Welcome to part four of our week-long venture into the John Marcum papers. In the midst of revolution and upheaval, many African countries found themselves courted by both East and West in a proxy Cold War. Naturally, much of the battle was fought with propaganda, and these items reflect the urgency and tension of those times.
Special Collections Unbound
For part three of this week's series on the recently processed John Marcum papers, we focus on ephemera. Most of these items might be overlooked by those mining the rich correspondence and notes, but they certainly have their own tales to tell.
This week we celebrate the release of the John Marcum Papers with daily posts highlighting various aspects of this Africanist scholar's collection. Today we present various material from Series 22. South Africa.
South African author Nadine Gordimer instructing Marcum to send his book on Angola discretely packaged:
Special Collections is very proud to announce the availability of the John Marcum papers. Marcum (1927-2013) was an Africanist scholar whose foundational research on the revolutions in Angola and Mozambique was only a part of his long academic career.
The University Archives is happy to annouce the availability of a new exhibit for the KZSU Project South Collection featuring streaming audio and downloadable transcripts for this pioneering civil rights campaign. During the summer of 1965, eight students from Stanford University spent ten weeks in the southern states tape-recording information on the civil rights movement.
Special Collections recently acquired a "Journal and Remark Book" kept by James B. Hay from 1867-1872. At the time he wrote the volume, Hay was a Midshipman in the Royal Navy. He served on the HMS Terrible, HMS Martin, HMS Gladiator, HMS Speedwell, and HMS Duke of Wellington. You can find him listed as the Midshipman of the Gladiator in The Navy List, Corrected to the 20th June, 1871.
A recently cataloged item in our Rare Books Collection, a gift from Friend of the Library Frank J. Novak III, has an interesting provenance. The book in question is a 1533 Basel edition of humanist scholar Erasmus’s Adagia, an enormous collection of proverbs in Latin and Greek. It was issued in multiple editions from 1500-1536, each edition larger than the last as Erasmus found more entries culled from his reading of ancient literature. The Adagia is the source of many commonplace sayings in Western European languages, such as “the grass is greener over the fence,” “many hands make light work,” etc.