Remembering James Tiptree, Jr. and celebrating Ursula K. Le Guin


A new Special Collections and University Archives digital exhibit No Intent to Deceive tells the real-life story of feminist science fiction author James Tiptree, Jr. and features a revealing selection of the author’s correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia with interpretive text by Jeneé Wilde of the University of Oregon Department of English.

Who was James Tiptree, Jr.? For nearly a decade, this mystery intrigued the science fiction world. When the answer finally arrived, it would open up fascinating new vistas of critical insight; ideas that are still being discussed to this day.

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Telling the Stories: Documenting Black Student Activism at UO

logo_final_lowresThis is the first of a series of blog posts highlighting the ongoing work of the Documenting UO History Project within the University Archives. A major part of this project is researching and documenting the often untold and hidden histories of the university’s diverse and underrepresented communities. This year our focus will continue to focus on Black history on campus, specifically Black student activism from the 1960s to present.

Although the civil rights era was decades ago, it has become increasingly obvious that racism continues to plague cities large and small from coast to coast — our university, city and nation is in the midst of massive change. In recent years, campus activist groups like the Black Student Union and Black Lives Matter have addressed racism and systematic marginalization of African Americans on the Oregon campus and in the community. Last year, the Black Student Union released a list of 12 demands to address racial discrimination and cultural intolerance. One of the first listed demands was the immediate action to rename all the buildings named after individuals with ties to racist groups or ideologies, including Deady Hall and Dunn Hall. Through an established renaming process involving detailed reports from historians, President Schill announced the immediate renaming of Dunn Hall (now tentatively named Cedar Hall). Yet the status of Deady Hall still remains unknown until further review and consideration (see full message regarding the building renaming from President Schill). Interestingly, the list of demands submitted in 2016 is strikingly similar to the list of demands that the Black Student Union released nearly 40 years earlier in 1968, including the demands for more Black faculty, improved funding for Black students, and increased curriculum on Ethnic Studies, just to name a few. Why are these lists so similar and what does it say about the intervening years? This year we will be investigating this history and questions as part of the larger series within the Documenting UO History project.

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New Children’s Literature Collection | Avery Johnson Papers

We are pleased to announce that a new finding aid in our Children’s Literature collection is now available on Archives West.

The Avery Johnson papers (Ax 820) have been processed with an updated finding aid available online. The collection contains Johnson’s original illustrations for children’s literature publications and related correspondence and contracts.

Avery F. Johnson (1906-1990) was a children’s book illustrator who worked in a variety of materials including ink, watercolor, charcoal, graphite, and scratchboard. This collection of original illustrations and proofs includes Johnson’s work in these materials for publications on a range themes, primarily composed of juvenile historical fiction and folktales.


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Figures 1-3


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New Children’s Literature Collection | Cornelius DeWitt Papers

We are pleased to announce that a new finding aid in our Children’s Literature collection is now available on Archives West.

The Cornelius DeWitt papers (Ax 347) are primarily composed of original illustrations created for children’s books. Also represented in the collection are dummies, sketchbooks, proofs, personal and travel artwork, correspondence, and production notes.


Figure 1 – The Human Body

Cornelius Hugh DeWitt (1905-1995) was a German-born children’s book illustrator and illustrated numerous books for publishing houses such as Golden Books and Western Publishing in the mid-twentieth century. Illustrations of the sciences feature heavily in DeWitt’s illustrated publications including works on ethnography, anthropology, biology, geology, geography, and physics. Some notable publications on these themes include The Human Body (1959, Figure 1), The Golden Geography (1952), and the Regions of America series (such as The Story of the Mississippi). DeWitt was also a contributor to one of Golden Books largest and most financially successful publications, The Golden Encyclopedia (published in multiple editions with various editors from 1946-1988). Read more ›

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5 Things You Didn’t Know Existed in the EMU 50 Years Ago

A still from "EMU recreations," filmed by student Ken Settlemier in 1966.

The EMU is celebrating its reopening Thursday and Friday—the building is full of new food, new spaces and even a Duck Store. But fifty years ago, the EMU was a lot different.

This is a video filmed in 1966 by a political science student named Ken Settlemier, who was trying to show how crowded the EMU had become. According to an article in the Oregon Daily Emerald, the film didn’t really achieve what it had intended when shown to the EMU Board—but today, provides us with a snapshot of student life in the EMU half a century ago.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know existed in the EMU in 1966:

1. A barber shop.

 2. Smoking.

3. A daily print newsroom.

The Emerald is now a daily online publication with two news magazines a week; in 1966, it printed every day from Monday to Friday.

4. Ping-pong.

5. A bowling alley.

Bonus points: A girl falling asleep.

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Celebrate Archives on Ask An Archivist Day – October 5 2016


On October 5, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist about any and all things archives.

Tag Special Collections & University Archives at @uoregonlibnews to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity!

You’re always welcome to ask us all questions on other days too- but you knew that, right?

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October 1: View highlights and hidden gems at Archives Fest!


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