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Selections from the Hiller Collection on View in Ellis Library

Photographs from the Martin and Margaret Hiller Collection of Audiovisual Materials on China are now on view in the North Colonnade exhibit cases in Ellis Library. The Hiller Collection documents cities, industries, farming, and everyday life in China during the second phase of the Chinese Civil War. The collection contains over 1,900 glass and acetate slides, several reels of 16mm film, four reels of 8mm film, and magnetic audio tape created by Army Air Corps Capt. Martin Hiller while stationed with his family in Shanghai, China, from 1945 to 1948. These materials were donated to the University Libraries by the Hiller family in 2018. For more about the collection, see a digital exhibit curated by MU student Yueheng Lyu in 2019.

The images on view were printed from high resolution digital scans of slides created by Martin Hiller. Selections from this collection will remain on view through summer 2021.


Kelli Hansen

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

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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.

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Registration is Open for the Missouri Affordable and Open Educational Resources Symposium

Registration is now open for the 2021 Missouri Affordable and Open Educational Resources Symposium. This year’s event will be held virtually and is free to all attendees.

The theme of this year’s Symposium will be centered around the idea of CARE, an acronym for Collaborating and Adapting/Adopting Resources for Equity. We would like to explore how the A&OER community cares for others by advocating for accessibility and equity of materials. With many conference themes centered around Covid-19 and its impact on students and faculty, we thought we would take this concept one step further and explore how the use of A&OER can address the issues of unequal access to educational materials on college campuses that have become so apparent during the pandemic. This theme is inspired by the importance of using Affordable and Open Educational Resources as a means to champion social equity by ensuring accessibility of materials to all students.

The Symposium will be held virtually on March 3 – 5, 2021. Click here to view the schedule and register today!

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Saturday Night Is Black History & Culture Trivia Night

Test your knowledge, make new friends, and win real prizes at Black History & Culture Trivia Night Online this Saturday, February 27 at 6:45 PM. There’s still time, so…

Register Now!

Trivia Night 2021 will be held online, this year, but it will still be a fun & exciting evening, emceed by the great Cyndi Frisby, and full of fun surprises that may or may not include a “name that dance” video clue category and some dance breaks.

Sponsored by:

  • University of Missouri Libraries
  • MU Department of Black Studies
  • Daniel Boone Regional Library
  • Columbia Honda


home Events and Exhibits, Staff news Historic Images of Black Families: A Discussion of the Ellis Library Exhibition

Historic Images of Black Families: A Discussion of the Ellis Library Exhibition

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Location: Virtual
Register Here 

Joan Stack, PhD, State Historical Society of Missouri, will give a presentation on the images you can see at their Black History Month 2021 exhibit. She will talk about each piece, examining their significance and importance. She will also discuss how SHSMO collects Black History resources and how you can access them.

The engaging exhibit features images of Black families that the State Historical Society has gathered over time. It will be on view in the first floor Colonnade of Ellis Library from February 8 through the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

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Book Talk with Kristie C. Wolferman: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, a History

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 4 – 5 pm
Online event on Zoom


The monumental building known today as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opened in 1933 owing to a set of marvelously serendipitous circumstances.

Kristie C. Wolferman, author of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: A History, will tell us the story of the widowed, reclusive Mary Atkins who left funds to build an art museum, and of the newspaper publisher William Rockhill Nelson who bequeathed $11 million to purchase works of art. After several others close to Nelson provided funds for housing that collection, trustees of multiple estates were able to come together to erect a major museum where none had existed before.

Over the years, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has grown in stature and holdings. It is now known not only for its outstanding American art, but for its Chinese and American Indian art collections and for photographs. Ms. Wolferman will virtually walk us through the museum’s history and introduce us to its dazzling 21st century renovations, including the new Bloch Building and the redesigned American Wing.

About the Author
Kristie C. Wolferman is author of The Osage in MissouriThe Indomitable Mary Easton Sibley: Pioneer of Women’s Education in Missouri; and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Culture Comes to Kansas City, all three published by the University of Missouri Press. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Digital Display of Honors Student Artworks: Making Art for All/Our Time

The new exhibit “Making Art for All/Our Time” showcases works by undergraduate students who created art from virtual windows into several campus collections. Over eight weeks, we gathered on Zoom to peer inside the galleries, shelves, and sidewalks of campus where objects of material culture are prudently managed for public interactions. Each class allowed students to explore facets of objects that resonated with their interests and experiences, though certainly in a different way than experiencing art in person. As a reflection of those experiences, we are pleased to present a digital exhibit of the Fall 2020 Honors Tutorial GN_HON 1050H “Get Real, Go Places! Let Objects Take You There” student works. The course introduces students 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 by gallery, library, archive, and museum professionals based on the Mizzou campus who contribute to the Material Culture Studies Group, established in 2014.

Our student showcase features art objects created by 13 undergraduate students, each based on the class encounter with a particular collection on the Columbia campus. Students created weekly syntheses reacting to themes presented by professional curators, and a culminating object analysis aligning with students’ future academic interests. View the treemap-inspired exhibit graphic here, and zoom in!

On display are a clay sculpture recreation of a political cartoon, a digital sketch mounted onto an imagined white cube space, a colored pencil response to works shown in the recent “Mooshu, Donkey, and the Floating Wor(l)ds: New Works by Sumire Skye Taniai” exhibition in the Bingham Art Gallery, a poem accompanying a winter woodcut, and an embroidered fiber art piece depicting the plants and native species of Missouri, among others. One digital artwork revisits the 1916 Golden Lane protest in St. Louis and reminds us that art persists and connects our communities to each other. For their contributions to the success of the course we gratefully thank: Catherine Armbrust, Cathy Callaway, Marie Concannon, Kelli Hansen, Nicole Johnston, Maggie Mayhan, Pete Millier, Candace Sall, Karlan Seville, and Joan Stack. The course will next be offered in Fall 2021 – join us!

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Collective Voices: Persistent Narratives within Campus Collections

Bingham Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Collective Voices: Persistent Narratives within Campus Collections.

Please mask up and come by to see this exciting new exhibition!

  • Runs October 26-November 19
  • Gallery open M-F 8am-5pm

Movements and stories appear and disappear throughout the human timeline, often transformed by subsequent generations. Many of these stories are shared through the lens and voices of underrepresented populations or their allies, in a multitude of forms preserved by archives and collections such as those at the University of Missouri.

Collective Voices includes art, archival, and textile objects from three campus collections—Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, University Archives, and Special Collections—that reveal historically repeating narratives relevant to today: marginalized voices, Mizzou student activism, civil rights, political tensions, colonialism, LGBTQ+ issues, and climate & environmental concerns. These accounts, while simultaneously local, national and global, emerged as common themes shared across time.

This exhibition is a gathering of these persistent narratives and a reminder that so many voices still need representation and amplification within our campus collections and across cultural institutions. Highlighted are new acquisitions and previously underutilized materials from our collections, reflecting changes in the acquisition processes and guidelines. It is evidence of both progress made and the monumental work to be done.

The Collective Voices curators—Catherine Armbrust (Bingham Gallery), John Fifield-Perez (Special Collections), and Nicole Johnston (Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection) would like to thank Anselm Huelsbergen & Gary Cox at the University Archives for all their assistance gathering images to add depth to this project. And thanks to the gallery assistants for their help in manifesting the show.


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.