To wish you a Merry Christmas from USF Library I share some season’s greetings from the Rare Book Room.
Christmas in California
by Edward Rowland Sill
printed for Caroline and Hudson Poole by John Henry Nash, 1928
San Francisco at Christmas
by Sherwood Anderson
printed for Eleanor Anderson by Ted Lilienthal at Quercus Press, 1941
(excerpted from the San Francisco Chronicle, 1939)
Two poems for Christmas
by Kenneth Patchen
printed by John Hunter Thomas and sent by USPS to Dr. Albert Shumate in San Francisco by Mr. and Mrs. Patchen in Palo Alto, December 16, 1958
If you would like to view any of these materials in person, we invite you to visit the Rare Book Room in Gleeson Library. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Please make note of the library’s holiday schedule, and call ahead to the Rare Book Librarian to make sure of his availability.
The Library of Congress today announced:
Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library’s website. The collection, “Selections from the National Film Registry,” is also available to the public on YouTube.
These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic significance. More information about the National Film Registry can be found at loc.gov/film/.
All of the streaming films in the new online collection are in the public domain. They are also available as freely downloadable files with the exception of two titles. Additional films will be added periodically to the website.
Highlights from “Selections from the National Film Registry” include:
- “Memphis Belle” (1944)—William Wyler’s remarkable World War II documentary about the crew of a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber
- “The Hitch-Hiker” (1953)—a gritty film noir directed by actress Ida Lupino
- “Trance and Dance in Bali” (1936-1939)—Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson’s groundbreaking ethnographic documentary
- “Modesta” (1956)—a Spanish-language film produced by Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education
- “Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor” (1936)—a two-reel Technicolor cartoon
- “Master Hands” (1936)—a dazzling “mechanical ballet” shot on a General Motors automotive assembly line
- Frank Sinatra stars in “The House I Live In” (1945), a plea for religious tolerance that won an honorary Academy Award
- Cold War curio “Duck and Cover” (1951) features Bert the Turtle explaining to schoolchildren how best to survive a nuclear attack
The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation works to ensure that films named to the National Film Registry will be preserved and available to future generations, either through the Library’s motion-picture preservation program or through collaborative ventures with other archives, motion-picture studios and independent filmmakers.
Personally I’m looking forward to Bessie Smith in St. Louis Blues. … and then there’s the tale of two sailor men, Popeye the Sailor meets Sindbad the Sailor!
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of the woman—Henrietta—whose cells led a scientific revolution. Henrietta died from cervical cancer in 1951, but her cells are still used in many laboratories to this day. This book takes you through the life of Henrietta as well her children’s lives after her death. At the same time, in a parallel fashion, we learn about the many scientific advances that were made with the use of Henrietta’s cells, which are known as HeLa cells. The ethical implications of this scientific practice are questioned throughout the book because her cells were taken without her consent. Many scientists profited and became famous in the scientific community by experimenting on Henrietta’s cells, while her family lived in poverty and suffered from health complications. Her descendants were unable to afford medical attention, yet many of the medical advances of the time traced back to Henrietta.
As biology student I think this book is fundamental to our education. I have been studying biology for the past three years, and I’ve had many lectures describing HeLa cells and the experiments they have been used for. I did not know that HeLa cells were named after Henrietta Lacks, a woman of color whose cells were taken without her consent.
This book is great for anyone who wants to know more about the ethics of science as well as the history of HeLa cells.
In addition to reading the book, you can watch a couple videos Gleeson Library owns. The library recently acquired HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey. The library also has a CBS news recording featuring the story of Henrietta Lacks called The Gift of Life by Jason Sacca. Both of these videos are available at the Circulation Desk of the library.
Heading image, “HeLa” by Sarah R
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“The freedom of any society varies proportionately with the volume of its laughter”
–Rosenberg, M. S. (1978).(94). Quotations for the New Age. Secaucus, N.J: Citadel Press.
Image: Laughter by David Bergin