Congratulations to John Henry Adams

Special Collections librarian John Henry Adams was awarded the William Reese Company Scholarship to attend California Rare Book School through Zoom in August. He shared his thoughts with us on his experience in the course. What is your background in instruction? JHA: I’m a new Special Collections librarian and most of my background in teaching …

Welcome to John Henry Adams, Research & Instruction Librarian for Special Collections

In November, the University Libraries hired John Henry Adams as a research and instruction librarian for Special Collections & Rare Books. John Henry has a PhD in English literature from Arizona State University and a Master of Library Science with a specialization in rare books and manuscripts from Indiana University. He has previously worked as …

Welcome to John Henry Adams

We are excited to announce that John Henry Adams will be joining the Libraries as Research and Instruction Librarian for Special Collections on November 1. Thank you to the search committee and to everyone who participated in the hiring process.

New Digital Exhibit: Leaders and Heroes 2

Leaders and Heroes 2: The Arts is Special Collections’ newest digital exhibit, curated by Courtney Gillie and John Henry Adams. A continuation of the 2020 exhibit Leaders and Heroes, we continue to spotlight art, articles, and monographs by historically excluded people. Starting with the LGBTQIA icon Sappho, the exhibit was created to reflect the openly …

Glossary of Rare Book Terms Available

Special Collections staff has prepared an illustrated glossary of rare books terms. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between engraving and etching, or what exactly a nonce volume is, then this is your chance to find out! The glossary contains 130 definitions and 112 images of examples drawn from Special Collections’ holdings. The glossary …

In the News

A LibGuide by John Henry Adams was linked in this rare book blog/newsletter: https://therarecommons.substack.com/p/heres-looking-at-you-kid

New student-curated online exhibits now available

There are two new digital exhibits in Special Collections, curated by our spring 2021 interns: John T. McCutcheon: A Cartoonist in his Prime, 1930s, curated by Allison Cathey, and The Art of Cartography, Cartes-à-figures, curated by Lily McEwan. Our students have worked very hard over the past semester on these exhibits and now we’re ready …

New Digital Exhibits in Special Collections

Special Collections’ newest digital exhibit is Leaders and Heroes, curated by John Henry Adams and Courtney Gillie. The exhibit celebrates the accomplishments of historically excluded people, highlighting materials within Special Collections that were written by female, Black, Native American, and LGBTQ+ authors. The exhibit covers a range of topics from literature to social science, from …

Notes from the Director 10/8/19

Hello everyone, This semester seems to be vanishing more quickly than ever before, most likely because it’s my last one at MU.  Thanks to all of you for keeping up with the demands placed on us as the semester unfolds. Today I want to invite you all to an informal gathering I’m hosting before my …

Marketing Highlight

John Henry’s post on the new rare book terms glossary has been retweeted all over the place, including by several prominent rare book libraries and booksellers! https://twitter.com/JohnHenry_Adams/status/1432839502096183297