Buchanan Fellow Robby Espano Shares Final Project

In January 1849, “everybody skates” wrote Godey’s Lady’s Book editor Sarah Hale. Winter sports—skating, sledding, and snow-balling–were popular and “ladies are especially renowned for their grace and agility.”  Readers also contributed notes on medicines, recipes and fashions. See Buchanan Fellow Robby Espano’s curator statement and discover what he found when he read the magazine and… Keep reading

Vanderbilt Acquires Dinah Shore Collection

Vanderbilt Special Collections Library recently acquired the Dinah Shore Collection, documenting the life of Vanderbilt graduate Dinah Shore, BA’38, a prolific singer, actress, and talk show host widely popular throughout the 1940s-1980s. Noteworthy items include Dinah Shore fan club newsletters, publicity stills, photographs and scripts from Shore’s talk shows, and original music recordings that will… Keep reading

Buchanan Fellow Josanda Addo Shares her Final Project

In 1860, American readers loved Godey’s Lady’s Book for its elaborate colored fashion plates. Listen to Buchanan Library Fellow Josanda Addo’s curator statement, and hear her thoughts on the magazine’s advice to women. Content published in Godey’s Lady Book’s reflected American’s beliefs about women’s roles in society, including women’s self-sufficiency in the domestic sphere. Contributors… Keep reading

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service Ends on June 7

The Vanderbilt University Libraries signed an agreement with HathiTrust in March of 2020 that provided faculty, students, and staff with online access to approximately 17% of the libraries copyrighted print circulating collections. Hathi Trust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) was invaluable for virtual instruction and research while access to campus was restricted. As the university… Keep reading

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Vanderbilt Acquires John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie Collection

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries recently received a major archival collection, The John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie Collection, as part of the collaborative Academic Archives Purchasing Fund with the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and Vanderbilt University. Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), an instrumental figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz, was a… Keep reading

Buchanan Fellow Hannah Tsiao shares her Final Project

Vanderbilt University’s first student newspaper, the Vanderbilt Austral, published six years after the University’s founding, reveals an identity struggle between who students were and who they wanted to be. Buchanan Fellow Hannah Tsaio sees the students’ longing for an audience, expressing their desires to be heard by the administration, faculty, and each other.  See Hannah’s… Keep reading

New Online Exhibition curated by Buchanan Library Fellows

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have opened a new online exhibition, 19th-Century Periodicals: Framing the New American Standard. Curated by undergraduate Buchanan Library Fellows Josanda Addo ’22, Robby Espano ’22, and Hannah Tsaio ’22, during spring semester 2021, the exhibit is the third in a series featuring in-depth interpretations of Special Collections materials. As… Keep reading

Science & Engineering Library Hours Changing Due to Exams

The Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science & Engineering Library is being used for testing during the exam period and will be closed during those times. Evening hours are being extended to allow for additional study space. Exam schedule for S &E Library (Other exams may be scheduled in the space, so be sure to check the… Keep reading

Transformative Cambridge University Press Publishing Agreement

Vanderbilt Libraries is pleased to announce a new transformative agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) that allows corresponding authors from Vanderbilt University to publish their works Open Access (OA) — without paying author processing charges (APCs) in hundreds of multi-disciplinary hybrid OA and fully OA Cambridge journals. The agreement also increases access to published research… Keep reading

It’s Arbor Day! Take a self guided Vanderbilt Tree Tour

Do you know that our beautiful campus is an arboretum? The campus was first referred to as an arboretum in May 1879, and today there are approximately 190 species of trees and shrubs in the arboretum.  Spring 2020 Buchanan Library Fellows created tree tours on the Vanderbilt Arboretum Website that are designed to make use… Keep reading