Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category

The Osborne Collection of Early English Children’s books, were donated by Edgar Osborne, to the Toronto Public Library after he visited the library in 1934. He was so impressed with their children’s program that he donated 2,000 books to the library. Since then the collection has grown into a large collection of over 80,000 children’s books. The Osborne collection is just one of three collections in the libraries children program. Those books that are a part of the Osborne Collection have parameters that require them to have been printed before 1910.

The facsimile collection of Osborne books is made up of 35 books published in 1981. The University of South Dakota houses all 35 books with in its Special Collection, in the Archives and Special Collections. An interesting fact about the books is that they were printed in the same manner as the originals. So if pages are printed blank, like they are in A Book of Nonsense then that is the way they were meant to be printed.

Many of the books within the collection are interactive. The Mansion of Bliss is in fact not a book but a spiral board game that was meant to improve one’s moral values. The game was one of chance, in which 2-4 players were racing one another to see who could make it to the mansion of bliss first. Along with the game is a rule book that explains each space and whether the player who landed there will be punished or rewarded.

Come and enjoy viewing the Facsimile Osborne Collection of Early English Children’s Books, now on display up in the USD Archives.


Toronto Public Library. “Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books.” Copyright 2016. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/osborne/ [accessed October 19, 2016].

Dunedin Public Libraries. “Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books.” Julian Smith, August 13, 2015. Copyright 2016. https://hail.to/dunedin-public-libraries/article/D1lQo6S [accessed October 19, 2016].


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Freshmen Initiation

Friday, September 19, 1913, otherwise known as Black Friday, the newly acquired graduating class of 1917, gathered outside of Main Hall (today one could assume they meant Old Main) promptly at 7:30 pm to begin their journey through the time honored tradition of hazing the incoming freshmen. Though this practice has gone by the way side in recent decades, the memory of the events live on in the stories that remain and a poster found while cleaning in the Archives.

The poster details the rules of decorum which the freshmen class were required to follow. As well as a large paragraph of colorful descriptions (for the time period, mind you) the upper classmen threw at the freshmen. As the poster states, any rumors that certain freshmen were exempt from the activities of freshmen initiation were utter lies and all freshmen were required to participate in any events demanded by the upper classes. In accordance with the poster laying out the rules of the initiation, the Volante followed up with tales of the event in the first issue of the Volante published that school year.  In an article titled “Initiation—Black Friday” the article’s author briefly lays out what went down and encourages the freshmen to pick up their caps at the end of the article.

The jocularity of the event didn’t last long, as two weeks later another article was published in the Volante that described a certain student who was blatantly ignoring the rules. The student body called for the punishment of the student, which led to an article that detailed the suspension of five students who brutishly and publicly tried to bring the student to heel in accordance with the rules set up for the freshmen class. A week after the first article detailing the suspensions was released, a follow up of the proceedings were published and detailed further what had caused the suspensions. As well as they would enforce the student’s suspensions until January 6, 1914, when they would be able to return to classes at the university.

The poster and volante are now on display in the archives for a limited time so stop in and read about the events that freshmen today no longer have to fear.


Black Friday Poster. USD Archive Oversize Material: Photographs—USD Panoramas.

The Volante. Vol. 27-30. May 1913 – July 1916.

1915 Coyote. Pg. 229

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Detail photographs of A Wild Sheep Chase and DNS on a Windows Server 2003 by Alexis Arnold (San Francisco, California).

These works as well as 44 others by 35 artists are on display until January 4, 2016 on the second floor, University Libraries.

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Two violin treatises from the Mahoney Music Collection have been added to the digital library: L’art du violon: Ou Division des Ecoles choisies dans les Sonates Italienne,  Française et Allemande; Précédée d’un abrége de principes pour cet Instrument by Jean Baptiste Cartier

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and Elementi teorico pratici di musica: Con un saggio sopra l’arte di suonare il violino, analizzata, ed a dimostrabili principi ridotta, volume 2 by Francesco Galeazzi.

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A new collection has been added to Exhibitions. Bound and Unbound II is an international juried altered book exhibition hosted by the University Libraries. (See Bound and Unbound II in the digital library. )

Organic Form #27 by Peggy Johnston. Copyright © 2013, Peggy Johnston.

Organic Form #27 by Peggy Johnston. Copyright © 2013, Peggy Johnston.

Art becomes the eBook by Gina Pisello. Copyright © 2012, Gina Pisello.

Art becomes the eBook by Gina Pisello.
Copyright © 2012, Gina Pisello.

El Juego by Amparo B. Wieden. Copyright © 2013, Amparo B. Wieden.

El Juego by Amparo B. Wieden.
Copyright © 2013, Amparo B. Wieden.

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