Vanderbilt’s Cookbook Collection Spans Five Centuries

Celebrate the last week of National Cookbook Month by making an appointment with the History of Medicine Collections to view a cookbook from the 1650’s! Highlights of the collection are handwritten recipe books from the 18th and 19th centuries, and cookbooks by prominent southern and African American writers such as Marion Flexner and Edna Lewis…. Keep reading

New Spring Buchanan Library Fellowship: Archives and Storytelling: Exploring the Life of Dizzy Gillespie through Photographs

Archives and Storytelling: Exploring the Life of Dizzy Gillespie through Photographs Vanderbilt’s Special Collections recently received the John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie collection which includes a wealth of photographs and snapshots that document the musical activities of this iconic figure in jazz history. Fellows will work to identify Gillespie’s associates in the photos and then build… Keep reading

Vanderbilt Libraries Commemorate Veterans Day

Special Collections frequently teaches primary source research for multiple history courses throughout the year.  While our primary source coverage of World War I and II is sufficient for these classes, we have had very little content on the Korean and Vietnam War eras.  Last summer, we were able to purchase several manuscript collections to help… Keep reading

Distinctive Collections Showcase Nov. 5, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

The Friends of Vanderbilt’s Libraries told us they wanted to see new acquisitions, and we listened! Please join our curators as they highlight items added to Vanderbilt’s distinctive collections this past year. This Friends of Vanderbilt’s Libraries event is Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, Noon–1:00 p.m. CST on Zoom. Register here. Once registered, the Zoom link… Keep reading

Colombian Ambassador Visits Vanderbilt’s Special Collections

On October 6, the Ambassador to the United States from Colombia, Juan Carlos Pinzón, visited having asked to see the libraries’ rare special collections on Colombia. Paula Covington, the Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian and Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies, prepared a wide range of the treasures for him to see. He then… Keep reading

Happy National Friends of the Libraries Week!

Happy National Friends of the Libraries Week! The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries invite you to join us for two upcoming events: Friday, Oct. 22, Noon–1:00 p.m.    A curatorial talk highlighting the current exhibit Out of the Vault. Email Special Collections to register. Read more+ Friday, Nov. 5, Noon–1:00 p.m.     A showcase of new acquisitions… Keep reading

Out of the Vault Curatorial Talk October 22, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Join our curators Friday, October 22, Noon–1:00 p.m. CST, as they walk us through the exhibition Out of the Vault, open to the campus community in Central Library’s 4th floor foyer through November 19, and through this online exhibit for our many community Friends. Cases filled with treasures from our distinctive collections take you on… Keep reading

Papermaking in Europe and America

The exhibit Papermaking in Europe and America is on display in the Special Collections Library on the 2nd floor of the Central Library. From its beginnings in China as early as 140 B.C.E. the ancient craft of papermaking was kept secret for almost 1000 years. Between the 8th and 12th centuries paper mills were established… Keep reading

Celebrating James Lawson Jr.’s Birthday

James Morris Lawson, Jr. was born September 22, 1928. He grew up the sixth of nine children and followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps receiving his ministry license in 1947. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced Lawson to move to Nashville where he enrolled in the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in 1958 and… Keep reading