Longer hours, and new
furniture, and bodacious prints, oh my!
The Department of Special
Collections is pleased to announce that its new research room is fast approaching
the last milestone in a much anticipated renovation and improvement project.
Researchers entering the room, located on the second floor of Smathers
Library, will be struck by a seemingly incredible transformation that has
taken place in what many UF faculty and more veteran students may remember
as the "Grand Reading Room of Library East."
Perhaps of most practical
importance is the extension of hours to use the collections. New
hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. through
4:30 p.m. Friday. Visitors will be able to make use of their personal
laptops via connections to power and the campus network at each of the
room's 24 tables. There is also a reader printer for roll microfilm.
The walls of the research
room are hung with large format photographs, approximately 4 by 6 feet
which are images from materials throughout the collections. The University
Archives is represented by a portrait of the class of 1901 and a program
cover from a UF-Georgia football game. Raggedy Ann and Andy and Old Mother
Hubbard represent the Baldwin historical children's literature collection,
while two of the photographs depict a 17th-century map of St.
Augustine harbor and a 1920s-era illustration of a hunting expedition in
rural Florida, the latter an item from the Florida ephemera collection.
Other images include the first page typescript of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Yearling; a 17th-century Venice imprint from the Judaica
collection; program covers featuring African American dancer and choreographer
Katherine Dunham and an 1890s Italian opera program; a page from a printed
1498 French prayer book made to resemble an illuminated manuscript; and
lastly, but certainly not the least image is a portrait of the great Latin
American hero Jose Marti from a centennial booklet. More information about
the Special Collections Department can be viewed at http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec.
Department of Special Collections