The library has acquired a copy of Francisco de Florencia’s Zodiaco mariano en que el sol de justicia Christo con la salud en las alas vista como signos, y casas proprias para beneficio de los hombres los templos, y lugares dedicados à los cultos de su SS. Madre por medio de las mas celebres, y milagrosas imagenes de la misma Señora, que se veneran en esta America Septentrional, y reynos de la Nueva España (Mexico: En la Nueva Imprenta del Real, y Mas Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, 1755). The work by the noted Jesuit author and Mariologist is the first published survey of shrines in Mexico relating to Mary and her Apparitions.
A small selection of letters from the Love Family Letters collection is now on display in the Special Collections reading room. The letters from the Civil War era, document the war from both the battlefield and the home front. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the publication of the TCU Press book, Yours in Filial Regard: The Civil War Letters of a Texas Family, edited by Kassia Waggoner and Adam Nemmers, two TCU graduate students. The book transcribes and edits all 79 letters in the Love Family collection. The letters remain on display through 15 April 2016.
Special Collections has acquired the manuscript diary of Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn which she kept while her husband, Henry Dearborn, served as United States minister plenipotentiary to Portugal. The diary covers the period 9 July 1823 to 7 July 1824 in over 400 pages.
Entries range in length from one or two sentences to two full pages and more. Almost every entry describes in detail the Dearborns’ dinner companions, noting the positions of the men, and the social attributes of the women. She always notes the arrival and departure of dignitaries. The diarist comments on local customs, houses, the living arrangements of both the foreign officials and of the locals as well as street crime and other details of life in Lisbon. She was a close observer of the domestic situations of her companions: their children, personalities, education, and general accomplishments.
In all, a journal offering insight into the public as well as the domestic life of an American diplomat’s family in western Europe in the early 19th century. The journal is completely unknown, having descended in the Dearborn family until the present time.
Special Collections is pleased to announce we are now using ArchivesSpace, an open source archives information management program. Over the past several months, staff has converted our finding aids into EAD (Encoded Archival Description) a markup language used for archival collections. Staff then imported these EAD finding aids into the ArchivesSpace system. We are now creating finding aids exclusively using ArchivesSpace.
This new tool allows researchers to search across our archival holdings or browse our collections, subjects, and names. Finding aids contain information about the size of the collection, the provenance, the scope and contents, and a biographical or historical note.
The contents of the boxes and folders are listed under “Components.” These lists can be expanded, or users can search within the collection. When viewing a particular file, users can see the box number and request it from Special Collections staff. Users can also download a PDF version of finding aids. Our finding aids created with MS Word and converted to PDF will remain on our website for now.
Using this tools will make searching across all our archival collections much easier for our researchers, and hopefully will result in more productive research trips! Special Collections staff are always adding and updating this database, making it a “work in progress.” If you have any questions or problems using this system, please contact us at email@example.com.
To learn more about ArchivesSpace, visit their site here.