• Gypsy
  • Fleetwood Mac

Happy Birthday, Stevie Nicks!

Stephanie Lynn “Stevie” Nicks (b. May 26, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career. She was deemed “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll” and one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone. Learn more about this inductee at the Library and Archives.

Audio clip: Fleetwood Mac, “Gypsy,” recorded in Los Angeles, California, in August 1983. From the Frederick S. Boros Audio Recordings.

How cool is this!

The curator of the University of Michigan library’s Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection announced Thursday the discovery of an unpublished personal memoir Welles had titled “Confessions of a One-Man Band.”

The draft was discovered when archivists at the university’s special collections library began processing eight boxes of Welles’ material shipped earlier this month from the Croatian home of actress Oja Kodar, who was Welles’ partner in the last 24 years of his life

Welles’ draft of “One Man Band,” which he began in the 1970s, was written on a typewriter, but also contains handwritten notes and edits. Among the topics he covers in the memoir are his parents, second wife Rita Hayworth, Ernest Hemingway and D.W. Griffith.


Same place, different bridge.  

This photo from 1918 shows us how much development has occurred on the University of Iowa’s campus since 1918, since new buildings now block a view of the Pentacrest and the Old Capital, and there is a new bridge in place.  

However, even with all of these changes, the view remains largely the same, serving as a reminder that the past isn’t always so far away.  


Burlington Street Bridge and spillway, Frederick W. Kent Collection, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.  


Today, we celebrate the birthday of J. Irwin Miller (May 26, 1909 – August 19, 2004). Irwin and his wife Xenia had an international reputation as patrons of modern art and architecture. The Millers invested in multiple architectural projects to realize a truly unique aesthetic vision for their hometown of Columbus, Indiana. Today, Columbus rates in the Top 10 cities for architectural quality and innovation.

Irwin and Xenia’s family home (The Miller House and Garden) was named a National Historic Landmark in 2000, and was donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009 by members of the Miller family. The house showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers: Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley.

The IMA Archives is home to the Miller House and Garden Collection–the comprehensive records of the design, construction, decoration, landscaping, and maintenance of the property.

Color photograph of J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller in Living Room, December 1977, Box 39, Folder 19, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_II_B039_F019_001)


Today we pulled out this early edition of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens for #CollectionsTuesday. The Pickwick Papers was Dickens’s first novel published serially from 1836-1837. This is a bound copy of what appears to be an almost complete set of chapters, although due to missing pages we are unsure if it is. We’re curious to know more about this book! If you have any information, send us a message!

This book can be found at Carleton University’s Archives and Research Collections on the 5th floor of the MacOdrum Library.

Call No. PR 4569 A1 1837

  • The Weight
  • The Band

Born Today: Levon Helm

Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012)was an American rock and Americana musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for the Band. Learn more about this inductee at the Library and Archives.

Audio clip: The Band, “The Weight,” recorded in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1973. From the Frederick S. Boros Audio Recordings.

Phyllis R. Klotman, a film scholar who helped unearth lost treasures of African-American cinema and established a major archive devoted to their preservation and study, died on March 30 at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.

At her death, Professor Klotman was an emeritus professor in the department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. There, in 1981, she created the Black Film Center/Archive, the first significant repository of its kind in the United States.

Professor Klotman, who wrote and lectured widely on black cinema, founded what became the journal Black Camera. She convened symposiums and screenings, and championed the work of contemporary black filmmakers.

“She was one of the first to preserve black independent films, and in doing that, she encouraged us,” Charles Burnett, one of the most acclaimed black independent filmmakers of the postwar period, said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “One of the first forums that we had was at her school. And for many of us, it was the first time that we had some exposure on this level, in a university setting.”

One of her department’s few white members, Professor Klotman became interested in black film history in the 1960s, while writing her doctoral dissertation on African-American literature at what is now Case Western Reserve University.

Seeking visual representations of black people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, she learned of the existence of a body of work — long scattered, little known and unpreserved — by early black filmmakers.She traveled the country, scouring attics and cellars and museum vaults, assembling a collection of films by and about African-Americans. Many had survived only in fragments.

“They were technically very poor: poorly lighted, bad sound quality, made in people’s houses to save money,” Professor Klotman told The Associated Press in 1981. “But they were a picture of the black experience.”

Taxidermy Tuesday. “Rare Antelope Received”

Field Museum News, March 1931

“A specimen of the rare giant sable antelope of Africa … has been received by the Field Museum” …
“The skin, skull and antlers have arrived at the Museum, and work will soon begin to mount the animal for exhibition. “

© The Field Museum, CSZ74143.

Dr. Wilfred Osgood holding the horns on the skull of a Giant Sable antelope Hippotragus niger variani collected by Arthur Vernay.

Album Print 



Hanging in the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance lobby of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is a small plaque with the names of four men:

Ralph Leroy Dewsnup, Charles Edward Lewis, Julius Mayers and Augustus Julius Siko.

These National Archives employees died serving the United States during World War II.

In 1946 the National Archives created the plaque to honor these men and their service to our country.

The plaque’s dedication ceremony took place on January 29, 1947, in the Pennsylvania Avenue lobby, although now the plaque is displayed on a different wall than where it was originally unveiled.

The ceremony, attended by more than 100 National Archives employees, began with an invocation. Two National Archives staff members then performed a rendition of Kipling’s “Recessional.”

Following the unveiling, Archivist Solon J. Buck noted that while the National Archives staff was small in size, they had a larger percentage of staff who served in World War II than any other Federal agency.

Read more on the Prologue blog: http://go.usa.gov/39bxe

Image: Performance of “Taps” at War Memorial Plaque Dedication, January 29, 1947. (Records of the National Archives)

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