Month: October 2015

“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

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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