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Archive: March, 2015

Introducing Emblem Books

One of the HBLL’s current Art in the Library exhibits, Todd Stilson’s Necrocoactionism: Joint Ventures with the Deceased, features three of Special Collections’ emblem books. Emblem books originated in Europe in the 16th century. They feature images inspired by proverbs, mottoes, epigrams, and other pithy quotes, with the text printed alongside the image. Readers were …

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Alumni Association records on prominent deceased alumni

The Brigham Young University Alumni Association (est. 1893) plays an important role in helping maintain connections between alums and the university. In order to accomplish this work the Alumni Association collects information about alumni, including student information sheets with demographic and contact information. For deceased alumni, these records and associated obituaries are transferred to the …

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Teresa of Avila

A new exhibit to celebrate Women’s History Month is up in Special Collections’ lobby. It focuses on women’s spirituality throughout history and includes works by Saint Teresa of Avila, who was born 500 years ago this month. Teresa was a Spanish Carmelite nun who is remembered for her reform efforts within the order and the …

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Victorian Book of the Month: “Angel in the House” Edition

March is Women’s History Month, so this month’s post looks at Victorian notions of women’s education and domesticity. The Women of England, their Social Duties and Domestic Habits was an influential conduct book for women published early in the Victorian period (1839). The author, Sarah Stickney Ellis, was the wife of a Congregationalist minister and …

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