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MU Course Catalogs in MOspace

In partnership with the Registrar’s Office, Digital Services has undertaken a project to digitize and make publicly available a collection of historic University of Missouri course catalogs. The collection spans 130 years, from early volumes published in 1888 up to the present versions, which have been published digitally since 2004. The University of Missouri Course Catalog collection project has already produced 75+ catalogs which are freely and publicly available on MOspace.

The MU catalogs are great historical resources. In addition to descriptions of courses offered by the university over the years, the volumes contain maps and include news and announcements from various university departments and schools. The earliest catalogs include reports to the governor of the State of Missouri from the Board of Curators. Some catalogs include separately published volumes with lists of students and scholarships and awards.

As a sample of the historical content you can find, following are two items about the libraries:

In “Catalogue, Seventieth Report of the Curators to the Governor of the State, Announcements, 1912-1913,” page 52, you will find this information about the libraries:

“The libraries of the University are the general library; law library; medical library; engineering library; agricultural library; and collection in the Observatory, the Horticultural, Chemical, Geological, and Zoological buildings; the Lathrop collection in Academic Hall; and library of the School of Mines at Rolla. They contain in the aggregate about 142,000 volumes and pamphlets. Fourteen hundred periodicals are currently received at Columbia. The library has been enriched within the last few years by the gift of Senator George Graham Vest, who presented the library with the large collection of government documents which he made during his twenty years’ service at Washington; by the gift of Honorable Gardiner Lathrop, a member of the Board of Curators, of one thousand dollars for a department library, to be known as the “John H. Lathrop Library of English and American Literature,” and by the gift of Senator F. M. Cockrell, who presented the library with 3,400 volumes and 244 pamphlets of government documents.”

On page 11 of “Aids and Awards, 1962-63” you will learn about a Friends of the Library prize of undergraduate and professional students established in 1962:

“Friends of the Library Prize: An annual prize of $100 worth of books was established in 1962 by the Friends of the Library for the undergraduate or professional student submitting the best plan for a personal library. The University library committee has set up specific procedures for receiving applications, and judging will be based upon the significance of the works selected and the familiarity of the applicant with the chosen field, rather than on number, cost and rarity of items included.”

This project is one part of an ongoing effort by Digital Services to make books, maps, photographs, and other resources related to the University of Missouri’s history and academic legacy freely and widely available. We are adding new volumes to the University of Missouri Course Catalog collection as fast as we can digitize them, so check back often to see new additions.




home Staff news New MUSE Posts

New MUSE Posts

Web tip of the week, January 2nd, 2018

Web tip of the week, December 25, 2017

Web tip of the week, December 18, 2017

Events for the weekend: Building, Cooking and more around Columbia!

Recipe of the week: One-Pot Ten-Minute Beef and Broccoli

home Staff news Employment Opportunity

Employment Opportunity

The Libraries have an immediate opening for the following staff position:

  • Security Officer, Overnight – Ellis Library Security (part time) – 25304

For additional information, including the job description, salary, and shift, please visit the Libraries webpage at http://library.missouri.edu/about/employment/employopp/#staff_job_openings.

home Staff news Marketing Highlights

Marketing Highlights

Thanks to the wonders of technology our Social Media Team has made sure we will have new content on our social media feeds during the break. So check out the University Libraries Instagram when you need a break from the holiday festivities!

We are up to 286 followers, and we get an average of 30 likes on each post. Thanks so much to the team members, especially Taira Meadowcroft for coordinating Instagram content, for all of their hard work this year!

Social Media Team
Kate Anderson
Abbie Brown
Grace Atkins
Shannon Cary
Eric Cusick
Kelli Hansen
Taira Meadowcroft
Sean Witzman
Kate Wright

home Staff news Library Management Team Information and Action Items 12/18/17

Library Management Team Information and Action Items 12/18/17

LMT 12.18.17 Information and Action Items

home Staff news Notes from the Director 12/18/17

Notes from the Director 12/18/17

Last Friday I said I would write more on Monday, and now it’s the next Monday.  I guess I was waiting until I had some good news on the sign project, which I think I do.  Most of you know that the sign replacement project begun last year has taken a long time to come to fruition and has had some bumps along the way.  We still have some of the new signs that need replaced because or errors and some that need repositioned, and we are working with Facilities to be sure that happens soon.  The other issue is the so-called patch and paint project to cover the areas the old signs covered that the new ones don’t.  We hope that will be complete in a few months.  It’s been a rocky road, but I for one am glad to have signs to direct people to the elevators and to research help, and know new signs are worth the hassle in the end.

The door controllers at Ellis have been another challenge.  They are not behaving consistently. Security and other  staff are working to get them straightened out.  Luckily ,most of you are unaffected by this.

While we’re talking about doors, I have to mention the Ellis loading dock door area.  Campus Disability Services advises us that it is not a safe entrance by ADA standards, and strongly recommends we not allow anyone to use it except for specific business purposes.  So that is what we really have to do, for insurance purposes.  I know this is an inconvenience for some, and walking around the south wall of Ellis is annoying at times, but that is the route that is cleared when snow falls, and that’s the one we have to use.  Some have complained about the bricks on that route. The bricks can be slippery, and we need to be sure we document every time a person falls or slips, to add fuel to our arguments to have them removed or changed.  If any of you fall or slip on the bricks by either door to Ellis, notify Kathy Peters as well as your supervisor.  The loading dock door, however, cannot be used as a regular or disability-justified entrance.  No one  has permission to do that, and if you did temporarily, it’s cancelled.  (Sorry to sound like the Grinch here!)

Of course, with bad weather potentially coming sometime this winter, I encourage you all to use your own judgment and not endanger yourselves, ever.  Please stay home if you think you are at risk coming to work. Don’t be a hero; take care of yourself and your family members first.  Only a few people are judged “situationally critical” and they know who they are.  A day of leave is a small price to pay for safety and health. Coming in late is also sometimes a possible solution and I ask all supervisors to be flexible.  As I’ve stated before, so many of our library services are available online that if given a choice, the Libraries will always close when the campus does.

Here’s hoping for happy holidays for all, lots of good weather in January, and seeing you all at our All Staff Meeting on January 11 in Ellis Auditorium!  Thanks for all your work as always.


home Staff news Congratulations to Yasuyo Knoll

Congratulations to Yasuyo Knoll

Please congratulate Yasuyo Knoll on her promotion to Sr. Library Specialist. Yasuyo began her position in the Math Library on Monday, December 18.

home Staff news New MUSE Posts

New MUSE Posts

Web tip of the week, December 11, 2017

Family events this weekend: Winter Wonderland at Maplewood House and more!

Recipe of the week: Whole ham glazed with red wine and spices (holiday).

home Staff news Concannon Attends FDLP Anniversary at Rockhurst University

Concannon Attends FDLP Anniversary at Rockhurst University

On November 14, Marie Concannon traveled to the Rockhurst University Library in Kansas City to give a speech in honor of their 100th anniversary in the FDLP.

Green Lease Library Marks Century as a Federal Depository


home Staff news Office Change

Office Change

Jeannette Pierce has moved from Ellis Library Room 152 to Ellis Library Room 105 (Ellen Blair’s former office). We’ll have more moves to announce in the future, but this one is complete.