Way Down Upon the Suwannee River

Since tomorrow is the 4th of July, it is fitting to honor Stephen Collins Foster who was born on July 4, 1826, in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.   Lawrenceville was in Allegheny County, which is now a part of Pittsburgh.   In 1851, Foster wrote the words and music for “Old Folks at Home” (“Swanee River”).  This songContinue reading “Way Down Upon the Suwannee River”

A Poem for Mother’s Day

This little book, My Mother: a Poem, by Ann Taylor, was published between 1825 and 1833.  It is from our John McKay Shaw Childhood in Poetry book collection and is only 1.75″ x 3″. The John MacKay Shaw Collection, includes over 22,400 books in the Childhood in Poetry Collection and over 46 linear feet of otherContinue reading “A Poem for Mother’s Day”

The Flying Lady

Last year in March, when preparing for The Women For FSU event, I became familiar with the Betty Wood McNabb Collection and was intrigued by it.  In celebration of Women’s History Month I thought it was a perfect time to highlight an extraordinary woman and this collection.  The collection of memorabilia from her life and careerContinue reading “The Flying Lady”

Lady of the Lake

I have been wanting to highlight two books in our collection that I am particularly fond of specifically for their unique covers and are amongst my favorite books  in our collection with beautiful covers.   These books are different versions of  The Lady of the Lake: a Poem in Six Cantos by Sir Walter Scott. WhatContinue reading “Lady of the Lake”

Cooking Florida Style

We like to celebrate special events in our department such as birthdays and graduations.  Everyone brings something to share, and we look forward to trying new recipes. In July, we celebrated staff member Ben Yadon’s birthday, and I chose a Key Lime recipe from a book in our Florida Collection called Seasonal Florida:  A TasteContinue reading “Cooking Florida Style”

Adopt-a-Book Program

Books suffer the effects of aging, as well as wear and tear from use.  Many of the books in our collections are fragile.   Some need protective boxes, and others need minor repairs.  We also have books that require extensive help if they are to survive for use by future scholars. How can you help? OurContinue reading “Adopt-a-Book Program”

Some of my favorite books are right here in Special Collections

It is great to work in a place that contains editions of your favorite books.   I love Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings books and especially Cross Creek, which was published in 1942 and is an autobiographical account of her life in rural North Central Florida. Cross Creek Cookery was published in 1942.  Rawlings was a wonderful cook,Continue reading “Some of my favorite books are right here in Special Collections”