To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this month of May, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo! This holiday honors our Mexican neighbors' history on the date of their army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

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The Central Libraries are home to Dr. William Jackson "Jack" Kilgore's Library Collection. Dr. Kilgore (1917-1993) was a long-time Baylor University philosophy professor and department chair whose library centers around Spanish and Latin American thought. Included in this library are a few items published in Mexico during the 19th century. These histories provide context for the time period around the Cinco de Mayo battle.

 

#32 : "Benito Juárez: la reforma..." by Juan de Dios Peza (1852-1910)

 

#31 : "Juarez, su obra y su tiempo" by Justo Sierra (1848-1912)

 

#30 : "Apuntes para una bibliografía militar de México, 1536-1936" by the Comisión de estudios militares, 1937

 

#29 : "Phantom crown, the story of Maximillian & Carlota of Mexico" by Bertita Harding (1902-1971)


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this edition, we will celebrate spring and growy things with a look at a few of our oldest botanical books. (apologies to those suffering from allergies!)

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Welcome to the world of botanical history. These are pre-linnaean, meaning they are written prior to Carolus Linnaeus’ creation of our modern taxonomy of natural genera and species of organisms. Linnaeus lived between 1707-78.

 

#36 : "Commentaires...Dioscoride..." by Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577)

 

#35 : "Cruydeboek" by Rembert Dodoens (1517-1585)

 

#34 : "The Anatomy of Plants" by Nehemiah Grew (1641-1712)

 

#33 : "Historia Muscorum" by Johann Jakob Dillenius (1687-1747)


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this edition, we will look at some of our unique works by women.

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In honor of Women's History Month, we are highlighting some of our amazing women authors. Moody's Special Collections hold a wide range of fascinating pieces. See the link at the bottom of the post to make an appointment to see these and other extraordinary items.

 

#41 : "The child of nature: a dramatic piece. in four acts."  by Elizabeth Inchbald.

 

#40 : "Ibrahim" by Madeleine de Scudery, French author credited with writing one of the longest novels ever published, Artamene, with over 2.1 million words.

 

#39 : "The story of the little white mouse or the overthrow of the tyrant king" by Madame d' Aulnoy. 19th century chapbook.  Chapbooks, most popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, were inexpensively produced booklets intended to spread popular culture to common citizens.

 

#38 : "Letters de Milady Montague, pendant ses voyages in Europe, en Asie & en Afrique" (Letters from Milady Montague, during her travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa, containing, among other curious relations, details of the religion, government, and customs of the Turks) by Mary Wortley Montague (1689-1762).  Most of Lady Montague's writing were published after her death.

 

#37 : Kathleen Kenyon Archaeology Collection.  Read more about how this archive is being used here:  http://blogs.baylor.edu/centrallibrariesstories/2018/03/01/kathleen-rachel-and-deirdre-three-womens-journeys-united-by-an-archival-collection/. 


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this edition, we will look at some of our unique slavery resources.

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In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting some of our rare slavery primary documents, including Noah Webster's antislavery treatise, arguments from religious leaders for and against slavery,  a collection of essays detailing the proper treatment of slaves, and an autobiography of a former slave that successfully escaped to freedom. See the link at the bottom of the post to make an appointment to see these and other extraordinary items in our special collections.

 

#46 : "Considerations on keeping Negroes recommended to the Professors of Christianity, of every denomination . Part second."  by John Woolman.

 

#45 : "Effects of slavery on morals and industry" by Noah Webster.

 

#44 : "A defence of southern slavery: against the attacks of Henry Clay and Alex'r Campbell.  In which much of the false philanthropy and mawkish sentimentalism of the abolitionists is met and refuted. In which it is moreover shown that the association of the white and black races in the relation of master and slave is the appointed order of God ... and constitutes the best social condition of both races, and the only true principle or republicanism" by a Southern clergyman.

 

#43 : "Duties of masters to sevants: three premium essays" by Rev. H. N. McTyeire, Rev. C. F. Sturgis and Rev. A. T. Holmes.

 

#42 : "Narrative of William W. Brown, a fugitive slave" written by William Wells Brown.

 


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. We're kicking things off with a look at some rare almanacs!

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As the new calendar year begins, let's look at four of our rare almanacs. In addition to weather predictions, an 18th or early 19th century almanac was a book that had a practical use as a calendar, church festivals, astrological notes, miscellaneous literary works, and weather guides with seasonal suggestions for farmers.


#50 : "An Astronomical Diary, Or, An Almanack For The Year Of Our Lord Christ 1741" by Nathanial Ames
You can view the original by making an appointment or see the entire almanac online in our Baylor Digital Collections. Click here

 


#49 : "Poor Richard's Almanack" printed in 1761 by Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
In addition to seeing the original here in the library, you can also view this one in our Digital Collections. Click here

 


#48 : “London almanac for the year of Christ 1794” printed for the Company of Stationers in 1793 (miniature book)
See webpage link below to make an appointment to see this extraordinary miniatures.

 


#47 : "The New England farmer's diary and almanac" 1820 by Truman Abell
Almanacs provide an authentic view into American history and culture. Come visit soon!


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.