The History of the University of Baltimore

There are multiple ways to learn more about the history of the UB. The UB photographs and Yearbook collections are the best way to start. The University of Baltimore Photographs Collection includes images from the University Archives that depict the Continue reading The History of the University of Baltimore

New to the Archives in 2017

Definition from the Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology So far this year, the library’s Special Collections department has accessioned four brand new archival collections about 20th century Baltimore history. We’re proud of this accomplishment! But what does that really mean? Continue reading New to the Archives in 2017

Scares in the Stacks

The Raven, University Art Collection. “Not incredibly scary” or even “not scary at all” is probably how many would describe the features that make up Special Collections’ October exhibit “Scares in Special Collections.”  Honestly, if you want to be scared Continue reading Scares in the Stacks

Archives Are for Everyone

When some people think of archives, they imagine documents and artifacts that are rarefied, specialized, and only available through tightly monitored access. While preservation does require that archives are arranged systematically and treated with care, archival materials are not meant Continue reading Archives Are for Everyone

Langsdale Lends a Hand with ‘Rat Film’ Research

Inspection by Health Department, courtesy of the CPHA Collection, via flickr Next week, Langsdale Special Collections is hosting a colloquium where three fellows are going to give presentations on their research into structural inequality, sharing the information they unearthed in Continue reading Langsdale Lends a Hand with ‘Rat Film’ Research

The Other Side of Summer

Dance Troupe, 1972. Robert Breck Chapman Collection. Via flickr When I decided last week to do a seasonal library display of items in Special Collections with a theme of “summertime leisure”, I couldn’t imagine a fluffier, less serious topic. I Continue reading The Other Side of Summer

Be Kind, Rewind: Putting Endangered Collections First

Quad Tape, soon to appear at a nonprofit regional archive near you. Tick-tock! Time is running out for videophiles to enjoy the glitchy, retro pleasures of analog media. Last year, the last videocassette recorder (VCR) was manufactured in Japan, and Continue reading Be Kind, Rewind: Putting Endangered Collections First

Location, Location, Location

If you’ve visited the library recently and come away feeling a little starstruck, you’re not alone. That’s because Langsdale is featured extensively in the buzzy new true crime documentary The Keepers on Netflix, about the 50-year-old mystery of a slain Continue reading Location, Location, Location

Helping An Undergrad Illuminate Local LGBTQ+ History

Christine Wertz ’17 takes a page from history Many of the most crucial battles in the LGBT+ movement happened in the 1980s, and–as history major Christine Wertz discovered– a number of them happened right here in Baltimore.  Christine already had Continue reading Helping An Undergrad Illuminate Local LGBTQ+ History

A Beautiful Day in the ‘Gayborhood’

these presentations put the “power” in Powerpoint!  Natalie may have seemed like the most studious and reserved person in her study group, but after spending time in Langsdale Special Collections, she was dishing the dirt like a millennial-age Hedda Hopper. Continue reading A Beautiful Day in the ‘Gayborhood’