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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 (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.

Hurricane/Earthquake Relief Donations

The International Club of Miami University Hamilton is seeking donations of non-perishable food, personal care products, cleaning supplies, paper products, baby and infant supplies, and first aid items for victims of the recent earthquake and hurricanes. Bring donations to the Tutoring and Learning Center, Rm 102 Rentschler Hall. Look for barrels and boxes to place your donations.

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Free access to online NY Times & Washington Post

man reading on tablet deviceMiami University regional campus students, faculty, and staff now have access to the online New York Times and Washington Post without having to pay for individual subscriptions.

For access to the New York Times, you must create a free account while on campus. After you create an account from on-campus, it can be accessed anywhere. For instructions and more info, please look at this page.

For the Washington Post, use your MiamiOH.edu email address to create your free account on their website.. You don’t have to be on campus to create your account. More information and instructions about Washington Post access at this page.

Pardon our mess…

picture of empty computer carrels

Rentschler Library is getting new computers and some new furniture! While that’s happening, please excuse our mess!  Workers will be breaking down old computer carrels (at left) starting Aug. 18, assembling new computer tables, and setting up/installing other cool furniture. We will be open while this is going on (8am – 5pm Monday-Friday). The first batch of new computers has already been set up in our classroom (SCH 213).

pay for print station

One of the pay-for-print stations (at left) was also temporarily moved nearer to the individual study rooms.

In the meantime, if you need to use a computer, there are several groupings of them in the main part of the library, or you can use the new computers in our classroom. All of the computers are connected to printing so that you can print course schedules and any other documents you need.

Last chapter of Les Misérables appeared today in 1862

front page of French magazine featuring Les MiserablesOn this day (June 30) in 1862, French author Victor Hugo published the last installment of his massive novel Les Misérables. (A story on Vox.com celebrates the event.) Hugo is also the subject of a Google Doodle today to mark the achievement.

In those days, many novels were “serialized” (published in segments) in various newspapers and magazines so that middle-class readers could better afford to read them.

If you want to read the original 1200+ page version, Rentschler Library has one translation  and the Modern Library edition by a different translator. There is also an abridged version (link to Amazon.com) published by Barnes & Noble in 2003. There are also editions available in French and, of course, the movie and musical.