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
  • GRAHAM SUTHERLAND, Hybrid

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

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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:

Lunch at the Library: Square Dancing in the Kentucky Foothills

News from Special Collections and Archives. Posting by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist:

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Time: 11:45am to 1:00pm

Location: Library Room 106

Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship scholar Susan Spalding will share what she has learned from her work documenting mid-1900s square dancing and clogging/flatfooting traditions in Berea and surrounding areas during that were distinct from the college’s traditional music and dance programs.

The picture that has emerged from her study in the Archives and interviews with local individuals is one of a thriving complex of community and home based dance activity that among other things included area dancers performing at Renfro Valley in the 1940s, children’s square dance teams in the 1950s, and street dances at the Berea Home-Coming during the 1950s and 1960s. Intermixed with these accounts are stories from Berea and other communities such as Estill County, about parades, music on the porch, family gatherings, honky-tonks, and long horseback rides over the mountain for a square dance.

Susan was a member of the Berea College Department of Physical Education and Health for fifteen years, and directed Dance Programs and Country Dancers.  She has been dancing in the Appalachian region for almost three decades, and has served as a consultant for the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife and the Kentucky Folklife Festival. She co-edited the book Communities in Motion: Dance, Tradition and Community, edited the dance entries for the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, and co-produced two Appalshop video documentaries on old-time dance. Her book Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities is forthcoming from University of Illinois Press.

New Oral History Collections Added to Our Online Catalog

News from the folks at Special Collections and Archives:

Two new oral history collections have been added to our online catalog:
Appalachian Foodways Oral History Collection, SAA 164
http://banc.berea.edu:7008/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=657763
This collection consists of audio recordings and typed transcripts of interviews recorded during the summer of 2012 by then Berea College students Katie Bills and Chelsea Bicknell as part of a foodways internship project with Berea faculty member Margaret Dotson. Foodways is the study of the interactions among food, culture, environment, and history. Twenty seven persons were interviewed for the purpose of documenting foodways in Pleasants County, West Virginia and Estill County, Kentucky. Interviewees were mostly in their 70s. A few were 90 years old or older. The interviews provide first-hand accounts of how foodways in two widely separated areas of the Appalachian region have developed and changed over the last 60 to 85 plus years. Specific subject areas described include gardening, farming, preparing food, preserving food, eating habits and preferences, and food related traditions.

Berea College Campus Ministry Oral History Collection, RG 14.14
http://banc.berea.edu:7008/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=657785
These interviews trace the development of religious life activities and programs at Berea College especially in relationship to the establishment of the position of Campus Minister and the Campus Christian Center. The memory time span of the interviewees ranges from 1930 through 1988, the time of the then most recent interview. The collection consists of audio recordings and typed transcripts of seven interviews recorded by Berea College Campus Minister Lee Morris. Five were recorded during the summer of 1983. Two additional were recorded in 1987 and 1988 respectively.

September/October Library Displays at Hutchins Library

The library is currently featuring two book displays from September to the middle of October, 2013. Books on the displays are available for check out, so if you see something you like, feel free to pick it up, take it to our Circulation Desk, and check it out. Don’t worry. We’ll be happy to put another book in its place.

From our shelves to your table display photoFirst we have “From Our Shelves. . .  to Your Tables.” This display highlights some of our cookbook library holdings. With fall season now here, I am sure many will look for some recipe ideas for the chilly days to come. The following books are currently on the display, which is located on the second floor of the library, near the seating area next to the reference collection.

Constitution Display photoSecond, we have a display for the observance of Constitution Day. As part of our observance of Constitution Day, the library held a film showing of the film Good Night and Good Luck, featuring Dr. Dwayne Mack as our guest scholar for the evening. The book display is a companion to the film as well as a highlight of books and materials about the Constitution and our rights. The following books are featured on the display:

Book links go to BANC, our library catalog; all books are usually located on the library’s third floor unless otherwise noted.

And don’t forget that our Presidential Inaugurations of Berea College display is still up in the second floor of the library.

So stop by and check out our displays. As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can comment here on our blog, or you can stop by our reference desk.

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.

Details:

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.