Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist who was born into slavery in 1820. She is best known for her development and execution the Underground Railroad. On this day December 6 in 1849 she succeeded in her second and final escape from slavery in Maryland. Over the next eight years, Tubman spent her time executing the secret Underground Railroad which ultimately freeing over 300 slaves. She was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War (or any war for that matter) in the Combahee River Raid, freeing over 700 slaves in South Carolina and later became a strong advocate for women’s suffrage.
For more information on Harriet Tubman, take a look at the Rebecca Crown Library’s collection.
Walt Elias Disney, better known as Walt Disney, was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to Irish-Canadian father, Elias Disney, and German and English mother, Flora Call Disney. Walt Disney grew up in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago, with three brothers and one sister. He is regarded as an international icon and has contributed to the world as an entrepreneur, screenwriter, director, producer, cartoonist, animator and much more. With the collaboration with his broth Roy Disney, Walt Disney Productions became known as the best-known motion picture production worldwide. His accomplishments include: 22 Academy Awards, 4 honorary Academy Awards (59 nominations total, with record setting four in a single year), rewarding him more nominations an awards that any other individual in time, as well as seven Emmy Awards, two theme parks (Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort) as well as international resorts as well (Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong). Unfortunately, after a long struggle with lung cancer he passed away on December 15, 1966 in Burbank, California.
Take a look at some of our library materials about Walt Disney.
The National Union Catalog (NUC) Christmas Tree is constructed from over 500 volumes of the NUC Pre-1956 Imprints, and is a good example of re-purposing materials to create a sustainable tree. The volumes of the Union Catalog used to create this tree will be returned to the collection after the holiday season.
The National Union Catalog (NUC) is a list of all books, pamphlets, maps, atlases and music in the Library of Congress as well as major works in over 750 other libraries across the United States and Canada. Before the Internet, the National Union Catalog was the only way to find books in nearby libraries for Interlibrary Loan. Even though these searches can now be done quickly through a library’s website or WorldCat, the NUC is still important because as of 2005, an estimated 27% of books from before 1956 only be found in the National Union Catalog!
In 1901, the Library of Congress began a cooperative program with the New York Public Library, the Boston Library, the Harvard University Library and the John Crerar Library to exchange information about the books and other materials each institution held. This program quickly grew to include the Newberry Library, the libraries of the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, in addition to many others across the country. In 1963, the Library of Congress decided to publish these records on all materials published before 1956. The resulting NUC: Pre-1956 Imprints is sometimes referred to as the “Mansell” in reference to the publisher. The 754 volume set was published over a period of 13 years and weighs around a ton and a half!
The NUC Christmas Tree
The first Christmas tree created from the National Union Catalog was created in 2006 at the University of Aalborg Library in Aalborg, Denmark. Since then, the tradition has spread with NUC Christmas trees appearing in the libraries of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, the University of Nevada at Reno and Minnesota State University. The tradition has become particularly popular at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library.
Our tree was designed by Bryan Deziel and constructed by Jill Bambenek, Jason Carter, Elena Maans, Isabelle Ryan and Bryan Deziel.
Read more about the tree’s ornaments and the rest of the Library’s holiday display in future blog posts.
From the library home page
, click the Articles & Databases tab, then use the Academic Search Complete search box to search for: Cyber Monday
Sort the articles by date (newest first) to find interesting articles about this year’s cyber Monday.
For example, this year, FedEx expects to ship a record 22 million packages–that’s a record breaker! Information from: Stevens, L. (2013, Oct 24). FedEx sees dec. 2 as big shipping day. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.dom.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1444837402?accountid=10528
Target Black Friday by Gridprop at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The day after Thanksgiving
, Black Friday, earned its name for a variety of reasons. Chicago Tribune’s
Eric Zorn writes about several instances of the term throughout recent history, mostly having negative connotations
. Retailers sought to reverse-engineer the term to a positive light with folktales describing accounting records moving from red ink, indicating a financial loss, to black ink indicating a profit from the shopping season underway.
The Holidays, festivals, and celebrations of the world dictionary, which we have in our Credo Reference database–will give the more empiricial description of the term:
Black Friday usually refers either to the infamous Wall Street Panic of September 24, 1869, when Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to “corner” the gold market, or to September 19, 1873, when stock failures caused the Panic of 1873. In England, it is often used by workers to describe May 12, 1926, the day on which the General Strike was ended. It is occasionally used to refer to Good Friday.
Shoppers and retailers in the United States sometimes refer to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because it marks the beginning of the Christmas commercial season and is traditionally a frenetic day of shopping.
You know today is Thanksgiving…but you might not know that today also marks a historical race from Chicago to Evanston. It was the first automobile race, and the average speed was approximately 7.3 miles per hour.
In a move as unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition, surviving Monty Python members will reunite for a one-off show at London’s O2 Arena. Scheduled for July next year, tickets for the event went on sale on November 25. Prices start at £26.50. Gifts of shrubbery optional.
In a slightly more expected move, following a recent success of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit adaptations, JRR Tolkien biopic seems to be in the works. Produced by Fox Searchlight, the movie will chronicle key moments in the novelist’s early life and give us an excuse to raid library shelves and reread Silmarillion for the fifth time.
Finally, lest we dare to forget that greatest of Brits, William Shakespeare, here is BBC Culture’s Solvej Shou to the rescue.
For those who prefer their Bard sans Chris Hemsworth and his ‘mew-mew’ hammer, Chicago’s own Shakespeare Theater has had a smashing, $20 per ticket deal going on for years now. Check it out!