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100 Years of Fall Sports

For many Grinnellians, coming back to school means coming back to athletic competition. As the fall season ends, the Library's Iowa Room offers a historic look at more than one hundred years’ worth of Grinnell’s finest fall teams.

Programs like football and cross country boast over a century of activity, while others, like the woman’s field hockey team, have come and gone. Stop by soon to check out a slice of Grinnell’s athletic past.

The exhibit was curated by Sam Dunnington ’14.

The Grinnell Beowulf in Digital Grinnell


Release party: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Rosenfield Center Room 101

The Grinnell Beowulf is a translation and teaching edition of the Old English poem.

Six students — Eva Dawson ’14, Emily Johnson ’14, Jeanette Miller ’14, Logan Shearer ’14, Aniela Wendt ’14, and Kate Whitman ’14 — worked with Tim Arner, assistant professor of English, to translate Beowulf into readable and poetic modern English.

Initially envisioned as a group MAP (Mentored Advanced Project), this project provided a great opportunity for the students to produce an edition designed for an undergraduate audience.

The edition includes over 165 annotations that accompany the text, as well as introductions to the poem and the translation process.

Caleb Neubauer ’13 provided illustrations.

The Grinnell Beowulf has just been published in print by Grinnell Press and online by Digital Grinnell.

Digital Grinnell hosts a wide and growing variety of materials created by Grinnell College students, faculty, and staff, as well as selected material that illuminates the College’s history and other activities. Materials in Digital Grinnell are accessible, searchable, and visible to the world.

By sharing students’ scholarly work with the larger community, The Grinnell Beowulf in Digital Grinnell will contribute to enhancing "the free, open exchange of ideas" that is part of Grinnell College’s core values. 


John G. Orvis 1909 Scrapbook

Scrapbook-making was a popular tradition in the late 19th to mid-20th century. It’s a great way to see how past Grinnellians  commemorated their time here — revealing not so much the official or stereotypical image of the times, but the silly, sincere side that reminds us that they weren’t so different from us back then.

The scrapbook of John G. Orvis 1909 focuses on the sports culture at the time — including nicknames like Tin and Dink and a contract the men of 1909 drew up requiring one another to “establish hilarity… provide for the common jollification… and secure the blessings of a royal good time to ourselves and our class.” The scrapbook also shows what students did in their spare time, from exploring the railroad tracks to picnicking in the grove or at Arbor Lake.

Stop by the Special Collections and Archives reading room to discover other hidden gems in the scrapbook collection!

Stephanie Porter '14 curated the exhibit..

Wonder, Culture, and the Scientific Method


Panel: 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer Gallery
Panel: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer Gallery

A “Wunderkammer,” or room of wonders, was at once a study, a laboratory, and a social space wherein people collected oddities and were inspired to learn more through the cognitive emotion “wonder.” Two panels with Grinnell College faculty investigate the concept of wonder and its manifestations in culture and science.

On November 19 the panel on “Wonder and Culture” will explore how wonder infused and shaped cultural expression in the early modern period.

Speakers are: Vance Byrd, assistant professor of German; Vanessa Lyon, assistant professor of art history; and Catherine Rod, special collections librarian and archivist of the College.

On November 21, “Wonder and the Scientific Method” integrates the seemingly subjective concept of wonder with the development of science as we came to know it. Panelists include: James Lee, assistant professor of English; Tammy Nyden, associate professor of philosophy; and Joshua Sandquist, assistant professor of biology.

Both panels take place in Faulconer Gallery, 641-269-4660.



Roundtable a Part of (Re) Considering the Commons

Lecture: 7:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 18, Rosenfield Center Room 101
Roundtable: 10 a.m.  Tuesday, Nov. 19, Burling Library Lounge

In conjunction with the lecture series (Re) Considering the Commons, sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College Libraries will host an open roundtable discussion with guest speaker David Bollier at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Burling Library lounge.

David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and consultant focused on the commons as a paradigm of economics, politics and culture. He is the author of the widely cited article, “Why We Must Talk about the Information Commons” (Law Library Journal 2004 (96:2). In 2010, he co-founded the Commons Strategies Group, a consulting project that works to promote the commons internationally. He was founding editor of Onthecommons.org in 2004, and was the Croxton Lecturer at Amherst College in 2010, when he taught The Rise of the Commons. His most recent books on the commons are The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State (September 2012, Levellers Press), co-edited with Silke Helfrich; and Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons (2013, Cambridge University Press), co-authored with Professor Burns H. Weston.

Bollier will also give a lecture in Rosenfield Center Room 101 at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, on "The Insurgent Power of Digital Knowledge Commons—and How They are Transforming Academia and Markets." 

Both of the events are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Libraries Study Breaks

Enjoy homemade cookies and milk at the Libraries study breaks, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, and Tuesday, Dec. 17.

In the Burling Library Lounge, Ritalin Test Squad will perform on Monday and the Neverland Players will perform on Tuesday.

Cookies will be delivered to Kistle Library, as well.

Please join us for a quick break from studying. This event is co-sponsored by the Libraries Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC), the Student Government Association, and the Libraries.

New Electronic Resource: Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

As part of America's Historical Newspapers, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 provides a collection of full text newspapers from 14 states that reflect Hispanic American history, culture, and daily life between 1808-1980.

America's Historical Newspapers contains electronic editions of record for local, regional, and national newspapers compiled in a single database. Covering 1690-1998, these searchable newspapers enable users to explore North America's past.

Available in America's Historical Newspapers are: 

  • Early American Newspapers Series 1–3;
  • 20th-Century American Newspapers Series 1 and 3;
  • African American Newspapers, 1827–1998; and 
  • Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808–1980.