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View of the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Printed on front: “Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.” Printed on back: “Published by F.M. Kirby & Co. Made in U.S.A.” Handwritten on back: “Howell, Nov. 16, 1911. Dear May, the stove is allright. Dear child, Ma is never so busy but she is good to see her friends but I don’t want to put you to any trouble. Uncle Andrew [undecipherable] was yesterday afternoon. Jesse would have gone but we did not learn it in time I have a card from Aunt telling us about his sickness. Aunt Mary sent me a birthday card. Mother.” Card is postmarked November 16, 1911.

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3.23.17 Today was just a wonderful day. I went to class, studied mythology in the library, went to Earth Fare to pick up some veggies, came home to find that the book I ordered had arrived, and made “cheesy” vegan broccoli and rice.
I’m hoping I make it through the next four days of work, then it’s off to Maryland to visit the fiance for a week. 😊

Portrait of a young woman with her hair pulled back, wearing suit coat, vest and turned down collar with small bow tie. Printed on photo back: “Revenaugh & Co. successor to Geo. C. Gillett, photographic & art studio, Kelley’s Block, East Huron St., Ann Arbor, Mich., negatives preserved, old pictures enlarged to any size desired, and finished in ink, oil or watercolors in a superior manner.”

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A treat from our archives for Election Day – did you know that American suffragettes funded their cause by publishing cookbooks?

“These books were the descendants of the post-Civil War charity cookbooks,” writes Nina Martyris, “published to raise funds for war victims and church-related issues.”

The suffrage cookbooks came garnished with propaganda for the Great Cause: the fight for getting women the right to vote. Recipes ranged from basic guidelines on brewing tea and boiling rice, to epicurean ones for Almond Parfait and the ever-popular Lady Baltimore Cake, a layered Southern confection draped in boiled meringue frosting. Occasionally, there was a startling entry, such as that for Emergency Salad: one-tenth onion and nine-tenths apple with any salad dressing. But the bulk comprised a soothing flow of soups, gravies, breads, roasts, pies, omelets, salads, pickles and puddings.

Check out the story here!

– Petra

On this day in history, January 26, 1837, Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state.

Street map or plan of Detroit, Michigan by Nathaniel Currier dated May, 1837. Printed on front: “City of Detroit, Michigan from late & accurate surveys, May 1837. N. Currier’s [undecipherable] cor. of Nassau & Spruce Sts. N. York. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1837 by Morse & Brother in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of N. York.”

Original map from the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library.

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The Galileo Manuscript                                                                                                  

Draft of a letter to Leonardo Donato, Doge of Venice, August, 1609, and Notes on the Moons of Jupiter, January 1610

Galileo Galilei


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Description from University of Michigan Library  “This single-leaf manuscript is one of the great treasures of the University of Michigan Library.  It reflects a pivotal moment in Galileo’s life that helped to change our understanding of the universe.

In the summer of 1609 Galileo received a description of a telescope which had been developed the year before in the Dutch town of Middelburg by an optician, one Hans Lippershey. Applying his knowledge of optical science, Galileo built such a glass or telescope for himself, and in the draft letter shown below offers his new “occhiale” to the Doge of Venice, pointing out its potential use in warfare. The final letter, revised from this draft, was sent on August 24, 1609. It is in the State Archives in Venice.

The lower part of this sheet shows the use to which Galileo put this optical device a few months later.  As he viewed the skies on successive evenings in January, 1610, he had noticed several bright objects around Jupiter that changed position from night to night. On this page, he plotted their positions over the course of one week and, when he drew the diagram in the lower right imagining how these movements would look if they were viewed from above Jupiter, he realized that the objects were moons of that planet.  This was the first observational data that showed objects orbiting a body other than the earth.”  


Most Serene Prince.

Galileo Galilei most humbly prostrates himself before Your Highness, watching carefully, and with all spirit of willingness, not only to satisfy what concerns the reading of mathematics in the study of Padua, but to write of having decided to present to Your Highness a telescope that will be a great help in maritime and land enterprises. I assure you I shall keep this new invention a great secret and show it only to Your Highness. The telescope was made for the most accurate study of distances. This telescope has the advantage of discovering the ships of the enemy two hours before they can be seen with the natural vision and to distinguish the number and quality of the ships and to judge their strength and be ready to chase them, to fight them, or to flee from them; or, in the open country to see all details and to distinguish every movement and preparation.“

[Below the text are diagrams and notes documenting the position of Jupiter’s moons on several nights in January 1610.]



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24 June 2016 || 12:50 am

So I actually forgot what day of the 100 days of productivity I was on… so… there goes that! Let’s see… I recently studied in the University of Michigan law library which was productive bc it was so quiet. Afterwards I went to go get some pie at a local coffee shop. I pretty much finished my junior year of hs which is odd to me, but I have no time to feel startled because I have to study for SAT subject tests and apply to universities. 

ALSO! I’M GOING TO THE GOT7 FLY IN CHICAGO CONCERT! If anyone else is going to that concert….MESSAGE ME! I was planning to make a little meet up before the concert, so if you are going… feel free to message me so we can fangirl together!

Man and boy stand next to snow sculpture of lion in a yard; wooden fence and brick church building in background. Recorded in glass negative ledger: “M/Localities-New Baltimore.”

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View of musicians in the House of David Band at Benton Harbor, Michigan. Men hold musical instruments; woman sits at piano in background. Printed on front: “House of David Band.” Printed on back: “Eden Springs, House of David, P.O. Box 477, Benton Harbor, Mich. U.S.A. Send for literature.”

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Michigan State University Library’s 1st edition, inscribed copy of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I get to work with this baby every week :)

Celebrate the International Day of Forests! (March 21)

Man wearing coat and plaid cap kneeling by weir in stream in the woods. Handwritten on mat front: “A glen in the Forest Park, Bay View.” Handwritten on back: “825.”

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