VU Hosting Conference Celebrating the Centenary of Manuel Zapata Olivella

Vanderbilt is hosting an international conference April 8–10 to celebrate the centenary of Manuel Zapata Olivella, noted Afro-Colombian novelist, anthropologist, folklorist and physician. Vanderbilt Library’s Special Collections houses the papers of Manuel Zapata Olivella and that of his sister Delia, dancer, choreographer, and folklorist. The program features scholars from Colombia and the US who explore… Keep reading

Join Us for Two Panel Discussions on Nashville’s Founders

Vanderbilt’s libraries, the Vanderbilt University Press, and Middle Tennessee State University are teaming up to offer two Zoom webinars in the month of April on the legacy of John Donelson and James Robertson. We hope you will register to be part of these discussions. For more information, contact April 9, 2021, Noon–1 p.m.: Voyage… Keep reading

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Be a part of Vanderbilt history!

Zach Johnson, curator of Special Collections, hopes you will join in efforts to archive COVID-19 pandemic experiences, including recent vaccine experiences. Join other Vanderbilt University and VUMC students, staff, faculty and administration in providing materials about this window of time for future historians and researchers. “It’s easy to think about history as historians looking at… Keep reading

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Demystifying Library Resources and Expenditures: Collecting Distinctive Collections

The acquisition of library resources for scholarship and teaching known as “collection development,” is a complicated process that strikes a balance between access and ownership. Factors, such as price, budget, availability, and licensing, increasingly impact the libraries’ abilities to provide the most relevant and useful set of resources for our campus community. We seek creative… Keep reading

Be a part of Vanderbilt History!

  Imagine finding a handwritten journal of your grandfather’s in the Vanderbilt University Archives. Now try to imagine your grandchild finding materials in the archive that you created about your time at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt’s Special Collections and University Archives is documenting and archiving personal experiences of this COVID-19 pandemic period for all students, staff, faculty,… Keep reading

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Buchanan Fellow Donyea James talks about the Vanderbilt Austral

Before The Vanderbilt Hustler debuted, the Vanderbilt Austral showcased early students’ concerns about their university. Produced by law students, the Austral included oratory contests, discussions on Greek life, and news from other universities across the United States.  Discover all the topics from Buchanan Fellow Donyea James, whose research is part of the new online exhibit… Keep reading

Josh Woods Shares Favorite Findings from Researching Vanderbilt’s First Decade

Curious about what Vanderbilt University was like during its first decade of existence? Josh Woods, one of 2020 Fall Buchanan Library Fellows, shares his favorite findings from researching Vanderbilt’s first decade as a part of the new exhibit Taking Root: Vanderbilt University’s First Decade, 1875 – 1885

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Building a University: Vanderbilt’s First Decade – Fall 2020

Have you ever wondered how Vanderbilt University got its name or were curious about why the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library has so many antique instruments on display? Maybe you would like to learn about what classes were taught and what students did for fun in those early years. The fellows in this project learned… Keep reading

Buchanan Library Fellowship: Books through the Ages: Genre in the Nineteenth Century

Books through the Ages: Genre in the Nineteenth Century | Apply Here What was the last book you got lost in? In the nineteenth century, people read potboilers for pleasure, consulted almanacs about weather, and learned how to manage their households and businesses from monthly magazines. Nineteenth-century innovations in book making and printing changed the… Keep reading