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Books on Negro Leagues Baseball

Our second blog post of African American History month features titles on negro leagues baseball, whose heyday was in the 1930s. African Americans were barred from the white professional baseball teams until 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the s0-called “color barrier.”  (Read more from the Oxford African American Studies Center) Featured below are just three of the titles we have on negro leagues baseball. You can find more with a keyword search of the online catalog on “negro leagues.”

book cover image - negro leagues revisitedIn this follow-up to his 1998 book, Voices from the Negro Leagues, Brent P. Kelley interviews another 66 people who played from the 1920s, when the Negro National League was formed, to the 1950s. He includes rare photographs and what statistics are available. He notes that many of the veterans are dying now and their stories are all that remain of the era. Booklist calls it “wonderful reading for baseball fans.”


book cover image - Shades of GloryLawrence Hogan’s “Shades of Glory” traces the history of black baseball from the 19th century to the first great teams, such as the Cuban Giants, and on to the era of the vibrant barnstorming teams from the East Coast, Chicago, and Cuba. This title was published in association with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.



Book cover image - Game for all RacesHenry Metcalf’s “A Game for All Races” features an array of historical photographs and artwork, biographical sketches of Negro League stars and their accomplishments, and a study of the league and its social, cultural, and political significance.

February is African American History Month

In celebration of African American History Month, the blog will feature some of the books we own on selected important topics in African American History. This first entry will cover the Great Migration, the mass movement of about 5 million southern blacks to the west and north from 1915 to 1960.

Book cover - Ira Berlin titleOur first featured book is the late Ira Berlin’s The Making of African America: the Four Great Migrations. (Viking, 2010). It covers all four of the great migrations, including the subject of this blog post. Berlin’s title “evokes both the terrible price and the moving triumphs of a people forcibly and then willingly migration to America. A review in Publisher’s Weekly said “Berlin’s careful scholarship is evidenced in his rich notes; the ordinary reader will be pleased by the fluidity and clarity of his prose.”

book cover Isabel WilkersonIn an epic history covering the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s, The Warmth of Other Suns, (Random House, 2010), chronicles the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families. The book won the National Book Critics Circle award among many others. Wilkerson is the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (for feature reporting at the New York Times).

book cover - BridgesBridges of Memory (Northwestern University Press, 2005) gathers 150 interviews with black Chicagoans affected by the great migration of southern blacks to the North during World War II. A review in Booklist says Black “has captured the voices of the near past” and tells “a story as contemporary as our own; that success only comes with struggle, that progress is possible only when our history is both reflected and recognized in contemporary lives.”

Welcome back!

welcome mat imageWelcome to all new and returning students! Here’s three quick things to know about the library to get you started this semester:

Textbooks: If your textbooks haven’t arrived yet, please check at the desk in the library to see if your instructor has put a copy on 2-hour reserve. We don’t have all of the textbooks used in MUH classes, but there are some that are available. Your Miami ID card is your library card.

Printing – Use your Miami ID as your print card. You can “charge” up your ID card at the MuLaa box in Schwarm Commons, and in 2nd floor of Mosler. Black and white print jobs are 10 cents per page, color is 25 cents a page. We have a “Quick Print” computer if you are in a hurry to get a document printed. More info at our Printing and Copying page.


Website is back up

As of Sat. Jan. 5th, the Rentschler Library website is back online for off-campus users. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Library website inaccessible from off-campus

404 messageYou may have noticed that the Rentschler Library website is inaccessible from off-campus locations. We apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantime, you can use the Oxford campus library website for most things, like searching for books, articles, and getting help. If you *just* want to search for books, you can use what’s called the “classic catalog.”  It doesn’t have as many bells and whistles, but you can still use it to request items from other campus libraries. IT staff on the regional campuses are dealing with some network server issues and hope to have a solution soon.


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Cram Jam starts tomorrow!

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Rentschler Library and the Office of Learning Assistance are proud to offer Cram Jam again this semester. There’ll be peer tutors in a variety of subjects, librarians, snacks and coffee. (Some special furry guests will stop by Sunday around 6pm to help you de-stress)  Open to all Miami students and hosted at Rentschler Library, Schwarm Hall, Miami Univ. Hamilton campus. The dates & hours of Cram Jam are:

Thursday, Dec. 6, 5-8pm
Saturday, Dec. 8, 12-5pm
Sunday, Dec. 9, 3-10pm