Historically Yours from the University of Iowa Special Collections
By Colleen Theisen from the University of Iowa Special Collections
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Librarian Colleen Theisen and rotating guests from the unique cast of characters in the University of Iowa Special Collections are snooping in the acid-free boxes to find out what we can learn when just one letter from a person survives. A guest each episode reads a historic letter, investigate its history and reflect on the historic role of letter writing and how that carries over into modern life.
||Clean10: Historically Yours: Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea, and Tolkien with guest Peter Balestrieri||In this episode guest Peter Balestrieri brings us a letter from Ursula LeGuin that he found tucked inside of a recently donated copy of "The Farthest Shore." Guest: Peter Balestrieri Citation: LeGuin, Ursula to Martin, John Located in "The||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09: Historically Yours: Love, Marjorie; Knitting hats for strawberries, swearing at horses, and the circus comes to town: Life in Kansas in the 1930’s||Guest: Jennifer Burek Pierce Citation: Marjorie McVicker (Sutcliffe) to Bill Sutcliffe, 1938 Judith Sutcliffe Papers IWA0067 Box 16, Folder “Marjorie to Bill, 1938” Iowa Women’s Archives SEE ALL OF THIS LETTER AND READ THE TRANSCRIPTION||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08: Historically Yours (corrected): A Tale of Woe for Miss Rosa Poe with guest Peter Balestrieri||(Corrected version of the podcast! While talking about international pirated versions of Poe's books, we mis-stated details about U.S. copyright in 1868. This file corrects that. If you know more about this letter be sure to email us and we'll read your||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07: Historically Yours: Academics, Fans, Lovecraft, and the price of paper||For this episode of Historically Yours, School of Library and Information Science graduate student Kathryn Heffner reads a typed letter on Arkham House letterhead with details relating to what it took to get HP Lovecraft published during World War II,||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 - Historically Yours: An Account of Calamity Jane's Death with Guest Liz Riordan||*Updated 7/31/2017 to fix a flaw in the audio file For this episode of Historically Yours, Graduate Assistant Liz Riordan regales us with tales of the Wild West and a letter recounting an encounter with Calamity Jane immediately preceeding her death. (||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 - Historically Yours: Guest is Archivist David McCartney reading James Thurber||For this episode of Historically Yours, University Archivist David McCartney tells a poignant tale of letter writing past and present and then reads us a letter from James Thurber from his time at the New Yorker in 1935. (MsLT5361za)||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 - Historically Yours: Helen Keller's Poem - a letter, or an autograph? Guest Liz Riordan||Whate'er we love becomes of us a part, The center of all tributary powers, Our life is fed from nature's throbbing heart and of her best the fibre and growth is ours. Helen Keller Cambridge April 29, 1902||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 - Historically Yours: World War I Memorial: Warren G. Harding letter with Ben Schmidt||A memorial for World War I is the concern in a letter from Warren G. Harding read by School of Library and Information Science graduate student Ben Schmidt. Do you know anything about the movement to make a memorial? Or about Mrs. Henry F. Dimock? Ty||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 - Historically Yours: A New York City Theater Fire with Liz Riordan||Historically Yours is brought to you by the wacky folks who wander in and out of the University of Iowa Special Collections. Your host is Colleen Theisen, today's guest is Liz Riordan. Our theme music was composed by Will Riordan. Letter from this ep||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 - Historically Yours: Horace Annesley Vachell Letter with guest Laura Hampton||Welcome to our new podcast. New episodes will premiere every two weeks on Tuesday. Episode 1 features Digital Project Librarian Laura Hampton reading a letter from April 15, 1942 from Horace Ainsley Vachell of Bath England to Mr. Corder. (MsL V118||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A Great Sneak Peak into Archives!
This podcast is a great way to showcase the mostly overlooked treasures that archives and special collections hold!
I love the variety of topics featured for this podcast!
Fun & informative!
"Historically Yours" offers fascinating views into the holdings of the University of Iowa Libraries' Special Collecctions, which is a varied and rich repository located in a uniquely literate university town (Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature and home of the famed Writers' Workshop.) I find these to be delightful, smartly-written podcasts that shine light on artifacts and history. I always learn something listening to these podcasts and find they are such a welcome relief from news and other media. I recommend subscribing!