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Ellis Library: Memorial Day Weekend Hours

In honor of Memorial Day, Ellis Library will have reduced hours this weekend:

  • Saturday: 10am-2pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Monday: CLOSED

What are the hours for all of the other libraries on campus this weekend?
Check our always up-to-date Hours page!

home Ellis Library, Government Information, Resources and Services Finding a Dream Ship in Government Documents

Finding a Dream Ship in Government Documents

How would a Mississippi riverboat captain’s dream ship have looked in 1870?  For David De Haven of New Orleans, it would have featured spiral staircases, arched passageways, private promenades for the ladies and one for “gents,” and luxury cabins opening into sky-lit rotundas.  "Water closets" for passengers were to be tucked behind the two towering side wheels. Captain De Haven submitted his drawings to the U.S. Patent Office and received a patent for the innovative floor plan in 1870.  Although the designs and accompanying text are part of the U.S. PTO’s online database, they cannot be retrieved through a simple Google search.  

MU’s Government Information librarians are available to help you navigate the rich history of our nation’s innovations, whether they be physical machines, new ways of doing things, or artistic innovations such as steamboat designs.   We have been an official depository for federal government since 1862.  Our trained government information specialists are ready to assist library patrons search more than nine million U.S. patents dated from 1790 to the present.  Contact Marie Concannon at 573-882-0748 or email concannonm@missouri.edu for more information or to schedule training session for your class.


Steamboat cross-section view


D. De Haven, “Ship Building,” U. S. Patent #105,438.  July 19, 1870.  To view the patent online at high resolution, enter patent number 105438 at the US Patent Full-Page Image search page: http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/patimg.htm




Marie Concannon

Marie Concannon is Head of Government Information and Data Archives, based in MU Ellis Library.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

After you graduate, the MU Libraries will still be here to serve you. To find out more about the resources available to alumni, visit Library Resources for Alumni.

All of us at the MU Libraries, wish you the very best in your future endeavors!

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Contest Sponsored by Friends of MU Libraries Awards Research Process of MU Undergrad

Columbia, MO—Leslie Jayne Howard received the MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Award on April, 16, at the annual Friends of the MU Libraries Luncheon. Leslie, who is senior theatre major, received the award for her paper “The Sand-Castle—An Extended Family of Inspiration.” Research for the paper was completed by using the resources of the Lanford Wilson Collection, which is part of the Special Collections at the University of Missouri Libraries.

David Crespy, professor of theatre at MU, stated in his letter of support, “Leslie’s research proposal was one of the most detailed, focused, and organized proposals in the course, and she has pursued her research relentlessly in the new Lanford Wilson Theatre Collection at our Ellis Library Special Collections and Rare Books – going so far as to arrange for access to hitherto restricted papers, based upon her exhaustive investigations into Mr. Wilson’s manuscripts, correspondence, programs, and other papers.”

The MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Contest seeks to recognize and reward outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students at the University of Missouri. A preponderance of resources used to research the paper must be from the MU Libraries and the applicants must submit a brief description of their research process and sources. Any undergraduate in any discipline is invited to enter the contest, which is judged by a cross-disciplinary panel of librarians, members of The Friends of the MU Libraries and MU faculty members. The first prize winner receives a $500 prize.        

More details on the contest can be found on the webpage: libraryguides.missouri.edu/researchcontest.


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MU Libraries Centennial Art Competition Winners

In the fall of 2015, as part of our year-long celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of Ellis Library, the MU Libraries announced an art competition open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the University. Students were invited to submit an original work of art based on the theme of The Library at Night. Artworks consisting of drawing, painting, photography, graphic design and fiber were submitted, and hose displayed here in the Bookmark Cafe were judged to be the very best.

A panel of five jurors from the MU campus community served as judges for the competition, and they based their selections on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of the work and its presentation
  • Effectiveness of the art in terms of creativity, use of materials and composition
  • Effectiveness in addressing the theme of "The Library at Night"

The Grand Prize Winner of the competition is J-School Senior, Mallory Weise, for her acrylic on canvas painting, "Night Owl." Her painting will be purchased by the MU Libraries and will become a permanent part of our collections.

Notable Entries

  • A Night at the Library, Ari Wagner
  • Adventures Yet To Come, Amanda Bradley
  • Creature of the Night, Jessica Cash
  • Centennial Staircase, Noor Khreis
  • Open 24 Hours, Samantha Edwards
  • Moonlight Studying, Sarah Leituala
  • Rainy Nights, Victoria Roodhouse
  • Ghost, Michael Edson
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Bookmark Cafe Finals Hours

For a complete listing of hours, visit library.missouri.edu.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits, Resources and Services Therapy Dogs – Spring 2016 Finals

Therapy Dogs – Spring 2016 Finals

Back by popular demand, therapy dogs will be in Ellis Library for finals stress relief!

Finals Week Schedule for Therapy Dogs in Ellis Library*

  •      Sunday, May 8th:  1-5pm AND 7-9pm 
  •      Monday, May 9th: 7-9pm
  •      Tuesday, May 10th: 7-9pm
  •      Wed, May 11th: 7-9pm

*Times are subject to change. (Puppies are unpredictable!) Check our Twitter feed for updates: @MULibraries

A huge thank you to Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet Dog Training &Therapy Service for providing these wonderful animals!

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Centennial Fashion Exhibit, April 2016

Centennial Fashion Exhibit, April 2016

As part of Ellis Library’s 100th anniversary celebration, rare pieces from the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection will be featured in the Ellis Library colonnade during the months of April and May. The display will feature dress of the early 20th century as revealed in MU Savitar yearbooks and fashion magazines of the period.  Special thanks to Dr. Jean Parsons, MHCTC Curator and faculty member within the MU Department of Textile and Apparel Management, as well as Nicole Johnston, Collection Manager and TAM Instructor, for making this exhibit possible.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Learning From the Past, April 15, 2016

Learning From the Past, April 15, 2016

“Learning from the Past”
David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
April 15, 2016 | 3-4 p.m. |114A Ellis Library

David Ferriero is a librarian, a library administrator, and the 10th Archivist of the United States. He was director of the New York Public Library, and before that, the university librarian and vice provost for library affairs at Duke University. Prior to his Duke position, he worked for 31 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology library. Ferriero is the first librarian to serve as Archivist of the United States.

home Ellis Library, Workshops Friday Workshop, Feb. 26

Friday Workshop, Feb. 26

African-American Family History: Key Sources and New Developments
Feb. 26 1– 2 p.m.

In recent years, the resources available for learning detailed information on African-American ancestors, during slavery and freedom, have expanded tremendously. Challenges and erasures remain, but more light is shed all the time. Gary Kremer of the State Historical Society will explore key search tools and strategies.

Gary Kremer, Director, State Historical Society of Missouri
Rachel Brekhus, Humanities Librarian Maximizing Your Research

All workshops are offered simultaneously in two formats:
Face-to-face in Rm. 213 Ellis Library and live online.
To Register: tinyurl.com/MULibrariesworkshops
(click on gold calendar entries for face-face workshops and pink calendar entries for live online)