The Missouri State University Historical Films (part of the University Audiovisual Collection (RG 32)) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives include footage of events at the university, such as homecoming and basketball games from the 1940s-1980s, plus one film with scenes from a football gamedating back to 1923. Other films in the collection are promotional films, such as the 1953 film “Careers in Science,” featuring university classes and activities, the Weather Bureau at the Springfield-Greene County Airport, the Frisco Laboratory, nursing training at St. John’s Hospital, and Producers Creamery Company; and the 1942-1944 film “Your College in Southwest Missouri,” showing campus buildings, administrators, classes, and activities (such as dancing, debate, swimming, and military training). Most are silent, but “Careers in Science” has sound. These films have been almost completely digitized and made available online. To view the digitized films, see the playlist on the MSU Libraries’ YouTube channel. For more information, contact Special Collections and Archives.
Howard Wight Marshall, the author of the new book, Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri, will present on Friday evening, November 10, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Room 101 of Duane G. Meyer Library. The program will include a live performance with question and answer, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Marshall will be joined by musicians Gordon McCann, Luke Cormier and Heinrich Leonhard. This presentation is free and open to the public.
In this sequel to his 2013 book on earlier old-time fiddlers in Missouri, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, Prof. Howard uses oral histories, archival photographs, and transcriptions of selected tunes to trace the evolution of traditional fiddle music in Missouri from the early 1920s through the abrupt changes in American society and traditional music in the 1960s. The book focuses on fiddle music in everyday life at music parties, dances, pie suppers, festivals, contests, and oprys. Local greats, such as Lenny Aleshire, Buster Fellows, and Zed Tennis are among the many Missouri fiddlers covered in this book.
The Corbett Law Firm, in collaboration with the Ozarks Studies Institute (OSI), part of the Missouri State University Libraries and publisher of OzarksWatch Magazine, will host an art exhibition on Friday, November 3 showcasing the work of local photographer Jacek Fraczak. The exhibit, titled “I Love Where I Live,” can be viewed at the Corbett Law Firm (2015 E. Phelps St.) from 6 – 8 pm on Friday, November 3. The talk and exhibition are free and open to the public. At 7 pm, the artist, an associate professor at Missouri State University, will give brief remarks. Refreshments will be served. The art will continue to hang in the Corbett Law Firm’s gallery areas after the exhibition is over. Then the exhibit will move to MSU’s Meyer Library in April 2018.
The American Indian Experience (AIE), part of the American Mosaic series, is an invaluable digital resource that provides in-depth historical accounts and cultural information about the indigenous peoples of North America. It is an online collection featuring reference content, hundreds of primary documents, and thousands of images. The American Indian Experience illuminates the historical and contemporary practices and tribulations of more than 150 Native American tribes from all regions of North America. Featuring articles and essays from Native American authors and contributors, it gives voice to the American Indian experience with respect to colonial conflict, trade economies, decisive wars, parsing of Native American land enabled by American policy, assimilation, and native claims to land, among other topics. Content of the AIE includes hundreds of primary documents and media, including treaties, speeches, and captivity narratives as well as traditional storytelling, a wealth of maps, photographs, and video. The American Indian Experience is a digital resource that illuminates the histories and contemporary cultures of the Native peoples of North America whose social, cultural, and political systems have influenced the U.S. in many tangible outlets, from the Constitution to place names to spirituality. This is a wonderful resource to explore during Native American Heritage Month (November) and provides a pathway to a more throughout understanding of American history.
Ken Kneven, Senior Consultant with AGB, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, was on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University this week to conduct a workshop about workforce development for the region and the state, and opportunities for MSU to advance workforce development. Jessica Bennett, Rachel Besara, and Tom Peters attended from the MSU Libraries. Soft skills in the workforce, cultural consciousness, how to leverage MSU’s public affairs mission, interdisciplinary innovation spaces, and other topics were discussed. Workshop participants explored the future of work and high growth employment fields going forward. One idea discussed by the librarians in attendance was the possibility of providing for-credit courses that result in credentialing for workers in various key economic sectors (business, healthcare, education, government, not-for-profits, etc.) in the broad skills realm of information creation and management. During the Wednesday morning session, Rachel Besara proposed developing a badge for emerging technologies (AR, VR, 3D printing, robotics, etc.).
The Greene County Historical Society will hold their Fall 2017 program on Sunday, October 29, 2017, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Missouri State University’s Meyer Library. State Historical Society of Missouri President Bob Priddy will provide a sneak preview of the Society’s $40 million headquarters (scheduled to open in 2019). Located in Columbia, this new facility will be a gathering place for researchers, allow for increased gallery space to showcase Missouri art and artists, and have room for public programming. For forty years, Priddy served as news director of The Missourinet, a statewide radio network. In October 2016, he became President of the State Historical Society of Missouri. He is the author of five books including his latest one about the art of the Missouri Capitol. The State Historical Society of Missouri – Springfield Research Center (based in Meyer Library) will have a display of some interesting archival items from the SHSMO collections. These materials focus on the Ozarks, and visitors will learn more about how to get access locally to much of the Society’s archives. This event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking on weekends is available in Parking Lot 19 or Bear Park South. Visitors must use regular parking spots. Meters are enforced 24/7. http://map.missouristate.edu/printable/ShuttleMap.pdf This program is supported by MSU’s Special Collections and Archives and the State Historical Society of Missouri – Springfield Research Center. For more information, contact Anne Baker, Head of Special Collections and GCHS Secretary, at 417-569-6188 or AnneBaker@missouristate.edu.
The recent opening for “Native Art of the Americas” was a great success with approximately 65 people attending. The exhibit is a collaborative effort between Dr. Billie Follensbee, her students, and Special Collections and Archives. Each year Dr. Follensbee’s advanced art history classes have an opportunity to study art and artifacts on loan from local cultural institutions and private collectors, then in the fall of the next academic year the best of the students’ work is included in an exhibit designed by Special Collections’ staff. The current exhibit includes work from the 2016-2017 courses ART 385: Art of the Americas and ART 485: Art of Mesoamerica. Shown here is Elizabeth Ferguson with items she researched: colorful, hand-sewn textiles from Panama known as molas. “Native Art of the Americas” will be on display through January 18, 2018. Special Collections and Archives is located in Room 306 of Duane G. Meyer Library. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed on university holidays). For more information, contact Anne M. Baker, Head of Special Collections, at 417-836-5428 or AnneBaker@missouristate.edu.
The Student Government Association (SGA) at MSU has agreed to form an SGA Library Advisory Board that will meet initially with library administrators in late November. The goal is to meet with this advisory group at least once each semester. SGA already has a list of items they’d like the MSU Libraries to work on, including more comfortable furniture, better signage, better security on the outside doors during the overnight hours, numbered tables so users can tell others exactly where they are, and more. This is the first time in at least six years that there has been a formal student advisory group to the MSU Libraries.
The Ron Seney USO Collection (M 69) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives contains items from Missouri State University alum, Ron Seney, documenting his participation in two USO tours with MSU’s Theatre and Dance Department (Wonderful Town for five weeks in 1968 in southeast Asia, and the “Happy Hour ’69” variety show for nineteen weeks in 1969 in Alaska and southeast Asia). Mr. Seney had actually graduated by the fall of 1968, but he re-registered for a semester in order to participate in the tour. The collection includes information on the productions (e.g., programs), correspondence, and memorabilia from the groups’ travels (such as tickets, brochures, and maps). Students were required to write a report on the 1968 tour, and this collection also includes drafts of Mr. Seney’s final report. Part of the 1968 material also documents the students’ visits to a women’s college in Seoul, a Japanese movie set, a Korean girls’ high school, and an abacus contest. The 1969 material includes, in part, the itinerary from Alaska, a photograph from a Japanese naval academy where they performed a show, and Mr. Seney’s selective service paperwork allowing him to leave the country. To see this collection or for more information, contact or visit Special Collections and Archives.
The Ozarks Labor Union Archives Memorabilia Collection (LA 31) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives includes three cubic feet of pins, buttons, ribbons, banners, and bumper stickers from conventions and campaigns of various area labor unions between the years of 1902 and 1994. Examples of some of the labor unions represented are the International Moulders Union; the Carpenters Union; the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE); the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE); and the Missouri American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
To see this collection or for more information, contact or visit Special Collections and Archives.