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January 2011 Archives

January 4, 2011

Database Trial: Accessible Archives - ends 1/18/2011

Beginning January 4, 2011, UMBC has a 2-week trial of the Accessible Archives database.

Accessible Archives contains the rich, comprehensive material found in leading historic periodicals and books. Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records are available in a user-friendly online environment.

Resources include: African American Newspapers, Godey`s Lady`s Book, The Liberator, and much more.

The trial runs through January 18, 2011.

For off-campus access, please login via VPN first ( Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, see

Feedback is encouraged. Use the form below or send directly to Drew Alfgren:

Database Trial: - ends 1/25/2011

Beginning January 4, 2011, UMBC has trial access to lets you search for information about practically any ship, from famous ships such as the Titanic to less well-known vessels such as the Peter Iredale. tells you which books, magazines, and online resources mention the vessels you're researching.

The trial runs through January 25, 2011.

For off-campus access, please login via VPN first ( Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, see

Feedback is encouraged. Use the form below or send directly to Drew Alfgren:

January 7, 2011

Today's Special: University Archives


The end of the semester is typically a busy time for donations to the archives and Special Collections. Here are a few highlights that have come into the University Archives recently:

UARC 2011-003: President's Office records

This small donation, only .25 linear feet, came from Karen Wensch just before her retirement this Fall. One gem from this donation is a resolution passed in 1992 by the City Council of Baltimore, "in recognition of [Dr. Freeman Hrabowski's] appointment as interim president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County." This demonstrates the relationship between the City of Baltimore and our county campus.

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We have a small collection of plaques, honorary degrees, and certificates awarded to Dr. Hrabowski available in our President's Office records.

UARC 2011-001: University Photographs


This beautiful image of the Albin O. Kuhn Library was taken by UMBC's own Tim Ford in the Fall of 2005. Tim is the Manager of Illustrative Services, located in the Biological Sciences building. He has longed served as UMBC's unofficial (and sometimes official) documentarian of campus life and has often worked with campus departments on capturing the events and people that pass through our halls. This image was prepared by Tim as a retirement gift to Pat Cronise, UMBC's former Slide Librarian. If you're looking for historic images of people and places at UMBC, you can contact Special Collections and we can work with you to locate an appropriate photograph within our holdings or from other photograph collections on campus.

UARC Photos-13: University Photographs


While this accession, or group of photographs, is not new to Special Collections, it is being made more accessible because it is being processed. When you process an archival or photography collection, you rehouse, arrange, and describe the collection so that researchers can learn about the materials and locate the items within the collection much easier. Special Collections student assistant Paul Pierson has been rehousing these slides into archival polypropylene sheets and creating a folder listing. These sheets will not off gas or damage the chemical emulsion on the slides. Thanks Paul!


The title image above is from the 1968 Skipjack, UMBC's student yearbook. You can view all of the Skipjack volumes in Special Collections (UPUB S2-001) or browse this volume online.

January 25, 2011

Library Printing Changes

All printing in the Library now defaults to duplex (two-sided) printing. Patrons may change to simplex (one-sided) printing before they send their documents to the printer by following instructions posted here: and at Library workstations.

January 26, 2011

Library Photocopying Changes

All public photocopying in the Library now defaults to duplex (two-sided) copying. Patrons may change to simplex (one-sided) photocopying by following instructions posted at the photocopiers.