John P. Healey, Jr.: Archives Librarian

March 29, 2017

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Hoover Telephone in Oval Office

March 29, 2017

Hoover Telephone in Oval Office

Word of the Week: Milieu

March 27, 2017

As in: “Of course there were women who had been scientists during the war and wanted to be afterward, but in this milieu opportunities dried up and went to male beneficiaries of educations paid for by the GI Bill” (Des Jardins, 2010, p.126).                                       curie

Des Jardins, J. (2010). The Madame Curie complex: the Hidden history of women in science. New York, NY: The Feminist Press.

For definitions of milieu, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

For more books on women in science, try the “Similar Books” tab available through the EBSCO Discovery Service.

Word of the Week: Onus

March 20, 2017

As in: “Harassment from police and guards and anger at the sight of imported BookCoverANeedleABobbinstrikebreakers could have accounted for the growing number of violent clashes. But to ensure the onus of violence plagued the strikers, justified employer demands for peace and order, and brought credit to their antiunion position, the Cloak Manufacturers Association and Burns Detective Agency hired a nonunion cutter as a spy and agent provocateur” (Jensen & Davidson, 1984, p.153).

Jensen, J. M. & Davidon, S. (1984). A Spindle, a bobbin, a strike: Women needleworkers in America. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University press.

March is Women’s History Month. In 2017 we are honoring women’s contributions within the labor movement and the business world. You can read more about this year’s celebrations and honorees at the Women’s History Month Website and the Nation Women’s History Project.

Word of the Week: Historiography

March 12, 2017

As in: “Green’s The Old Irish World (1912) was significant for its critiques of unionist WoW_Historiographyhistoriography, and because it demonstrated that the older traditions of writing about late medieval and early modern Ireland were being seriously deconstructed and challenged by nationalist historians who had studied the sources” (Smith, 2006, p.51).

Smith, N. R. (2006). A “Manyly study”? Irish women historians, 1868-1949. New York: Palmgrave Macmillan.

  • For definitions of historiography, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate Irish culture and heritage with films screening for free through Kanopy.

Word of the Week: Corpus

February 27, 2017

bookcover_learninginaburninghouseAs in:”Even in the corpus of scholarship concerning school desegregation and integration, we see two contrasting perspectives that are strongly correlated to the racial identity of the individuals holding the opinions” (Horsford, 2011, p.77).

Horsford, S.D. (2011). Learning in a burning house: Educational inequality, ideology, and (dis)integration. New York: Teachers College Press.

St. Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

“Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day day (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day probably took its name from a priest who was martyred about ad 270 by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and with whom he had fallen in love, “from your Valentine.” The holiday also had origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century.

Formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used. The first commercial valentines in the United States were printed in the mid-1800s. Valentines commonly depict Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts, traditionally the seat of emotion…”



Encyclopedia Britannica Online, s.v. “Valentine’s Day”

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