knew, More Joy Than We Imagined.” He will describe the 13 year process of creating the first Biblical manuscript commissioned in more than 500 years. After September 25, the display will continue at Hutchins Library until May 15, 2015.

In addition to the display, the library and the college will host a variety of programs related to the St. John’s Bible throughout the campus and the community. Check out the activities calendar for details. Also, Hutchins Library Special Collections and Archives will feature an exhibit of other rare manuscripts, early printed Bibles, and sacred texts from the college’s collection.

An Event Open To All:

The Bible is a work with fans and detractors. Some see it as the Word of God. Others may see it as a great work of literature and storytelling. Others yet may see it as words often misused and misrepresented, a work partly responsible for historic challenges including slavery, conflict and war, and enabling human exploitation of the planet and other people. Whatever your view, this is an exhibit for all, religious and non-religious. Join us and come see what the St. John’s Bible has to say to you.

The convocation on September 25, 2014 is free and open to the public.

The display at Hutchins Library can be viewed during the library’s regular hours.

“A Year with the St. John’s Bible” at Berea College is made possible through a partnership between Hutchins Library and the Campus Christian Center. with support from the Art, General Studies, History, and Religion programs.

Sources for additional information:

Hutchins Library features book display honoring Black History Month 2013

Black History Month Poster

Poster promoting Black History month, from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. Used under fair use provisions.

The Berea College Hutchins Library has put together a book display in the second floor to honor Black History Month. We are featuring a selection of books from our collection as well as some photos and materials. There is even a small quiz to see if you can identify some famous African Americans (don’t worry. If you need a little help, you can stop at the reference desk).

The following books are on display now. These books are available for checkout, so if any grab your attention, feel free to take it. The rest of the year, you can find the books in our circulating collection on the third floor:

  • Gail Buckley, American Patriots: the Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm. (355.008 B924a).
  • Devon W. Carbado,, eds., Black Like Us: a Century of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual African American Fiction. (823.91 B6265).
  • W.E.B. Du Bois, Writings. (973.0496 D816wr).
  • Robert Franklin Durden, Carter G. Woodson: Father of African American History. (973.049 W898zd 1998).
  • Nikki Giovanni, Acolytes. (821.914 G512a 2007).
  • Christopher Moore, Fighting for America: Black soldiers–the Unsung Heroes of World War II. (940.5403 M822f 2005).
  • Paula Pfeffer, A. Philip Randolph, Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement (973.049 R192zp 1990).
  • Joe Wilson, The 761st “Black Panther” Tank Battalion in World War II: an Illustrated History of the First African American Armored Unit to see Combat. (940.5403 W749s).
  • Dick Russell, Black Genius and the American Experience. (973.049 R962b)
  • Rafia Zafar, ed.,  Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1920s. (823.91 H284 2011).
  • Rafia Zafar, ed., Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of the 1930s. (823.91 H2845 2011).


News from Sound Archives: Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship Presentation

Susan Stenger, Appalachian Sound Archives FellowSusan Stenger will discuss her study in Berea’s Appalachian traditional music collections that is part of her work on composing a new work called An Untamed Sense of Control (in reference to eastern Kentucky banjoist, Roscoe Holcomb and his performance style, as described by Bob Dylan). An Untamed Sense of Control will be premiered in 2013/14, by The Kronos Quartet, a group noted for its commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet over many years.

The musical interests that have come together in Susan’s work include American folk, rock, and post-War experimental music. As a teenager she played in rock bands and then went on to classical flute studies in Prague and New York. She has toured the music of twentieth century composer John Cage, wrote songs, sang and played bass in Band of Susans. Most recently, she has been making sound installations and music for dance, film, and multimedia events.


Date: Friday February 8, 2013.

Time: 3:00pm

Location: Hutchins Library Room 106

Light refreshments will be served.

The Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship Program brings scholars, performers, composers, and educators to Berea to study in Hutchins Library’s Special Collections & Archives’ rich collection of non-commercial sound recordings.