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Selections of the Month 2013-2014

June 2014

June 2014 SOM 

Careers for Modern Women:
Over 200 Easy and Profitable Money Making Ideas

H. S. Kahm
New York: Knickerbocker Pub. Co., 1946
Gould Library

Published in the mid-1940s, Careers for Modern Women offers advice to women interested in starting a business, choosing a career, or selecting a suitable job.  An enterprising woman might open a hosiery shop, a bookstore, or her own stenography business.  Much of the author’s advice holds true today: before opening a new business, the guide recommends a woman do her research, assess her tolerance for risk, and consider whether she can raise the capital required to start a venture.

Today, about 70% of Carls (women and men) work with the campus Career Center as they begin their post-graduate life. The Career Center has gone through many different iterations in the College’s history. The first effort toward intentional assistance for post-graduate life was in 1916 as a portion of one faculty member’s time. But was officially organized as a separate administrative office (referred to as placement services) with a full-time staff person in 1946.


 May 2014

Lives of the Artists 

Lives of the Artists
Text by W.S. Merwin
Design, presswork, and binding by Carolee Campbell
Sherman Oaks, CA: Ninja Press, 2013
Gould Library Special Collections

Lives of the Artists, a long-form poem by W. S. Merwin tells the stories of two young Native American men who lived during the years of the Plains Indian Wars: Frank Henderson, an orphaned Arapaho boy, and Little Finger Nail, a Northern Cheyenne warrior. As a young person, Henderson was taken away from family and community to be raised in a boarding school; and Little Finger Nail was killed by U. S. troops in 1879 during the Wars. When Little Finger Nail was killed, soldiers discovered the ledger book of drawings he was carrying. That book is now on display at the American Museum of Natural History.

Lives of the Artists is illustrated with scans of drawings made in a ledger book by Henderson in 1882. The Henderson Ledger consisted of 122 drawings of daily life, warfare, and traditional ceremonies. It was divided, and the drawings sold individually, in 1988. 

The American Museum of Natural History has examples of ledger books, including the Henderson Ledger, in its online collection database for the North American Ethnographic Collection. Visit this page: and search for "ledger book."

 April 2014

April 2014 SOM 

Brochure for the SS Admiral, a luxury Steamer for St.Louis, part of the selection of ephemera included in:

Lives on the Mississippi: Literature and Culture along the Great River from the Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association
St. Louis, Mo. : St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2010
Gould Library Special Collections

This collection of vintage materials on display this month– most relating to steamships and river cruises that toured the Mississippi River from docks in and around St. Louis, Missouri – accompanied a special edition of a catalog from an exhibition about the literature and culture of the Mississippi River. The exhibition, held at the Grolier Club in New York City, celebrated the history, development and life of the Mississippi River as a distinct cultural region.

 March 2014

A Million Random Digits 

Rand Corporation
A Million Random Digits:
with 100,000 Normal Deviates
Glencoe, IL: Free Press, 1955
Gould Library

This book is just what the title describes: 400 pages of random digits, from 10097 to 41988 (in no particular order, of course.) The number series was produced over a two-month period in 1947, with an electronic roulette wheel developed by Rand engineers for the purpose of generating random numbers. The wheel was tested and adjusted to avoid statistically significant biases, and was pronounced “reasonably satisfactory.” The introduction notes that the full text of the final manuscript was not proofread to catch “random errors”—just every twentieth page. 

Read an essay about A Million Random Digits by Kurt Gottshalk, part of Word Processor: Highlights from the Collection on the Reanimation Library's website


February 2014

Gloria Steinem
The Beach Book
Designed by Samuel B. Antupit; illustrated by Chas. B. Slackman
New York : Viking Press, 1963
Gould Library

February’s Selection of the Month from Gould Library is offered as a literary antidote to the endless Minnesota winter of 2014. A light-hearted guide to beach reading, games, and entertainments, The Beach Book offers tanning advice (read or think while tanning to avoid feelings of guilt), a water-side bestiary (featuring excerpts from Pliny and Melville), and instructions for creating your own abstract-expressionist painting in the sand. Author Gloria Steinem published The Beach Book early in her career and went on to become a well-known feminist, political activist, and co-founder and editor of Ms. Magazine.

January 2014

Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Volume I
London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1777
Gould Library Special Collections

Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
London : Visual Editions, 2010
Gould Library

One of the most striking—and presciently “postmodern”—features of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy (1759-67) is its extensive use of typographical effects. The most famous of these is the black page marking the death of Parson Yorick in Volume I. The black page serves as a visual representation of death: an emblem of mourning, a moment of silence, an expression of what is inexpressible. The pool of black ink suggests the inadequacy of words to convey grief. It also suggests an absurd excess of words, an effect that the Visual Edition replicates by printing multiple pages of text on top of one another.

— Jessica L. Leiman, Associate Professor of English

November-December 2013

Sue Coe, X 

Pictures by Sue Coe; text by Sue Coe with Art Spiegelman ; "concurrent events" by Judith Moore ; edited by Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman ; design by Francoise Mouly.
New York : Raw Books and Graphics, 1986
Gould Library

In her dark and often disturbing illustrations, Sue Coe takes aim at the powerful and the corrupt.  She is best known for her collages from the 1980s which combine hand-drawn illustration with collaged text and photographic fragments into nightmarish scenes, often inspired by current events. In X, Coe re-tells the story of Malcolm X through a rhyming text and a historical timeline, illustrated by vivid images of horrific “heroes” (the exploiters) and suffering “losers” (the exploited).  


October 2013

James Joyce, Ulysses


James Joyce (1882-1941)
Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1926
Gould Library Special Collections

This page, published in the 1926 Shakespeare and Company edition of Ulysses, reflects the contentious history of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Ulysses was first published in its entirety by a Paris publisher in February, 1922, but the book was banned in both the United States and Great Britain. Of the second printing (published by a London publisher but printed in Paris), 300 copies were seized and destroyed, burned by the New York Post Office Authority.  A third printing was arranged to replace those destroyed in New York; these were confiscated by British customs officials in Folkstone. Subsequent editions (4th through 8th) were printed in Paris.

Ulysses was banned in the United States until 1933, when a the judge in a landmark court decision, United States vs. One book called Ulysses, ruled that the book was not obscene, but, in fact, a “sincere and honest book”. In his decision, Judge John M. Woolsey wrote that Ulysses was Joyce’s  “serious attempt to devise a new literary method for the observation and description of mankind.” 1

1. United States v. One book called "Ulysses," District Court, S. D. New York, December 6, 1933.


September 2013

Nazca Lines, Peru

Earth as Art

Lawrence Friedl and Karen Yuen
Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012
Gould Library Government Documents
NAS 1.83:NP-2012-07-889-HQ

This image of the Nazca Lines in southern Peru was taken by NASA’s Terra satellite in 2000. Launched in 1999, Terra carries five types of sensors collecting long-term data on the earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere that enable scientists to monitor and understand climate and environmental changes.

For more information on Terra, please visit

Image credit:NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team