Monthly Archives: October 2017

Have a Happy Halloween with Edward Gorey in Special Collections

Happy Halloween, Ghouls and Ghosts! Last week, I was listening to the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast’s recent episode on Edward Gorey, and I wondered if Virginia Tech University Libraries had any of his work. Fortune looked brightly on me – not only does the Libraries have numerous texts, but Special Collections actually … Continue reading Have a Happy Halloween with Edward Gorey in Special Collections Continue reading

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The Sweet Truth About Sweets: Candy-Making at Home

With Halloween around the corner (by which I mean on the other side of the weekend), it seemed like a good time to revisit a sweet topic on the blog: CANDY!!! In the days before brightly colored bags of candy in store aisles, candy-making was a home activity. It took a set of tools, a …

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Building the Builders: Egalitarian Pedagogy and Sustainable Design

When taking part in Frank Lloyd Wright’s preeminent architectural school known as the Taliesin Fellowship, Lois Gottlieb came to understand architecture as a kind of Lebensphilosophie, in that she came to consider it a mode of living that touched on and derived inspiration from all aspects of life. Hence the title of her account of … Continue reading Building the Builders: Egalitarian Pedagogy and Sustainable Design Continue reading

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Processing the Educational Cookery Collection, Part 3

As promised, this week we’re at the end of processing the Educational Cookery Collection (yay)! And, I remembered to take pictures while I was working on the collection this week, so there are plenty of visuals below! After all that alphabetical sorting last week, I ended up with a stack of 16 folders that look, …

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Upcoming Local/Regional Events

Just a quick announcement about some upcoming events, fresh from my email box to yours! Tuesday, October 24, 4-5:15 p.m. “Clean Plate Club​: Combating Food Waste in America” by Susan Chen Multipurpose Room, Virginia Tech Library (first floor) Free and open to the public. Up to 40 percent of all edible food is wasted in the United …

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Processing the Educational Cookery Collection, Part 2

I know I missed a week, but I didn’t get to work on the Education Cookery Collection too much last week. My major work on it during the last two weeks was making sure all the books were on the inventory, getting cataloging slips into all those items, and finding space for them on a …

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New in the University Archives: Drum Major’s Mace

  Robert L. Hughes from Asheville, North Carolina recently gave the University Archives a drum major’s mace that was among the things his father, Ralph Edwards Hughes, kept from his time at Virginia Tech (then commonly called Virginia Polytechnic Institute or V.P.I.). Ralph Hughes, an Electrical Engineering major, was from Ore Bank (now Arvonia), Virginia. … Continue reading New in the University Archives: Drum Major’s Mace Continue reading

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