Special Collections & Archives

Library Contributes to Humanities in the Digital Age

Posted April 6, 2016

Library faculty Bill Ross and Eleta Exline are just a couple of the dozens of UNH faculty exploring digital humanities projects and potential.

Digital humanities (often abbreviated as DH) looks at traditional disciplines like philosophy, linguistics, language, history, and others, through the lens of computing, digital materials, and other scientific areas. Digital humanities is unique and exciting because it requires more than just thinking outside the box - it requires collaboration and expertise across multiple disciplines.

Collaboration between faculty members working in digital humanities is already taking place. The Digital Scholarship Working Group, co-chaired by Ross and associate professor and scholarly communications coordinator Eleta Exline, began meeting last year. The group is “focused on trying to figure out what the Library’s role might be in providing digital scholarship support,” Exline says.

Support from the Library might take different forms, according to Exline, from connecting faculty to different resources, maintaining digital exhibits and databases, or helping to train the next generation of researchers in the digital humanities.

Read more about "Humanities in the Digital Age" in the The College Letter, news from the College of Liberal Arts.

Seeking Archives Assistant (Temporary)

Posted November 24, 2015

New temporary Archives Assistant position open at Dimond Library.

The Sesquicentennial Archives Assistant will provide content support for the sesquicentennial co-chairs. This position would report to the sesquicentennial co-chairs with the University Archivist providing day-to-day supervision. The sesquicentennial co-chairs set the work priorities and field requests for the Archives Assistant.

The position runs from December 2015 – December 2016. The incumbent will handle immediate needs for content development for projects prior to announcement in February 2016 and subsequent need for content and materials for programming prior to the sesquicentennial kick-off in Fall 2016 and anticipated support needs throughout the sesquicentennial year ending in April 2016.

The job hours are 15 to 18 hours a week and the pay ranges from $15 to $20 an hour depending on experience, and would be located in Special Collections and Archives, Dimond Library.

For more details or to submit an application for this position, visit the USNH Employment site.

Display Celebrates 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Posted October 21, 2015

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, we have created a display in Dimond Library with various representations of Lewis Carroll's classic story. Many items from the display are available for circulation, including:

  • Children's adaptations of Alice in Wonderland
  • Books in multiple languages including English, Spanish, and Russian
  • DVDs, music on CDs, and audiobooks

We've included many items from Special Collections, and digital photos courtesy of the UNH Department of Theater and Dance, from their past performances of Alice in Wonderland.

In addition to the display items, the UNH Library has many electronic resources related to Alice in Wonderland.

eBooks

Musical Score

Streaming Video and Audio

Come see the display on the main level of Dimond Library near the circulation desk. The display will be up through the end of November.

Changes to Milne Special Collections and Archives Hours

Posted 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.

Letters Between Poets site launched

Posted 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.

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

Posted 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

Posted 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.