Wednesday, June 5, 2019

University Libraries appoints new Outreach Archivist

On May 1, Traci Robison, assistant professor of practice began her new position as Outreach
Archivist for the University Libraries Archives & Special Collections. Robison’s goal in this position is to increase the use of and engagement with the collections held in the Archives & Special Collections. She will work on exhibits, events, archival instruction, and making connections with faculty and students. A special focus in 2019-2020 will be increasing the collections from diverse UNL student groups.

Robison received her BA in Economics and Anthropology from UNL and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. She has worked at UNL since 2005 and most recently served as the Photograph & Exhibits Specialist. Prior to her employment at UNL, Robison worked at the Nebraska State Historical Society as an Archival Assistant. Robison has given various presentations and co-authored, with Thomas Mooney, an article that appeared in the journal, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives. She has also published three novels.

To learn more about the Archives & Special Collections, contact Traci Robison at 402-472-2531

Friday, May 3, 2019

Discovery Reunites Pages of Letters

Melissa Homestead, professor of English, made an interesting discovery recently in the Archives & Special Collections that reunited pages of two letters separated in two distinct collections.

While doing research for her book on the relationship between Willa Cather and Edith Lewis, Homestead found a fragment of a letter in the Mary Lou Karch Collection that belonged with another fragment (the first page) located in the Charles Cather Collection. The letter was written by Earl Brewster and sent to Edith Lewis in condolence of Willa Cather’s death. Brewster was married to Achsah Barlow-Brewster, Lewis’s friend and college roommate.

Homestead recognized Brewster’s handwriting in the fragment and it was obvious from the content that it was part of a condolence letter. Mary Lou Karch, of the Karch Collection, is the daughter of the nurse that took care of Edith Lewis late in her life. Charles Cather was Willa Cather’s nephew, and when Lewis died in 1972, she left manuscripts and letters in her possession to Charles and to his sister, Helen Cather Southwick. Homestead also informed Ducey about another letter split between two collections, one by Lewis to E.K. Brown, whom she authorized to write a biography of Cather, 
about Cather’s religious life.

In both instances, University Archivist Mary Ellen Ducey will bring the letter fragments together in one collection and leave documentation in the both collections about the move.

This is a great example of how archivists and researchers work together. Researchers working in a collection may have a deeper knowledge of the contents of a collection through their focused work and can work with the archivist to enhance information for future researchers. 

(Photographs: Top: Edith Lewis' letter to E.K. Brown; Middle: Professor Homestead working in the Archives & Special Collections; Bottom: Earl Brewter's letter to Edith Lewis.)

Friday, April 26, 2019

C.Y. Thompson closes on May 3

The C.Y. Thompson Library (CYT) on East Campus will close on May 3 at 5:00 pm.  A temporary service point for the Summer 2019 term will be located at the Library Depository Retrieval Facility (LDRF), on the East Campus Loop Drive, which will be open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, M-F. Library services to be provided include delivery and reserves.

Most items found in the Libraries catalog can be delivered within 24 hours of request by creating a delivery account and making your request here: can be delivered to any University Library location. 

Librarians will continue to be available for virtual and in-person research consultations. Contact your subject librarian for help. 

If you have questions about this project, please contact Nancy J. Busch, University Libraries Dean,  402.472.2526 or Charlene Maxey-Harris, Interim Associate Dean,, 402-472-8700.