C-SPAN BookTV update

I mentioned earlier this week that Matt Holland and Amy Forss will be on C-SPAN2′s BookTV program today (July 4).  I just learned that another friend of the University Archives, Creighton History professor Dr. Heather Fryer also will be on the program to discuss her book, “Perimeters of Democracy.”

The schedule,* as listed on the BookTV website, for these three:

  • 11:02am  Matt Holland
  • 11:39am  Amy Forss
  • 11:47am  Heather Fryer

* All times Central


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Welcome, Father Hendrickson

Join us in welcoming Creighton’s new president, Father Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., who officially took the reins of our institution on Wednesday, July 1.  (You can see his photo and read more about him at his bio webpage.)

The challenges and opportunities before Father Hendrickson are quite different than those faced by our first president, Roman A. Shaffel, S.J.

ShaffelSJ1The Belgian-born Father Shaffel, assisted by five Jesuit scholastics and a couple lay teachers, opened the doors of our institution in September 1878.  Most students then were not ready for college-level instruction; and many in fact were not yet ready for high school coursework.  You can read more about Father Shaffel, as well as Creighton’s other presidents, at the Presidential History section of the Office of the President’s website.

Thanks to Dr. J. Christopher Bradberry for his time as Creighton’s interim president.  Dr. Bradberry served after Father Lannon stepped down for health reasons.

An alumnus has asked an interesting question, the answer to which I do not yet know for certain:  If Dr. Bradberry, as president, signed diplomas for this year’s graduates, is this the first time that no Jesuit signature appeared on Creighton diplomas?

This year’s grads: Let me know whose signature(s) appear on the 2015 diplomas.
Alumni: Let me know if you have a diploma – along with year and type of degree – that does not have a Jesuit’s signature.

All of us at the University Archives wish you and yours a happy Independence Day weekend.

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You’ll want to see this

The end of June was hectic, so please forgive us for missing a couple weeks of posts.  I will have our regular Friday post tomorrow.

Today’s entry is to alert you to something on C-SPAN2 – yes, C-SPAN2 – this Saturday at 11am.  C-SPAN2′s Book TV program will feature Omaha authors.  The University Archives is honored to have provided some assistance (not much, perhaps, but some) to two of those featured.  Matt Holland will discuss his book, Ahead of Their Time, that tells of the civil rights efforts of the Omaha De Porres Club.  (We’ve mentioned Matt and his work previously, including our first mention of the book exactly one year ago).  Amy Forss will talk about Black Print with a White Carnation: Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989.

Set your DVR’s!  I hope C-SPAN will also put the video on its website after the show airs.  If so, we’ll share the link.


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Others recognize Edward Creighton, too

As you might expect, the Creighton community considers our founders to be important people.  Recently I received a reminder that the impact of the Creighton family went beyond our university and our city.

EdwardC1This week I heard from an individual with the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The department is updating the “Edward Creighton Company” page on the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel website, and the department wanted to confirm that it could continue using an image of Edward Creighton – the one seen above.  (We are honored to let them include the image in this and future versions of the website.)

In case you are interested, Edward is also recognized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (formerly the National Cowboy Hall of Fame) in its Hall of Great Westerners.  He was inducted in 1958 and is listed as “Telegraph Builder.”


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A Moral Appraisal

It won’t surprise you to know that John Markoe, SJ, is a favorite of mine.
deporres005That’s him in his trademark white straw hat, on the front lines in the fight for racial justice in Omaha.

And this is the cover of a pamphlet he wrote in 1951.  As you might expect, his “moral appraisal” makes a strong case against the immorality of racial discrimination.  We have the pamphlet available online, if you’d like to read his arguments.

Father Markoe features prominently in Matt Holland’s book, Ahead of Their Time, about the DePorres Club’s efforts against discrimination in Omaha more than a half-century ago.  You may recall our July 2014 post that let you know when the book was released.


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One I like

Instead of my usual ramblings, I intend to keep this post short and sweet.  Here is a photo from the mid-1950s that I like, so hopefully you will, too.  Click on it to see a larger version.

1111_1955_1045_0074Please let us know if you know the names of the kids.


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Creighton Law: The Early Years

With my focus in recent posts on recognizing the contributions of students, I forgot to mention that we installed a humble exhibit at Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library.  The items and information highlight the earliest years of the School of Law, back when it was known as the Creighton College of Law and before it moved to a building on campus.  Stop by and see it, if you get a chance.  (We hope to have an expanded version online in the future.)


Several of the pieces in the exhibit came from The Creighton Brief, a yearbook published in 1909 (but apparently not in subsequent years) by the Creighton College of Law students.  The Harvard Law School Library has digitized The Creighton Brief – I don’t know how or why that library came to hold a copy in its collections – which means you can read the entire publication online.  (Thank you, Harvard!)

Recent graduate Elenore did most of the significant work on this project.  All of the students – Katherine, Beth, Sydney, Cat and Quinn – helped at some point.  Thank you to those six for team effort.

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In yesterday’s post, I collectively thanked three graduating seniors for all they did for the University Archives.  The series of posts today will feature some of their individual contributions.  

InExhCaseWP_20150512_001Helping with an exhibit

Katherine started in the University Archives the summer after her freshman year, and she has worked every semester since – even parts of summers when her ROTC commitments took her elsewhere.  Katherine will soon become an officer in the U.S. Army.

Katherine has worked in the University Archives longer than any other student, and she likely has worked on more types of projects.  A sampling:

Online collections
Katherine has done so much to improve access to our online collections.
1980yearbookTimelineShe created the timeline that makes it easier to access our yearbooks.  (If you used the online yearbooks before and after the timeline, I’m sure you want to thank her.)

OliveScreenCaptureShe made our online newspaper site better and easier to use.  And she laid the groundwork for several other improvements.  One, which we’ve recently started testing, will connect photos from our online historical photos collections with a campus map.  Another is a complete revamp of the University Archives, Rare Books & Special Collections website, which should roll out later this summer.

Katherine (like Beth) has digitally captured thousands of images.  Here are some of her favorites:

Observatory flagn pole 1914Dedication of new flag pole by Observatory, Flag Day 1914
Women with vegetables pinned to their clothes (still don’t know why)
..andThenOnTheWeekendsA 1930s image that needs little explanation
andEveryCadetHadASaberThis 1930s ball may have been for ROTC cadets
CU_snow_sccenesA great photo by Don Doll, SJ

Physical collections
Katherine’s contributions are not limited to digital materials.  One of her first projects involved transferring old cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate negatives into archival housings.
KJwithSlidesThis is Katherine processing slides from our collections.

See today’s other entries for Elenore and Beth.

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In yesterday’s post, I collectively thanked three graduating seniors for all they did for the University Archives.  The series of posts today will feature some of their individual contributions.  

Beth has worked a total of seven semesters in the University Archives, starting the first semester of her sophomore year.  (That’s all but the summer after her sophomore year.)  She will be putting her nursing degree to work in the very near future.

Beth has worked on a wide variety of projects, and she tackled each with a cheery disposition.  I offer for your consideration the following:
This may not seem very exciting, but charts created by Beth are a thing of beauty – and they have kept us on track for multiple projects.  She brought order to our chaos, and for that I am immensely grateful.
ChartScreenshotThis is a segment of one of her charts for one project, now completed.  I wish I had taken a screenshot of the chart when the project was in process so you could see the explosion of colors related to each step.  Beth also did a lot of the tedious work of cleaning up the digital files on our computers.

Campus displays
There are certain campus events for which the University Archives provides historical displays.  Beth helped to create and install several of these, including

MLC2014displayFOT3859Tthis one for the 2014 Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards luncheon at the Harper Center.  (Beth also has laid the groundwork for the next such luncheon.)

The creation of digital versions of photographs and other items has greatly improved our ability to provide access to materials in our collections.  We often use a camera and copy stand to photograph originals, and it is no exaggeration to state that Beth (often partnered with Katherine) has digitally captured thousands of photographs.  Here are a few of Beth’s favorites:

1912_FootballA 1912 football game
Nurses_FootballNurses playing football in the 1920s
c1950_Aerial_View_CampusAerial view of campus, likely 1950s
Jesuit_Garden_StudentsStudying in Jesuit Garden
Students1970sStudents “dancing” in the 1970s

See today’s other entries for Elenore and Katherine.

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In yesterday’s post, I collectively thanked three graduating seniors for all they did for the University Archives.  The series of posts today will feature some of their individual contributions.  

Elenore first came to the University Archives as an intern in Fall 2013, then stayed (except for that one semester when she interned at the Durham).  She will start a graduate program in Museum Studies next fall.

The list of projects and ways that Elenore has improved the University Archives is too long to recount here.  Instead, I offer a few projects as examples of the good she has done.

The Creightons: Selections from the University Archives
In December 2013 the University Archives installed a small exhibit about the Creighton founders (Creighton’s Attic, December 13, 2013).  Elenore was involved in researching the topic, writing labels, and selecting images and artifacts.  What I appreciated most, though, occurred during installation.  Elenore had already done more than was expected of her for the internship, but she came in on her own time and volunteered several hours to complete the project – and to make sure it was done well.


Arthur F. Mullen Papers
Arthur F. Mullen was a Nebraska attorney with national influence in legal and political circles in the first few decades of the 2oth century.  When I came to the University Archives in 2007, the many boxes of Mullen papers were stored offsite.  As we came to realize how rich the collection is, Elenore agreed to tackle the collection.  She organized over 45 linear feet of files, transferred the materials into appropriate archival housings, and entered information about these into our data management system.  Owing to her efforts, researchers now can (and do) use the collection.

I have fond memories of Elenore rushing in excitedly to show something she had found in Mullen’s files.  You may recall a March 2014 post about artifacts Elenore discovered from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inauguration.
MullenOutside1She also arranged Mullen’s legal materials, including the items related to his role in an the Meyer v. Nebraska case.  The image above shows the first page of a pamphlet that quotes from his arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Omer Madison KemWedding photo 2While working through the Arthur F. Mullen Papers, Elenore located some missing items that were misfiled in the Mullen collection, including an unpublished autobiography written by former U.S. Congressman Omer Madison Kem, a Populist who represented Nebraska in the 19th century.  Elenore introduced Kem to us at the 4th Annual University Archives Lecture – which you can watch here – and to other academics with a conference paper.  She also has been doing the bulk of the work to edit his manuscript, which we hope to publish.

See today’s other entries for Beth and Katherine.

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