Special Collections & Archives

Changes to Milne Special Collections and Archives Hours

January 20, 2015

As the Milne Special Collections and Archives unit reorganizes and seeks to hire new staff, there will be some changes to our reference desk hours.

Starting Tuesday, January 20th, reading room hours for the spring semester will be:

  • Monday: 12-4pm
  • Tuesday: 12-8pm
  • Wednesday: 12-4pm
  • Thursday: 12-4pm
  • Friday: 12-4pm

Milne Special Collections and Archives will continue to open by appointment for those who are unable to make regular reading room hours.

Like most Special Collections and Archives, we are closed on the weekends.

These changes are in response to reduced staff, a growing backlog, an increase in remote reference, and a shift in photo/scanning requests stemming the closure of Photo Services last spring. In addition, our statistics show that two-thirds of our face-to-face research occurs after noon.

As a group, we strive to provide the best possible public service, in person and remote, as possible. We are hoping that with your help and understanding we can make this solution work as well as possible until we are fully staffed.

If you have questions, or wish to make an appointment, please contact Contact Special Collections, Archives, and Museum staff.

New Fall Hours for Special Collections and Archives

September 2, 2014

Milne Special Collections and Archives unit will be changing its reading room hours beginning on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Reading room hours for the fall semester will be:

  • Monday: 10am-4pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-8pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-4pm
  • Thursday: 10am-4pm
  • Friday: 10am-4pm

Milne Special Collections and Archives will continue to open by appointment for those who are unable to make regular reading room hours.

Special Collections is generally not open on holidays or during curtailed operations.

For more information, contact Special Collections, Archives, and Museum staff.

Letters Between Poets site launched

June 18, 2014

The result of a recent collaboration between Colby College Special Collections in Waterville, Maine & Milne Special Collections at the University of New Hampshire, Letters Between Poets focuses on an exchange of letters over a period of eight years between emerging poet Wesley McNair, whose papers are held at Colby, and nationally recognized poet Donald Hall, whose papers are at UNH. The correspondence, conducted prior to the publication of McNair’s first book of poetry, "Faces of Americans, 1853," reveals what it’s like to develop as a poet under the guidance of a mentor, as well as how poets think about their craft, how they make poems and revise them, and how they bring their creative work to readers.

New museum exhibit features faculty drawings

April 10, 2014

The University Museum in Dimond Library presents its latest exhibition, The Art of Drawing: Works by UNH Studio Art Faculty. It runs from April 4 through June 14, 2014.

The art of drawing has always been considered a fundamental priority of the Studio Art Program at UNH. Guest curator, Craig Hood, says that he hopes this exhibition will give the university community and its visitors an opportunity to have a glimpse of a very basic component of what an art education means to faculty in the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, visit the University Museum. The Museum is located on Level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Celebrate Mardi Gras early with the new University Museum exhibition

January 17, 2014

Mardi Gras isn't until March 4th this year, but the University Museum welcomes you to celebrate early with its latest exhibition, The Beat on the Street: Second Lines, Mardi Gras Indians, and the Photography of Gary Samson.

This exhibition of photographs and folk art focuses on the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. This working class, African American tradition is distinctively part of New Orleans’s parade culture, and more broadly related to black Carnival celebrations throughout the world.

The exhibit runs from February 10 through March 28, 2014 with its formal opening on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

The opening includes the showing of the film, Bury the Hatchet, which traces the Mardi Gras Indian tradition through the eyes of three “big chiefs” or leaders of these Mardi Gras Indian gangs. The event will feature special guest Big Chief Alfred Doucette of the Flaming Arrows, who also appears in the documentary. He will answer questions about the film and this centuries old tradition in a discussion moderated by Professor Burt Feintuch of the UNH Center for the Humanities.

The film and discussion will take place from 3-5:00PM at the Memorial Union Building, Theater I. An opening reception will follow the program at the University Museum, Dimond Library, Room 101, 5:30-7:00PM.

The exhibit will feature Mardi Gras Indian suits and art work, as well as the photography of Gary Samson, chair of the Photography Department of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The exhibit, film, and reception are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

The exhibition is underwritten, in part, by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Relaxing in a Madhouse, paintings by John Angelopoulos, poems by Charles Simic in Special Collections

October 3, 2013

“Relaxing in a Madhouse, Paintings by John Angelopoulos, Poems by Charles Simic” is now open in Milne Special Collection’s Dunleavy Reading Room. The display features 12 of Angelopoulos’ paintings inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry of Professor Emeritus and former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic.

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Simic is known for his surreal, metaphysical poems. His first collection “What the Grass Says” was published 1967. Since then, he has published more than 60 books.

Angelopoulos’ paintings for the exhibit were created based on his interpretation of selections from “The World Doesn’t End,” the collection that won Simic the Pulitzer Prize in 1990.

Special Collections is located on Level 1 in Dimond Library. The exhibit will be on display until October 26 and can be viewed Monday through Friday, 10 AM-4 PM and Saturday 12 PM-4 PM.

The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents Paul Broadnax Quintet with vocalist Shawnn Monteiro, October 7

October 3, 2013

The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents Paul Broadnax Quintet with vocalist Shawnn Monteiro on Monday, October 7 at 8pm in the Johnson Theater at the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Tickets are $8 general admission; $6 students/senior citizens and are available at the PCAC Box Office (603) 862-7222, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., online at www.unharts.com, and at the door one hour prior to performance.

Paul has appeared with many nationally recognized jazz artists including such notables as Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Milt Hinton and Dorothy Donegan, Alan Dawson, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Witherspoon, Diane Carrol, Donna Byrne, and Rebecca Parris.

Shawnn has a liveliness of lyrical phrasing and intermittent scat variations that she draws from her influences, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. Shawnn's father was the late renowned bassist Jimmy Woode, veteran of the Duke Ellington band. Throw into the mix, a lot of musical inspiration and guidance from her Godfather, Clark Terry, and you come up with a combination that can't miss.

The Traditional Jazz Concert Series is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz. The library, established in 1978 by Dorothy Prescott, comprises books, recordings, and memorabilia and is housed in Dimond Library. Prescott’s generous endowment funds its activities including the Traditional Jazz Series concerts.

For more information on the Traditional Jazz Series, call the UNH Music Department at (603) 862-2404.

Traditional Jazz Series presents the New Black Eagle Jazz Band

August 27, 2013

The UNH Traditional Jazz Series kicks off its 35th season with the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, on Monday, September 9.

The concert begins at 8pm in the Johnson Theatre in the Paul Creative Arts Center. General admission tickets are $8 and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets available at the PCAC Box Office (603) 862-PCAC (7222), Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., online at UNH Box Office and at the door one hour prior to performance.

The Traditional Jazz Concert Series is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz. The library, established in 1978 by Dorothy Prescott, comprises books, recordings, and memorabilia and is housed in Dimond Library. Prescott’s generous endowment funds its activities including the Traditional Jazz Series concerts.

From the UNH Music Department:

If you like the uplifting and soulful music of New Orleans you'll love the sound of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Formed in 1971, this seven-piece band has delighted audiences all over the world with their huge and eclectic repertoire of jazz from the 1920's and 30's. The group has a mature mastery of this great American music- from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to early Duke Ellington to Cole Porter; from blues to rags to popular songs of the era. In fact, the New York Times' John Wilson wrote that the Black Eagles are "so far ahead of other traditional bands...there is scarcely any basis for comparison."

The band has performed extensively all across North America, and has toured throughout Europe countless times. They have performed in New Orleans, London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Toronto to name a few. In 2011 they opened the Newport Jazz Festival to a packed house. They have been featured in concert with many jazz legends including Doc Cheatham, "Kid" Thomas, Benny Waters, Odetta and Milt Hinton, and with symphony orchestras - the Boston Pops, the Scottish National Orchestra , the Baltimore Symphony to name a few.

The band has released over 40 recordings (including the Grammy-nominated "On the River") and videos. Their music has been featured in Ken Burns' documentaries and on NPR Radio. The band has also been a guest on The Prairie Home Companion show.

For more information on the Traditional Jazz Series, call the UNH Music Department at (603) 862-2404.

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