Rabia Gibbs, an assistant professor and librarian, passed away on June 15. Gibbs joined the UT Libraries in 2010 as a diversity resident librarian. In 2012 she was appointed digital services and access librarian in Special Collections. Funeral services will be held this week in Gibbs’s hometown of Philadelphia.
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UT Libraries has purchased first editions of two historically significant works—a book of poems by slave Phillis Wheatley and the autobiography of Black Hawk, a Sauk chief who waged war on the United States in 1832. Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, published in 1773, was the first published book by an African-American woman. Black Hawk’s Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk, published in 1833, was transcribed and translated into English from the testimony of the Sauk chief.
On Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Sally Parish, director of the Center for Leadership and Service; Rita Smith, executive associate dean of UT Libraries; and Melody Branch, business manager for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, were recognized for their service to the university.
The most comprehensive bibliography of sources related to the Great Smoky Mountains is now available for purchase from the University of Tennessee Press. Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934, is the culmination of fifteen years of research. It catalogs printed material on the Great Smoky Mountains from the earliest map documenting the De Soto expedition in the sixteenth century to writings that were instrumental in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Graduate Student Senate will host a scavenger hunt, dubbed “The Big Orange Adventure,” to benefit the UT Libraries on Saturday, April 5. The race will take place on the UT campus. Check-in is at 9:00 a.m. at the outdoor amphitheater between Hodges Library and the Humanities Building, and the hunt begins at 10:00 a.m. This event is open to the public. Registration is $15.
Herbert M. Webster began taking photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains as a sixteen-year-old on his first hike up Mount LeConte in 1925. That began a lifelong love of photographing the Smokies. About 500 photographs taken by Webster between 1926 and 1955 form a new digital collection of UT Libraries. The Herbert M. Webster Photograph Collection is available online.
Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to a symposium sponsored by UT Libraries on Saturday, March 29. The second annual Big Orange STEM Symposium (BOSS): High School Outreach will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library. The symposium is free, but participants are encouraged to register online.
Rachel Radom and Ann Viera are two UT Libraries faculty members who are helping faculty and students do better research and share it with the world.
A federal grant and a gift from a veteran’s estate will help further the work of UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society. The center in partnership with UT Libraries has received a grant of about $19,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission toward the cost of digitizing 167 oral histories of World War II veterans from the center’s collection to put them online.
The Knoxville News Sentinel has highlighted the UT Libraries’ new digital collection that showcases its holdings of Civil War documents. Selected letters and journals in the Digital Civil War Collection capture the perspectives and personal experiences of soldiers and civilians. One hundred fifty years ago this month, the bloody Battle of Fort Sanders was waged