“How Many Archivists Does it Take?: Humor in the Archives” is the theme of this year’s First Fridays series of presentations. Humor is a tool alternatively employed to instill delight, put forth political commentary, teach lessons, assuage fears, or even encourage social bonding. Come hear and laugh at stories from the more comedic side of Archives and Special Collections.
Each month’s presentation is based on materials in the University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections. This series is made possible by a generous gift in honor of Dr. Edward B. Stanford by Governor and Mrs. Elmer L. Andersen.
All events at Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Light refreshments will be served at 11:45 a.m.
Presentations begin at noon
Free and open to the public
- “There’s Nothing Really Funny About Architecture”
Presented by the Northwest Architectural Archives
- The Romance of the Holes in Bread
Presentation by the Wangensteen Historical Library
- “To Be Watched and Harassed”: The Editorial Cartoons of Jerry Fearing
Presented by Special Collections and Rare Books
- “Join or Die”: Early Modern Political Cartoons
Presented by James Ford Bell Library
- Huumor (or הומור , χιούμορ, فكاهة ) in our Collections
Presented by the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and the Immigration History Research Center Archives
- “For the Individual and Common Good”: How Social Welfare Agencies Used Comics to Create Better Citizens
Presented by the Social Welfare History Archives
- What’s So Funny About Being Queer?
Presented by the Tretter Collection
- No Business Like Show Business
Presented by the Performing Arts Archives
- Humor and Technological Change
Presented by the Charles Babbage Institute Archives
- That’s Snot Funny!
Presented by the Children’s Literature Research Collections
- Wide World of Impractical Sports
Presented by the YMCA Archives
- Out of Context
Presented by the University of Minnesota Archives