Collaboration and Generosity Provide the Missing Issue of The American Jewess

Image of The American Jewess periodical heading from the issue provided by Princeton

What started with a bit of wondering and conversation within our unit of the Library led to my reaching out to Princeton University with a request but no expectations of having that request fulfilled. Individuals at Princeton, however, considered the request and agreed to provide us with the single issue of The American Jewess that we needed to complete the full run of the periodical within our digital collection. Especially in these stressful times, we are delighted to bring you a positive...

An Anti-Racist Reading List

UPDATE: This list has been added to with suggestions from my colleague Caitlin Pollock, Digital Scholarship Strategist in the Library. Having witnessed the current, ongoing police violence that is occurring across our country, and which has been happening for far too long in history, I wanted to share some e-books to help educate ourselves and others about racism. Some of these are books I have read myself and others are pulled from various lists currently circulating.

Désirée by Annemarie Selinko

Cover of Désirée by Annemarie Selinko

Désirée is a historical novel, in the form of a fictional diary, that tells the story of Désirée Clary, the daughter of a silk merchant from Marseille, who became Napoleon's first love, and later, through a set of extraordinary circumstances, Queen of Sweden. The major events of Napoleon's reign are told through her eyes. The book was made into a film starring Jean Simmons and Marlon Brando.

Playing Board Games During Quarantine

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Are you wishing you could be playing board games in person with your friends? You're not the only one. Being able to sit around a table with friends is a great way to socialize with fellow gamers, and would normally be a popular activity in the CVGA. Playing board games in person is definitely preferred, but circumstances like quarantine, geography or other factors can make this difficult. And thanks to technology, it's not the only way to enjoy them. The Online Games page on our...

Handmade in Cuba: Rolando Estévez and the Beautiful Books of Ediciones Vigía

Book Cover: Somewhat abstract drawing of a woman with wings holding an oil lamp on a pale blue background

The Special Collections Research Center holds a large collection of works by Cuban book artist Rolando Estévez, including many books that he designed during his time with Ediciones Vigía and examples of those published under his own imprint, El Fortín, established in 2014. A new book from the University of Florida Press explores Estévez' impact as artistic director of Ediciones Vigía from 1985-2014.

Graham Bread, Temperance Reformers, and America’s First Fad Diet

A brown rectangular loaf of bread cools on a wire rack on a white kitchen counter.

Due to newfound free time exclusively spent at home, bread baking has become massively popular as of late. Americans collectively baked enough bread to cause a national yeast shortage. For me, remote work at home led to research on Special Collection’s culinary archive; and, desperate to preserve my last packet of instant dry yeast, I decided to find out how bakers before us made non-yeast bread.

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