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Headache Cure

Headache Cure The James T. Callow Folklore Archive is an interesting place to spend some time.  A visitor can usually discover something interesting, funny, or amazing there.  Each entry is brief but loaded with a bit of America that few other collections offer. Take this post, for example.  I was searching for something to write about and typed a few lines into Google to see what I could find.  To my delight, this brief story from the collection popped onto the...

A View of Past Presidential Elections

The following viewpoints are not necessarily those of the University of Detroit Mercy or that of the employees of the university or library. I thought I better put that disclaimer in just in case-I don’t want anyone to think that any political bias that might get expressed here reflects on anyone but me. While college students came out in significant numbers to support the election of President Obama in 2008 and 2012, that seems to be more the exception than...

“Our Wish is to Do Good”

The Colored American was among 40 black newspapers published before the Civil War.  Although it’s first issue was available in March of 1837, it was the July 7, 1838 (shown here), issue that offered a pointed expression of its purpose and direction. Like all such newspapers in circulation at the time, the Colored American offered a way to keep people connected and informed.  It offered them a voice and a platform for debate when no other resource was available. And...

Fall Homecoming 2016

This year the University of Detroit Mercy is going all out to celebrate a fall homecoming for students and alumni. There will be a campus-wide BBQ, 5K race, an old fashion tug-of-war that was an annual event with the St. Francis Club, and since many alumni met their future spouses when they were students at the university, a ceremony to renew their vows. There are a number of other events scheduled for the weekend-its just too bad that it looks...

Edgar Allan Poe’s Purloined Letter

This post is more of a sidebar of what else I do in the archives and special collections. In the process of weeding material out of the regular circulating collection, I go through the material to see if there are any items that are worth finding new homes for instead of sending to some landfill. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is the case with many of the items that I have posted on the library’s ebay page. I...

Birth of a Student Newspaper, Part 2: Outer Echoes

Outer Echoes Still Heard In 1940, the Sisters of Mercy established a presence in Detroit at Southfield and West Outer Drive. About a year later, Mercy College of Detroit began offering classes on this spot that would leave an indelible mark in this city’s history. Over the years until its consolidation with the University of Detroit in 1990, Mercy College expanded from offering nursing and teaching classes to women into a comprehensive coeducational liberal arts college. In October 1941, the...

The Birth of a Student Newspaper: Varsity News

In 1918, while the country was focused on the misery of WWI and the devastation of the Spanish influenza epidemic (said to be the worst in U.S. history) there was a desperate need for a reliable distribution of information.  With so much upheaval and uncertainty, newspapers around the country offered a way to connect individuals with vital details concerning the seemingly fast moving changes taking place in the world.  The value of this form of communication was also recognized by...

Freshmen’s first week

For all the new freshmen students: overwhelmed? exhausted? feeling lost? Whatever you are feeling, you are not alone. It happens to everyone, some just hide it better than others. If you are a First Gen student (first in your family to go to college), there are a number of resources on campus and online to check out if you need to reach out somehow. If you go to this site, you will see some very short videos put together by...

Welcome Freshman Class of 2020!

Welcome to all new and returning students! Hope you had an enjoyable summer and are ready to get into the swing of a new school year. There are all kinds of new things happening in the library including some new group study rooms. Its your tuition dollars at work! For all the returning students, you might not notice right away, but we have a new library page to search out what books, journals and media are available through the Detroit...

Sojourner Truth

One hundred fifty-three years ago in June, 1863, Sojourner Truth (a name chosen by Isabella Baumfree, former slave and abolitionist) attended a Sunday School Convention in Battle Creek, Michigan. On the last day of the convention, during a mass meeting of white children and their teachers at the local Methodist Church, she sat patiently in the back of the church listening to various speakers. When the last one finished his speech, she rose and spoke clearly and distinctly to the...

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