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Ethiopian Prayer Book

Mystery in the Vault: Ethiopian Prayer Book

As librarians we always want to know as much as possible about every book we have. But sometimes that is not always possible. One of my favorite ‘mysteries’ that we have is our Ethiopian Coptic Prayer Book. Despite how beautiful and amazing this book is, we know very little about it. What we know is … Continue reading

MIUD by Vladimir Mayakovsky

“Communism is the youth of the world…”: The newest addition to the collection of Russian materials

The most recent Russian acquisition in Special Collections is “MIUD” by Vladimir Mayakovsky, written in 1926 and published in 1930 by Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo. It is a short children’s book in verse in the typical Mayakovsky style: bold, dramatic, and categorical. The book is dedicated to the International Youth Day, a socialist holiday, and is a perfect example of the unapologetic worship of the communist party and Lenin in particular. The first verse of the book can be loosely translated as … Continue reading

Civil War Connections

In the archive, you never know what treasure is waiting to be discovered. I found this book the other day. I thought I had found another autograph book, but when I opened it up I was amazed to find a photo album from 1862. By the 1860’s photography was becoming more common. Matthew Brady was already taking war time photographs of battlefields and soldiers, but they were still uncommon enough to be significant. It lead to many questions; who were these people, why did this student collect these particular photographs. What was their story? … Continue reading


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Pictures and video of our Third Annual Special Collections Lecture are now online!

Our Ethiopian Coptic Prayer Book can now be viewed online!

The Miami University Archives webpage is now a part of the Special Collections & Archives site!