In Memoriam Justin C. Bridges

September 12, 1972 – August 2, 2019

Endeared Colleague, Beloved Friend

O15319 Justin Bridges

Exhibition Closing Reception

Friday May 10 5:00-6:30p King Library Rm 320

Art book
a SYMBIOTIC affair

Black History Month Lecture 2/14/19 12:00 rm 320, King Library. Speaker Dr. Andy Rice

Collaboration between Special Collections and Undergraduates

Professor Lance Ingwersen’s course on (HST 470) Theater in the Americas 19-20th Century used our Native American Women’s Playwright Archives Collection (NAWPA) to complete a senior project.

The students were introduced to the Archival Method, background on the NAWPA Collection and then explored the collection.  They create posts with their papers.

The Students:


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Alisha Boykin 

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Addison Caruso 

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Sarah Childs 

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Joe Howard 

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Adler Smith 

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Mac Telle 

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Lindsay Wantuck 

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My Life as an Intern: Farewell and Thank You

Hi, it’s Candace Pine here again – and for the final time. Today marks the last day of my internship at the Miami University Special Collections and Archives. I have finished up my required internship hours, and I will be graduating from Kent State University with my MLIS degree in just a couple of weeks. I have to admit, though, that I am quite sad to see this internship end. I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot, meet wonderful people, and to work with all kinds of different and interesting materials. And I certainly feel like I am much more prepared to start my career in this field now that I have had this experience. So I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped me and supported me during this internship – to Bill Modrow and Justin Bridges for teaching me and guiding me through this process, to all of the staff and student workers here at the Special Collections and Archives for helping me whenever I needed it and for making this a great environment to work in, and to the librarians in the Art & Architecture Library, B.E.S.T. Library, and Amos Music Library for giving me a tour of their libraries, talking to me about their careers, and giving me advice. I appreciate it all very much.

As for you, readers, I hope you have enjoyed following my journey through this internship. Hopefully you found my blog posts to be interesting, informative, and perhaps a bit entertaining. And please continue to keep up with what is going on here in Special Collections and Archives. There are always interesting things going on and exciting materials to discover!  

If you want to keep up with me, one of the last things I learned during my internship was how to set up my own website using Omeka, and I have already created a few small digital exhibits there. I hope to be able to continue to add new content in the future, as well, so if you’d like to check the site out it can be found here:  

Thanks again!

Preservation Week 2018


     April 22 – April 28, 2018



In celebration of Preservation Week 2018, please stop and take a look at the display case located just outside the entry doors to the Walter Havighurst Special Collections & University Archives.  Preservation Week was established by the Association for Library Collections & Technology Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), as a means of encouraging institutions to highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Why is preservation important?

In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities.

Some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk.

Key environmental factors that place collections at risk:

  • Light: Ultraviolet rays from natural and artificial sources can cause fading and disintegration.
  • Pollutants: Dust is abrasive and can accelerate harmful chemical reactions.
  • Heat: High temperatures can accelerate deterioration.
  • Moisture: High humidity promotes mold growth, corrosion, and degradation, while excessive dryness can cause drying and cracking. Fluctuations between extremes can cause warping, buckling, and flaking.

Key items that should be preserved

Historical materials that are unpublished and one-of-a-kind, such as:

  • architectural drawings
  • artifacts
  • audio and video recordings
  • diaries
  • genealogical information
  • letters
  • maps
  • memoirs/reminiscences
  • minutes/reports
  • photo albums and photographs
  • printed materials
  • professional and business papers
  • speeches/lectures

Preservation Fast Facts

  • More than 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections, and archaeological repositories in the United States. 1.3 billion of these items are at risk of being lost.
  • Roughly 70% of institutions need additional conservation or preservation training for their staff and volunteers.
  • A majority of collecting institutions, more than 80%, do not have a disaster plan in place that can be executed by trained staff.
  • Nearly a quarter of all the 21 million paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art in U.S. collections need conservation treatment or improved care and conditions.
  • More than 50% of collecting institutions have had their collections damaged by light.
  • More than 65% of collecting institutions report damage to their collections due to improper storage.

*Source: “A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections,” Library of Congress. For additional information regarding Preservation Week, please visit