Monthly Archives: January 2016

If Thou Hast Crushed a Flower

One of my favorite parts of working in Special Collections is that I’m always coming across something beautiful and unexpected that I never knew we had. Case in point: the Daniel Bedinger Lucas scrapbook. Opening the average looking notebook cover reveals page after page of intricate pressed flower arrangements surrounded by handwritten poetry and and […] Continue reading

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Gerber-licious Toddler Dishes

Next week, your archivist & blogger Kira will be teaching an information on Special Collections. More specifically, it’s for a class focused on mother, child, and infant nutrition and feeding. While I know we have more than 400 books in the Ann Hertzler Children’s Cookbook and Nutrition Literature Collection, as well as other materials in […] Continue reading

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All spoons are not equal…

In writing receipts, it is impossible to give in each, every detail; it must therefore be understood that ‘a spoonful,’ whether table, dessert, tea, or saltspoon, be used, means a spoon of the ordinary size for kitchen use…If these remarks be remembered, no difficulty can arise, as in all cases where detail is necessary, it […] Continue reading

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Snow Ice Cream?

Sorry for the lack of a feature post this week, but the snowstorm closed campus on Friday, cutting us off from our collection before we could scan anything to write about! Blacksburg has taken quite a hit, giving people the option to stay warm and dry, or go outside and play. If you’re looking for […] Continue reading

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Stars in the Nebula

The last post to this blog about the William J. Heron Speculative Fiction Collection was in October 2013. As a fan of science fiction, I think that’s too long to go without exploring the treasure trove of early science fiction contained in the collection. The Heron Collection includes thousands of classic science fiction magazine issues […] Continue reading

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A Note on News and Quotations

At present, I (your archivist/blogger Kira) am going through some of the many presentations I’ve done on the History of Food & Drink Collection over the last 6+ years and, in the process, have stumbled back over some of my favorite quotes. In thinking about other ideas for the blog, you might see a subtle shift. […] Continue reading

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Exploring the Lived Experience of Women Architects

The International Archive of Women in Architecture is supported by approximately 300 rare books and published manuscripts written by or about women working in the built environment. Many of these authors have archival collections in the IAWA, including Anna Sokolina, Brinda Somaya, Cristina Grau Garcia, Carmen Espegel Alonso, Despina Stratigakos, Inge Horton, and Susana Torre. Reflecting […] Continue reading

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Feeding en masse, 50 at a time!

2016 is off to a start and next week, our students return for the spring semester. Campus will be filling up with busy, hungry students. And there are a lot of them to feed. Of course the History of Food & Drink Collection has some advice on this topic! This week, we’re featuring Food for Fifty, […] Continue reading

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Resolving to Dissolve and Reform?: Festive Salads & Molds; Plus, Looking Ahead to 2016 on “What’s Cookin’ @Special Collections?!”

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe we’re already a week into 2016! It’s the time of year when everyone starts putting their resolutions into practice. Me, I’m not much of a “resolution-at-New-Year’s” kind of woman. I just have an on-going resolution to keep at least some part of the surface of my desk visible […] Continue reading

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