Smith, McCorkle, Chapman and Berg to perform at the Belcourt for Vanderbilt’s libraries

“An Evening of Stories and Songs with Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Marshall Chapman and Matraca Berg,” a fundraiser for Vanderbilt’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, will take place at the Belcourt Theatre on April 11. Show time is 7:30 p.m. The hour-long performance will be followed by a book and CD signing. Since 1998, Smith and McCorkle, both New York Times best-selling authors, have… Keep reading

Resource Spotlight: Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954 is a fascinating primary source collection of materials about American Jews from the American Jewish Historical Society, New York.  Completely searchable, the documents in this resource — letters, postcards, telegrams, notebooks, scrapbooks, minutes, reports, financial records, and other materials — provide a wide-ranging yet often intimate picture of the persons… Keep reading

Heard Libraries awarded digitization grant for Zapata Olivella pilot project

The Heard Libraries have been awarded a grant from the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) for a pilot project to digitize and preserve the audiotapes of the Manuel Zapata Olivella Collection. The tapes represent a collection of interviews of Colombians from all regions about their heritage and traditions, with a focus on Afro-Colombians.  They… Keep reading

Maladies, Elixirs, and Healers: 500 Years of Medical History from the Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections

A special exhibition from the Eskind Biomedical Library’s Historical Collections is now on display in the Heard Library Special Collections. The exhibit, entitled “Elixirs, Remedies, and Maladies,” opened this past July and features rare books, documents, and artifacts from the last 400 years. Presented in nine themed cases, the exhibit explores ways in which the… Keep reading

High School Interns find opportunity in the Libraries

Three high school interns worked in Special Collections this summer as part of  Opportunity Now, a job readiness program organized by Mayor Megan Barry’s office.  Kathy Smith, associate director of Special Collections, and Celia Walker, director of special projects, mentored the students who learned how to use the library databases, how to work in a library setting,… Keep reading