Category Archives: Special Collections

History Becomes Personal

People create objects: clothing, art, buildings, tools, utensils, written records and more. These things constitute material culture. How do the things we create reflect our culture? Our values and beliefs? How has the Barbie doll evolved over decades? What is … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing and Paper Making

I would like to give a shout out to James Harrigan, Grace Beck and their English 151 Honors professor Dr. Tamara O’Callaghan. James and Grace gave a presentation to the Board of Regents last Wednesday about research they did in … Continue reading

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New Twists, Old Artifacts

Last spring a production company contacted us after discovering an artifact mentioned in one of our online finding aids. The object, a needle threader from the Committee of 500 Records, ties into George Ratterman’s campaign for sheriff of Campbell County, Kentucky in 1961. The production company wanted to feature it in an episode for Mysteries at the Museum, a show on the Travel Channel. Continue reading

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Portrait of Colonel James Smith

The Fort Pitt Museum, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is currently borrowing the portrait of Colonel James Smith from the Warren J. Shonert Americana Collection in Special Collections for their outstanding exhibit, Captured by Indians: Warfare & Assimilation on the 18th … Continue reading

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Kentucky Oral History Day Success

We’ve been on a long blog break, but we’re excited to get started sharing our Special Collections and University Archives news again. On October 21, Special Collections participated in the first Kentucky Oral History Day. Sponsored by the Kentucky Oral … Continue reading

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The Circus is in Town

This picture shows a color lithograph of circus acrobats published sometime after 1898 by the Donaldson Lithograph Company of Newport, Kentucky. The company specialized in printing large advertising posters. It was known for its generic posters that buyers could customize … Continue reading

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Recent Donation of Visual Art

Eva G. Farris Special Collections is pleased to announce the generous donation of fourteen architectural drawings and graphic and photogravure prints from Mr. Larry Huston. These fine pieces help Special Collections document visual art and northern Kentucky’s business history. Among … Continue reading

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Leon Van Loo: A Man of Many Talents

My first few months at the NKU Archives have been a transformative experience, as both a budding historian and student of the university. Northern Kentucky University is incredibly lucky to have such a friendly and obliging staff on hand to … Continue reading

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Welcome back, NKU students!

We hope the 2013-2014 school year has gotten off to a great start for all our new and returning students! We came across a fun blog to help you answer some of college life’s most pressing questions. Hope you find … Continue reading

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Pass the Word

Check out our guest post “Gambling, Prostitution and Collusion! Oh my!” about crime and civic reform in Newport during the 1950s and 1960s on Pass the Word’s blog at http://history.gov/north-ky-crimey.k/. Complete the Pass the Word Challenge accompanying the post for a … Continue reading

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