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‘Humor in the Archives’ is theme of 2015-2016 First Fridays

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“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.

First Fridays 2015-2016 schedule

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

October 2, 2015
  • “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
November 6, 2015
  • “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
December 4, 2015
  • Huumor (or הומור , χιούμορ, فكاهة ) in our Collections
    Presented by the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and the Immigration History Research Center Archives
February 5, 2016
  • “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
March 4, 2016
  • No Business Like Show Business
    Presented by the Performing Arts Archives
  • Humor and Technological Change
    Presented by the Charles Babbage Institute Archives
April 1, 2016
  • That’s Snot Funny!
    Presented by the Children’s Literature Research Collections
May 6, 2016
  • Wide World of Impractical Sports
    Presented by the YMCA Archives
  • Out of Context
    Presented by the University of Minnesota Archives



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