Monthly Archives: May 2015

Joanne’s arrival in the USA

From the Western Cape, South Africa, to Southwest Virginia South African Joanne Arendse, Librarian at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, arrived in the USA on Friday, May 31, 2015. She is the first exchange librarian-scholar to visit Virginia Tech as part of the strategic collaboration between the two academic libraries. Joanne […] Continue reading

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Swapping (on) a Trade Card

This week’s feature is a quirky item. It’s not exactly culinary history related, but it’s not exactly NOT culinary history related, either. In other words, it’s tangential, but fun to talk about. It’s a trade card from a tobacco company (we’ve talked about one we have for a patent medicine before). We were interested in […] Continue reading

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Memories of a Glass Plate Negative

Although I sometimes find it hard to believe, back in February, I celebrated 6 years with Virginia Tech Special Collections. Time flies when you’re having fun, and since then I’ve processed, scanned, scoured through, or somehow handled a LOT of manuscript materials. I certainly can’t remember everything about every item, but there are plenty of […] Continue reading

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The Garland Cook Book (Ovens, not Decorations, of course!)

Waaaaaaay back in 2011, when “What’s Cookin’ @Special Collections?!” was born, I talked about how our collection included materials relating to food technology. More specifically, we have historical books, publications, and ephemera which depict changes in food technology over time. This week, I tracked down a cookbook on our shelves that comes from a corporation. […] Continue reading

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The Amazing Guy Who Smiled

Here in Special Collections we have any number of items easily recognized as rare or unique: a letter from Charles Lindbergh to Apollo XI astronaut Michael Collins; a diary written by former slave Jeffrey Wilson; a first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses. These items are among those that even a casual visitor would see as […] Continue reading

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A Response to Jeffrey Beall’s Critique of Open Access

I recently became a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and today was dismayed to see Jeffrey Beall’s article What the Open-Access Movement Doesn’t Want You to Know in the latest issue of its journal, Academe. (I … Continue reading Continue reading

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Not Every University Has One of These. . . .

It’s graduation weekend and maybe you’d expect us to serve up some nice photographs of past graduations, the whole pomp and circumstance thing. Well, certainly congratulations to the graduates!!! But, no, we’ll have no old caps and gowns this time. No historic commencement addresses. Not this year. After being in Washington, D.C. this past weekend, […] Continue reading

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Corn: The War Edition

I realized that while I’ve written a bit about World War II and food/food substitutions for victory, I haven’t really shared as much about World War I and food. I did post about bread and World War I earlier this year, but this unobtrusive little volume struck me this morning (not literally, of course, though falling […] Continue reading

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The Incredible Shrinking (and Growing) Girl

My French is pretty much non-existent, so apologies in advance for my inevitable translation and synopsis errors in the post that follows. Several years of Latin means I can read words and sometimes correctly interpret sentences, but we’re winging it a bit this week. On the other hand, Les Gourmandises de Charlotte, a children’s story that borders on a […] Continue reading

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Benjamin M. Peck’s Civil War Pocket Diaries

“To day was spent in taking positions and [feeling?] of enemy it was soon asertained that the enemy were falling back troops were immediately started in pursuit. We were rear guard and held the works in front during the after noon and night.“ This was Captain Benjamin M. Peck’s entry in his pocket diary on […] Continue reading

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