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 ...||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 ...||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 ...||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 ...||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 ...||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 ...||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 ...||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 ...||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 ...||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 ...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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!
I love the variety of topics featured for this podcast!
A Great Sneak Peak into Archives!
This podcast is a great way to showcase the mostly overlooked treasures that archives and special collections hold!