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Entries from June 2013
Monday, June 24. 2013
Henry Ward Beecher was a famous pastor, abolitionist, and social reformer of the 19th century. In her book, Debby Applegate called Henry Ward Beecher The Most Famous Man in America. While he may have been among the most famous people of the 1800s, we are probably much more familiar with his sister — Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote the book Uncle Tom's Cabin. The library has a few books about Henry Ward Beecher and we have access to several books written by Henry Ward Beecher through the Making of America database.
Tuesday, June 18. 2013
On June 18, 1863, General McClernand was relieved of command by General Ulysses S. Grant. Read more about General McClernand's Congressional career, Civil War career, and judicial career in newspapers from around the United States, such as "Bangor Daily Whig & Courier," "Daily Evening Bulletin" (San Francisco), "Milwaukee Daily Sentinel," and "The New York Herald" in 19th Century Newspapers. Magazines of the 19th century, such as Century Illustrated Magazine, The Independent, Saturday Evening Post, were also writing about McClermand. Find these magazines and more in American Periodicals.
Friday, June 14. 2013
I was just looking through articles in an 1888 issue of the "Detroit Free Press" (available through ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press (1831-1922)) when I saw an article about Detroit's baseball team losing to the New York Giants! No that wasn't interleague play back in 1888; Detroit's baseball team played in the National League in the 1880s. But, it wasn't the Tigers playing that game. It was the Detroit Wolverines, who had won the equivalent of the World Series in 1887. Indianapolis also had a team in 1888 -- the Indianapolis Hoosiers. As of the June 14th game, Detroit was in second place in the NL standings, the New York Giants were in fourth, and the Hoosiers were in seventh. The standings only showed wins, losses, and percentage. I wonder when games behind was added? If you know, please share with us!
The library has many books about baseball history, including Baseball: The Early Years, which mentions the Detroit Wolverines as "the Detroit club," and Minor League Baseball Towns of Michigan: Adrian to Ypsilanti: The Teams & The Ballparks of the Wolverine State from the 1880s to the Present. We also have access to two scholarly journals about baseball history: Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game and NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.
Wednesday, June 12. 2013
On June 12, 1963, African-American civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi. He was only 37 years old. Because Evers served honorably in the U.S. Army in World War II, he was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Read more about Medgar Evers and the cause he championed. You can also read about the man who assassinated him, Byron de la Beckwith.
Are you a movie fan? "Ghosts of Mississippi" was made into a 1996 movie. The Mardigian Library doesn't have a copy, but you can get a copy to view through MeLCat (the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog). The Mardigian Library does have film scripts to many movies, including "Ghosts of Mississippi" in the American Film Scripts Online database.
Tuesday, June 11. 2013
Legal Forms Library: Michigan Legal Forms includes copies of Michigan legal forms and documents (mostly in Word format) to help you with your legal needs. Whether you need forms for business, personal, or litigation purposes, the form you need is likely here. Legal Forms Library is continuously updated to reflect current state laws and also includes a law digest, legal questions and answers, and an attorney directory.
Legal Forms Library: Michigan Legal Forms is also available through MeL. If you aren't registered for courses during the summer, you can access this database using your Michigan Driver's License number or library card.
Monday, June 10. 2013
We recently added Arts & Sciences collections IV and VII to our JSTOR database. Collection IV has a strong focus on business, education, and law, and also includes titles in psychology, public policy, and administration. Collection VII includes a wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and has the largest cluster of health policy titles in JSTOR. Arts & Sciences VII also has the largest collection of international titles with over 15 countries represented.
To see specific journal titles included in each collection, see JSTOR Collection IV and Collection VII.
DemographicsNow includes comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors, and much more. You can even utilize a unique mapping tool that "visualizes" trends.
Friday, June 7. 2013
You have probably seen wildlife on campus. Birds, squirrels, and chipmunks can often be seen near classroom buildings. Once in a while, you might see deer strolling across campus. But, what was that small dark mammal you saw by the pony barn? Or, what is that little blue bird that rattles as it flies up and down the Rouge River? Maybe you want to know what those blue flowers are that bloom in the spring along the path between the pony barn and the parking lot for the Henry Ford Estate. How do you find out? Use a field guide. The library has all kinds of field guides. No matter what your animal or plant interest, we most likely have one for you to check out and use. We even have Birds of North America and JSTOR Global Plants, which are available online.
On June 7, 1863, French forces captured Mexico City. The only thing most of us recognize that came out of this French-Mexican conflict is Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo, however, commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla a year earlier, on May 5, 1862.
Do you want to know more about the French in Mexico and why Napolean III sent them there? See books in the library's collection. And, see newspaper accounts in the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times (search for "French Invasion of Mexico).