Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Last week was uneventful compared to previous weeks. During the last week of class (2/20-2/24), I got a little bit behind due to being able to work only 3 hours. As a result, I will be spending 7 hours this week working on searching things in Pegasus from the catalogue and working on a few scans in University Archives. I will also likely work on the various course catalogues up until 1930.

Last week, I spent about an hour and 15 minutes in the University Archives Office working on the course catalogue/bulletin and progressed from 1906-07 to 1913-14. While there was relatively little information for this period, it was interesting to see the rapid progression of volumes in the St. Ignatius College library. In the 1906-1907 academic year, the library claimed possession of 25000 volumes. By 1909-10, the library was up to 38000 volumes. By 1913-1914, the library suddenly had 50000 volumes. In only 7 years, the amount of volumes in the library doubled.

I also learned from the course catalogue about the creation of the law school, engineering school, and the merger of St. Ignatius with a medical school and pharmacy school. It was interesting to see St. Ignatius' rapid expansion from a school which only had Arts and Sciences courses to a school which suddenly had all of these programs only 5 years later.

Finally, for the rest of the week, I worked on searching books from the 1870s library catalogue. I found a French biography of Charlemagne, Charlemagne et son siecle, from the 19th century. I also found a biography of Otto von Bismarck from during his life. I actually found this pretty cool, because I would assume that despite Bismarck's extraordinary reputation worldwide, he probably did not have many biographies written of him during his life. Here is a link to information on that book, which was published in 1870, a year before Germany officially unified. http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=5989579341&searchurl=an%3Dhesekiel%2Bjohn%2Bgeorge%2Blouis

Anyway, that is all for this week. Hopefully I will have a little more to elaborate on next week since I will be working more hours this week. Thanks for reading!

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