Welcome back, students!

There is an excitement on campus this week with the return of students for the Fall 2015 semester.  Over the past several days, I’ve watched students lug computers, televisions, and all sorts of items into the residence halls.

Kiewit Hall1960sThat’s a far cry from the days when students arrived with a few boxes, some suitcases and a typewriter, like this young lady at Kiewit Hall in the 1960s.  For those wondering how I know she brought a typewriter, that dark thing with a handle (bottom left) is a typewriter case.

Out of curiosity, how many of you have never used, or even seen, a typewriter?

Congratulations to Kenny, the only person to get all answers correct to our Guessing Game questions from August 19.
1111_1925_1810_0004The photo shows St. John’s Hall, which was located on the southwest corner of 25th and California.  The person taking the photo was standing on the north side of California, probably close to the southeast corner of St. John’s Church, looking south down 25th Street.


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Hau’oli la Hanau, Hawaii

On this date 56 years ago, Hawaii officially became the 50th state.  Hau’oli la Hanau (Happy Birthday)!

We discussed Creighton’s special relationship with Hawaii earlier this year.


Today, let’s celebrate by remembering Anita Lee, who (I think) was the first Hawaiian elected as Creighton’s Homecoming Queen back in 1952.  Lee, from Honolulu, was a senior Pharmacy student at the time of her reign.


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Guessing game

After a long break for vacation and then technical difficulties, we will try to get back on track with a mid-week quiz, of sorts.

1111_1925_1810_0004We found this photo while searching for some requested images recently.  Now for the quiz:

  1. What building is shown?
  2. Name the streets that form the intersection in the photo.
  3. What direction is the camera facing?

You have until August 28 at noon to leave your answers in the comments section.  I’ll post the winners in that afternoon’s post.

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Vienna Dioscorides

Now for the second post of the day:

As we told you in the Spring, our department now includes Rare Books and Special Collections.  After discussing whether “Creighton’s Attic” should include materials from those collections or if we should keep the blog focused on archival collections and Creighton history, we decided on a hybrid approach.  We will aim for a weekly archival-themed post (like we’ve usually done here), with an additional post each month about either Rare Books or Special Collections items.  Let us know if that sounds like a good approach.

So without further ado . . . our first non-archival post.

Vienna Dioscorides (ADEVA facsimile)

YellowFlowers_MG_4841Thanks to the generosity of Creighton alumnus His Excellency Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori of Dubai, visitors of our Rare Books collections have access to a limited edition facsimile of a 6th-century Byzantine text known as the Vienna Dioscorides.  Medical practitioners turned to the information and illustrations of medicinal plants for centuries; and the handwritten notations in multiple languages indicates that it was used in several countries.  Read more at the Rare Books website.


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Feast of St. Ignatius

Today (July 31st) is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.  The Society of Jesus is a male religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, and its members are commonly referred to as Jesuits.  Jesuits have been an integral part of Creighton since a small band opened the school in September 1878.

So this is an important day of celebration on our campus because Creighton is a Jesuit university.  At noon today, many on campus followed the sound of church bells (playing the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts”) to St. John’s Church, where Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., presided over his first university-wide Mass since taking office as Creighton president.

before reinert dedication 1984As you might expect, we have a lot of photos of Jesuits in our holdings, and this one from 1984 is a favorite.  The priests are dressed for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, held annually early in the academic calendar.  In 1984, the Mass was held in conjunction with the blessing of the newly renovated, expanded and renamed Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library (where the University Archives is officed).  The photo (above) shows the Jesuits on their way to the library dedication (shown below).

reinert dedication 1984_________________________

Technical difficulties have kept us from posting recently.  We’ll try to make up for that a little today by posting two entries.  This is the first of two.  I hope to have a second post up later today.

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The Edward Creighton Story

For those of you who love art and Creighton’s history, this entry is for you.  We have in our holdings watercolors, probably painted between 1930 and 1945, that together tell “The Edward Creighton Story.”  Of the eleven original pieces, we have ten – so if you have the missing painting, please let me know – still in frames, some with cracked glass.

Here are a few.  (You may have to click on the image to make it large enough to read the caption.)
Westward1838_2015_06_17_9999_11Telegraph2015_06_17_9999_3CreightonToday2015_06_17_9999_9Let me know if you want to see the rest.

I know our July 4th post was late notice to let you know about the interviews on C-SPAN2′s BookTV program.  Two of the discussions were with authors who did some research in our collections for their books; and the third author, Dr. Heather Fryer, is a Creighton professor who has supported the University Archives in many ways.  If you missed seeing them earlier, videos are online at the BookTV website:

Matt Holland, Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha DePorres Club
Amy Forss, Black Print with a White Carnation: Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989
Heather Fryer, Perimeters of Democracy: Inverse Utopias and the Wartime Social Landscape in the American West

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Holy Matrimony

Please join us in sending best wishes to Patrick and Angela Murray, who were wed in rural Nebraska this past weekend.  Our long-time reader(s) may remember Patrick, who did outstanding work for the University Archives first while a student as well as a couple times after graduation.  One of his great ideas occurred in June 2013, when Patrick suggested a wedding-themed post in honor of a former student who was getting married.  The post featured Fr. Neil Cahill, S.J. (1923-2001), who was known as Creighton’s “marrying priest” because of the 300+ weddings he officiated.

Cahill weddingsSo I propose starting a new Creighton’s Attic tradition:  When a former University Archives student marries, Creighton’s Attic will honor the new couple with a photo of Father Cahill looking at the couples he joined together.

Send a comment to let me know if you like the idea for the new tradition.  And I’ll be happy to relay any good wishes you send along to Patrick and Angela.


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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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