Call For Proposals, Ellen Deering Endowment Fund

In the late 1970’s, Ellen Deering established an endowment as a memorial to the C.E. Deering family. Her intent was to support research projects about the history of Northeastern California and the history of CSU, Chico, particularly the development and organization of the University Archives. Mrs. Deering required that copies of all projects funded from the Endowment be deposited in Meriam Library Special Collections.

Proposals or questions about the 2008/09 competition
may be sent to:

Carolyn Dusenbury
Ellen Deering Endowment Project Director
Meriam Library
CSU, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0295

or Emailed to
or Faxed to 530-898-4443

Applications must be received by or postmarked on May 2, 2008.

Proposals are reviewed by the Ellen Deering Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by June 15, 2008.

Deering Endowment Fund information and guidelines for applications are available here.
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Contributed by Carolyn Dusenbury

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History month online by visiting the Library of Congress’ website commemorating African American History Month. “Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism” is the theme of this year’s national celebration. Woodson, an early champion of the role of African Americans in history, co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. He inaugurated “Negro History Week” in 1926, and is considered to be the father of Black History month.

From African American History Month you can access the diverse collections, exhibitions, and events at the Library of Congress related to black history. View a webcast of the one woman play Zora!, a portrayal of the life of noted Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston. Listen to the stories of African American soldiers from the Veterans History Project. Explore the Library’s extensive collection of photographs in the Image Collection. Or, read about Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial under Historic Events. Whether you want to look at photographs, listen to interviews, or just read, the Library of Congress site is a great place to visit.

Contributed by Liz Colson

Ask Miss Meriam

Want to know how students feel about what goes on in the Meriam Library? Nicole Williams talked to Carolyn Dusenbury, the Dean of the Library, and to a number of students to get their take on student conduct in the library. The results of her investigation are published in the 2/06/08 issue of the Orion.

What sorts of experiences have you had in the library? Do you think it is a good place to study? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Please leave your comments. We would love to hear from you.

Posted by Sarah Blakeslee

Library Lectures/Disscussions

Next Monday and Tuesday, Anthony Grafton, Professor of History at Princeton, will conduct discussions on books and libraries. Monday’s topic is study and books (7:30, Wismer Theater, rm. 135, PAC). Tuesday’s topic is “Explosions in the Scholar’s Garden: The Forgotten Tradition of Libraries in the Western Tradition” (7:30, Ayers 106).

Contributed by Joe Crotts

The ReSEARCH Station Has Been Googled

Can’t find what you’re looking for on the library’s website, the ReSEARCH Station? Use the new Site Search function we recently installed on our homepage . Simply enter your term in the site search box, for example historic photographs, and press the Go button. Your first result takes you to the Special Collections page where you can access over 2900 digitized historic photographs. Site Search can be used to locate information on our website and direct you to search tools and databases. But if you’re looking for books, use the catalog ; or if it’s articles that are eluding you try our research guides which will help you find appropriate databases for your topic.

Contributed By Kathy Glanville