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Art of the Poison Pens: A Century of American Political Cartoons

Friday, September 7th, 2012 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Art of the Poison Pens: A Century of American Political Cartoons

“Instead of talking about the facts of history, political cartoons demonstrate the passions of history — how people felt. They reflect that part of history that is so often lost in our history books.”

-Exhibition co-curator Larry Bush

As Dean and Professor Emeritus of the USF College of Public Health, Dr. Charles Mahan is better known for his positive influence on maternal and child health outcomes than for his involvement in cartoon art. But when Mahan donated his collection to the USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections Department in 2006, it was apparent that collecting political cartoon art and animation cels was an avocation he has taken seriously throughout his lifetime.

The Mahan Collection of American Humor and Cartoon Art began in 1950, as Dr. Mahan began collecting political cartoons, animation art, and comic strips. Later, the collection grew and matured as he began to include letters from cartoonists and notes from many personal meetings between Mahan and the artists themselves.

Collector Dr. Charles Mahan explains an iconic work by Bill Mauldin, created and published mere hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Collector Dr. Charles Mahan explains an iconic work by Bill Mauldin, created and published mere hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

The USF Tampa Library works with community partners on and off campus, from scholars on campus to cultural institutions spanning the Bay Area. In the most recent collaboration, the USF Tampa Library and Tampa Museum of Art jointly produced an exhibition, “Art of the Poison Pens: A Century of American Political Cartoons,” which is currently on display at the museum.

The exhibition is as a testament to the long-standing and vital role that the visual arts have played in the construction of an American political identity. Sometimes cartoons mock, cajole, poke, prod, offend and embarrass their subjects, while at other times they are lamentations during times of challenge and distress. Works on exhibit from the collection range from turn-of-the-century drawings from Thomas Nast, a great contributor to the lexicon of American political iconography, to more recent works reflecting the divisions between and within the two major political parties in power in the US. Reflecting on the role political cartoons play in shaping our collective memory, cartoon historian and exhibition co-curator Larry Bush says, “Instead of talking about the facts of history, political cartoons demonstrate the passions of history — how people felt. They reflect that part of history that is so often lost in our history books.”

Gallery visitors view Art of the Poison Pens

Gallery visitors view Art of the Poison Pens at Tampa Museum of Art

The in-person exhibition will be followed by an online exhibition later this fall, accessed through the USF Libraries website, featuring selected works from the collection. Placing exhibitions such as these online provides open access for anyone who wishes to examine and learn from the works. Dr. Mahan explains why political cartoons are important to the public discourse: “Because the cartoons are visual, and lots more people are likely to be drawn to the visual rather than dig into the editorial text of written pieces, these can be pretty powerful.”

On Thursday, August 9th, 2012, the exhibition was officially opened with a reception and panel discussion at the Tampa Museum of Art. More than 150 USF and Museum guests enjoyed a lively discussion featuring cartoonists Ed Hall, Doug MacGregor, and Marty Stein. “Art of the Poison Pens: A Century of American Political Cartoons” remains on view at the Tampa Museum of Art through September 16th.

The USF Libraries would like to thank guest curators Charles Mahan and Larry Bush, and Melanie Griffin, who served as exhibition coordinator for this project. Contributions to the exhibition’s success were made by USF Libraries Dean Bill Garrison, Alice Bush, Merrell T. Dickey,  Matt McEver, Eileen Thornton, and Mark I. Greenberg. Written by Eileen M. Thornton with contributions by Mark I. Greenberg.

Your contribution to the USF Libraries can support collections and programs such as these. To find out more, contact the USF Libraries Development office here or by calling (813) 974-4433 .

The Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection at the USF Tampa Library

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on The Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection at the USF Tampa Library

Alabastron, c. 399-230 B.C.

Dr. Farid Karam’s love of antiquities began when he was a child. As a Cub Scout in Lebanon, he often had occasion to camp among historic ruins (not yet protected, back then). Later, he camped on his family’s land in the mountains of El-Koura, which included the site of an old Roman forest ranger guard house and a Roman tomb of a couple and young child, carved into a rock formation.

Dr. Farid Karam, in his role as Life Member of the World Scout Foundation

Dr. Farid Karam in his role as Life Member of the World Scout Foundation

At the age of 12, Karam became a full-fledged Boy Scout and began going on camping trips. He began exploring in the areas. He spent time along the coast, including Tripoli, Byblos, and Tyre, where many rulers throughout history left their mark. “Every one of the conquerors left an imprint on this area, and it’s full of historical things,” Dr. Karam says. His favorite item from the Byblos area was a leather physician’s bag from the Roman period, barely intact, containing 57 medical implements: knives, abdominal probes for draining abscesses, and a cranial burr for relieving hematomas and abscesses.

In an exploration of the Ancient Roman ruins of Baalbek in Bekaa – another area traversed by various conquerors over the years – Dr. Karam saw jars, terra cotta objects, plates, and figurines in the area around the ruins of Roman baths, where six columns remain standing to this day.

The third area that Dr. Karam explored as a boy was the mountainous area overlooking Beirut and the Mediterranean – Beit Meri where, according to Karam, “the Roman elite had many plush homes where they would spend the summer. It was cool because it was more than 3,000 feet above sea level.” This was an especially interesting site to explore, as he discovered a network of lead pipes for irrigation and drainage among the residences — lead pipes which historians say contributed to infertility among the Roman ruling class and the downfall of the empire. In this area Dr. Karam also spotted coins and Roman sculptures of heads used as downspouts for the aqueducts.

Jehanne and Dr. Farid Karam

Jehanne and Dr. Farid Karam

As a child he was curious, but as an adult, Dr. Karam developed the means to purchase certified antiquities from licensed dealers in Lebanon. Amidst the civil war in Lebanon, he moved to the United States for good in the 1970s, having completed his medical residency and served in the US Air Force in the US in the 1950s. Dr. Karam went on to become chief of otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat medicine) at Bay Pines Medical Center and associate professor of surgery at the USF College of Medicine.

The Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection consists of 149 objects, including jars, goblets, bottles, oil lamps, unguentariums, and busts/figures. Most of the items came from Roman Syria, a wealthy province on the Eastern Mediterranean, and date from the 1st through the 4th centuries AD. Dr. and Mrs. Karam donated the collection to the USF Libraries, for conservation in the Special Collections department, in the late 1990s.

A View of the Karam Collection 360-degree viewerUSF Special and Digital Collections graduate students and staff members painstakingly organized and photographed these objects from 360 degrees of view, and stitched them together using software that would allow them to be spun and viewed from every side. You can view the remarkable result on the collection’s page, experiencing the objects as though you were holding them in your hands.

The USF Libraries are proud to have been included in Dr. and Mrs. Karam’s philanthropy. Your contribution to the USF Libraries will support student success and research efforts throughout the USF system. To find out more, contact The USF Libraries Development Office.

Paying it Forward

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Paying it Forward

It is rare that someone takes time out of their busy day to help a stranger – rarer, still, when that person is at the top of their field. So it was a surprise and a joy for the parents of Karina Bidani when Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dean Martin of the USF Chemistry Department responded to their email requesting a research experience for their daughter, who was still in high school.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dean Martin with High School Grad Karina Bidani

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dean Martin with High School Grad Karina Bidani

Mona Bidani, Karina’s mother, emailed a select few faculty she had identified on the USF website as potentially receptive to her daughter’s interest in an independent research project. Karina was in the process of applying to colleges, with the intention of proceeding to a career in medicine, and felt that her application would be stronger if she had a research experience under her belt. Dr. Martin was the first to reply to her request, eager to nurture a young mind curious about chemistry.

Dr. Martin walked Karina through the steps she would need to take in order to carry out the research. She was to use the historic and vast records of Jonas and Edna Kamlet and Kamlet Laboratories, housed in Special Collections. The Kamlet Laboratories Collection is significant for it’s extensive documentation of the development of chemical processes and products from concept to market. Jonas Kamlet invented Clinitest, a tablet that allowed medical personnel to test glucose levels in patient urine instantly, a ground-breaking product for its time. Laboratories like these were necessarily secretive, often breaking tasks down and farming them out to other labs far and near, in order to preserve proprietary knowledge that allowed them to remain profitable. Having access to such records can be invaluable for would-be chemists and entrepreneurs interested in developing drugs, consumer products, or industrial materials that would have a commercial market.

Says Dr. Martin:

The Kamlet Collection provides a remarkable opportunity to learn about the inventive idea-to-product process.  At a time when academic institutions are looking for more funding, money-generating patents may be an attractive solution… To paraphrase  a 49er, “There’s ‘gold’ in them there boxes”

Karina graduated in June from the St. Petersburg High School IB program, and was accepted to the honors program at her top-choice university. Of course, Dr. Martin did his best to convince her to come to USF, but her mind had long been made up. What’s more, Karina’s work on this project was of a sufficiently high level to be submitted for publication, and will be featured in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry. How many high school students have the opportunity to publish before starting college?

Barbara Martin and Dr. Dean Martin

Barbara Martin and Dr. Dean Martin

Dr. Dean Martin and his wife, Barbara Martin, have long been strong supporters of the University of South Florida. The Dean and Barbara Martin Chemistry Book Fund is an endowment established several years ago to generously provide funding for chemistry books and electronic resources (such as journals online); over the years, the Martins have honored many USF students, staff, and faculty that they find committing kind acts with a USF Libraries honorary bookplate program; and Dr. and Barbara Martin support the USF Libraries Latin American Science Fiction collection. The Martins also established a collection to support the Joint Military Leadership Training Center at USF. They are an example for us all. Their passion for, and spirited appreciation of USF is tremendous. Their continued support embodies their belief in building a strong research library.

Contact The USF Libraries Development Office to advance student success and research efforts.

Minstrelsy and Blackface in African American History

Friday, June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Minstrelsy and Blackface in African American History

“This is part of our history and a lot of times history is ugly.”

A chance conversation during a Special Collections visit with her Theory of History class led USF student Simone Sanders to discover USF Libraries’ Bank of America Black American Music Collection. For the senior majoring in history, the materials struck a nerve. Sanders (USF ’12) has long had a deep interest in African American history, and was already well-versed on the history of minstrelsy when she and Special Collections Assistant Librarian Andy Huse began collaborating on a digital exhibition chronicling its development and social context from the 1830s to the 1920s.

Student Simone Sanders and Librarian Andy Huse collaborate on the History of Minstrelsy exhibition

Blind Tom Wiggins

Minstrelsy in America, for all of its frivolous humor and popularity, was an exploitative form of musical theater that exaggerated real-life black circumstances and reinforced dangerous stereotypes during the 19th and 20th centuries. An embodiment of extremes represented in the often-sordid history of the genre, Blind Tom Wiggins was born a slave and purported to be developmentally disabled but was clearly a compositional genius, writing his first piece – Rain Storm – at the age of five. One of the highest grossing composers of the time, his masters exploited him to make a fortune in touring performances, eventually stealing him from his mother. After emancipation, some performers were able to improve their lot through performing in blackface. With few options for making a living, the public’s demand for blackface and minstrel performances was a potential source of income for newly-freed African Americans, who gradually began to replace the white performers in blackface. As the tide changed in the later era of the ‘New Negro,’ Bert Williams and George Walker were able to take what was developed as a racist, oppressive form of entertainment and turn it into a successful theater company with progressive messages.

Bert Williams

While some items in the Bank of America Black American Music Collection are shocking, representing negative stereotypes that the US mainstream in that era accepted and celebrated but which can be deeply offensive in 2012, co-curator Simone Sanders says, “…minstrelsy is a forgotten part of American entertainment. People start with jazz as the ‘first’ American art form, but this comes before jazz. This is part of our history and a lot of times history is ugly.”

In addition to this collection of rare and historic sheet music, the Library’s African American History Collections include the Armwood Family Papers; the papers of Dr. Robert W. Saunders, Field Secretary for the Florida NAACP, and his wife Helen; and the Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral Histories .

Contact The USF Libraries Development Office to support student involvement and digitization of library collections for broad use.

Genocide Under the Ottoman Empire

Monday, May 7th, 2012 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Genocide Under the Ottoman Empire

Dr. Suny speaks to a packed Grace Allen Room

In April, the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center welcomed historian Ronald Grigor Suny for its second Armenian Studies event in six months. Turnout was exceptional, with a standing-room-only crowd in attendance.

Suny explored a variety of historic justifications for and ramifications of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923) as well as killing and deportations of Greeks, Arabs, Assyrians, and others, under the Ottoman Empire. He spoke of first-hand research conducted during numerous visits to Turkey over a 20-year period. During visits to Kurdistan, he spoke with Kurds regarding their historic memory of and, sometimes, participation in the Genocide, having been bribed and coerced by its orchestrators. Most importantly, Suny described a relationship between the marginalization of the Kurdish population in present-day Turkey and the denial of the Armenian Genocide, suggesting that if the Turkish government were to acknowledge the Genocide, removing the ‘national security’ implications it uses as justification now, it would remove a tenet of their justification for failing to grant Kurdistan autonomy.

The talk also related what Dr. Suny sees as hopeful steps, from large, unimpeded demonstrations taking place in Turkey, and his own Workshop for Armenian/Turkish Scholarship (WATS) collaborations, where Turkish and Armenian scholars come together to explore the essential truths of the Armenian Genocide.

“Dr. Suny explained in a highly convincing manner how the reluctance of the current Turkish government to admit to the Armenian genocide was linked to the current Turkish-Kurdish conflict in Eastern Anatolia,” said USF History Professor Kees Boterbloem. “He pointed out, encouragingly, that this denial, a standard adhered to by all of Turkey’s governments since the 1920s, may have had its day.”

The audience discussion that followed the talk raised interesting questions about France and Turkey and admission to the European Union, and an understanding of the difference between the official Turkish government line and the feelings of the Turkish populace.

The USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center wishes to express gratitude to the USF History Department and Golfo Alexopoulos for their sponsorship of this important event.

The Armenian Studies collection at the USF Tampa Library continues to grow, with the acquisition of materials in a wide range of languages. Please contact The USF Libraries Development Office to learn how you can support this initiative.

A Family Shares Its Stories with USF and The World

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on A Family Shares Its Stories with USF and The World

“…it’s not too late and every story matters, not just for the traditional reasons of preventing (genocide) in the future but it matters because this is a human being who had this experience”

-USF Communication Doctoral Candidate Chris Patti


Many years ago, USF Professor of Secondary Education Joan Kaywell invited Young Adult Literature author Edward Bloor to come speak to her son’s church youth group. It was a visit that began a collegial friendship between Young Adult literature advocate Kaywell and the central Florida-based author. Shortly thereafter, having founded the Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature within the USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections Department, Kaywell asked Bloor to donate his advance readers, signed first editions, and original manuscripts to the Hipple Collection.

Author Edward Bloor with wife Pamela

Much as Edward Bloor shares stories to help young adults grapple with change and growth in their lives, his mother-in-law also had a story to tell. In 2011, Bloor and his wife, Pamela, came to to the USF Tampa Library to tour the Hipple Collection. During lunch that day with USF Libraries Director of Special and Digital Collections Mark I. Greenberg and Libraries Development Director Merrell Dickey, the conversation turned to the Libraries’ other collection initiatives, including the Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project developed in partnership with USF Professor of Communication and Sociology Carolyn Ellis and her graduate students. Pamela Bloor mentioned that, as a child, her mother had escaped the Nazis as part of the Kindertransport rescue movement. Dr. Greenberg asked whether her mother, Elisabeth Dixon, might like to give an oral history for the project. Indeed, she did.

Holocaust Survivor Elisabeth Dixon

In June, Edward and Pamela Bloor, Pamela’s mother Elisabeth Dixon, and her friend Bill Hunter made the journey to USF for Ms. Dixon to record her nearly four-hour story (listen to it here). For Ed Bloor, it was a wonderful day his family will always remember; they felt like “royalty for a day… It was an honor being asked by Joan to donate my materials to the Hipple Collection and to know that my papers will be preserved somewhere. We feel the same about my mother-in-law’s story. Before, it was just a story. Now, it’s part of recorded history. It gives you a sense of immortality.”

Communication Student Chris Patti

Ms. Dixon’s oral history interview was conducted by Professor Ellis’s student Chris Patti, a Communication doctoral candidate and McKnight Fellow. Patti has conducted several Holocaust survivor interviews, experiences which are meaningful for him as well. “This is the twilight of being able to work with individuals who’ve understood this experience first hand — it’s not too late and every story matters, not just for the traditional reasons of preventing it in the future but it matters because this is a human being who had this experience. And, while there are people that don’t want to talk about their experiences, the people in this project have all seemed to find meaning in the process of having these conversations – feeling that their experience isn’t totally lost already.” Many of his interviewees, but especially Elisabeth Dixon, “seem to be inspired by the fact that their stories are important to subsequent generations.”

Even Pamela Bloor knew her mother better after her story had been shared. “It was very moving for me to sit in the USF facilities and listen to my mother describe her incredible experiences,” said Bloor. “I learned some things that day that I hadn’t heard before. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity.”

Contact The USF Libraries Development Office to advance these and other student success and research efforts.

Historic Ybor City Collections Draw Researcher to USF Libraries

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Historic Ybor City Collections Draw Researcher to USF Libraries

The USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections department holds some fascinating items. That, you probably know. You may not know, however, what researchers actually do with the historical records, photographs, and newspapers there. We sat down with UNC Chapel Hill doctoral student Sarah McNamara to learn how she is using the Ybor City collections for her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation research.

UNC Graduate Student Sarah McNamara was drawn to Special Collections for her thesis and disseration research

Born and raised in Tampa, Sarah has always nurtured an interest in Tampa’s role in history. While working on a paper on Ybor City as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, a professor referred her to the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center within the USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections Department. This initial exploration of local history led to a deep dive into the archives. In her graduate work, McNamara uses records from Ybor City’s mutual aid societies, digitized copies of La Gaceta newspaper, and photographs of striking workers in weaving together her thesis on women’s activism and incorporation into the international Popular Front movement. Her research seeks to show that these activities were more than mere labor strikes or communist movements, that they were, in fact, the beginnings of the civil rights movement.

Says McNamara, “Using the Special Collections at USF is essentially going straight to the source. It’s a fantastic archive with an immense amount of local materials, but combining the available information from the Centros, newspapers, and oral histories with government records, Works Progress Administration reports, and other items that connect the city to larger policies and broader events makes it come alive in new ways.” Sarah credits Assistant Librarian Andy Huse with facilitating her research with his knowledge of the collections and willingness to help when she must work remotely due to her University of North Carolina coursework.

Investment in the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center’s collections enhances research opportunities for students like Sarah. Additionally, your support of graduate assistantships and research fellowships enables USF students to gain valuable experience working with the collections, which contributes to successful careers.

Contact The USF Libraries Development Office to advance these and other student success and research efforts.

USF Libraries Scholarships and Fellowships: Investing in Student Success

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on USF Libraries Scholarships and Fellowships: Investing in Student Success

Supporting student success is the USF Libraries’ number one priority. The USF Tampa Library awarded $8,500 in scholarships in 2011, to 10 deserving students. These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of our donors, including friends, alumni, faculty, staff, perhaps even you, who have invested in scholarships through the USF Libraries to support student learning and research.

2011 USF Libraries Scholarship Recipients, with Dean Garrison: (front row) Meagan Albin (Junior; Elementary Education; Sociology minor), Nicholas Hernandez (Freshman; Double major: Biomedical Sciences & Psychology), and Raechel Canipe (Junior; Psychology; Sociology minor) Back row: Skyler Ketchum (Freshman; Architecture), Usman Ahmad (Freshman; Engineering), Alexander Peterson (Freshman; Geology), and Michael Isaacs (Junior; Accounting).

Help us make more students’ dreams of success come true by contacting the USF Libraries Development Office to make a contribution. Supporting student success is achieved in many ways. In addition to scholarships, you can make a difference by enhancing one of our endowments in support of student assistantships and research fellowships in these areas, including the Riordan Fellowship.

2009 USF Libraries Scholarship Recipients and facilitators: Stacy Holman Jones (asst. professor), Darcy Webber, Diana Hurlburt, Seunjoo Park, Dennis J. Smith, Cenia M. Tamo Meza, Larry Heilos (committee), Paula Lezama Romero, donor Ruth Coleman, Donna Menendez

Contact us to make a financial contribution to these and other student success efforts:
The USF Libraries Development Office

Armenian Studies Event Explores Ethics, National Security, Genocide

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Armenian Studies Event Explores Ethics, National Security, Genocide

Taner Akçam

The USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center continued our ongoing effort to raise public awareness and encourage the teaching of tolerance with the presentation of the second annual Armenian Studies Symposium on November 4th, 2011. Free and open to the public, attendees filled the Grace Allen Room to capacity, even standing in adjacent rooms to listen in.

Respected Armenian Genocide studies scholar Taner Akçam gave a keynote talk on the Turkish government’s justification for suppressing free speech in the name of national security, a practice with far-reaching implications, from classrooms to contemporary international relations. Akçam‘s talk was followed by a panel discussion featuring USF scholars Edward Kissi, Rachel May, and Steven C. Roach comparing the Turkish situation to the US treatment of Native Americans and it’s long period of slavery, and other genocides around the world throughout history. Were you not able to attend? Watch a video of the November 4th event here.

Edward Kissi, Steven C. Roach, Rachel May

The Armenian Studies event was one in a series of public events the USF Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center has hosted with the aim of calling attention to the intolerant behaviors that have led to genocides and crimes against humanity, in hopes of preventing future genocides and hate crimes. USF Holocaust and genocide studies librarian Musa Olaka relates how the Armenian programming fits into the bigger picture: “The Armenian Studies initiative provides resources and inroads for USF faculty and students to engage in critical study of comparative genocide, genocide denial, and the fight against genocidal ideology around the world.”

In addition to print media coverage in the Maddux Report and the Armenian press, the event was reported on by WMNF radio, 88.5. Listen to the in-depth radio report.

Do you want to support education, programming and collections that can help create a better world?

Contact us to advance these and other efforts: The USF Libraries Development Office.

Top Young Adult Literature Authors on the Hipple Collection

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Top Young Adult Literature Authors on the Hipple Collection

Tammar Stein:

“The Hipple Collection is a testament to the power that young adult literature holds over every passionate reader.  It’s during that crucial, awkward, intense time of adolescents when we truly discover the power that books hold in our lives. To honor and preserve the progression of thousands of YA books from manuscript to ARC to various published editions is both amazing and necessary.”

Isamu Fukui:

“During my brief visit to the Hipple Collection at USF I had the great pleasure of witnessing an extraordinary undertaking in literary preservation. As an author, I was touched by how earnestly the collection highlights the personal aspect of the writing process. Unlike Minerva from the forehead of Jupiter, no work of literature emerges spontaneously from its creator, fully formed. These texts are the product of painstaking human effort, and the Hipple Collection endeavors not only to preserve them in the most nascent form available, but to capture that personal touch of the author which all too easily becomes lost in the mass market.”

Ben Mikaelsen:

“I want to express what a treasure has been created with the Hipple Collection.  Most important is the vision it has taken to compile this wonderful collection of manuscripts that would otherwise have been lost to time.”

Adrian Fogelin:

“The Hipple Collection is an impressive and growing repository for first editions, manuscripts and ephemera from the always quirky process of producing novels for young readers.  It is a fitting monument to the life of Ted Hipple and a testament to the determination and persuasive powers of Dr. Joan Kaywell.  Because she is such a friend to writers of YA and middle-grade fiction we are happy to add our work (both finished product and rarely-seen drafts) to the collection. My recent first-time visit to the collection made me proud to be included in what is quickly becoming a
great primary source for the study of fiction for young readers.”

Edward Bloor:

“The Hipple Collection has quickly established itself as the east coast’s top repository for young adult lit. They have editions of my books that even I don’t have!”

Greg Neri:

“As far as I’m concerned, the Hipple Collection is the most comprehensive collection of signed first editions and original manuscripts of American teen fiction in the U.S.  I’m proud to have my archives housed there.”

 

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