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Provenance Learning and Storytelling Exhibit

Now on display, “Provenance Learning and Storytelling” showcases research and creative works completed by students enrolled in the Honors Seminar during Fall 2021, GN_HON 1050H, “Get Real, Go Places! Let Objects Take You There.” The eight-week course takes as its focus the study of material culture, specifically the opportunities for research that objects and artifacts make possible. Students are introduced to the practice of interpreting, inspecting, and writing about objects through regular use of a sketchbook journal and weekly syntheses shared with classmates. The course is taught by Dr. Sarah Buchanan of the iSchool at the University of Missouri (in the College of Education and Human Development) and by gallery, library, archive, and museum professionals based on the Mizzou campus who belong to the Material Culture Studies Group, established in 2014.


Emphasis on learning about provenance – “the origin of an item and the history behind it,” or “where an object comes from and how it got to be where it is today” in the students’ words – generated a range of creative, colorful expressions informed by the available expertise. Our student showcase features 30 art objects created by 11 undergraduate students, each based on the class visit to a particular collection on the Columbia campus. Students created weekly syntheses reflecting on their visit and a culminating analysis of specific objects appealing to students’ future academic interests.

On display here are clay figures of the campus’s elephant ear plant (colocasia esculenta) and a trio of resident frogs, three oil pastels of the Lambach (Austria) Abbey grammar book’s provenance stamps in Special Collections and Archives, a poem questioning “what information?” after the Museum of Anthropology, “Sundial: an artist’s book,” watercolor paintings of a cardinal bird and the “Ghost Dancing” 1975 van, seed pod and plaster cast sketches, a Bicentennial collage inspired by the 1921 Missouri Centennial Poster at the SHSMO, and a painted clay figure of Akua’ba (Asante) inspired by the Museum of Art and Archaeology, among other reflections on storytelling as accompaniment. For their contributions to the success of the course we gratefully thank: Catherine Armbrust, Jessica Boldt, Buck’s Ice Cream, Cathy Callaway, Connor Frew for THE RISO ROOM, Kelli Hansen, Rachel Harper, Amanda Staley Harrison, Nicole Johnston, Maggie Mayhan, artist Nick Peña, Joe Pintz, Jennifer Roohparvar-Brumfield, Jenna Rozum, Candace Sall, Karlan Seville and Joan Stack.

The course will next be offered in Fall 2022 – join us!

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Digital Media Lab hands-on demo event in Ellis

The Digital Media Lab in Ellis Library is hosting a hands-on demo event this Thursday, October 28th from 11am-2pm. Stop by the Colonnade on the first floor and check out some of the equipment we have to offer, including:

  • getting your picture taken with Halloween decorations,
  • scan yourself using a 3D Scanner,
  • and share your thoughts about what you like about the libraries on our open podcast using a soundboard and microphone. Come celebrate with us!

The Digital Media Lab is located above the café on the first floor in Room 156 in Ellis Library, with a Recording Room in 157 and a Film Studio in 3E21. The Lab is free for all students at Mizzou and includes an audio booth and recording space, a film studio with green screen, and both 3D Scanners and a 3D Animation workstation.

For more information about the Digital Media Lab, or to reserve a time, visit our website library.missouri.edu/dml. For additional questions, stop by Room 153 in Ellis Library or email us at ellisdml@missouri.edu.

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Political Campaign Buttons on Display in Ellis Library

The Sandi and Barry Garron Campaign collection represents a lifetime of collecting by 1971 University of Missouri Political Science and Journalism alumnus Barry Garron. Garron is the former president of the Television Critics Association and is a longtime reporter and television critic for the Kansas City Star, The Hollywood Reporter and numerous other publications. He is also a prolific collector of presidential campaign buttons, something he has done for most of his life. In 2021, he donated the entire collection to the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs.

The collection spans the presidential election of 1896, the first with campaign buttons, through the 1996 presidential election, with some buttons from more recent elections. Garron said that he felt like a century’s worth of buttons was a good goal and he has certainly accomplished it. The collection includes buttons for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, as well as third party candidates. The buttons both promote and oppose the candidates. Looking at the collection is a colorful, dynamic and fascinating way to learn about the political history of the 20th century in the United States.

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Families Welcome at Ellis Library After Homecoming Parade

Visit the north side of Ellis Library on Lowry Mall immediately after the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 9 for refreshments and family activities. The first 100 kids will receive a free mini pumpkin. This event is free and open to the public.

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Gift of Art Provides Inspiration and Beauty to Grand Reading Room at Ellis Library

Students returning to Ellis Library’s Grand Reading Room this fall will be greeted by four new inspiring sculptures – Lunas, Lightspire, Photon and Solaris. The bronze sculptures, by contemporary master, M.L. Snowden, were given to the University Libraries by Drs. Holly Orr and Mark Haskell Monroe. Mark’s father, Haskell Monroe, served as the University of Missouri’s chancellor from 1987 to 1993.

M.L. Snowden is the sole living inheritor of select 19th century marble carving, finishing, casting and bronze patination techniques from the Paris studios of Auguste Rodin and Antonin Mercié. She sculpted alongside her father for seventeen years as an apprentice and as a professional in Snowden Studios. In 1990, she inherited a collection of 38 of the original sculpting tools from the Rodin Studios. Rodin’s tools were bequeathed to M.L. Snowden’s father by the Swiss sculptor, Robert Georges Eberhard.

M.L. Snowden has won the world’s most prestigious sculpture prize, The International Rodin Competition in Tokyo, Japan, and most recently was awarded the inaugural Presidential Order of Merit “In Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Betterment of Humanity Through Art,” presented by the Fine Art Foundation with the sculptor’s work recently added to the Presidential art collection at the White House. The sculptor maintains studios in southern California, Paris and Austria.

Learn more about the artist and her art:
M.L. Snowden Art
The M.L. Snowden Museum

home Events and Exhibits, Special Collections and Archives, Staff news New Fall Exhibit: Instagram Favorites

New Fall Exhibit: Instagram Favorites

Since 2016, Special Collections has used Instagram to share our collections with the world. To mark our fifth anniversary on the platform, and to welcome students and faculty back to campus, our fall exhibition celebrates two sets of favorite posts.

One of the exhibit cases highlights your favorites: the posts that were the most liked, commented, and interacted with over the past five years. As you will see, there are wonders to discover in Special Collections, from medieval manuscripts to nineteenth-century publisher’s bindings. These posts are just the beginning!

The other exhibit case highlights our favorites: posts chosen by Special Collections and Archives staff.  As these materials show, we envision a future in which Special Collections and Archives foster, reflect and inform an inclusive, diverse, and engaged community, locally and beyond.

This exhibition will be on view in the Ellis Library North Colonnade through fall 2021. For more, make an appointment to visit us in person, or follow us on Instagram.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.

home Events and Exhibits Richard Dutton’s Art on Display in Bookmark Cafe

Richard Dutton’s Art on Display in Bookmark Cafe

The watercolors of local artist Richard Dutton are currently on display in Bookmark Cafe in Ellis Library. Visit http://www.duttonwatercolor.com/ for more information.

home Events and Exhibits, Special Collections and Archives, Staff news New student-curated online exhibits now available

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 to share them with you. Read on below for our interns’ descriptions of their projects. We hope that you enjoy the exhibits!

John T. McCutcheon: A Cartoonist in his Prime, 1930s

by Allison Cathey

My exhibit is formed around American cartoonist John T. McCutcheon and his work during the peak of his career at the Chicago Tribune. The exhibit showcases 11 of the cartoons that MU Digital Library has access to. The others can be found in the John Tinney McCutcheon Collection of Editorial Cartoons in the MU Digital Library or in person at the Special Collections if you wish to use them for further information.

The exhibit is focused on the use of cartoons in the 1930s during which some consider to be the prime years in John T. McCutcheon’s career as a cartoonist. Amidst the economic struggles of the 1930s, McCutcheon brought light to political, social, and economic issues. His ability to cover a variety of subjects showed his versatility and the reason that people refer to him as the American dean of cartooning. Additionally, in the 1930s McCutcheon was awarded an honorary doctoral degree and Pulitzer Prize for his exceptional work. He spent the last years of the decade beginning his autobiography that reflects on his personal and work life. The exhibit includes cartoons pertaining to McCutcheon’s view on: economics, American holidays, global politics, marriage and divorce, automobile crashes, administrative programs, local news, war, technological advancement, and treaty breaking.

The Art of Cartography: Cartes-à-figures

by Lily McEwan

I chose to create the digital exhibit The Art of Cartography: Cartes-à-figures as a passion project for my interest in art history. As a student studying Art History and Anthropology, I loved the hands-on opportunity to conduct research and over the course of the semester have gained valuable interpretive critical-thinking skills. The creative process and the designing element of an exhibit was a new experience that was thoroughly delightful. I have a new appreciation for librarianship and researchers – as there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes.

My favorite aspect of this experience was visiting the reading room! Seeing with my own eyes these wonderfully old and preserved maps has reconfirmed my interest in Art History and preservation work. I am grateful to have this opportunity as it will help prepare me for a life of research. In fact, this summer I will be attending archaeological field school in Pompeii under the direction of Dr. Kate Trusler for a month-long research endeavor in public sanitation.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as in Intern for Ellis Library’s Special Collections Department. I am so grateful to have had the experience in digital exhibition research, writing, and publication. I want to thank John Henry Adams, Kelly Hanson, Anne Stanton, and the entire department of Special Collections for assisting with research, guidance, and allowing me to have this opportunity in exhibition research.

John Henry Adams

John Henry Adams is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. He provides instruction and reference for the history of the book in general, but especially for medieval manuscripts, early European printing, the history of cartography, and English and German literature.

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MU Remembers: Honor with Books

This year’s MU Remembers ceremony, commemorating students who have passed away in the last year, was held virtually on April 16. A book in honor of each student will be added to the University of Missouri Libraries’ collection. Commemorative bookplates are placed inside the books, and students are listed as honorees on the books’ library catalog records. For more information about our Honor with Books program, click here.

The students’ names and the books selected in their memory are listed below.


Miriam Sekyere (MU Online): Wright, Michael T. (ed.). (2018). Participatory health research: Voices from around the world. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Jillian Robinson (MU Online): McLeish, Simon (ed.). (2020). Resource discovery for the twenty-first century library: Case studies and perspectives on the role of IT in user engagement and empowerment. London, UK: Facet Publishing.

Miles Barnhardt (College of Engineering): Kobayashi, Kenji. (2018). Miniature Japanese gardens: Beautiful bonsai landscape gardens for your home. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing.

Emily Kirk (School of Nursing): O’Brien, Mary Elizabeth. (2021). Spirituality in nursing: Standing on holy ground (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Andrew “Drew” King (School of Health Professions): Renshaw, Ian, & Annott, Peter, & McDowell, Graeme. (2021). A constraints-led approach to golf coaching. New York, NY: Routledge.

Justin Lee (College of Arts & Science): Ley, Christopher, & Dominicy, Yves (eds.). (2020). Science meets sports: When statistics are more than numbers. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Joseph Pedrotti (College of Engineering): Lesuik Grzegorz, & Correia, Jose A.F.O., & Krechkovska, Halyna, & Pekalsi, Grzegorz, & de Jesus, Abilio M. P., & Student, Oleksandra. (2021). Degradation theory of term operated materials and structures. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Faculty and Staff

Shane Bader (Campus Facilities): Brown, Gabe. (2018). Dirt to soil: One family’s journey into regenerative agriculture. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Gwendolyn Bailey (Hospital Nursing Services): Sole, Mary Lou, & Klein, Deborah G., & Mosely, Marthe, & Makic, Mary Beth Flynn, & Morata, Lauren T. (2021). Introduction to critical nursing care (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Barry Cardwell (School of Medicine): Honeck, Mischa. (2018). Our frontier is the world: The Boy Scouts in the age of American ascendency. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Rhonda Chamberlain (Campus Facilities): Brooks, Daphne A. (2021). Liner notes for the revolution: The intellectual life of black feminist sound. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Chelsea Deroche (School of Medicine): Hirsch, Robert P. (2021). Introduction to biostatistical applications in health research with Microsoft Office Excel and R. (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Michael Edmund Domanoswki (Hospital Support Services): Joy, David & Rickstad, Eric (eds.). (2019). Gather at the river: Twenty-five authors on fishing. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press.

Ameia L’Kay Ferguson (College of Veterinary Medicine): Lepore, Jill. (2014). The secret history of Wonder Woman. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Jim Hall (Information & Access Technology Services): Miley, Mike. (2019). Truth and consequences: Game shows in fiction and film. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press.

Raynolde Pereira (College of Business): Schuster, Peter, & Heinemann, Mareike, & Cleary, Peter. (2021). Management accounting. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Phyllis Rice (School of Medicine): Steuernagel, Marcell Silva. (2021). Church music through the lens of performance. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Joan Tapp (Hospital Based Clinics): Quallich, Susanne A., & Lajiness, Michelle J. (2020). Nurse practitioner in urology: A manual for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and allied healthcare providers. (2nd ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.



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Deborah Willis, Artist and Photographer – Interviews and books held at the MU Libraries

A virtual display of the life and books of the artist and photographer, Deborah Willis.



Schuermann, Sue

I am the Senior Library Specialist at the Journalism Library. I have over 28 years experience helping patrons with research, technology and outreach.