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Notable Acquisitions 2012

By July 26, 2012September 16th, 2023No Comments

A selection of the new additions to archives and special collections.

Bill Holm Papers

Literary Manuscripts Collections

Bill Holm

William Jon Holm (1943-2009), Minnesota born-and-bred writer, poet, teacher, composer, musician, world traveller, raconteur, impresario, and McKnight Distinguished Artist lived much of his life near the Minneota farm of his birth, with regular forays to his home in Iceland and to teaching in China. Holm had an uncommon talent for capturing the humor and pathos of daily life, and daily life’s largest themes, in his work. The Holm Papers include manuscripts of his poems and essays, materials documenting his esteemed career as a teacher at Southwest Minnesota State, and prolific correspondence with writers such as Robert Bly, Phebe Hanson, recent Nobel-Prize winner Tomas Transtomer, Studs Terkel, and Kurt Vonnegut.

Brave New Workshop Archives

Performing Arts Archives

Founded in 1958 by Dudley Riggs, the Brave New Workshop is the longest running satirical and improvisational theater in the country. The Dudley Riggs’ BNW Collection, part of the Performing Arts Archives, contains over 100 boxes of script notes, video and audio recordings, research materials that skewer anyone from presidents to peons, posters, programs, and more. This rich collection captures the working life of one of the Twin Cities most dynamic and unpredictable theatrical institutions.

Lisa Albrecht Library

Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

This collection of books, donated by activist, writer, and associate professor in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work Lisa Albrecht contains several hundred titles across various disciplines, including lesbian and feminist fiction; GLBT non-fiction; lesbian and feminist pedagogies; lesbian and feminist poetry; and many lesbian and feminist early women’s movement newspapers and periodicals.

Margaret Ann Hubbard Papers

Kerlan Collection, Children’s Literature Research Collections

In 1968, curator Karen Nelson Hoyle first approached Minnesota novelist and playwright Margaret Ann Hubbard about donating her papers to the Kerlan Collection. Forty years later, on the eve of Hoyle’s retirement, Hubbard’s complete works and papers arrived. Included are Hubbard’s literary works and manuscripts, as well as her extensive collection of related articles, reviews, research materials, and correspondence.

Ralph Rapson Papers

Northwest Architectural Archives

Ralph Rapson papers

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Ralph Rapson attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he studied under Eliel Saarinen. Rapson was head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota from 1954 to 1984. He is most well known for designing the original Guthrie Theater in 1963 and Cedar Square West (now Riverside Plaza) in Minneapolis, which featured his typical asymmetry and use of colors. The collection, currently being processed, contains a number of rolls of drawings for his more than 300 different commissions, along with renderings, blueprints, sketches, models, some job files, and presentation boards.

Early works on wine and coffee

Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

Discorso della Natura     Paolo Mini

Paolo Mini, Discorso della natura del vino della sue differenze, e del suo uso retto. Florence, 1596.
In this very rare and early work, author Mini compares what one tastes in the flavor of wine with the qualities of sweetness of honey, milk, and water. He also discusses bitterness, acidity, pungency, sharpness, roughness, depth as associated with sweetness, blandness, staleness, and saltiness. The second half of the book focuses on recommendations from Aristotle and Galen about the nutrition of wine, whether it heats up the body, and whether it aids in digestion.

Andre Antoine Pierre Gentil, Dissertation dur le caffe. Paris, 1787.
This first edition of an influential work on coffee begins with a description of coffee’s origins, how the plant is processed, social life around consumption, and then proceeds to medicinal uses. The author, a medical professor from the Paris University, describes many therapeutic applications of coffee for a number of illnesses.

Dale Carpenter Papers

Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

Dale Carpenter, Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota Law School, donated his papers from 1993 to 1998. During this time, Carpenter was president and board member of the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas and employed by the Houston law firm Vinson & Elkins, where he successfully lobbied for domestic partner benefits for firm employees. The donated items include memos, notes, letters, a videotape, and other memorabilia.

Domestic Violence Research Collection

Social Welfare History Archives

Several Minnesota-based organizations have a long history of leadership in domestic abuse legislation, prevention, and intervention. Records documenting more than 30 years of work by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, an early leader in the field of domestic violence, are being processed and made ready for research use. The records of the Duluth-based Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (DAIP), founder of the “Duluth Model” of community coordination to end domestic abuse, are being transferred and will also be made available to researchers. These new additions will form the core of an important research collection on domestic violence services, advocacy, legislation, and prevention, both in Minnesota and nationally.

Vogue Archive

Vouge Archive

Billed as the essential creative resource for fashion enthusiasts and style, design, and marketing professionals, this online archive contains every story, every dress, every advertisement from 1892 to today.

Patricia Hampl Papers

Literary Manuscripts Collections

Patricia Hampl

University of Minnesota Regents Professor and winner of Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, among others, Patricia Hampl is a prolific essayist and memoirist. The Patricia Hampl Papers, part of the Upper Midwest Literary Archives, is a meticulous collection of over 100 personal and literary journals; literary manuscripts of her 11 published books and hundreds of essays, reviews, and poems; and rich correspondence with writers such as Ted Kooser, her dear friend Carol Bly (whose collection is also part of the UMLA), Pat Conroy, Garrison Keillor, Kate Millet, and Allen Ginsberg. The collection also contains recordings of readings, concerts, and other literary collaborations, as well as materials documenting her extensive travels to and love of Prague.

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