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Mystery in the Vault: Ethiopian Prayer Book

You can skip straight to the prayer book by clicking here 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

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“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.

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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

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Phyllis Campbell Mama Jazz

“Hi. I’m Mama Jazz and I’m delighted to be back with you tonight!”  That was the greeting often used by the lady with the smooth voice, Mama Jazz! Phyllis Campbell, also known as the incomparable “Mama Jazz” to her listeners on

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Creative Codex: Exhibit Preperation

The fall exhibit in Special Collections, Creative Codex: Books as Art in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, was created to harmonize with Miami University’s year of Creativity and Innovation. As the Preservation Librarian, I have spent countless hours assisting the

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The Golden Age of Book Illustration

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections has a great collection of Children’s Literature, and since I began working here in June I have found myself outright bewitched by some of the illustrations I’ve seen.  In fact, materials from the “Golden Age” of book

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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!