New Finding Aids

We are pleased to announce newly updated finding aids now available on Archives West for the following collections:

Louis Conrad Rosenberg collection, circa 1900-1970 (Ax 509)

Collection comprises papers of American etcher and architect Louis Conrad Rosenberg, and includes matted etchings, dry points, watercolors, journals, catalogs, architectural renderings, awards, books from his personal library, and information from interviews.

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Celebrating Preservation Week 2018

Why is preservation important?

In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). Some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk (LOC).

Preserving library collections

In Special Collections and University Archives we have many dedicated librarians and archivists who help routinely preserve our collections through housing and arranging archival collections. This includes careful consideration and mitigation of key environmental risk factors such as light, pollutants, heat, and moisture. We are also fortunate to have the technical expertise and assistance of conservation technicians in the Beach Conservation Lab, who provide services in conservation, preservation and housing of paper-based collection materials in SCUA, and to all other units of the Library.

Take a behind the scenes look in the Beach Conservation Lab to see the important work being done to preserve UO’s collections.

An array of completed enclosures and spine repairs.

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Library Undergraduate Poetry Prize

Deadline – May 5, 2018

The UO Libraries/Oregon Poetry Association Poetry Prize rewards two undergraduate students every other year who demonstrate high-quality works of poetry in which the library has played a role in their artistic output.
Awards will consist of a tuition-supported poetry workshop and a limited edition printing (in broadside) of their winning poem by an Oregon fine press printer.

Prizes will be awarded for a single poem on any topic or theme.

Criteria

  • A maximum of 5 poems should be submitted, which were produced during the student’s undergraduate years.
  • Currently enrolled University of Oregon undergraduates (and graduating seniors).
  • Poems must be a final version prior to submission.

Application Instructions (attach in your email all items listed below)

  • A Biographical Statement (200-450 words)
  • One poem per page saved as separate PDF files (total maximum 5 poems)
  • Acknowledgments Page

Deadline & Process

  • Due May 5, 2018 (11:59 pm)
  • Applications are reviewed at the end of the Spring semester by the Awards Committee (a panel of UO librarians, UO faculty and Oregon Poetry Association members) who will select a winning poem.
  • Students receive awards in the form of a tuition-supported poetry workshop.
  • Students also receive five (5) copies of their printed work.
  • Awards will be presented at the Oregon Poetry Association conference, held in Eugene, OR, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Knight Library Browsing Room.

Contact

  • Email questions and submissions to: oregonloons@gmail.com

Copyright and Distribution Information

  • Authors retain the copyright to their work.
  • Winning printed poems are deposited in Oregon libraries, archives, and historical repositories that collect fine press printed materials.

Funded by the University of Oregon Libraries and the Oregon Poetry Association.

Exhibit and Lecture | People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights

Through a new traveling exhibition, discover an overlooked moment in U.S. history when people with disabilities occupied a government building to win their rights. The exhibit Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights will be on display at University of Oregon Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives from Monday, April 23rd, 2018 to Friday, June 15th, 2018. The exhibition uncovers the stories behind a turbulent April in 1977, when people with disabilities successfully launched protests across the nation to get Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 signed into law.

Please join us at the opening of this forthcoming exhibit on Monday, April 23rd, 2018, 4:00-5:00 pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room for a public lecture by guest speaker Professor Catherine Kudlick. Following the lecture there will be a reception and public viewing of the exhibition in the Paulson Reading Room. All events are free and open to the public.

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Collection Highlight: Vanport City, Oregon Photo Albums

Vanport, Oregon was a wartime public housing project built to shelter Kaiser Shipyard employees working in Portland and Vancouver, Washington. The city was destroyed in May 1948 when a 200-foot section of the dike holding back the Columbia River collapsed during a flood, killing 15 and leaving its population of largely African-American inhabitants homeless.

Two photo albums regarding the history of Vanport have recently been made available in Special Collections and University Archives. The Vanport, Oregon construction photograph album (PH203_064) and the Vanport, Oregon flood photograph album (PH203_025) document the city before and after the disaster.

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