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Microfilm Readers in Ellis Library Available by Appointment

Beginning August 17, 2020, reservations are required to use the microfilm machines in Ellis Library room 404.

Schedule a microfilm room reservation

By making an in-person appointment, users agree to follow the University’s safety expectations, including wearing masks, maintaining at least six feet of distance from others, and respecting markings for traffic flow. For more information on using the Libraries this fall, see our reopening plans. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Ellis Library, Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books Special Collections Open by Appointment Starting August 17

Special Collections Open by Appointment Starting August 17

Research

Beginning August 17, 2020, Special Collections will be open for research by appointment only to MU-affiliated faculty, staff, and students. Reservations are also required to use the microfilm machines in room 404. Appointments should only be made when a digital substitute is not sufficient.

By making an in-person appointment, users agree to follow the University’s safety expectations, including wearing masks, maintaining at least six feet of distance from others, and respecting markings for traffic flow. Users are also required to follow established reading room rules, including thorough handwashing before handling materials.

To make an appointment or request scans, see the Appointments page on the Special Collections website.

Teaching

During the fall 2020 semester, Special Collections instruction will be primarily online. We’ve been working on brand-new digital activities and resources and are eager to support faculty and students through distance education. Contact a librarian about scheduling a class session.

More Information

For more information on using the Libraries this fall, see our reopening plans. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books Zoom Backgrounds from Special Collections

Zoom Backgrounds from Special Collections

You asked, and we delivered: Zoom backgrounds from Special Collections are now available for download! Choose from an assortment of ten images, including medieval manuscripts, travel posters, and beautiful book illustrations, all from the collections of the University of Missouri Libraries. As a bonus, there’s also a shot of the classroom for your online sessions (remember that your Special Collections librarians can help you with online instruction).

Preview and download the Zoom backgrounds on Box.

 

 

Image sources:

Flores y frutas del Mediterraneo [travel poster].

Brazil [travel poster].

Norway: the land of the midnight sun. [travel poster]

Priscian, Institutiones gramaticae [medieval manuscript].

A New and Accurat Map of the World [map]

Antiphonal with historiated initial of St. Paul [medieval manuscript].

Rowlandson’s sketches from nature. [hand-colored etching]

Processional : (for the use of the Dominican sisters of St. Louis, Poissy). [medieval manuscript]

Africa Antiqua et Nova. [map]

Interaction of color by Josef Albers [serigraph]

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits, Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books Student-curated exhibition on the Harlem Renaissance now on view in Ellis Library

Student-curated exhibition on the Harlem Renaissance now on view in Ellis Library

This exhibit was created by students enrolled in the Honors College Freshman Colloquium entitled “The Harlem Renaissance in Art, Literature, and Film (Gn. Hon. 2120H) under the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth Hornbeck. Each student selected a book, journal, or other item from the Harlem Renaissance to include in this exhibit and wrote a brief description of their selection. Materials on view include art, illustrations, literature, poetry, journalism, and more. If you can’t make it to Ellis to see the students’ exhibit, check out their class website.

Dr. Hornbeck's class

 

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Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Ellis Library, Resources and Services Ellis Library Stacks Refresh Project

Ellis Library Stacks Refresh Project

Ellis Library is beginning a project to make it easier for our users to find the most up-to-date library materials on our shelves. To make space for new materials, librarians will be moving older and infrequently used bound journals to the University Libraries Depository, where they will be stored in optimal conditions for long-term preservation. University students, faculty and staff can request entire journal volumes or scanned copies of individual articles through the MERLIN catalog with the click of a button. Learn more about our Scan and Deliver Service.

Request button in MERLIN catalog

As we work through the process of refreshing our stacks, your subject librarian may request feedback from faculty on moving particular titles. If you would like to be notified about titles under consideration or have questions about titles proposed for transfer, please contact your subject librarian or Jeannette Pierce, Associate University Librarian for Research, Access, and Instructional Services.

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Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Staff news Room use policy for room 406

Room use policy for room 406

Now that the new classroom in Special Collections is ready to use, we can make it available for non-Special Collections classes and groups. Please be aware of the following room use policy:

  1. Please book room 406 only when there are no other classrooms or meeting rooms available for your group.
  2. Bookings should be made no more than two weeks in advance to ensure that class sessions in Special Collections have priority use of the space.
  3. Please enforce our no food and drink policy in the classroom. Water in closed containers is acceptable when there are no Special Collections materials in the room.
  4. Feel free to rearrange tables and chairs, but please put the room back as you found it when you leave.
  5. Check in at the Special Collections reading room to have staff unlock the room for you.

LibCal scheduling is in the works, but for now, people can send requests for room 406 to SpecialCollections@missouri.edu.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Ellis Library, Resources and Services Changes to the microfilm collections

Changes to the microfilm collections

The microfilm collections in room 406 are being moved to offsite storage in preparation for renovations that will turn the space into a classroom for Special Collections. All of the microfilms stored in this room are currently unavailable, and this change has been noted in the MERLIN catalog and on the microfilm finding aids. If you have questions or need access to these materials, please contact the Special Collections reference staff at SpecialCollections@missouri.edu.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Events and Exhibits, Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books “Tales from the Archives” at Unbound Book Festival

“Tales from the Archives” at Unbound Book Festival

Join University Archivist Anselm Huelsbergen for a panel on creative inspiration from the archives at this year’s Unbound Book Festival.

It’s not all on the Google, you know. For many writers, the archive is still the primary research tool for their writing. This discussion will give a fascinating and entertaining insight into the process, and show how there’s always the possibility of discovering the unexpected (although not always welcome) when you don’t have algorithms and search engines to guide you.

Anselm is moderating a panel that includes authors David Crespy, Julija Sukys, and Jo Ann Trogdon in Stamper Commons, 11:30-12:45.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Events and Exhibits, Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books Missouri Self-Taught: Lanford Wilson and the American Drama Conference

Missouri Self-Taught: Lanford Wilson and the American Drama Conference

The University of Missouri Theatre Department presents an interdisciplinary conference titled “Missouri Self-Taught: Lanford Wilson and the American Drama,” to focus on Missouri’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lanford Wilson. The conference will be held April 26-29 at Ellis Library and the Rhynsburger Theatre and features an MU production of The Rimers of Eldritch directed by Dr. David Crespy.

The conference and all the events scheduled are free and open to the public, with a goal to encourage students and scholars to avail themselves of the Lanford Wilson Collection located in the University of Missouri Libraries Special Collections and Rare Books.  Both the production of The Rimers of Eldritch and a new book edited by David Crespy, Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems, have been supported in part through research in the Lanford Wilson Collection. The conference also features onstage interviews and master classes with guest artists Marshall W. Mason, Lanford Wilson’s Tony® Award-winning director; Tanya Berezin, the former artistic director of New York’s Circle Repertory Company, where Wilson’s plays were first produced; Danny Irvine, founding director of its Circle Rep Lab; and Mary Sue Price, an Emmy award-winning Circle Repertory playwright and protégé of Lanford Wilson.

A full conference schedule and additional information can be found on the Missouri Self-Taught conference website.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

home Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books, Workshops Workshop on Books of Hours by SEC Faculty Visitor Cynthia Turner Camp

Workshop on Books of Hours by SEC Faculty Visitor Cynthia Turner Camp

March 8, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Special Collections and Rare Books, 401 Ellis Library

What is a Book of Hours? And why should you — whether you work in medieval literature, history, art history, or religion — know how to navigate them?

Books of Hours were ubiquitous from the fourteenth century into the Reformation. These prayerbooks, almost always in Latin, would have been found in nearly every literate layperson’s home, and they would have shaped the laity’s reading experiences and devotional life in ways we still don’t fully appreciate. Frequently studied for their often-exquisite illustrations, Books of Hours are also a treasure trove of texts. Few Books of Hours contained exactly the same sets of prayers; rather, they’re best considered “prayer anthologies” that are often tailored to specific devotional tastes. Prayers for Mary, the Passion, saints and angels; indulgenced prayers and mass prayers; scriptural passages and overwrought meditations; even personalized devotions and readers’ marginalia: the varied texts found in these manuscripts can provide insight into every aspect of late medieval spiritual life. However, their texts are rarely edited in full, and even “standard” prayers can vary significantly from one manuscript to another. As a result, Books of Hours are best studied in their original manuscript contexts — and this workshop will get you started with the tools you need to do that.

In this workshop, Dr. Cynthia Turner Camp of the University of Georgia’s English department will give you a crash course on Books of Hours. She’ll cover how they were used (and by whom), how they evolved from the monastic opus Dei, what their contents are, how they were made, and most importantly how you might approach these prayerbooks from different disciplinary standpoints. She’ll have resources for getting started with this manuscript genre and for advanced textual research, and you will spend as much time as possible examining full codices and single leaves from the Special Collections Library’s holdings.

Dr. Cynthia Turner Camp is Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the English department at the University of Georgia. Her first book, Anglo-Saxon Saints’ Lives as History Writing in Late Medieval England (2015), considers the historiographic impact of Middle English saints’ lives, and her current project examines liturgical and memorial practices in English nunneries. She teaches regularly with the manuscripts in the UGA Special Collections Library, and is the principle investigator on the Hargrett Hours Project, a multi-semester, classroom based, student led research project that investigates the medieval manuscripts held at UGA.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli