A Stereoscopic Atlas of the Chick

Working in a Special Collections Departments has its perks.  One such perk is being able to browse the closed stacks and treasure hunt for unique items.  I ran across this little gem a few weeks ago.

A Stereoscopic Atlas of the Chick by Joseph Long

Published 1937

- Karen Witt

Manuscript Monday: Do you make notes in your textbooks?  The people who owned this book did.  There are at least four separate hands on this page - one for the main text, and three (possibly more) for the cursive annotations.

Fragment of a philosophical text written in England, last half of the 13th century.  University of Missouri Libraries, Fragmenta Manuscripta 136.  More information at the Digital Scriptorium.

The one and only Mark Twain autograph in Special Collections: a letter from Samuel Clemens to journalist Walter Williams, who served as the founding dean of the Missouri School of Journalism in 1908, and was University of Missouri president from 1931 to 1935.

March 4/94

Dear Mr. Williams:

I shouldn’t be able to do it, for if I should be in America in July it would be on business & my time would be fully occupied. I am leaving for Europe day after tomorrow. The compliment of your invitation gratifies me exceedingly & I want to thank you for it notwithstanding I am debarred from taking advantage of it.

I seem to have written this letter to you before; or something like it. But surely that is not possible.  I don’t know how I get the impression; & yet it is a quite strong one.

Truly Yours

S. L. Clemens

This letter is pasted onto the front endpaper of Walter Williams’ personal copy of Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World - one of a couple of notable copies of that text in Special Collections.  Take a look at the catalog record for information on the others. The text on the photo frontispiece is printed, not handwritten – but you can compare Samuel Clemens’ signature to that of Mark Twain.

- Kelli Hansen

Throwback Thursday: Move-in weekend is coming up, and here’s what it looked like 53 years ago. Back then, students unpacked their stuff, then headed straight to Rothwell Gym to wait in line for registration. These images are from the 1961 Savitar yearbook.
Mizzou students, check out Residential Life’s guide to Movin’ to Mizzou.  Come by and see us once you’re settled in!

Throwback Thursday: Move-in weekend is coming up, and here’s what it looked like 53 years ago. Back then, students unpacked their stuff, then headed straight to Rothwell Gym to wait in line for registration. These images are from the 1961 Savitar yearbook.

Mizzou students, check out Residential Life’s guide to Movin’ to Mizzou.  Come by and see us once you’re settled in!

Remembering Lauren Bacall

Actress and icon Lauren Bacall passed away yesterday at the age of 89.  Well-known for her film roles, she also appeared in various stage productions, including Cactus Flower (1965), Applause (1970), and Woman of the Year (1981).  These are a sampling of the covers available in the Theater Programs Collection here in Special Collections, which numbers over 2,300 programs (and counting).  They document Bacall throughout her stage career, from the 1960s to her appearance at Powell Symphony Hall in Saint Louis on November 17, 1997.

Find them in the MERLIN catalog: Cactus Flower, Applause, Woman of the Year, and Grand Center is proud to present a Grand Evening with Lauren Bacall.

- Kelli Hansen

Ever seen Catherine the Great’s signature? No? Well, then, today’s your lucky day.

We’re sharing one of the most popular posts from our blog archives:

This very curious document is a charter endorsed by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. It promotes Aleksandr Mukhanov, a young Russian nobleman, from regimental baggage-train driver to Lieutenant-Captain (Secund-Rotmistr) in the Horse-Mounted Guards.

Almost everything in this document raises questions: Who was Mukhanov, and why was he so abruptly promoted from the lowest ranks to a position of high prestige?  What happened to Mukhanov later?  How did the original document find its way to mid-Missouri?

Alla Barabtarlo found some of the answers to these questions.  Find out more in her post on the Scripta Manent blog.