Most mornings, I work at Carnegie Hall, copying, smiling, and helping my work supervisors and professors with clerical work. I really appreciate the job because it has helped me to get to know a really cool individual I like to call Mr. Copy Machine. My job has also helped me develop a genuine appreciation for photocopying.
The Center for Prairie Studies and the Grinnell College Libraries have collaborated in the installation of two dramatic photographs of prairie plants that have been hung on the first floor of Burling Library, on the east and west brick walls (south side). Created by the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, these photographs portray the plants with their astonishing root systems that help the prairie survive fire, cold, and severe droughts like the one this year. We want to thank Milton Severe of Faulconer Gallery and the Facilities Management staff for their help with this project.
We recently received an interesting question regarding the relationship between Griswold College, in Davenport, IA, and Grinnell College, and whether Grinnell had ever been called Griswold. We had never heard of such a direct relationship between the two institutions, which made it an intriguing question and a fun, albeit brief, research project. As some of you may know, Grinnell College began its existence as Iowa College and was founded in Davenport in 1846 by a group of missionaries from Massachusetts who called themselves the Iowa Band.
On my second day at the archives, I pulled open a drawer that was literally overflowing with event posters from the last 50 years of Grinnell's Art and Music departments. Many of these were stunning, either hand drawn or beautifully printed. Some of my favorites are below, and if we accomplish nothing else this year, let's bring back the Renaissance Feast.
by Sam Dunnington, '14
Did you know that Grinnell College used to have horse stables? I didn't, either, until I found the Kelly Stables plaque (pictured right) in the Vault. Sometimes, in the course of processing material for special collections or the archives, we come across items like this that capture our attention, but for which we have little information. It is unclear whether this plaque ever hung in the stables, who made it, or the date it was made. In fact, we do not have a whole lot of information about the
During Spring Break, videos designated as “Library Use Only” were moved from the Burling Media Room office and integrated into the regular video collection. The move allows all patrons to have more ready access for browsing during library hours and makes it easier for faculty and staff to check these recordings out when the Media Room office is closed.