Graduate Theses Digitization Update #5

 

Our project to digitize the legacy collection of UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations has come to its end.

Since our last update, 292 theses were deposited in Deep Blue in  May. They were a mixture of legacy theses (dating from 1980 – 1995) and recent graduates’ work. We are currently in the final stages of record clean-up and author contacting.

Going forward we will continue to deposit newly authored works by our growing number of graduate students.  We will also continue to track the number of Deep Blue downloads.

Deep Blue by the Numbers

Only the download data through April 2018 were available, the following numbers are based on that data.

  • 452 theses have been added to Deep Blue from July 2015 to April 2018. (The May 2018 deposit brings the total number of digitized theses to 744).
  • 292 of the 452 theses (65%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 46,081 downloads have occurred since July 2015.
  • 208 of the 452 theses (46%) are designated as open access.
  • 206 of the 208 openly accessible theses (99%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 244 of the 452 theses (54%) are only accessible on UM campuses.
  • 86 of the 244 on campus theses (21%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 45,888 of the 46,081 total downloads (99.6%) were for the openly accessible theses.
  • 193 of the 46,081 total downloads (0.4%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.

2018 Downloads

The number of individual theses downloaded from January to April 2018.

 

The total number of downloads from January to April 2018.

 

Top 10 Downloaded Theses

Title Author Year Program Downloads
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 Public Administration 13,866
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 Liberal Studies 4079
The Development of a Post Anesthesia Care Unit Patient Quantitative Assessment/Predictive Tool to Manage Post-Operative Health Alterations Robin E. Cook 2017 Anesthesia 2524
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 Liberal Studies 2114
Fast Food Frenzy: An Examination of the Industry’s Success and Its Toll on America Michelle Ramirez Buado 2009 Liberal Studies 1757
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 Liberal Studies 1440
Acceptability and Appeal of a Web-based Smoking Prevention Intervention for Adolescents Amy E. Parlove 2003 Health Education 1298
Classification: Absolutism vs Relativism Darren Weist 2016 Computer Science 1240
Barriers Faced by Nurse Anesthetist Entrepreneurs Wishing to Implement an Office Based Anesthesia Practice David Mwaura 2017 Anesthesia 932
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 Liberal Studies 855

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.

Related Posts

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #4 – 25 January 2018

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #3 – 17 July 2017

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #2 – 22 March 2017

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #1 – 2 June 2016

Pity the Woman Who Works for a Living

 


UPDATE!   

Scroll to bottom of article to see links for online digital content of Willcox Collection from the Genesee Historical Archives.

 

 


Historical Display, Thompson Library

The Woman Who Works for a Living

Life of the Wilcox Sisters, Early 1800s


 

 

For her capstone project in History, Jeanette Routhier’s created a display demonstrating an historical examination of the contents of a box of materials she found in the Genesee County Archives.

The box contained historically educational “primary source materials,” the majority in the form of letters written by the Willcox sisters.

The letters were not originally intended to act as a mirror to the time period, nor to serve as an educational tool for historians.   They were, in fact, private correspondence within a family that became poverty stricken.  The letters detail  the struggle of the women of the family to survive in a male-dominated society which offered them few opportunities to provide for themselves outside of the protection of male members of their family.

These letters were intended to be, and remain, private; letters between family.  They were not created with the express purpose of becoming a first person observation of the times in which these women lived.

As often happens with documents preserved over time,  primary source materials — such as these letters — do just that.   They become an historical record of the world in which the authors lived.  They teach modern historians about daily life of people living during earlier time periods.   They pass along valuable information so that modern students of history can better understand what has happened and how our modern society developed into its current state.

From the letters, beautifully written in the cursive hand taught to all students of that time, we come to know the Wilcox family and follow the course of their lives over time.

Jeanette created the display to lead us through the years along with the sisters, beginning with their father, who was shipped off to Debtor’s Prison in the early 1830s, leaving his daughters destitute.

 

This was a time when women had few rights.  They were generally the chattel   (property)  of their fathers or husbands.

 

Single women living alone and depending upon their own efforts to survive had to find work in a world that considered working women a mere step up from slave labor.   Finding work was difficult.  Once obtained, there were no benefits other than a very meager income.     Hours were extremely long.  Conditions in the workplace were poor.  Opportunities for a better future were non-existent.

Our information about the time period and conditions women endured is passed along to us by history teachers.   History teachers learn the history from books.  But where does the information in the books come from?    And how accurate is it?   Does the writer of a book have pre-conceived notions of life in a time period which predates their own?   Does that then appear in the book?

Where can we get an accurate description, one passed down to us through time by people who lived through experiences long before we were born?

 

We find that information in “primary source” materials — the written record of people who were alive and witnessed events of a time before our own.

Primary source materials include such items as letters, the written descriptions of life and events passed down through time, describing conditions that no longer obtain and that we no longer understand through our own experience.

To know more about the time period and conditions that women experience, Ms Routhier opened a box of primary source materials stored in the University of Michigan-Flint Archive.

 

Jeanette located Box 1 of the George Willcox Papers.  She opened it, and began reading the contents.

Through letters saved over the centuries, Jeanette was able to piece together the world in which the Willcox sisters lived.   And through her display, Jeanette shared with us what it was like to live as a single woman in early 1800s United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the Archives and these original documents, which recorded first person observations of the life of these women, Jeanette has given us a small taste of the struggle of women trying to survive on their own in 1800s United States.

 

 

 


 

EPILOGUE —

 

This display has now been dismantled.

To see the material upon which this display was based, visit the Genesee Historical Collections Center, or use the links below to view the digitalized contents of the Lyman George Willcox collection stored in the Archives.

 


 

From the online digital collection of the

Genesee Historical Collections Center (UM-Flint Archives):

 


http://digitalarchives.umflint.edu/cdm/search/searchterm/Willcox/order/title


 

About this collection

(Click above to access entire online collection, or view the individual letters using the links provided below.)

Lyman George Willcox (1831-1918), a native of Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan, was a lawyer, an officer during the Civil War, orator, public servant, and journalist.  His father, Lyman J. Willcox, settled in Michigan during the 1820s.  The son, known as George, graduated from Hamilton College in 1855.  He went to Kansas in 1856 to study the pro- and anti-slavery situation, then went to Omaha the next year.  He returned to Detroit, and in 1861 was appointed captain of Company B, 3rd Michigan Cavalry Regiment.  His company saw action at Corinth and Iuka, Mississippi, and he left the service in 1864 as a major.  From 1865 to 1870, he was in Antrim County and in Traverse City, working as a lawyer and newspaper editor and in 1867 as U.S. Land Office registrar.  From 1871 to 1879, he was a fruit farmer in Centralia, Illinois, in addition to practicing law and regularly speaking as an orator.  He returned to Michigan, and was a law partner with his brother in Pontiac from 1879 to 1885.  He continued his legal and journalistic interests in Bay City, where he lived from 1885 to 1910, at which point he lived with his son George in Saginaw.  His papers include letters to and from his father from relatives in New York; correspondence with his wife during the Civil War; military orders and papers from his service in the Civil War; clippings from his political activities; and various reminiscences and documents from his activity in Civil War veterans’ organizations.

 

 

— The Letters of the Willcox Sisters (1830 – 1836) —

(Includes transcribed  text  in  print.)

 

  • Angeline Willcox to Lyman J. Willcox, May 31, 183-

http://digitalarchives.umflint.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16210coll1/id/67/rec/1

 

  • Angeline Willcox to Lyman J. Willcox, Sep. 22, 183-

http://digitalarchives.umflint.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16210coll1/id/72/rec/2

 

  • Harriet Willcox to Lyman J Willcox Sep 6 1830-a

http://digitalarchives.umflint.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16210coll1/id/90/rec/7

 

  • Harriet Willcox to Lyman J. Willcox, Dec. 26, 1830

http://digitalarchives.umflint.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16210coll1/id/80/rec/8

 

  • Harriet Willcox to Lyman J. Willcox, Feb. 27, 1833

http://digitalarchives.umflint.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16210coll1/id/84/rec/10

 

  • Harriet Willcox to Lyman J. Willcox, Dec. 7, 1833

http://digitalarchives.umflint.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16210coll1/id/76/rec/9

 

  • Harriet Willcox to Lyman J. Willcox, July 14, 1836

http://digitalarchives.umflint.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16210coll1/id/87/rec/11

 



Graduate Theses Digitization Update #4

 

Our project to digitize UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations, in order to preserve and make them more accessible, is nearing its end.

Since our last update, we have digitized the last 270 legacy theses (mostly dating from 1980 – mid 1900s). We are currently reviewing the scans and collecting their metadata before adding them to Deep Blue. We also continue to add new graduates’ theses and dissertations, including the dissertation of Shewta Gore, the first PhD ever awarded at UM-Flint: Subjective Assessments of Physical Activity in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

We have continued to track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository. The following information is a break down of some of the statistics.

Deep Blue by the Numbers

  • 452 theses have been added to Deep Blue from July 2015 to December 2017.
  • 285 of the 452 theses (63%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 26,494 downloads have occurred since July 2015.
  • 204 of the 452 theses (45%) are designated as open access.
  • 203 of the 204 openly accessible theses (99%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 248 of the 452 theses (55%) are only accessible on UM campuses.
  • 82 of the 248 on campus theses (26%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 26,322 of the 26,494 total downloads (99%) were for the openly accessible theses.
  • 172 of the 26,494 total downloads (1%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.

Deep Blue in 2017

A chart of the number of individual theses downloaded monthly in 2017. Click to enlarge.
A chart of the total number monthly of downloads in 2017. Click to enlarge

 

Comparing 2016 to 2017

2016 2017
Theses Digitized 388 452
On Campus Only Theses 265 248
Open Access Theses 123 204
Downloads 3,227 23,267
On Campus Downloads 91 88
Open Access Downloads 3,136 23,179
A chart comparing the total number of downloads in 2016 and 2017. Click to enlarge.

 

Top 10 Downloaded Theses (as of December 2017)

Title Author Year Program Downloads
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 Public Administration 8496
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 Liberal Studies 2380
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 Liberal Studies 1010
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 Liberal Studies 866
Fast Food Frenzy: An Examination of the Industry’s Success and Its Toll on America Michelle Ramirez Buado 2009 Liberal Studies 849
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 Liberal Studies 707
Acceptability and Appeal of a Web-based Smoking Prevention Intervention for Adolescents Amy E. Parlove 2003 Health Education 651
Classification: Absolutism vs Relativism Darren Weist 2016 Computer Science 548
An American Indian Revolution:  The American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, 1973  Nicholas A. Timmerman 2012 Liberal Studies 451
Barriers Faced by Nurse Anesthetist Entrepreneurs Wishing to Implement an Office Based Anesthesia Practice David Mwaura 2017 Anesthesia 411

Going Forward

In the coming months we are adding the last batch of legacy theses  to Deep Blue.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.

Related Posts

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #3 – 17 July 2017

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #2 – 22 March 2017

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #1 – 2 June 2016

Art in the Library

 

 


Information  and   Culture

  ———

At  the  Library


 

Thompson Library opened it’s doors in its new facility in October, 1994.   We have been at our “new” location for 23 years this October.   During that time, the Library has continued to add, slowly and selectively, to our Art Collection, which is on display throughout the building.

While many are unaware the Library has an art collection, it has been on display on our walls and on selected tables since those doors opened.

Some of the pieces in our collection have been gifts, donated by thoughtful and generous patrons of the University of Michigan and of the Library.  We sincerely appreciate our patrons and thank them for sharing their love of the arts with the our university community.

Some of the pieces were purchased by the library, often from UM-Flint student art shows.

Some of the pieces are part of the Genesee Historical Collections Center — known on campus as The Archives.

The subjects of our artwork are as varied as the mediums used to create them.    The majority of our works are in oil, charcoal, or pastels.   But there are also a large number of reprints and photographs. The Art in the Library isn’t limited to framed images hanging on the walls; we have a number of sculptures and items of mixed media as well.   There are works in glass, in fabric, in metal, and in ceramics.   From paintings to sculptures, it’s all in your library, free for anyone to enter, walk around, and enjoy.

We have paintings of people; some famous, some forgotten, some fabricated from the imagination of the artist who created them.  There are images of both well known and obscure local sites, some representing the architecture of a specific era,  landscapes or geographic features.

There are a number of paintings with subjects that are related in some way to the University of Michigan.

Best of all, the majority of our artworks are on public display.  Anyone may visit the Thompson Library to leisurely wander through the building, finding art in both prominent and obscure locations throughout all three floors of our facility.

We invite our readers within the UM-Flint community and visitors to our fair campus to come and enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of study and contemplation our library offers.

The building itself is — quite literally — a work of art, having won the design firm an award.  The stacks shelving over a quarter of a million volumes are open, accessible and well lit.

There are comfortable chairs as well as hundreds of reading carrels on all three floors.

The first floor Atrium boasts 3 story windows, letting in natural light throughout the vast space, with plenty of tables for readers to sit and enjoy the view, quietly read their favorite tome, or engage in research.

And please, take a moment to just look around at the many fine pieces of art on display.

When you are at the Thompson Library, beauty is all around you.

 


 

—    CLICK  ON  ANY  IMAGE  TO  ENLARGE    —

 


 

Below we have included a sample of some of the pieces in our art collection.

 

Please visit the library soon to view these, and many other, works of art.

 

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FIRST  FLOOR  OF  LIBRARY

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— Oil on Canvas — Title: Untitled Artist: Amanda Simons (student, class of 2007) Location: 1st Floor, Left Wall (from stairwell) Subject: Signs (Local, well-known business)

 

— Colored Pencil Drawing — Title: Weightless Artist: My Tran (student / class of 2010) Location: 1st Floor, Left wall (from stairwell)

 

— Oil on Canvas — Title: Untitled Artist: Heather Workman (Student — Class of 2014) Subject: City-scape with river and bridges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Oil on Board —
Title: Untitled
Artist: Jeff Powell, Student – class of 2014
Location: 1st Floor (Left Wall from stairwell)
Subject: Lady with long, black hair in front of UM logo and Citizens Bank Ball / local Flint buildings
— Black & White Photograph — Artist: Louise Parham (Student – Class of 2008) Location: 1st Floor, Left Wall (from stairwell) Subject: New Orleans; Lower 9th Ward, Vacant lot being cleaned up by people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Etching — Artist: Tim Kranz (Student – Class of 2001) Location: 1st Floor, Left Wall (from stairwell) Subject: University Pavilion – Flint, MI (University Pavilion — UPAV — looking south on Saginaw Street)
— Etching — Enlargement of UPAV etching (See: Artist — Tim Kranz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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SECOND   FLOOR    OF   LIBRARY

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— Glass Cast — Title: Map Artist: Sarah Coulter (Student art show – Best of Show winner) 2016 Location: 2nd Floor, across from elevator
Name Plaque Title of artwork: Map Location: 2nd floor See: Artist Sarah Coulter

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Oil on Canvas — Title: Asian Woman Artist: Arla Location: 2nd Floor (across from elevator) Subject: Unknown Asian woman
— Watercolor — Untitled Artist: Heather Calugaru Purchased from the 1996 Student Art Show with a gift from the UM-Flint Annual Fund Subject: Woman, Head and Shoulders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Ball-point Pen, Colored Pencils on Paper — Title: Syrian Desert Artist: Joseph E. Yoakum Location: 2nd Floor, Outside Writing Center Lab Subject: Pencil drawing of Syrian desert
— Ball-point Pen, Colored Pencils on Paper — Title: Mt Ohaulagipi Artist: Joseph E. Yoakum Loction: 2nd Floor, Outside Writing Center Lab Subject: Mt. Ohaulagipi in Himalayan range in Nepal sector of India & Asia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Ball-point Pen, Colored Pencils on Paper — Title: Mt. Thabor Artist: Joseph E. Yoakum Location: 2nd Floor, Outside Writing Center Lab Subject: Mt. Thabor near Nazareth in Galilee – Jordan River between Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea (middle east)
— Print — Title: Library of Michigan Lobby Artist: Unknown Location: 2nd Floor, Column near freight elevator (back wall area) Subject: View from the entrance to the Library of Michigan in Lansing, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of Frances Willson Thompson (1952) at Entrance to the Library. Artist: Edmund Giesbert. Medium: Oil on canvas. Donated by her son, Jack Willson Thompson.
Portrait of Frances Willson Thompson (1952) at Entrance to the Library. Artist: Edmund Giesbert. Medium: Oil on canvas. Donated by her son, Jack Willson Thompson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The USS Michigan. Artist: James Clary (Remarqued print; nbr 777 of 1776) Gift of Mimi and Will Boroury. Location: 3rd floor near Circulation Desk.
Title: Schoolhouse #6 Artist: Shannon Morden Medium: Watercolor Purchased from the 1994 Student Art Show Location: 3rd Floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THIRD   FLOOR    OF   LIBRARY

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Forever Autum Artist: Tracy Rutherford Donated by Thomas (’91 BA) and Laurie (’91 BA) Medford. Location: 3d Floor
Bust VII, Artist – Mary Murphy, Medium – Clay & Fabric, Purchsed from the 1996 Student Art Show, Location: 3rd Floor Reference Desk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Bust VII, Artist: Mary Murphy, Medium: Clay & Fabric, Purchased from the 1996 Student Art Show, Location: 3rd Floor Reference Desk
Plaque accompanying sculpture piece “Bust VII”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bust, Martin Luthur King, Artist: Michael Florin Dente, Medium: Bronze, Gift to Library by artist (2000), Location: 3rd Floor Reference Desk
Details from bust of Martin Luther King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details from bust of Martin Luther King
Details from bust of Martin Luther King

 

 

 

 

 

Details from bust of Martin Luther King.
Portrait of Martin Luther King. Medium: Oils on Canvas. Location: Genesee County Historical Center (University Archives) — 2nd Floor, Thompson Library Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

The Harness Maker, Medium: Oils on Canvas, Location: Genesee County Historical Center Archives, 2nd Floor, Thompson Library Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flint Bridge, Artist: Nick Looney, Medium: Oil on Canvas, Purchased at Student Art Show – Artist Voice Award Winner 2015, Location: 3rd Floor

 

 

 

 

 

Advances in Printing, Artist: Annette Cremin, Medium: Oil on Canvas, Polytych, ca 1922, Location: 3rd Floor, Thompson Library by Room 320
Advances in Printing – Part of Polytech grouping, ca 1922

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map of Europe. Location: 3rd Floor, Thompson Library, Computer Study Room
Location: Director’s Office (3rd floor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crapo Family Pictures
Location: Director’s Office (3rd floor)

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Director’s Office (3rd floor)
Location: Director’s Office (3rd Floor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Director’s Office (3rd floor)
Location: Director’s Office (3rd floor)

 

 

 

 

 

Location: 3rd Floor, Directors Office
Location: Director’s Office, 3rd floor

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Room 215 (BI Room)
Location: Room 215 (BI Room)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arial view — Flint, Michigan Location: 2nd Floor (near emergency exit door at SW corner)
Location: Genesee Historical Collection (the Archives) 2nd floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Genesee Historical Archive (2nd floor)
Location: Genesee Historical Collection (the Archives) 2nd floor

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Genesee Historical Collection (the Archives) 2nd floor
Location: Genesee Historical Collection (the Archive) 2nd floor)

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Genesee Historical Collection, 2nd floor
Location: Genesee Historical Collection, 2nd floor

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Thompson Library has so much more than books in print on our shelves.   We have videos (both VHS and DVDs — even a Blu-Ray or 2), we have ebooks (and yes, many can be downloaded to a tablet for two weeks at a time), we have hundreds of online databases.

But we also have a unique art collection.

The Library — and all it contains — is a part of your academic experience.

Come to the Library and enjoy the experience soon.

Information — and culture — are all there for you, at your library.

 


 



MICHIGAN DAILY ARCHIVE Highlights University, State, National, and World History

 


MICHIGAN DAILY

University of Michigan’s Student Newspaper

Recording History Since the 1800s


by Vanessa Prygoski

Since September of 1890, the Michigan Daily has been the official student newspaper at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Throughout the decades since then, the student staffs of the Daily have chronicled not only the goings on at the University, but also the local and global community more generally.

Until recently, one had to go to the Hatcher Graduate Library in Ann Arbor to look at back issues of the Daily on microfilm.   Now, almost the entire run of the paper is available to anyone with a computer and internet connection, thanks to the Bentley Historical Library on the North Campus in Ann Arbor.

The Michigan Daily Digital Archives is located at:

https://digital.bentley.umich.edu/midaily

Current coverage of all back issues is from 1890  to  2014.

The archive landing page has a basic keyword search box.

At the top of all the archive pages there is a blue bar with the familiar Michigan Block M with the Archive and Bentley Library names.

This bar also contains links to other archive features.

The first of these is labeled   Search,  and takes the user to a screen with more search options than the basic keyword search on the landing page.

There is a drop down menu that allows users to limit their search by date of publication.

The default is   any date,   which will search the entire archive for the keywords entered by the user.

Users can choose to limit their search to results before and after a certain publication date, as well as between specified dates.

The left side of the search screen allows users to browse the archive by decadeyearmonth,  and  day.   There are also a few sample searches available to stimulate creative ideas on how best to search.

Next to the   Search  link in the blue bar at the top of the archive pages, is a link marked   Browse.   Clicking here will bring up all of the available issues of the MICHIGAN DAILYstarting with the oldest issue in the archive which is from September 30, 1891.

Again, from here there are drop down menus to limit your search by decade, year, month, and day.

These can be combined, so, for example, you could limit your search to issues of the  DAILY  that were published in July — in all of the years of the decade of the 1960s.

The   Help   link in the blue bar at the top of the archive pages has useful information on search techniques such as Boolean logic, as well as how to use the page viewer feature and how to download pages and entire digital back issues of the Daily.

 

While the Michigan Daily initially focused mostly on activities on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan, it quickly expanded to cover events across the state, nation, and world.

The November 12, 1918 issue reports on the end of the first World War, while issues from the early 1940s include extensive reporting on World War Two.

An extra issue from November 22, 1963 carried the tragic news of President John F. Kennedy’s death.    Five years later, the Daily would report on two additional assassinations of prominent public figures-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Kennedy’s brother Robert.

The progressive social movements of the 1960s, 1970s and beyond have been extensively covered by the Michigan Daily. 

Tom Hayden, one of the founders of Students for a Democratic Society, was editor of the paper in the early 1960s.

White Panther/Rainbow People’s Party founder John Sinclair (a 1964 Flint campus graduate) both wrote for the Daily as well as being a frequent subject of articles in the paper.

The African-American civil rights and Black Power movements, second and third wave feminism, countercultures such as the hippies, the LGBTQ+ movement and more have all been written about in the Michigan Daily.

Varsity sports on the Ann Arbor campus have always been well covered by the Daily, from Fielding Yost’s   Point A Minute   football teams of the early 1900s,  through the Bo Schembechler era, and on to today’s teams led by coaches such as Carol Hutchins of the women’s softball team and Jim Harbaugh, current head football coach.

On page three of the February 8, 1955   Daily  is a short news article reporting on the  Board of Regents  vote to “establish a senior college of the University in Flint.”

This, of course, is what evolved into the present day University of Michigan-Flint campus.

News from both the Flint and Dearborn campuses regularly appear in the Daily.

The Michigan Daily Digital Archive is a very valuable historical resource, and is available free for all to use.

by Vanessa Prygoski


 

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #3

 

Beginning in 2015, the Frances Willson Thompson Library has taken steps to preserve and make more accessible UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations.

Since our last update we have continued to work on the project by adding theses to Deep Blue as students graduate and by reaching out to the remaining authors. We have now contacted all the authors for whom we were able to find contact information. In the end, we sent out over 700 letters asking for authors’ permission to allow the full text of their work to be made available to a larger audience than the three UM campuses.

We have also continued to track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository.

Deep Blue by the Numbers

  • 411 theses have been added to Deep Blue between July 2015 and June 2017; the bulk of the theses (375) were added in May 2016.
  • 239 theses (58% of the 411) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 10,901 downloads have occurred since July 2015 when the first few theses were added.
  • 184 of the 411 theses (45%) are designated as open access, meaning they are freely available to anyone on the internet through Deep Blue and search engines, like Google Scholar.
  • 179 of the 184 openly accessible theses (97%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 60 of the 227 theses (26%) that are only accessible on UM campuses have been downloaded at least once; only 4 of these theses have been downloaded more than five times.
  • 10,772 of the 10,901 total downloads (99%) were for the openly accessible theses.
  • 129 of the 10,901 total downloads (1%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.

Charting Deep Blue

A chart of the number of individual theses downloaded monthly from May 2016 to June 2017. Click to enlarge.
A chart of the total number of downloads from May 2016 to June 2017. Click to enlarge
A chart comparing the number of theses downloaded from May – December 2016 (8 months) and January – June 2017 (6 months). Click to enlarge.

Top 10 Downloaded Theses (as of June 2017)

Title Author Year Program Downloads
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 Public Administration 2949
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 Liberal Studies 1119
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 Liberal Studies 453
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 Liberal Studies 448
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 Liberal Studies 412
An American Indian Revolution:  The American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, 1973  Nicholas A. Timmerman 2012 Liberal Studies 290
Joseph McCarthy and the Loss of China:  A Study in Fear and Panic Adam Ferenz 2014 Liberal Studies 209
Ellery Queen: Forgotten Master Detective Cathy Akers-Jordan 1998 Liberal Studies 180
Capturing Detroit Through An Underground Lens: Issues of the Sixties Inside Pages of the Detroit Fifth Estate, 1965-1970 Harold Bressmer Edsall 2010 Liberal Studies 172
Effects of autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata Thunb.) density on the growth of mature white oak trees (Quercus alab L.) Marija R. Andrijonas 2011 Biology 168

Going Forward

In the coming months we are digitizing the remaining 270 theses with Proquest and adding them to Deep Blue.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.

No Bones about It — Willson Has Joined the Library!

Sometimes, the resources our patrons — including faculty, staff and students — need to further their research don’t fall under the category of the written word.

Sometimes, those resources need to be a little more <ahem> full-bodied.

For those studying in the health sciences, for instance, sometimes those resources need to be a physical representation of the body parts they are studying.

Enter Willson, the newest member of the Thompson Library.

Willson may be a little thin on conversation, and to be honest, he’s a bit of an air head.  But he’s chock full of valuable learning opportunities.

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Willson, added to our collection in April, is a full body, male human, articulating skeleton.

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While his bones don’t come apart, he can be moved.

 

 

And he is available to be checked out — for use inside the library, only.

The skeleton hangs from a mobile rack and can be moved to any location inside the library, such as near one of the tables in the Atrium, or to a group study room.   His loan period is 4 hours.

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As with all library resources, a UMID card is necessary to check out Willson, and he must be returned in good condition.  (Any damage will be charged to the borrower on record.)

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So far, the response from patrons has been overwhelmingly positive to our new addition.  So much so, that the library is considering adding other visual study aids in the future.

One day soon, you may be able to check out Willson’s heart, or perhaps a kit to build a visual representation of a water molecule.

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But for now, Willson stands behind the Circulation counter, near the 3rd floor entrance to the Library.

 

 

 

Come in and see him soon.

(We’ve discovered he LOVES the attention!)



–Extended Library Hours– Study Days – April 2017


It’s BACK!

STUDY   DAYS    in  the   LIBRARY


Thompson Library open Monday am;  closes Thursday pm

 

The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, April 17th and will remain open (24 hours per day for 4 days!) until midnight on Thursday, April 20th this spring (2017).

 

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Students needing to study for exams or work on that final paper are welcome to come and take advantage of these special extended hours for this week.

 

  • Where to Go?
    • Study Rooms and group areas will be available in the library for those that need to study together, while quiet areas will be strictly enforced for those that need peace and quiet to get that studying in and work on final papers before exams begin.

 

  • Will it be safe in the Library?
    • Department of Public Safety officers will be on hand to ensure the library will be a safe environment for those wishing to stay into the wee hours of the morning — or overnight!

 

  • Need computers?
    • ITS  lab  inside the library offers over 100   computers (including a few Macs) divided among all 3 floors.       Additionally,  ITS has  3 printer/copier machines  (one on each floor)  inside the library, all connected to the campus print queue.

 

  • Recharge devices?
    • There are many electrical outlets  (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.

 

  •  Need a laptop?
    • Thompson Library even has laptops available to checkout for use within the library.   (Remember; student id cards — the UMID — also acts as your library card using the barcode on the back of your card.)

 

  • Need to play videos or CDs?
    • VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.

 

  • Need headphones?
    • Check out headphones using your UMID at the Circulation Desk (3rd floor near entrance to library).

 

  • Need study space?
    • Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.

 

  • Need help using Library?
    • And as always, our librarians and staff will be here during the entire 88 hours  and will be available to  assist patrons with their research needs.

 

  • FOOD?!! 
    • Student Government at The University of Michigan-Flint will be providing snacks from 9pm – 1am Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in the 3rd floor library lobby.

 

  • Will it be safe walking on campus?
    • University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety will provide escorts on request all around campus, all night, and will be keeping the UPAV lot and Skywalk open all night to further ensure student safety.

 

  • Stressed?
    • Thompson Library will have:
      • Adult COLORING BOOKS available.
      • AND  … the THERAPY DOGS will again be visiting!
        • Therapy dogs will be in the library on Thursday, April 20th between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.   Come by and get a little canine cuddling to help steady those exam nerves.

 

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Questions?

Contact Thompson Library for more information at:

Reference Desk:   810 / 762-3408

Circulation Desk:   810 / 762-3400

Librarians:   library-reference@umflint.edu

 


 

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— HOURS for STUDY DAYS —

 

Beginning Monday, April 18th, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:

 

Monday, April 17 :                          Open at 8 am — Open 24 hours

Tuesday, April 18:                             Open 24 hours

Wednesday, April 19:                     Open 24 hours

Thursday, April 20:                           Open 24 hours   —   Close at midnight.

Friday, April 21:                                   8 am to 10 pm  (open extra 2 hours)

          Saturday (22nd):                    10 am to 10 pm   (open extra 2 hours)

          Sunday (23rd):                        12 noon to midnight  (extra 2 hours)

Monday (24th):                                    8 am to 2 am (extra 2 hours)

Tuesday (25th):                                    8 am to 2 am (extra 2 hours)

Wednesday (26th):                            8 am to midnight

Thursday (27th):                                  8 am  to 6 pm

Friday (28th):                                         8 am to 6 pm

        Saturday (29th):                          CLOSED  

        Sunday (30th):                              CLOSED

 


          Spring hours begin Monday, May 1, 2017

          and run through the end of summer semester.


 

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Monday – Thursday:                                            8 am    to  10 pm

Friday:                                                                          8 am    to    6 pm

         Saturday:                                                         12 noon to 6 pm

         Sunday:                                                             12 noon to 8 pm


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Mott-Warsh Art Gallery Works Exhibited in Thompson Library

Six new pieces have arrived at Thompson Library — on loan from the Mott-Warsh Art Collection — and now available for viewing.

The new display of lithographs may be seen on the 3rd floor of Thompson Libray along the back wall.  Please stop by soon to see and appreciate these works while they remain with us.

The art collection, owned by The Maryanne Mott and Herman Warsh Collection, contains samples of some of the very best late 20th century works by African American artists.

The mission of the Mott-Warsh Collection is to present contemporary fine art to public audiences in non-traditional venues as well as educational and cultural institutions.

University of Michigan-Flint (with its strong historical ties to the Mott family of Flint, Michigan) and the Thompson Library in particular fit perfectly with the mission and vision statements established by Maryanne Mott and her late husband, Herman Warsh.

The collection was established in 2001 by Maryanne Mott and he late husband, Herman Warsh.  The collection features the work of artists of the African diaspora and those who reflect on it.  It comprises over 600 works by more than 185 artists working in varied media and stylistic approaches.

Represented within the collection are works from mid 20th century masters such as Romare Bearden and Elizabeth Catlett to many new and innovative artists of the early 21st century, and includes a broad array of work from the abstract to the representative.

Common to all pieces within the collection is the focus on unique cultural and social experiences of Africans and Americans of African descent living and working in western (American) society.

Maryanne and Herman begun collecting their art with the intent to assemble and preserve rare works of art endemic to the African community and make them available to the wider audience through its lending program with the intent to educate viewers in art appreciation, art making processes, art history, 20th century American history and the history of the African diaspora.

More works from the Mott-Warsh collection are on view at their Galley in downtown Flint on 815 S Saginaw Street (corner of S. Saginaw and E. Court Street).

Gallery hours are 11:00 am through 6:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, and 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on the second Friday of each month.   You may call ahead for information at (810) 835-4900, or check their website at m-wc.org.

The Gallery and it’s extended collection are supported by the Mott-Warsh research library, which has assembled monographs, exhibition catalogs, auction catalogs and journals with subject concentrations in African American art as well as information on fine arts collection management.

Selected works from the Mott-Warsh Collection are currently on display at several locations around Flint, including the Flint Institute of Music, the Flint Public Library, the Ruth Mott Foundation, Mott Community College, Applewood, Kettering University Innovation Center and other locations.

Nationally, pieces are on loan at such renowned institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio State University), Walker Art Center, Denver Art Museum, Rudenstine Gallery (W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University), the Seattle Art Museum, the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford), the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Boston) and many other museums and art galleries around the nation.

Thompson Library is proud to be numbered among such fine institutions in being selected as a location to display pieces from the Mott-Warsh Collection.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mr. Michael Doyle, our Assistant Director, for being instrumental in arranging for Thompson Library to participate as a display site for works from this esteemed, world-renowned collection.

The new lithographs currently on display in the Library are by the artist Elizabeth Catlett (1915 – 2012), and as a series are entitled For My People.

The lithographs were conceived and published as illustrations for a limited edition large folio featuring Margaret Walker’s poem of the same name.   Ms. Walker, a celebrated poet, novelist, essayist, and educator, was Catlett’s roommate when they attended the University of Iowa in 1939/40.

For My People is from a series of poems written by Walker in which she expressed her ambivalence bout the south, where she had spent her childhood.  Many scholars feel her work bridged the gap between the Harlem Renaissance of the 20s and 30s and the black arts movement of the 60s.

Elizabeth Catlett is known for her abstract sculpture in bronze and marble as well as prints and paintings, particularly depicting the female figure.   Ms. Catlett is unique for distilling African American, Native American, and Mexican at in her work.

Born in Washington D.C. and later becoming a Mexican citizen, Catlett received a bachelor of arts degree from Howard University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied with the regionalist painter, Grand Wood.  She also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Art Students League in New York City.

Wood’s teaching dictum was, “paint what you know best.”   This set Catlett on the patch to dealing with her own background in her artwork.

In 1940, her painting, “Mother and Child,” depicting African-American figues, won her substantial recognition.

Later in 1946, she traveled to Mexico and became interested in the Mexican working class.  She settled pemanently in Mexico in 1947, and eventually met and married artist Francisco Mora.

From 1958 to 1973 she was head of the deparment and professor of sculpture at the National School of Fine Arts in Mexico.   During this time, she did extensive work in printmaking, which she found an affordable medium for reaching the masses, and produced images of African-American and Mexican working class women.

Ms. Catlett’s art can be found in major museums in the United States and abroad.  She has received countless honors and awards for her work within her lifetime.

Following is the poem, For My People, by Margaret Walker (inspiration for this series of lithographs), which was published in 1942.

For my people everywhere singing their slave songs repeatedly:  their dirges and their ditties and their blues and jubilees, praying their prayers nightly to an unknown god, bending their knees humbling to an unseen power;

For my people lending their strength to the years, to the gone years and the now years and the maybe years, washing ironing cooking scrubbing sewing mending hoeing plowing digging planting pruning patching dragging along never gaining never reaping never knowing and never understanding;

For my playmates in the clay and dust and sand of Alabama backyards playing baptizing and preaching and doctor and jail and soldier and school and mama and cooking and playhouse and concert and store and hair and Miss Choomby and company;

For the cramped bewildered years we went to school to learn to know the reasons why the answers to and the people who and the places where the days when, in memory of the bitter hous when we discovered we were black and poor and small and different and nobody cared and nobody wondered and nobody understood;

For the boys and girls who grew in spite of these things to be man and woman, to laugh and dance and sing and play and drink their wine and religion and success, to marry their playmates and bear children and then die of consumption and anemia and lynching;

For my people thronging 47h Street in Chicago and Len\ox Avenue in New York and Rampart Street in New Orleans, lost disinherited dispossessed and happy people filling the cabarets and taverns and other people’s pockets needing bead and shoes and milk and land and money and something-something all our own;

For my people walking blindly spreading joy, losing time being lazy, sleeping when hungry, shouting when burdened, drinking when hopeless, tied and shackled and tangled among ourselves by the unseen creatures who tower over us omnisciently and laugh;

For my people blundering and groping and floundering in the dark of churches and schools and clubs and societies, associations and councils and committees and conventions, distressed and disturbed and deceived and devoured by money-hungry glory-craving leeches, preyed on by the facile force of state and fad and novelty, by false prophet and holy believer;

For my people standing trying to fashion a better way from confusion, from hypocrisy and misunderstanding, trying to fashion a world that will hold all the people, all the faces, all the dams and eves and their countless generations;

Let a new earth rise.  Let another world be born.  Let a bloody peace be written in the sky.  Let a second generation full of courage issue forth; let a people loving freedom come to growth.  Let a beauty full of healing and strength of final clenching by the pulsing in our spirits and our blood.  Let the martial songs be written, let the dirges disappear.  Let a race of men now rise and take control.

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Graduate Theses Digitization Update #2

 

In 2016 the Frances Willson Thompson Library took steps to preserve and make more accessible UM-Flint’s graduate student theses and dissertations.

Since our last update we have continued to work on the project and track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository. We also helped Graduate Programs set up a work flow to capture newly submitted theses digitally and make them available to a wider scholarly audience more quickly. The process was implemented in the Fall 2016 semester and so far ten theses have been successfully submitted this way.

Deep Blue By the Numbers

  • 391 theses were added to Deep Blue between July 2015 and December 2016.
  • 159 theses (41% of the 391) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 3,223 total downloads, half of which were downloaded between October to December of 2016.
  • 123 of the 159 theses (77%) are designated as open access, meaning they are freely available to anyone on the internet through search engines like Google Scholar.
  • 119 of the 123 openly accessible theses (96%) have been downloaded at least once; and all of the top ten downloaded theses are open access.
  • 3,134 of the 3,223 total downloads (97%) are for the openly accessible theses.
A chart of the total number of downloads from July 2015 to December 2016.
A chart of the total number of downloads from July 2015 to December 2016.

Deep Blue Top 10 Downloaded Theses

Title Author Year Total
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 221
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 185
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 159
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 153
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 149
An American Indian Revolution:  The American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, 1973  Nicholas A. Timmerman 2012 149
Joseph McCarthy and the Loss of China:  A Study in Fear and Panic Adam Ferenz 2014 110
Capturing Detroit Through An Underground Lens:  Issues of the Sixties Inside Pages of the  Detroit Fifth Estate, 1965-1970 Harold Bressmer Edsall 2010 99
Ellery Queen: Forgotten Master Detective Cathy Akers-Jordan 1998 97
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Advance Directives Melody Williams 2002 78

Going Forward

In 2017 we are continuing the project by reaching out to the remaining authors and preparing the second batch of theses for digitization, which we hope will take place later this year.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.

Thompson Library, UM-Flint — LINKING PEOPLE WITH IDEAS!