Monthly Archives: December 2015

Need a New Years’ Eve/Day Candy Rush?

Happy (almost) New Year! Special Collections is still closed, but we don’t want to leave you recipe-less or uninspired on the cusp of 2016. If you need some last minute candies for guests or a sugar rush for yourself, this week’s feature will help! It’s Plain Rules for Candy Making, published in 1922. It’s not a […] Continue reading

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Holiday Entertaining, Part 0.5 of 2.5: Trivia Time Answers!

Have you finished yet? Or are you holding on to test your mettle against family and friends? If you are in the latter scenario, you’ll want to stop reading here, at least for now. (And if you have no idea what any of that means, check out the previous post from Monday.) Go on, we’ll […] Continue reading

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Holiday Entertaining, Part 2 of 2.5: Trivia Time!

Maybe card games aren’t your thing. Maybe you thought you had a handle on entertainment. Or maybe you just have unexpected company. Whatever the case, Part 2 of our holiday entertaining series is here to help. This week, it’s trivia. Well, our feature publication calls them “tests,” but Mental Cocktails, published in 1933, is really sets […] Continue reading

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The Life and Art of G. Preston Frazer

In October, Special Collections put on the exhibit Sharing Our Voices: A Celebration of the Virginia Tech LGBTQ Oral History Project, highlighting the project and materials from our collections. One of the people whose works we displayed was G. Preston Frazer (1908-2003), an Associate Professor of Art at Virginia Tech from 1939 until 1974. Frazer […] Continue reading

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Holiday Entertaining, Part 1 of 2.5: Card Games

The holiday season is in full swing and I thought it might be a good idea to talk about entertaining. Many of us will be hosting guests or be hosted by someone else and there can  With part of my family, we usually hit a point where some sort of game comes out. When I was younger, […] Continue reading

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Journal Backfiles Added for DeGruyter and Wiley

The Collections and Technical Services Department continues to explore options for making more of our collections online. We have recently completed one-time purchases of journal archives from two major publishers, DeGruyter and Wiley. Collectively these collections will add retrospective coverage … Continue reading Continue reading

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It’s All in the Cards…Trade Cards, That Is

Often, food (and other) companies, produced trade cards in sets. The idea was that they combined advertising (“Hey, here’s how you can use our product!”) and collecting (“Hey, get all the cards!”). Of course, it didn’t mean that everyone collected a full set or that a full set survived through time–hence the reason trade cards […] Continue reading

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The Definition of Processing as Told From an Empathetic Intern

I started working with Special Collections in September. I wasn’t sure what to really expect. I had previously done artifact analyses at my high school, but the work I have done here has been a bit different. The majority of collections I have worked on with Special Collections are either Civil War related or Engineering […] Continue reading

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The Coade, Hard Facts…about Artificial Stone

Working with the History of Food & Drink Collection for the last few years has helped me build up an interested in advertising. Since 2011, we’ve been acquiring materials for our Culinary Pamphlet Collection, which contains hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, and cards/card sets. Much of the collection consists of small recipes books that consumers would […] Continue reading

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Celebrate Repeal Day in 2015 with a 1933 Cocktail Guide

Repeal Day is on almost here! 82 years ago on Saturday (December 5th), the 21st amendment was ratified, giving America back the legal right to transport and import (and consume!) alcohol. THE 21ST AMENDMENT RATIFIED DECEMBER 5, 1933 SECTION 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed. SECTION […] Continue reading

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