Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Virginia Tech Special Collections! We don’t have a new feature for you this week, but we did pull an older post out of the archives(originally posted in . You  know, in case you have those last minute fruitcake needs… In 1980, Albondocani Press produced a Christmas card with Eudora Welty’s White Fruitcake … Continue reading Happy Holidays! Continue reading

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From the First Lady’s Table: Dining with Cora Bolton McBryde

  Not much is known about the early first ladies of Virginia Tech, but we can learn more about Cora Bolton McBryde through recent gifts to Special Collections from Janet Watson Barnhill. These gifts include Cora’s silver Tiffany stirring spoon, which, Mrs. Barnhill notes, is “engraved and worn from stirring puddings;” a tin Kreamer Turk’s … Continue reading From the First Lady’s Table: Dining with Cora Bolton McBryde Continue reading

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Is There a Place for DIY in Scholarly Publishing? Lulu Says Yes (and may not be wrong)

Lulu has announced the launch of a new online publishing platform that it is calling Glasstree. If you’ve heard of Lulu before you probably know it as one of several heavyweight players in the self-publishing arena, alongside Amazon (Kindle Direct), … Continue reading Continue reading

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Food in the News: Rubenstein Test Kitchen Blog(#6)

A quick shout out to another great blog: “The Devil’s Tale” (the blog of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University). They just put up a post today on one of my favorite topics: food & advertising. Check out “From Hawaiian Pie to Mustard Meringue: The Role of Test Kitchens … Continue reading Food in the News: Rubenstein Test Kitchen Blog(#6) Continue reading

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Just Noggin’ Around

This week, with some holidays looming, rather than feature a single item, I thought it might be more fun to do something I’ve done before (though without explicitly pointing it out)–feature variations on a single recipe. Putting aside my own reservations about this seasonal favorite, this week is all about EGGNOG! There are as many … Continue reading Just Noggin’ Around Continue reading

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A Book (by its) Cover

This week, I really wanted to do a post highlighting materials related to the various wintertime holy days and celebrations that happen during December. That didn’t exactly work out. I did find some materials in our rare books collection that were Christmas related but I had trouble finding things for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Yule, … Continue reading A Book (by its) Cover Continue reading

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What to my wondering eyes should appear

Just like our sister blog What’s Cookin’ @ Special Collections, this blog has been on WordPress for about 4 years and the platform has been great! Still, it was about time for a new look. This new template should be more responsive and easier to use on mobile devices. You’ll still find the great content we’ve always … Continue reading What to my wondering eyes should appear Continue reading

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The Words of a Massachusetts Ambulance Driver

Sometimes figuring out a subject for the blog is surprisingly challenging. I like to look at what I’ve done lately, but a lot of that amounts to committee work, organizing incoming materials, and cleaning up data for the catalog and archival management software. And the end of the semester/year is my usual “catch up” time […] Continue reading

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A new look for the (almost) new year!

After 4 years on the WordPress platform (which we still love), it seemed like time for a change. With the new year around the corner, “What’s Cookin’ @Special Collections?!” has gotten a makeover. We’ve switched to a new template that makes better use of different screen sizes and mobile devices. We’ve also moved a few things … Continue reading A new look for the (almost) new year! Continue reading

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