Courtney E. Berge

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Louise Shadduck

The Lioness of Idaho

Last summer, the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives applied for a grant to process the papers of Idaho journalist, political activist, public servant, author, speaker, and lobbyist, Louise Shadduck. Offered through the Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board this grant provided funding for archival materials and to supplement... [Read More]

Celebrating 50 Years of the Black Student Union

Celebrating Black History at UI Exhibit [3]
This February, we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black Student Union (BSU) at the University of Idaho with a new exhibit in the University of Idaho Library. A coordinated effort from the Black History Research Lab, the Library’s Data and Digital Services, and the Library’s Special Collections and... [Read More]

Moscow Meals on Wheels

Early Board Members
In the early 1970s, two women, Norma Lewis and Verla Olson, identified a need for hot food for homebound and elderly members of the Moscow community. In 1971, the Moscow Meals-on-Wheels program was organized to deliver meals to those who needed a little extra assistance. Moscow Meals-on-Wheels delivered hot noon... [Read More]

Santa Mouse

Sketch of Santa Mouse [1]
Going into this holiday season and as the semester ends, the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives has been working hard on several projects to be completed early in the new year. Our student workers are also hard at work finishing up their classes, preparing for finals and graduation,... [Read More]

The Card Catalogue Epilogue

Card Catalogue
In days of library past, before the age of computers, libraries housed information about their holdings in a card catalogue. These large wooden boxes with a million tiny drawers, held information about books, photograph, maps, and more. They could tell you the title, the author, the year of publication, their... [Read More]

It's Basic, Sebacic

Sebacic Acid Residue [3]
Over the last year, Special Collections staff has embarked on a massive shifting project. Prompted by a desire to utilize our space more efficiently, and make more space for incoming materials, we began shifting our largest book collection, the Day-Northwest Book Collection. Consisting of over 24,400 individual titles, it took... [Read More]

Snakes of Idaho on Display

Snakes of Idaho Exhibit [1]
A new exhibit has been installed on the 2nd floor of the library. Snakes of Idaho a photograph exhibit on loan to the University of Idaho from Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University will be on display through September. Featuring photographs taken by Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peterson,... [Read More]

Atlases on 4th

At Last, An Idaho Atlas display
According to the The Compact Atlas of Idaho “Idaho is not well known in the United States or the world and many Idahoans like it that way. Many on the east coast of the U.S still believe Idaho is really Iowa or Ohio. For those who know the name the... [Read More]

Unrolling in the Deep

Humidification Chamber
Last week was National Preservation Week where libraries and archives promote the importance of preservation work and often share resources on how to preserve various materials. As is often the case, we got caught up with other projects and reference and just the day to day distractions of archival work,... [Read More]

100 Years of Women's Suffrage

Joint Resolution No.2  [1]
Today, we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. After a decades long struggle, the women’s suffrage movement saw the United States Congress grant women the right to vote. This momentous moment was a large step towards women’s equality in the country, allowing women to... [Read More]

Did You Miss Us?

I' Tank, University of Idaho. [89-4]
Over the last several months we’ve had to remain socially distant from our campus, staggering schedules, limited in our ability to perform reference, and missing our Vandal friends and family. This week we all return fully to campus (with precautions). Most of our Special Collections staff will be back in... [Read More]

13 Days of Winter Break - Day 12

Christmas card [12]
This New Year’s Eve, we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome the 2020s. Here is a poem to commemorate this momentous occasion:  "Nuanced moments filled with anticipation.Every eye turned to the sky Wondering at the possibilities.Yesteryear has been fulfilled,Enlightened optimism forthcoming.All the world gathered to celebrate.Resolutions fill each mind, humming.Silent reverie... [Read More]

13 Days of Winter Break - Day 9

Christmas card [9]
Yet another mother and child from Mary Kirkwood, we will have a throwback to our iambic pentameter sonnet and amniotic fluid haiku for this poem about pregnancy and iambic pentameter. "no STRESS, no STRESS, no STRESSThe contractions comeSeparated by the minutest minutes five.  no STRESS, no STRESS, no STRESSTime comes undonePrompted... [Read More]

13 Days of Winter Break - Day 8

Christmas card [8]
This poem is set to the melody of "What Child Is This," it is called "What Day is This?""What day is this?I’m losing track.No school or work to keep me.Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+I curl on the couch sleeping. Tumblr posts written pastPost now as they were scheduledYet, I think not of... [Read More]

Inside the Cover: Piute Creek

Preview image for Inside the Cover: Piute Creek
This week’s Inside the Cover features the Thomas’ scroll book Piute Creek. The featured poem was written by Gary Snyder, an American poet who began his career in the 1950s. He was a member of the "Beat Generation", and the San Francisco Rennaissance. His work "blends physical reality and precise observations of nature... [Read More]

Matthew Hopkins Witchfinder General

The Discovery of Witches
In 1563, Witchcraft was deemed a capital offence in Britain. Between 1645-1646 East Anglia became increasingly concerned about witches. Matthew Hopkins known as the Witchfinder General did his part in putting “witches” to death during this time.1 Ellen Castelow, “Witches in Britain,” Historic UK: The History and Heritage Accommodation Guide ↩... [Read More]

Serpentine Fun!

Vandal serpentine
Today, we continue the Vandal’s traditional serpentine! It may no longer run through town like in this photograph from the 1950s. It will, however, run along Old and New Greek, through the residence halls up to the bonfire in the Kibbie Dome parking lot. [Read More]

A Century of Marching

Preview image for A Century of Marching
Did you know that the University of Idaho Marching Band is celebrating its 100th year this Homecoming? Marching alumni will be heading to campus to celebrate this wondrous occasion and will be performing in the annual Homecoming Parade. Be sure to stop by the parade and celebrate with these talented... [Read More]

Orchestrating Orchids

Book of Plates of the Genus Orchis [1]
These captivating Flowery Friday orchids are from Erich Nelson, Book of Plates of the Genus Orchis. Erich Nelson was a German artist, designer, and botanist. His illustrations have a insurmountable amount of detail which contributed greatly to the understanding of orchids. Throughout his life he completed several volumes of illustrations.1... [Read More]
Tags: flowers botany

It's Not That Easy

A Book's Nature exhibit [1]
Next week we have a new exhibit opening. So, this week we have been staging the exhibit, prepping the cases, cleaning the cases, and hanging part of the exhibit. It’s a lot of work, but is starting to come together. This afternoon we begin install, followed closely by a nap.... [Read More]
Tags: exhibits

Fascinating Flowers

Woman in greenhouse
Sometimes we get reference requests. Sometimes we can’t find what someone is looking for. Sometimes we discover incredible flowers we didn’t know could exist. Happy Flowery Friday [Read More]
Tags: flowers botany

Western White Trillium Bloom

Trillium bloom
Today’s Flowery Friday is a single trillium bloom. The western white trillium is the most widespread trillium in the western states, it can be found from the Pacific Northwest, into California, and inland to Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. [Read More]
Tags: flowers botany

Philatelic Flowers

Envelope stamps [2]
This week several of us in the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives have been rehousing some materials from Herman Ronnenberg, a beer enthusiast from Troy, ID. It is not uncommon to come across correspondence when going through materials, but we found the perfect addition for Flowery Friday on... [Read More]
Tags: flowers botany

Mildred Edith Burlingame

Wildflower [1]
These amateur Flowery Friday photographs were taken by Mildred Edith Burlingame. Mildred was an associate professor of psychology at the University of Idaho from 1942 to 1969. Her hobbies included gardening and photography, which explains the large number of slides in her papers, many of which include wildflowers. The above... [Read More]

Kyle Laughlin - flower photographer

Columbine flower
This Flowery Friday is brought to you from the Kyle Laughlin Photograph Collection. Kyle Lauglin was a long time resident and business owner of Moscow, ID. As a resident of Moscow, he and his wife had several business ventures, including photography. Even after he closed his photography business, Laughlin continued... [Read More]

Stereoscopes, Oh My!

Stereoscope and slides
These stereoscope and slides belonged to Olaf P. Larson. Larson was a Norwegian immigrant who came to the US in 1884, moving to Moscow, ID by the mid-1890s. He established himself as a photographer and produced stereographs. Stereoscopic slides depict two images, a left-eye and right-eye view of an image,... [Read More]

Syringa - Idaho's State Flower

Syringa flowers
Officially designated Idaho’s state flower in 1931, Syringa (philadelphus lewisii) has been the floral choice of Idaho since at least the 1890′s, when it was depicted in the state seal. These little white flowers are known for their strong, sweet fragrance, nicknamed “mock orange” because of the similar scent of... [Read More]
Tags: flowers botany

Yellow Crown Imperial

Yellow Crown Imperial flower
A few weeks ago, we took a walk around town and saw a new flower (for us at least). This Yellow Crown Imperial stands 2-3 feet tall with the yellow blooms pointing down. Crown Imperials are native around Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, they are often cultivated as an... [Read More]


Daffodil [1]
Over the last few weeks, we have noticed the flowering of many beautiful spring and summer flowers. So, we thought we would start off the summer sessions with a new series. Every Flowery Friday we will be posting content related flowers from our collections (or walks around the neighborhood). [Read More]
Tags: flowers botany

A Sentimental Day

Preview image for A Sentimental Day
Today, we lost the lovely Doris Day. Throughout her singing career, Day worked with several bandleaders, including Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les Brown. In 1945, while working with Les Brown, Day recorded "Sentimental Journey" which became a hit. Above is an advertisement from a 1945 issue of music magazine,... [Read More]

Merry May, Campus Day

Preview image for Merry May, Campus Day
May has arrived, and with it is a new display in our reading room! Merry May, Campus Day showcases photographs of festivities around campus for Campus Day. Beginning in 1910, the busy day of events included speeches, dancing, parades, Maypoles, and more. The festivities associated with Campus Day were often the... [Read More]

Board By It All

Clearwater Sawmill and Lumber factory [1]
In 1926, the Clearwater Timber Company constructed the Clearwater Mill in Lewiston, ID. When it was built it was the largest white pine mill in the world. Due to the financial hardships of The Great Depression, in 1931, the Clearwater Timber Company merged with Potlatch Lumber Company and Rutledge Lumber... [Read More]

One Pound of Love

Come Swifty to Your Love: Love Poems of Ancient Egypt
We are ending our Valentine’s Day posts with the poetic love of Come Swiftly to Your Love: Love Poems of Ancient Egypt, translated by Idaho born poet Ezra Pound and published in 1962. Not only is this book full of romantic verse, but it also has some pretty great illustrations. [Read More]

Twain's Literary Love

The Love Letters of Mark Twain
To celebrate love and romance, today we will be making posts about the different kinds of love found in our collections. Starting with the literary love letters of Mark Twain. [Read More]

A Philosophy of Love

The Natural Philosophy of Love book cover
In The Natural Philosophy of Love, Remy de Gourmount reflects on sexual attraction. With material discussing topics such as the sexual life of oysters, cannibalism in sex (think mantis), polygamy/monogamy of the animal world, and much more, Gourmont constructs a philosophy around sexual mores and the natural world of which humans... [Read More]

Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Preview image for Stan Lee (1922-2018)
Remembering Stan Lee (1922-2018), the man who helped bring us some of our favorite superheroes. In 1968, Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, Joe Sinnott, and Tom  Palmer produced three special issues of Captain America. This 1984 Special Edition of Captain America took those stories and published them in full color on... [Read More]