One of our favorite questions at Tutt Library is "I have some free time: what should I read?" Over the years, we've found a whole passel of online resources that help to answer that question, and we'd like to share them with you! Check out the Tutt Library Guide to Finding Books You Can Love ... or just come over and visit with us, any time.
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I fear this will be the most boring post ever, but since I am interested in the everyday lives of authors, editors, and agents, I thought maybe I should talk about my own everyday life as a librarian.
My days are often like this:
At the Desk
I spent the entire day in official details; And it almost pulled me down like the others: I felt that tiny insane voluptuousness, Getting this done, finally finishing that.
-- Theodor Storm. Translated from the German by Robert Bly.
This week I had a particularly insane voluptuous triumph figuring out a small mystery. A researcher called hoping to confirm that an African-American lawyer, George Gallious Ross, born 1879, had attended Colorado College, where I work. She'd contacted us because of a reference in Who's Who of the Colored Race: A General Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women of African Descent (c. 1915):
Unfortunately, CC had no yearbook in 1899 (the first yearbook was published in 1900), so this wasn't going to be easy.
I tried all the usual things I try with a question like this. I
really wanted to find him, because if he'd attended CC we could
brag that he was our earliest known African-American student. (We know
there were African-Americans at CC as early as 1904, but 1899 would beat
that.) I looked for him in early yearbooks and alumni directories. I
tried searching the early CC student paper, the newly-digitized Collegian.I called the registrar's
office to see if they could find him in early student records.
At this point I looked more carefully at the reference in Who's Who, and also at the education statements in other entries in the book:
And soon I cracked the code. It all comes down to punctuation. Can you figure it out?
(I'll pause while you work on it.)
Semi-colons separate high school, college, and further degrees. There's a comma, not a semi-colon, in Ross's entry between "grad. high school, Las Vegas, New Mex., 1896" and "and at Colorado Springs, Col., 1899." The "Col." in Ross's entry doesn't stand for college. It stands for Colorado. (Notice the "O." in other entries meaning Ohio.)
Ross didn't attend Colorado College. He attended high school in two places: Las Vegas and Colorado Springs. A call to the president of the alumni association of the Colorado Springs High School (now known as Palmer High) confirms that George G. Ross graduated in 1899. They have a handwritten ledger listing the earliest graduates, and he's in it! Here's a picture of the school then and now, courtesy of the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Longmont Public Library is going live today in Prospector!
More books and materials will be availabe to our CC community.
During the initial launch and while they get more accustomed to Prospector, they have been placed at the bottom of the request balance table so that they will only get requests if another library can’t fulfill the request.
Did you know that Colorado was almost named
Jefferson? In October 1859, residents of Arapahoe County, Kansas
Territory (now the Denver metro area) gathered in Auraria to form a new
territory, named Jefferson after the president who had signed the Louisiana
Purchase. A territorial constitution was drawn up and Robert W. Steele
was named the first Governor of Jefferson, which included parts of what had
been Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, Washington, and New Mexico Territories.
Jefferson included all of what is present-day Colorado, but extended north and
west into parts of what is today the states of Nebraska, Wyoming, and
Utah. There was one problem, however -- Jefferson Territory was
not recognized by the United States Government. So the federal government
set up Colorado Territory in February 1861. Yet for about a year and a
half, residents lived by the laws set up in the Jefferson Constitution, many of
which were adapted into the new Colorado Constitution.
Colorado had reason to commemorate Thomas Jefferson, who did so much for the
expansion of the United States and the opening of Western lands. Today,
our state has a different name, but we still remember our third President
through the name of Jefferson County.
You can read more about Jefferson Territory in the Colorado Magazine, available in the Special Collection Room. Here you can find a reprint of the Jefferson
Constitution (November 1935), Governor Robert W. Steele's reminisces (March
1937), and other articles on the history of Jefferson Territory (July 1924 and
There is plenty of other material at Tutt Library if you want to learn more about Thomas Jefferson see these TIGER links for books and films.
Finally, you can learn more about Thomas Jefferson, whose birthday is
coming up this Saturday, April 13, by visiting the new and limited-time Jefferson's Bible exhibit,
currently on view at the History Colorado
- From the Colorado State Publications Library blog
The State of Colorado has recently released
its Task Force Report on the Implementation of Amendment 64,
Regulation of Marijuana in Colorado. This task force,
created through Executive Order B2012-004,
"was asked to identify the legal, policy and procedural issues that need
to be resloved, and to offer suggestions and proposals for legislative,
regulatory and executive actions that need to be taken, for the effective and
efficient implementation of Amendment 64 -- the constitutional amendment
authorizing the use and regulation of marijuana in the State of