With the installation of new furniture last week, the Paulson Reading Room has a new look. Putting the finishing touches on renovations completed over the summer, the reading room now features new carpet, a new reference desk, new research tables, and an improved computer access point for researchers. The updates to the reading room create more space for researchers by removing the partition and relocating the reference desk out of the center of the room. Three computers allow researchers easy access to requesting materials, or browsing digital collections. The new design retains the exhibit space on the east side of the reading room. Stop by and take a look at the new space.
In September 2019, SCUA began working on a new project: Twentieth Century Children’s Literature: Exploring the Past, Understanding the Present. This project is generously supported by a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
This project will greatly improve access to the collections of three prominent children’s literature authors: Kurt Wiese, Edwin Tunis, and Kurt Werth. The goals of this project are to:
- rehouse manuscript material and original illustrations
- update associated finding aids to current standards
- mount online and local exhibitions promoting the historical significance of the material
The collections identified for this grant represent a core strength in the University of Oregon’s holdings, with broad appeal that reflects upon the American experience during and after the two World Wars. Children’s literature, which often flies under the cultural radar, is a fascinating rubric through which one can understand the ideological tenor of a society. Our collective values, for better or worse, are mirrored back to us in the stories and lessons of our children. Twentieth century children’s literature echoes the radical changes that occurred in American society: at times celebratory, optimistic, and inclusive; and alternately vexing and racist, presenting a white-washed and Eurocentric account of American history.
The renovations in the Paulson Reading Room in Special Collections and University Archives are well underway. Contractors have removed the old circular reference desk and barriers.
The carpet has also been removed from the reading room and exterior hallway, revealing the previous flooring.
For more information or status updates on this project see Campus Planning and Facilities Management’s website, https://blogs.uoregon.edu/cpfmnotifications/2019/08/15/knight-library-205-and-206-renovation-advisory-8-19-9-27-19/
University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives will be closed to the public from August 19th through September 30th. During the closure we are renovating the reading room and enhancing research services for our patrons. We expect to reopen on Tuesday, October 1st. Please contact us (email@example.com) if you are planning a research visit during the first two weeks of October. Thank you for your patience.
Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Ursula K. Le Guin papers (Coll 270). The finding aid is available on Archives West.
The Ursula K. Le Guin papers document Le Guin’s career as a novelist, short story writer, children’s author, essayist, and poet best known for her world-building science fiction and fantasy works. Her papers not only capture her public persona as an author, a teacher and mentor of other writers, and an activist for various causes throughout her lifetime, but also as a private individual devoted to the welfare of her family, friends, and community. The papers include correspondence, literary works, legal and financial files, public appearances and publicity materials, personal papers, photographs and artwork, audiovisual material, website and social media, and writing of others.