Posts on January 2017

Work in Progress: "Fuzz Face" Effects Pedal Construction

A metal enclosure and various electrical components.

Isaac Levine and I have immersed ourselves in the troubling yet rewarding world of guitar effects pedal construction. What began as a short project designed to bolster our knowledge of circuitry in musical instruments has now turned into a lengthy trek to explore the instructional resources of the internet, the inventory of the North Campus WorkBench, and the variability of the electrical components required for guitar effects pedal construction.

Women in Early America

Cover Image of Women in Early America

Women in Early America (NYU, 2015), edited by Thomas Foster, is the latest in a line of scholarly histories examining the ways that seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women were actually key players in the economic, cultural, and political life of the American colonies despite the many legal and societal obstacles they had to overcome due to their gender. Most chapters in this wide-ranging work, each written by an expert in the field, focus on specific regions or identities. There is a chapter...

Rare Books and the Bicentennial: Part I

Letter by U of M Alum Capt. William Wirt Wheeler of the 6th Michigan Volunteers to his former professor of Greek, James Robinson Boise. New Orleans, September 29 1862

I am frequently asked by students and faculty: where do our rare book collections come from? While we have purchased many extraordinary books since the early years of the University of Michigan, many of our treasures were bequeathed by grateful alums and faculty. The reasons why they donated these artifacts are often fascinating, revealing little-known stories that shed light not only on the history of our institution but on our country at large. The book featured in this post is a rare...

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