Apologies for the lack of entries recently.  The end of semester rushed by faster than usual this year, and Creighton’s Attic was neglected a bit.  Hope to remedy that starting next week, when we will try to catch up on some of the many things going on in the University Archives.  Until then, have a peaceful and joyous weekend!


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Carlson Fable Collection

I’ve been a little slow getting around to it, but we have finally have our first featured Special Collection, the Carlson Fable Collection, up on the website.  Gregory Carlson, S.J., began collecting fables-related materials in the mid-1970’s, and the collection has grown to include over 8,000 books and 4,000 objects in at least 57 different languages.  You can learn more about the Carlson Fable Collection on our website.

2015_12_10_9999_25-resizedAn illustration of Town Mouse and Country Mouse

Father Carlson has really done a wonderful job pulling together old and new materials to build this collection.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it, you should.  The good news is that the Rare Books Room currently has a selection of the Carlson Fable Collection on display for the next couple/few weeks (end of display still to be determined).  One of my favorite items is a pre-WWII book from France that used Hitler’s face in unflattering ways, which is why the Germans burned copies after occupying France.

The display is open during the Rare Books Room regular viewing hours.  Current hours are posted on our website (left column).  Come and see a sample of Father Carlson’s amazing collection!


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Favorite image time

It’s been a while since we did a favorite photo, so this week we bring you Gumby* and cheerleader Tina Otterstedt at Homecoming in the 1980s.
#33 - gumby cheer1985Thank you, online Creighton yearbooks, for letting us know who, when and why this photo exists.
*Remember when Eddie Murphy played Gumby on SNL back in the 1980s?  None of my students do, either.

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Registration Panic

Registration started yesterday, as all the undergraduate students know. It may be a struggle waiting for your registration time to start and watching your classes slowly fill up, but imagine having to register in the Old Gym like they did in the 1950′s and 60′s:

1959 Registration Old Gym 1111.1959

Of course, back in the day, registration was a much more social event. In fact, in the 1965 registration line,


a sophomore and a freshman could meet accidentally. Which is exactly what happened for one Creighton couple, who found themselves married in the end!

You can see some more photos from the 1965 registration in the yearbook.

(Creighton yearbooks as far back as 1927 and up to 2011 are digitized and available for viewing via our Creighton Yearbooks page, linked to the side.)
Thanks to Cat for this week’s entry.

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Happy Easter!

For those interested in the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, currently on loan to Creighton and based in our Rare Books Room, illuminations will be on display at St. John’s Church here on campus for Masses and services on Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday.  A schedule can be found here.

Just in time for Easter
We also have created a webpage about the Heritage Edition while it is at Creighton (screenshot below).
ScreenCaptureThe page will alert you to special events (upper right) as well as the current illumination displayed in the Rare Books Room (center).  The timeline at the bottom will highlight past events, sometimes with links to other photos or videos.  (Thanks to Cat for her great work building the timeline.)   We also link to a brief introduction about The Saint John’s Bible project and the Heritage Edition program.

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Spring cleaning

With the official first day of Spring not too far away, we wanted to tidy up a couple of things in the Attic.

First, we overlooked what is supposed to be a Creighton’s Attic tradition of posting a certain image every time we change our clocks related to daylight savings time.
ClockHandsThe photo shows when hands were finally added to the St. John’s Church clock in 1977, almost 90 years after originally intended.  Beth, a former worker, suggested this tradition back in 2013.  (Hopefully no one forgot to change their clocks because we neglected to post the picture in time.)

Second, here is the answer to the quiz we posted a couple weeks ago.1111.0113.4045.0087The photo shows Creighton football great Johnny “Slingshot” Knolla trying unsuccessfully to sleep on a train as he traveled with the team for an away football game circa 1940.  (No one answered correctly this time around.)

Third, I encourage you to take a look at the Art & Liturgy blog of (former University Archives person) Patrick Murray.  He is doing something really neat right now to coincide with NCAA’s March Madness.  Patrick’s Church Madness matches churches across the country so that we can vote on which we like best.  He has his Midwest Regional and East Regional brackets up, so start voting!

FlowersFlowers have been poking out of the ground in the metro area for over a week now.  There is a chance of snow this weekend.  Earlier this week, I saw a student in shorts and t-shirt walking in conversation with another student wearing a winter coat and gloves.  In other words, situation normal.
Marie, a current intern, wants me to include a pun in this week’s post.  I refused.  You can post your thanks in the Comments section.

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Time for baseball

The Creighton campus has been relatively quiet this week while the students have been away for Spring Break.  Those who stayed in Omaha enjoyed warm, beautiful weather all week.  [Here comes a segue.]

I am sure that the Jays fans who show up for the first home game of the 2016 baseball season are glad to have this great weather.  [Okay, so the segue was weak.]  To wish the baseball team good luck, we offer a damaged photo of the Creighton baseball team from 1897.
1897 baseball teamGood luck, Jays!

A couple of bits of housekeeping:
Random point #1:  No one got the answers to last week’s quiz yet, so we will extend it another week.

Random point #2:  Due to some maintenance and upgrades to Creighton’s IT infrastructure, some of Creighton’s computer network will be down tomorrow.  I don’t know how, or if, it will impact this blog or any of the online archives resources.  My apologies in advance for any inconvenience.



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Get some rest – a quiz

1111.0113.4045.0087Like this student long ago, I suspect many students will be trying to sleep while traveling home – or wherever – for Spring Break.  They’ve been studying hard this past week for midterms, so now all that remains is a quiz:

Who is the former Creighton athlete shown here trying to get some rest?
Who else was traveling with him?
Where were they headed?

Hint: This was not a Spring Break trip they were on.

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What a way to start the month!

PowerOutage01Mar2016Much of Creighton University lost power today, including the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library – which you may know if the home to the University Archives office and the Rare Books Room.  Dr. Boesenberg’s theology class was in the Rare Books Room to see the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible when the lights went out.  Undaunted, several students took out their phones and used them to light the Bible.  (Thanks to Lexie for the photo.)

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And the award goes to . . .

Technical difficulties prevented last week’s Creighton’s Attic, but we still will get two posts in before the end of February – one today, one on Monday.  (Thank you, leap year, for the extra day.)

Last Friday I was privileged to attend the 2016 Judge Elizabeth D. Pittman* Award ceremony.  The Pittman Award is given by the Black Law Students Association of Creighton Law School to “an African-American graduate who possesses the same qualities of excellence, perseverance, and dedication that made Judge Pittman such a truly outstanding role model for all law students and lawyers.”
ProgramClipThis year’s honoree, John E. Pierce, is a longtime friend of the University Archives.  Truth be told, a lot of people around Creighton consider John a friend.  (If you are one of those folks, share a memory or two of John in the comments section.)  For over 40 years, John has helped make Creighton a better place as a student (M.S. in Guidance and Counseling ’72, J. D. from Creighton Law ’81); in admissions during the 1970s; as Affirmative Action Director (1987-2001); and as an Associate VP until he retired in 2014.
Pierce&students1I’m told this is John, with students, in the 1970s

Pierce001and here he is (under the blue arrow) with Fr. Morrison and some students in the 1990s.

Congratulations, John, on the award.  Well deserved!
* We plan to feature Judge Pittman in Creighton’s Attic in the not-too-distant future.

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