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From the Archives: The H. Willard Good Papers


The following post comes to us from Erin Krause ‘16. Erin has been employed in the Hess Archives since January 2015 as a student assistant, and has helped us with a variety of projects, including the processing of the papers of H. Willard Good. This collection was transferred to the new Archives from the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and is just one of many powerful collections preserved and made available for research in the Hess Archives.

The college archive has uncovered a plethora of information hidden within its depths-hundreds of letters from the time of World War II. A local member of the Church of the Brethren, Willard Good, wrote and received these letters during his time as a passive objector from 1944 to 1946. These letters not only give us insight into the everyday life of this time but also detail the conditions of the civilian public service camps where Willard Good spent much of his time during the war.

Many of the letters were kept in excellent condition over the years by Willard himself. Most of the letters are from Willard’s friends and family. They express concerns for Willard and tell him of everything happening in the world while he was working at the Civilian Public Service Camp. Many of the letters contain newspaper clippings about the war and the Church of the Brethren, giving the readers of these letters an understanding of what exactly was occurring in the 1940s. Not only do the letters contain newspaper clippings, but a few also enclose documents from the time such as food stamps, train tickets, life insurance papers, and tax forms. The Elizabethtown College Archives now possess many forms and paperwork from World War II.

The true gold mine, however, is the correspondence between Willard Good and his wife, Pauline McKenzie. The letters that Willard sent Pauline are filled with intricate details of his time traveling and his time working at civilian public service camps. Here we are able to read a firsthand account of the food they ate, the religions the workers practiced, the struggles that the workers experienced, and the conditions of the camps. Readers of the letters are also able to learn about the love story between Willard Good and his wife, Pauline McKenzie, which is intermixed among all the facts. The letters start out when the two were courting and continues through their marriage. The letters tell us of her concern for him, their disagreements over everyday matters such as money and taxes, and ultimately their love.

These letters offer us an incredible insight into what life was like during World War II. With Elizabethtown College having such strong connections to the Church of the Brethren, it is important to understand the Church’s history. Willard Good was a dedicated member of the Church of the Brethren, and reading about his struggles and life during World War II is important for us to understand another side of history. This collection of letters is a wonderful addition to the Hess Archives, and one that will continue to help researchers and students learn throughout the years to come.


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New Database … Museum Images Online

Spotlight on a new online database

Spotlight on a new online database

New Database Spotlight – CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)

OCLC’s CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. Currently, twenty five museums are featured including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Asia Society Galleries, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the Library of Congress.

CAMIO highlights the art of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times. Users can explore architecture, books, costumes and jewelry, decorative arts and utilitarian objects, drawings and watercolors, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and textiles.

CAMIO is licensed for use by all students, faculty, and researchers at Elizabethtown College. This means that works of art may be used for educational and research purposes as long as they are properly credited. Users can download high-resolution images to print or email; however the images may not be published or otherwise distributed.


Check out this great resource today! You can also access CAMIO from home. Watch this video to learn how to access High Library databases from off-campus.

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Shakespeare to be or not to be at the High Library

1623 First Folio coming to the High Library in 2016

1623 First Folio coming to the High Library in 2016

Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

Zounds!  The High Library has been selected as the ONLY site in Pennsylvania that will host First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books.  The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

  • Why 2016?  Next year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
  • When will the First Folio arrive on campus?  The First Folio will be on display in the Hess Archives for a four-week period in Fall 2016.  (The Folger will announce the specific touring dates in April.)
  • What else will the exhibition include?  The First Folio’s pages will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet.  The exhibition will also include several panels that explore the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities.  Finally, the High Library will partner with various departments, offices, and affiliates — like the Elizabethtown Public Library — to offer numerous programs and events for the campus and the surrounding community.  Stay tuned for more details!
  • Why is the First Folio important?  Many of Shakespeare’s plays, which were written to be performed, were not published during his lifetime.  The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays.  It was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death.  Two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations.  Without it, we would not have 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including MacBeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It.  All 18 appear for the first time in print in the First Folio, and would otherwise have been lost.
  • How can I help?  Thank you for your interest in the First Folio Exhibition!  If you have programming ideas, general suggestions, or questions, please contact Louise Hyder-Darlington (hyderl@etown.edu) or Sarah Penniman (pennimans@etown.edu).

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (Exploring the Human Endeavor), and by the generous support of Google.org and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.  Sponsorship opportunities of this major exhibition and the Folger’s other Wonder of Will programs commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death are available.  Learn more at www.folger.edu.

About Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts.  It is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500-1750).  The Folger is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs–theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures and family programs.  Learn more at www.folger.edu.

About Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark.  Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012.  CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource.  Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects.  Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives.  Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually.  For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries.  The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. ALA’s Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult and family audiences.  The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to promote cultural programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries.  Projects include book and film discussion series, literary and cultural programs featuring authors and artists, professional development opportunities and traveling exhibitions.  School, public, academic and special libraries nationwide benefit from the office’s programming initiatives.  Additional information can be found at www.ala.org/programming.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.  Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

Image from the First Folio of Shakespeare. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.
For a complete list of the recipients, check out the following Washington Post article



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Books that changed the world … Magna Carta

King John signing the Magna Carta in a woodcut dating from 1864. Photograph: Universal History Archive/Rex

King John signing the Magna Carta in a woodcut dating from 1864. Photograph: Universal History Archive/Rex

The only remaining original copies of Magna Carta, one of the world’s most enduringly influential documents, are to  be brought together for the first and probably only time.

Two copies in the British Library’s collection will be joined by one from Lincoln Cathedral and one from Salisbury Cathedral to mark the 800th anniversary of an agreement that has become a symbol of liberty and law.

The four copies will remain at the British Library for three days. On Tuesday 1,215 people who won a ballot to see them – randomly selected from 43,715 applicants from 20 countries – will be given access.

The following day, the world’s leading academic experts on the document will get their turn, part of a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

On Thursday, the manuscripts will travel to the House of Lords before being returned to their separate homes and exhibitions. The British Library’s display, Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, runs from 13 March to 1 September. All four copies have differences, including their shape, with one of the two at the British Library and the Salisbury version being in portrait format, while the Lincoln copy is square and the other British Library version is landscape.

Claire Breay, head of medieval manuscripts at the British Library, said: “Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the world, let alone one of the most important things we have in the collections at the British Library. We’ve been working towards this with Lincoln and Salisbury since 2010, so it is very exciting to see it come to fruition.”King John agreed the terms of the charter at Runnymede in 1215, sealing it on 15 June. Most of Magna Carta’s clauses dealt with specific grievances England’s barons had with the king, but buried within the document are agreements that have become totemic across the world, not least the 39th article giving all “free men” the right to a fair trial.

At least 13 copies were made on sheepskin parchment and sent out to bishops. The two copies in the British Library came into the national collection in 1753 as part of the enormous library of the MP and antiquary Sir Robert Cotton.

Seeing Magna Carta is an almost spiritual event for many visitorsto the Library . Breay said: “People really want to have stood in front of this incredibly famous document. Even though it is written in medieval Latin and in medieval handwriting and most people can’t actually read it, people recognise its historic and symbolic importance as a symbol of freedom and rights and liberties.”

She said it seemed a fitting start to the Magna Carta anniversary. “It is a unique opportunity, a never-to-be-repeated opportunity, to see them side by side.”

[article credit: The Guardian, retrieved 4 February 2015 from http://www.theguardian.com]

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Bringing the world of film to Etown

The Story of the Weeping Camel on January 15 at 7PM in GIbble auditorium

The Story of the Weeping Camel on January 15 at 7PM in GIbble auditorium

Great films inspire. Inspire great deeds, emotions, thoughts and ideas. The High Library and the Office of International Student Services partners each year to bring to campus the Global Film Festival . Celebrating the world through film. This year our theme is “Feel Good Movies”. All of our screenings are free and open to the public. January 15 we will show The Story of the Weeping Camel. A heart warming story from the Gobi desert of a family and the  rare white bactrian camel, rejected by its mother, that they try to save.

Everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact the High Library.