"These guys … know how to control their emotions…"

- Buster Posey, talking about his teammates as they uncork in the locker room after winning their division series.

Minneapolis Newspaper Index at University of MN now online


Digitized Index Cards to Minneapolis Newspapers

Van Houlson, Journalism Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

For many years, the index cards to the Minneapolis Star and the Minneapolis Tribune at the Wilson Library on the University of Minnesota campus gave researchers a unique tool for locating articles on local people and events. This index was recently scanned by the Digital Collections unit at the University of Minnesota Libraries and is now available for searching as a public access website called the Minneapolis Newspaper Index (https://www.lib.umn.edu/newspapers).

Use this search engine to find articles from the Minnesota Daily (1900-1922, 1963-1977), Minneapolis Tribune (1940-1945,1950-1954) and the Minneapolis Star (1964-1970). Search for keywords found in the headlines of articles or among the subject headings used to organize the card file. This is a fascinating resource for anyone interested in Minneapolis history and will also display the actual image of the original card, revealing the work of dedicated library staff over decades as they added citations about local people, architecture, events and other developments. The Minneapolis Newspaper Index opens up new possibilities for researching local Minnesota history in the 20th century that is currently not possible using any existing newspaper content in print, microfilm, or online.

I can personally vouch for Van’s commitment to thinking creatively about ways these types of valuable resources can be preserved.

Digitization is changing historical research in profound and important ways (some potentially good, others potentially bad) but it is thrilling to see the University of Minnesota Libraries carry on a long commitment to preserving newspapers as a key part of the historical record.

Gerald Gold, Editor on the Pentagon Papers, Dies at 85

"The Pentagon Papers episode was hailed as a huge victory for press freedom and prompted new skepticism about government. But before any of that, somebody had to do hours of laborious, exacting work preparing articles about, and excerpts from, the papers for publication. Mr. Gold, an assistant foreign editor, shouldered much of the burden."

Literally, a dying breed.

An earlier version misstated the term Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. in a television appearance during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It was crypto-Nazi, not crypto-fascist. It also described incorrectly Mr. Vidal’s connection with former Vice President Al Gore. Although Mr. Vidal frequently referred jokingly to Mr. Gore as his cousin, they were not related. And Mr. Vidal’s relationship with his longtime live-in companion, Howard Austen, was also described incorrectly. According to Mr. Vidal’s memoir “Palimpsest,” they had sex the night they met, but did not sleep together after they began living together. It was not true that they never had sex.

Sara: Thanks! I hope mail goes the way of the Coelacanth.
Me (after a little Googling): Sweet dinofish reference, Bro.
Sara: Thanks dude! I think my metaphor is accurate, because I hope that mail still exists in some remote parts of the globe, but that I never see it.
Me: LOL.


“Our favorite correction letter ever, from 5th graders @ Burning Tree E.S. in Bethesda MD.” - @RonCharles, Washington Post





“Our favorite correction letter ever, from 5th graders @ Burning Tree E.S. in Bethesda MD.” - @RonCharles, Washington Post



Under Minn. Supreme Court standard, university can regulate students’ off-campus speech

In a decision released this morning, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the University of Minnesota did not violate a student’s free speech rights when it punished her for Facebook posts related to her coursework in the mortuary science program.

It is an important ruling for student freedom of speech, especially as the line between what counts as “on campus” and “off campus” blurs. Like most big rulings, we’ll have to wait and see what other courts do with it before we really know what to think. But here’s why I think it raises more questions than it answers, and could be deeply troubling for all students’ First Amendment rights:

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It is particularly fortuitous that the very object of this particular first amendment fight can be used to celebrate its protection.

Professor Jonathan Turley, regarding the state of Idaho’s decision to reverse its ban on the sale of Five Wives Vodka. I haven’t tried the spirit myself, but you can place your order (and buy a “Free the Five” T-shirt!) through the distiller Ogden’s Own here.
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