Summer Internship Report in Special Collections

The following post was written by Luke Moses, who worked this past summer full-time in the Langsdale Library Special Collections Department. Luke is currently a graduate student in NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program.

This summer at Langsdale was my first time working in a university setting, and by far my most extensive hands-on experience with film inspection/repair and videotape digitization. Siobhan Hagan [Audiovisual Archivist for Langsdale] is an incredibly smart, talented, and resourceful archivist and I cannot thank her enough for her tutelage. Working with the collections of local television stations WMAR and WJZ was a fantastic experience, giving me a chance to dive in to Baltimore’s history. One of the last U-Matic tapes I digitized of WJZ’s Evening Magazine program is a perfect example of this, and can be seen in full here. Most episodes of Evening Magazine are fantastic (I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I refer to it as both a local and national treasure), but this episode from 1977 is particularly interesting. Highlights include a best-in-show cat competition and an explanation of punk music

A fundamental goal of archiving is to preserve markers of specific times and places as historical evidence, and the modus operandi of Evening Magazine, which explored Baltimore with an impressive breadth, makes it a veritable goldmine of an archival collection. The utilization of the Internet Archive as both a preservation platform and access portal is a smart move for the University of Baltimore; in some cases I was able to digitize a tape and have it viewable online the next day. As just one small example of the remarkable range of the audiovisual collection, consider the juxtaposition of the intensely specific local stories of WJZ’s Evening Magazine with the raw news footage of WMAR (many hours of which are also accessible via the Internet Archive), and you can see how important an audiovisual collection can be in illuminating local history and culture on a truly sublime level. 

Working with this collection over the summer was such a wonderfully immersive way to experience Baltimore, and I am really looking forward to seeing more of the collection as it continues to expand on the Internet Archive.


Welcome! And welcome back!

Welcome to UB and the Langsdale Library, located on the third floor of the Learning Commons!

Welcome back to those of you who are returning for another semester!

The library is now open until 10 PM / Monday through Thursday.
(Open until 6 on Fridays and 7 on Saturday and Sundays!)

Student computers are available:
Monday though Thursday, 8 AM to 10 PM
Friday 8 AM to 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM
All the hours the library is open!

Visit the reference desk until 8:30 PM Mon - Thurs 
10 to 6 on Fri.
10 to 7 on Sat. and Sun.

Remember the library's popular Cupcake Social on August 27 from 3 to 4 PM!


New Materials at Langsdale

Did you know that Langsdale Library offers a list of all of our newest materials? We do! Each month we'll post an update letting you know about a few select titles, but there are far too many to mention here so be sure to check out our comprehensive online list. There is an RSS feed to the list, so you can subscribe and be updated when new materials get listed each month.

 New materials at Langsdale: 

This is the definitive encyclopedia of Baltimore pop music of the years 1950 to 2000. Greatly expanded from the first edition. From teen bands that hardly made it out of the basement to major superstars known worldwide. It's all here! Artists that played teen centers, night clubs, weddings, proms, festivals, arenas... Rock & Roll, R&B, country, jazz... Band/artist biographies and discographies. Thousands of photos - artists, advertisements, posters, rare record labels... If you enjoyed live music in the Baltimore area, chances are that artist is mentioned in this book!  

On the Origin of Species was built upon the young Charles Darwin’s observations of the natural world when he circumnavigated the globe as a "gentleman naturalist" on the HMS Beagle. But work on his masterpiece did not begin until five years after his return when he moved into Down House with his family in Kent, England, where he would live for the rest of his life. For almost twenty years, the garden at Down House was both an inspiration and a laboratory to Darwin. In the orchard, he conducted experiments on pollination. He built a dovecote where he could breed new strains of pigeons that helped him understand the intricacies of generation. On his daily walk along the sandbank, he observed how plants competed for survival. In solitude, he also struggled with the ideas of evolution that had haunted him since his voyage. Bringing Darwin’s garden to the present day, Boulter unfolds a shining portrait of the formation of one of England’s greatest thinkers and his relationship with the place he loved, and shows how his experiments—conducted more than 150 years ago—are still revealing new proofs as we continue to search for the origins of life. 

"Struggling with writer's block and a lackluster love life, once-famous novelist Calvin (Dano) creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Kazan) who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life--it also brings Ruby to life--literally! Face-to-face with an actual relationship with his once-virtual girlfriend, Calvin must now decide whether to pen this love story or let it write itself 

Players place land tiles to develop roads, cities, fields, and cloisters, and deploy their followers as thieves, farmers, knights and monks to score points as they develop the land around the medieval city of Carcassonne.
 Interested in Langsdale's Game Collection? If you are, contact librarian Mike Kiel at skiel@ubalt.edu
Want to see all of the games in our collection? Check out Langsdale's online list here


These are just a few of the many new books, movies, and games at your Langsdale Library. To see the complete listing of new materials check out our list right here! If you want to receive updates when new materials get listed each month, you can subscribe to the list through the RSS feed.


2015 One Maryland One Book Author Tour in September

Boys in the BoatThis year's One Maryland One Book is The Boys in the Boat byDaniel James Brown.  The book tells the story of the nine-member American rowing team competing in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Berlin. Brown will be touring the state talking about the book throughout September, including a stop at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday, September 27th at 2:30 pm.  Here's the full Maryland tour schedule.


Documenting Community Arts in Baltimore

Screen capture from the exhibit, normaneross.wordpress.com

For the past two years, the library’s Special Collections department has worked with members of the community to recognize and preserve the legacy of community arts in Baltimore, with particular focus on the contributions of African Americans to the arts.

Last year, we hosted a pre-Artscape event and worked with researchers who conducted oral history interviews in the library. This year, we received a UB grant to digitize 16 mm films from the Cultural Arts Program and worked with a UB undergraduate student to create an exhibit highlighting a community arts leader.

Film Project

When 19 reels of motion picture film returned to the library after digitization, we were thrilled to discover more than 40 individual movies! The collection documents not only poetry, dance, and visual arts from the Cultural Arts Program, but also a wide range of human services and programs from CAP’s parent organization, the Baltimore Urban Services Agency.

Much of the digitized film was created by Baltimore City youth, under the director of producer Rachel Wohl, for Baltimore’s public access television channel, WBFF. Archivists in Special Collections had the opportunity to meet Ms. Wohl and get additional historical details about the films, which can be viewed and downloaded in their entirety here, on the library’s Internet Archive site.

Intern Exhibit

Special Collections was also lucky to have the opportunity to work with UB Integrated Arts intern, Hannah Smith, on an exhibit to honor the legacy of Norman Ross. Mr. Ross devoted his life to Baltimore’s community arts, as a musician and founder of the Cultural Arts Program, the Eubie Blake Museum, and AFRAM, the city’s African-American festival.

In addition to the materials Hannah created for the display case in the Special Collections Research Room on the 4th floor of the library, she also put together a digital exhibit. The exhibit website brings together her biographical research into Mr. Ross’ life, as well as highlights from over 10,000 archival photographic negatives she carefully examined!

As an archivist, I appreciate how working with the recent past affords opportunities to make connections to the present day. Our collaborative efforts to recognize the history of Baltimore’s community arts have connected Special Collections to many talented and committed individuals, and each one of them deserves recognition. Thank you, Norman Ross, Angela Koukoui, Breck Chapman, Pete O’Neal, Rachel Wohl, Janikka Simms, Hannah Smith, and Skip Elsheimer!


Interview with Blaze Starr from UB student newspaper, 1963

National Library Week, among other things -- 1963

More books make headlines!

I'm amazed to see how many times the UB library made the front page of the student newspaper, simply for receiving book donations!

Also it's ironic to see these headlines and read these articles at a time when most libraries are downsizing their book collections.

Of course, surrounding articles are often fascinating, too, since they reflect then-current events and embody attitudes of an earlier time period.


Librarian makes the front page!

UB gets a new librarian --  October, 1962.
Not sure why this new librarian article didn't make the TOP of the front page!