Monthly Archives: October 2017

Dive into the past with historical newspapers online

Girl reading newspaperYou can find a lot of historical information freely available online, but really old articles from newspapers? Not so much. While Google News Archive has some actual scanned images of historical newspapers, the coverage is pretty limited. Many of the titles have only a few years of coverage, and major daily papers are few and far between.

Luckily, Miami University students, faculty and staff also have access to 5 major newspapers from our subscription to ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Links below give the title and years of coverage. You can see every issue for the years listed, complete cover-to-cover content including photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, editorial cartoons and more. You can limit your search by date range, to front-page articles, classified ads, and other document types. You can also email articles to yourself along with a citation in many different styles. All of these resources are available off-campus with your Miami ID and password.

New York Times Historical (1851 – 2013)

Washington Post Historical (1877-2000)

Chicago Tribune Historical (1849-1993)

Wall Street Journal Historical (1889-2000)

Cincinnati Enquirer Historical (1841-1922)

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Frida, Cane, and something delicious

There are a lot of great new books coming into Rentschler Library. Come check out the titles on our shelves just near the circulation desk. Here are just three of them, but there are many more to check out (literally).

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1945) is considered one of the greatest women painters of all time. She is best known for her 80 or so self-portraits but author Grimberg, a scholar of Kahlo’s work, explores all of the artist’s documented still lifes, including some that have come to light only recently. This is not one of those enormous art books that doesn’t fit in your back pack!

 

Book cover - Cane by Jean ToomerFirst published in 1923, “Cane” by Jean Toomer’s is an experimental and impressionist work that is part drama, part poetry, part fiction and powerfully evokes black life in the South. Toomer’s purpose was to “embody what he sees as the dying folk spirit of the south by re-creating their feelings through language and rhythm.” (Critical Survey of Poetry, 2nd rev. ed, 2002). This version includes an introduction by noted African American Studies scholars Rudolph Byrd of Emory University, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., of Harvard University.

Father and daughter team Fuller and Reddekopp (a geographer and chef, respectively) trace the links between geography and food all over the world. The book innovatively “combines geography, history, and cooking in a single volume.” (publisher blurb). Learn how to make mulled wine, pommes frites and more. Recipes are spiced up with the history of the main item in each featured recipe along with learning questions at the beginning of each chapter.