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Connecticut Connections: Historical College Scrapbooks from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University

Over the past year, the CTW Digital Projects Group, which encompasses staff from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, came together to consider how the three schools might collaborate on digitizing and publishing archival or other materials owned by each school.

For its pilot project, the group selected student-made scrapbooks from multiple eras: those of Linda Abel, a student at Connecticut College from 1965-1969, Lynn Smith Miller, a student at Wesleyan from 1910-1914, and Phillip DeWitt Phair, who attended Trinity College from 1890 – 1894. The scrapbooks offer a glimpse into college student life during these periods through ephemera such as playbills and athletic event tickets, dance and social cards, artwork, valentines, invitations and letters, newspaper clippings, menus, and miscellaneous objects.

Utilizing the University of Southern California’s open-source platform, Scalar, members of the group scanned and uploaded an image of each scrapbook page, jointly decided on metadata fields, and added metadata and descriptions for each page, as well as a biography and introduction to each scrapbook.

“Connecticut Connections” was recently presented at the CTW Retreat in downtown Hartford and is publicly available online at: 

Take a Break for PIZZA! Tuesday, December 12th

On Tuesday December 12 at 8:00 pm, take a break from your studying in the library and have some pizza! Free soda, snacks, and pizza will be available in the Phelan room, Level A in the library.

OneSearch Workshops

OneSearch, launched this summer helps you easily find library books, articles and other resources including, CTW collections.

We have some tips that will make OneSearch even easier to use. We’ll share them in a series of  20 minute workshops. No registration required!

Drop In Workshops (all in the Phelan Room on the A Level of the Library) October 9, 10 and 11 at 10am, 12pm and 3pm

Banned Books Week

Banned books wrapped in brown paper

September 25-October 1 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read as well as an opportunity to raise awareness about censorship. This year, we’re marking the occasion by selecting a number of frequently challenged and banned books in our collection, wrapping them in brown paper, labeling them with the reasons they have been challenged, and hiding them around the library.

If you see one of these paper-wrapped books, bring it to the circulation desk for a candy reward! We’ll also keep track of how many books you return over the course of the week. Top scorers will receive a paperback book of their choice from any list of challenged/banned books. Happy hunting!

Faculty Publications Reception

A display of new faculty publications

This Tuesday, September 20th, Trinity College will be hosting a reception to honor faculty members who have published a new monograph or edited a collection as well as those who have been awarded grants to pursue their scholarship.

The celebration will begin immediately after Tuesday’s Faculty Meeting and will be held in the 1823 room, on Level 2 of the library.

Come celebrate our colleagues’ continuing tradition of cutting-edge scholarship!


Take a break Thursday Dec. 17 !

On Thursday December 17 at 8:00 pm,  take a break from your studying in the library and have some pizza!  Free soda, snacks, and pizza will be available in the Phelan room, Level A in the library,

Six Pack Exhibitions in the Library

Watkinson Student Exhibition 2-2

On December 10th at 5:00pm we will open a show of SIX STORIES told by the students of AMST 835/435 with books, manuscripts, prints, etc. found in the special collections at Trinity College:

  • Voices for the Vote: What Women were Saying and Reading during the Fight for Suffrage (Gaia N. Cloutier ‘16)
  • The Impossibility of Translating Culture (Alix A. de Gramont ‘15)
  • Aotearoa: The Land of the Long White Cloud (Quirin A. Sackmann ‘15)
  • Vinegar Valentines (Meghan E. Shaw, graduate student)
  • Shall We Dance? The Evolution of Etiquette on the Dance Floor (Karen J. Tuthill-Jones, graduate student)
  • Functional Pottery in America (Mariah J. West, graduate student)

Please join us to explore and celebrate these student projects in the Watkinson Library.

Oct. 9th Book Artist Talk: Daniel Kelm

KELM poster Oct 9

On Thursday, October 9th at 5 pm, the Watkinson presents, “A Conversation on Poetic Science: The Bookwork of Daniel E. Kelm” in the Joslin Family 1823 Room.

Daniel Kelm is a book artist and founder of the Garage Annex School for Book Arts at his studio, the Wide Awake Garage, in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Join us to explore and learn more about the elements of alchemy and sculpture in his work.

Drop-In Research Break!

Feeling stressed? Assignments overwhelming? On Monday, 4/29, from 8-10 pm, the Phelan Room on Level A will have snacks, laptops, librarians and research associates* to help you with your work!

Stop by for a quick snack and personal help on your projects, with assistance on:

  • Finding sources
  • Citing material
  • Developing presentations with images/media
  • Checking your evidence
  • And more!


*Research Associates: fellow students trained in research skills

4/9 Exhibition Opening & Poetry Reading: Hyam Plutzik ’32: American Poet, Connecticut and Beyond

Hyam Plutzik ’32: American Poet, Connecticut and Beyond

April 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm in the Watkinson

The Watkinson is holding a poetry reading and exhibition opening this Tuesday, April 9, featuring the works and life of Hyam Plutzik, Trinity alumnus, poet and Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

Come explore Plutzik’s life and works with Trinity faculty, students, and Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen in the Watkinson! In addition to readings of Plutzik’s works by Trinity’s award-winning poet Ciaran Berry and Artist-in-Residence Clare Rossini, Trinity students will also read selections from their own works of poetry.

I once looked at poetry as little more than beautiful language. Later it was a way of communicating the nuances of the world. More recently I have begun to look at poetry as the great synthesizer, the humanizer of knowledge  –Hyam Plutzik

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