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Growing Fields in the Bailey/Howe Lobby

Friday, May 10th, 2013

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The Bailey/Howe Lobby is host to a colorful summer collection of farm and food images in a new exhibit called “Growing Fields.”  The gallery features UVM’s Farmer Training Program, as well as historical snapshots from the Center for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project.

Image reproductions, broadsides, and books document the changing face of farming in Vermont, from traditional practices of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to the back to the land movement, to a new generation of farmers working in the model of sustainable agriculture.

To learn about the nutritional value of Vermont’s local foods, visit the related exhibit at Dana Medical Library entitled Super Foods of Summer.

Free Cake and Cider!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

McAllister Photographs Digitization Complete

It’s taken three years, but we have finally digitized over 9,000 photographs by Louis L. Mcallister!

Come celebration the culmination of this huge collection.

McAllister Photographs Reception
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bailey/Howe Library
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Meet the folks who worked hard on this collection, view some of the images, and enjoy free cake and cider!

The cake will even feature one of the photographs from the collection.

Porter Thayer Photos Online

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This collection is being digitized through a collaboration between the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives and the Brooks Memorial Library.  The collection launched with 100 initial photos in December 2010, after which batches of 50 images will be added to the collection on a continuous basis.  This work is supported in part by a grant from the Windham Foundation.

When completed, the collection will contain 1300 photographs of Windham County made from silver gelatin prints by this early 20th century itinerant town photographer. The prints were made in 1980 from the 5×7 glass plates negatives held at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Vermont.

“During the time period Porter worked, Vermont was extremely poor and rural, yet held a close-knit population that shared the labors of life. Farmers helped one another to survive in a subsistence and barter economy. For women, men, and children, life meant constant work. Thayer’s images describe the work and the tools involved. His landscape images reveal this working landscape, which today is mostly hidden by trees.” (by Jessica Weitz and Forrest Holzapfel)

Read more about this collection in a recent article from The Commons News.

Tommy DeFrantz Discusses Kake Walk

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Kake Walks and Dance Competitions: Race and Performance in American Popular Culture

Monday, October 4, 2010
7:00 PM – Royall Tyler Theatre

Dr. Thomas DeFrantz

Former Alvin Ailey dancer and MIT Professor of Music, Theater Arts, Comparative Media Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies Dr. Thomas DeFrantz will situate UVM’s Kake Walk in the broader context of American performance history. His most recent book is titled //Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance and Dancing//. His most recent creative works include /Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty/ commissioned by the Theater Offensive of Boston and the Flynn Center for the Arts & “CANE,” an immersive environment dance theater experience that explores black sharecropping after the Civil War. He created historical choreography, including a Juba Dance, for the second iteration of the New York History Workshop’s award-winning exhibition /Slavery in New York/ on display at the New York Historical Foundation since 2007.

Part of the launch announcing Kake Walk at UVM, the newest digital collection from the Center for Digital Initiatives.

UVM’s Kake Walk, a synchronized dance competition during the annual Winter Carnival, featured fraternity brothers in blackface and kinky wigs high-stepping to the tune “Cotton Babes.” The event, abolished in 1969, occupies a controversial position in the university’s institutional memory; it is, for some, a hallowed tradition and for others, overt racism.

To read more about student contributions to the digital collection, see this recent story in UVM Today.

Bamboozled, Kake Walk, & Blackface

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

BAMBOOZLED the movie

KAKE WALK the tradition

BLACKFACE the issue

Join us as we examine blackface and UVM’s once popular minstrel tradition Kake Walk through a film screening of Spike Lee’s Bamboozled. A pre-screening presentation will include a brief history of Kake Walk, an exploration of racist visual vocabulary, and a look at the resurgence of these themes. A discussion will follow the film.

7:00 PM – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 – Lafayette 108

Organized by the Center for Digital Initiatives, the Fleming Museum, and the Center for Cultural Pluralism. The CDI’s forthcoming collection Kake Walk at UVM will featured digitized archival material, and will launch on September 16th.

CDI Discusses Local History Resources on TV

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

As Seen On TV – Historical Sources Online

Live at 5:25 – Thursday, February 25, 2010 – Channel 17

The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives shared some of its excellent local history resources with the audience of Preservation Burlington’s “Live at 5:25.” Outreach Librarian Robin Katz was joined by two Library staff members who have helped create CDI collections.

Mary Van Buren-Swasey of the Cataloging department uses her local history expertise to create rich museum-level descriptive records for the ongoing additions to the McAllister photograph collection. Dan DeSanto, a staff member in Reference and Instruction and a recent graduate of the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Science, is currently working on our forthcoming collection of Long Trail photographs.

In this video, Robin, Mary and Dan highlight collection materials, share anecdotes about the research involved in digital collection production, and invite viewers to further explore the CDI.

This episode will be shown again on Channel 17 on these dates:
Tuesday March 2, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 9, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 16, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 23, 2:30 PM

To invite the CDI to address your audience, please contact us.

See how the CDI was mentioned on a previous “Live at 5:25″ show entitled “Researching Your Old House” and featuring historian and museum consultant Erica Donnis:

Louis McAllister’s Historic Burlington Photos Now Online

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Audio Slideshow: Louis McAllister

It has been said that the 25,000 photographs in Special Collections’ Louis McAllister collection “span the marvelous (circus sideshows with signs promising ‘Viking giants,’ ‘freaks,’ and ‘strange people’) to the mundane (serene shots of bank interiors and children’s dance recitals).”  This heavily-used collection of commercial photography is now available online.

Researchers will appreciate the collection’s “museum-level cataloging” created by library faculty and staff. Extremely detailed records for individual photographs will aid scholars, genealogists, and history buffs.

See the Louis L. McAllister Photographs for yourself at the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives. New materials are constantly being added.