Women’s History Month: Heresies Magazines

*Post written by Josh Knecht, student assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

This is the front page of Issue 14 of "Heresies Magazine": Lost beauty seeks political content (p. 2). Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Tomorrow: No silver lining. Women's pages spark riot! Hired Torch held!

Front page of Issue 14 of “Heresies Magazine”, 1982. Source: Roselia N. Meny collection (MSS 303).

In commemoration of National Women’s Month, this blog post is dedicated to feminism; more specifically, the collection being discussed is the Heresies feminist magazine. Found within the Roselia N. Meny collection, these magazines were in publication from 1977-1993. The magazines were created by a feminist art movement called the “Heresies Collective,” according to Emily Wilson, author of the article “’The Heretics’: Women of the Heresies Collective.” In this article, Wilson details that the collective was a group of women who simply wanted to change the political climate insofar as it related to women, and the everyday struggles that they dealt with in a socioeconomic nation that denied them the same rights that were given to men.

The title of this edition of Heresies magazine is "Racism is the Issue".

Front cover of Issue 15 of “Heresies Magazines”, 1982. Source: Roselia N. Meny collection (MSS 303).

Heresies Magazine was not simply a magazine of art, however. Many topics such as violence, communication, lesbian art, sex, film, and racism were explored, allowing for a better understanding of how women were affected by these facets of life. At the time, the Heresies Magazine was a movement against the contemporary society that it stood against; now, these issues are a reminder that there existed a nation that was less tolerant that the one that stands today. Many of these topics are still discussed by feminists the world over, and the fact that they were being addressed over forty years ago by a group of brave women during the time that was more hostile than that which we are in is both commendable and brave.

If you or anyone you know is interested in feminism, then stop by the Rice Library Archives and Special Collections to check out the Heresies Magazines and all the other feminist material in the Roselia N. Meny collection.

References

Wilson, E. (2010, April 12). “The heretics”: Women of the Heresies collective. Retrieved from http://www.womensmediacenter.com/news-features/the-heretics-women-of-the-heresies-collective

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Arch Madness 2018: “Meet Ya” Guide to the Sweet 16

*Post written by James Wethington, senior library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collection.

*Item descriptions written by Jennifer Greene, university archivist of University Archives and Special Collections, and Susan Sauls, art collection registrar.

The crowds are going crazy! Pure pandemonium! Arch Madness is back and we have some stiff competition. The University Archives and Special Collections is facing off against the USI Art Collection and Lawrence Library. You can vote online at amusingartifacts.org or in-person at Rice Library Room 3021. Voting begins on March 12 through April 8, 2018.

Arch Madness 2018 brackets. Starting from the top left hand side is materials from the University Archives and Special Collections: our first region is "Special Collections". Avant Garde Magazines versus Elvis Presley telegram; 1603 Book of Alchemy versus Coroner's Record Book. Our second region is "Communal Studies". The Game of Community versus Shaker Bonnet; Zoar Anniversary Plate versus Shiloh Food Labels. Starting on the top right hand side is materials from the USI Art Collection: Stephen Pace's Paintbrushes versus "French Lick" Sculpture; "Beethoven" Print versus "Mola Applique" Textile. The material from the second region is from the Lawrence Library: Incantation Bowl vs. Greek Bell Krater; Book of Common Prayer versus Mudras of Buddha. Voting starts on March 12 on amusingartifacts.org.

2018 Brackets for Arch Madness!

Let us look at this year’s competitors!

Special Collections

Four editions of Avant Garde, 1968. These magazines are located in MSS 048, Wallace Wardner collection.

Four editions of Avant Garde, 1968.

Avant Garde Magazine incorporated erotic content, such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s sensual lithographs and a semi-nude spread of Marilyn Monroe.  Avant Garde was published in New York City for 3 years and only 14 issues were produced.  The University Archives possesses four issues of this unique magazine.

 

Elvis Presley telegram to Evansville radio jockey, Larry Aiken, 1957. This telegram is located in MSS 217, Larry Aiken collection.

Elvis Presley telegram to Evansville radio jockey, Larry Aiken, 1957.

On September 12, 1957 Elvis Presley sent a telegram to local music promoter and musician Larry Aiken.  Mr. Aiken worked at the radio station WEOA while attending Bosse High School. He hosted a popular program and tried to get Elvis Presley to call in during the program.  Larry Aiken went on to travel with Dick Clark and the Caravan of Stars before coming back to Evansville to promote music and the arts.

 

Works of Paracelsus, 1603. Credit: James Wethington

Works of Paracelsus, 1603.

The Collected Works of Paracelsus is a rare book in our Special Collections.  Printed in 1603, this two-volume set contains the books and writings on alchemy, magic, and occult philosophies of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus.

*Defending 2017 Arch Madness Champion.

 

Coroner's logbook from Vanderburgh County. This book is located in MSS 181, Darryl Bigham collection, 1888-1898. Credit: James Wethington.

Coroner’s logbook from Vanderburgh County, 1888-1898.

The Coroner’s Record book for Vanderburgh County, 1888-1898, is from the Dr. Darrel Bigham Collection of Evansville history.  The record book lists various ways individuals of the time died; for instance, by drowning, by being hit by a train, and by falling onto a commercial lumber saws, just to name a few.  The book has hand written notes and a newspaper clipping, which was based on the coroner’s notes of the autopsy.

 

Communal Studies

Shaker bonnet replica, 1800's. This bonnet is located in the Communal Studies Reading Room in RL 3024.

Shaker bonnet replica, 1800’s.

This example of Shaker weaving skills is from the mid to late 1800s.  It was most likely made in Canterbury Village in New Hampshire.  This celibate community focused on organic farming, music, and preparing their bodies and souls for heaven.  This bonnet is one of two examples of Shaker fashion located in the Center for Communal Studies, in University Archives and Special Collections.

 

 

 

"The Game of Community" board game, 1972. The game is located in the Communal Studies Reading Room in RL 3024.

“The Game of Community” board game, 1972.

The Game of Community is board game developed by Family Pastimes Products, a Canadian company, in 1972.  Unlike most games, which pit player against player, to win this challenge everyone must work together to build a community.  The game includes problem solving and teamwork to get around the obstacles to creating a communal experience.

 

Shiloh Farms Bread Labels, created by Dr. Donald Janzen, n.d. This item is located in the Communal Studies Reading Room in RL 3024.

Shiloh Farms Bread Labels, created by Dr. Donald Janzen, n.d.

 

Shiloh Farms was an organic bakery that started in New York State around 1942.  These labels represent just a small selection of the variety of foods offered by this conscientious community.  Not only did Shiloh Farms open a national bakery using pesticide-free chemicals, they also began printing product ingredients on labels as early as the 1950s.

 

 

 

 

Commemorative 175th anniversary plate of the founding of Zoar, 1992. This item is located in the Communal Studies Reading Room in RL 3024.

Commemorative 175th anniversary plate of the founding of Zoar, 1992.

The Zoar Commemorative Plaque was made in 1992 to mark the 175th anniversary of the Zoar communal group in Ohio.  Zoar Village was founded in 1817 by a group of over 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland.  These Separatists thrived as a unique society for more than 80 years, making Zoar Village one of the most successful communal settlements in American history.

 

 

USI Art Collection

Art brushes belonging to Stephen Pace, n.d. This item belongs to the USI Art Collection.

Art brushes belonging to Stephen Pace, n.d.

These paintbrushes belonged to American Expressionist artist Stephen S. Pace and were used in his studio in New Harmony, Indiana.

 

 

 

"French Lick" Sculpture, 2010. This item is located within the USI Art Collection.

“French Lick” Sculpture, 2010.

This sculpture is created from found objects including a leather wedge sandal, a bowling bag, wooden shoe form, leopard print gloves, candlesticks, and sequined fabric among other materials.

 

 

 

Print of Beethoven by Andy Warhol, 1987. This item is located in the USI Art Collection.

Print of Beethoven by Andy Warhol, 1987.

Warhol created the Beethoven portfolio prior to his unexpected death in 1987 and is one of the most desirable prints by the artist. This particular print is an “Extra, out of edition” that was given to USI by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in 2013 for education and research.

 

 

 

 

Mola Applique, n.d. This item is located in the USI Art Collection.

Mola Applique, n.d.

The Mola as a form of adornment originated from the traditional practice of body painting. Colonization by the Spanish and contact with Christian missionaries led the Kuna to transfer their custom from painting on their bodies to painting on fabric.

 

 

 

Lawrence Library

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in Lawrence Library.

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century.

 

The incantation bowl, which goes by many names such as a demon bowl or a magic bowl, was usually buried face down in a home’s courtyard or near cemeteries in order to capture demons or evil spirits. Once retrieved, a hole would be made in the bowl to release the spirits.

 

 

Greek Bell Krater, c. 360 BC. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in the Lawrence Library.

Greek Bell Krater, c. 360 BC.

 

The Romanized word Krater comes from the ancient Greek word that means, “a mixing or blending of things which form a compound”. This krater was used to mix water and wine to create a social beverage.

 

 

 

 

Book of Common Prayer, 1660. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in Lawrence Library.

Book of Common Prayer, 1660.

 

The Common Book of Prayer, was the primary guide to religious worship for the Church of England at the time and this version includes instruction for the administration of the sacraments, rites and ceremonies performed in the church, and the Psalms of David.

 

 

Tibetan Folio of Mudras of the Buddha, n.d. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in Lawrence Library.

Tibetan Folio of Mudras of the Buddha, n.d.

 

Mudras, the Sanskrit word for hand signs, illustrate important events from the life of the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama. This decorative portfolio is from the Ladakh region of India, home to many of Tibetan descent.

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You Know My Name: Bob Griese

Sonny Brown and Bob Griese. Brown was a photographer for the Evansville Courier. Griese is an Evansville native who went on to be an All-American at Purdue University and quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. He was named Evansville Sportsman of the Year at the Evansville Sports Award banquet May 13, 1968; this photograph might be related to that event, 1968. Source: Sonny Brown collection, MSS 228-0662.

Left to Right: Sonny Brown (Photographer of the Evansville Courier) and Bob Griese at the Evansville Sportsman of the Year, 1968. Source: Sonny Brown collection, MSS 228-0662.

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

In our final installment in our series, “You Know My Name”, we explore an Evansville native whom was numerous accolades in the college football and NFL: the one, the only, Bob Griese.

Born on February 3, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana, Bob Griese attended and graduated from Rex Mundi High School in 1963. He participated in three sports: football, basketball, and baseball (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017). During his tenure at Rex Mundi, he received numerous honors such as (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017):

  • All-City Honors in football, basketball, and baseball
  • All-State Honors in football and basketball

Among graduation from Rex Mundi, he decided to play football at Purdue University in 1964. He played at Purdue from 1964 to 1967. As a starter, he posted a record of 22-7-1 (Purdue University, 2017). During his tenure at Purdue, he received numerous honors such as (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017):

  • Football All-American, 1965-1966
  • Big Ten Most Valuable Player, 1966
  • Heisman Winner Runner-Up, 1966
  • Won Rose Bowl, 1966

After finishing at Purdue, Griese turned his sights to the NFL. In the 1967 NFL draft, Griese was selected fourth overall by the Miami Dolphins. Under the leadership of Don Shula, Griese reached pinnacles that have gone unmatched since then. Griese retired in 1981 due to a shoulder surgery (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017). During his term in Miami, we won numerous awards and championships such as (Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2017; (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017):

  • Awards
    • Six-time Dolphins Most Valuable Player
    • All-Pro: 1971, 1977
    • All-AFC Team: 1970-1971, 1973, 1977
    • Two-time AFL All-Star
    • Six-time AFC-NFC Pro-Bowl: 1970-1971, 1973-1974, 1977-1978
  • Championships
    • Two-time Super Bowl Champion: VII (1972), VIII (1973)

After a stellar career, Griese retired in 1980, after twelve seasons. The Miami Dolphins retired his #12 jersey. A decade later, Griese was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 by his former coach, Don Shula (Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2018).

In the Sonny Brown collection at the University Archives and Special Collections, there are over thirty photographs of various high school events throughout Evansville, Indiana and surrounding Tri-State region.

References

Indiana Hall of Fame. (2017). Griese, Bob. Retrieved from http://www.indiana-football.org/?q=node/334

Pro Football Hall of Fame. (2017). Bob Griese | Miami Dolphins. Retrieved from http://www.profootballhof.com/players/bob-griese/biography/

Pro Football Hall of Fame. (2018). Bob Griese’s career capsule. Retrieved from http://www.profootballhof.com/players/bob-griese/capsule/

Purdue University (2017). Legends of Purdue football: Bob Griese. Retrieved from http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/legends-griese.html

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Arch Madness is Coming!

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Arch Madness brackets outside of RL 3021, 2017. Credit: James Wethington.

Arch Madness brackets outside of RL 3021, 2017. Credit: James Wethington.

It is that time of year again! Arch Madness is back and we have a little bit of stiff competition. This year, the University Archives and Special Collections at the David L. Rice Library is challenging the USI Art Collection and the Lawrence Library to a showdown for the to find the “Coolest Artifact at USI”.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will present our “Meet Ya” guides to all of the artifacts in this year’s competition. Voting starts on March 12 through April 8, 2018. You can vote two ways: online through the David L. Rice Library Facebook/Twitter pages, and on amUSIngArtifacts, or in-person at RL 3021. Stay tuned for more information!

 

 

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You Know My Name: Mark “The Bird” Fidrych

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Mark "the Bird" Fidrych signing autographs at Bosse Field. He played for the AAA Evansville Triplets of the American Association in 1975 before being called up to the Detroit Tigers. Bosse Field (1701 N Main St./23 Don Mattingly Way) opened in 1915 and is the third oldest ballpark still in professional baseball use, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith collection, MSS 034-1710.

Mark “the Bird” Fidrych signing autographs at Bosse Field, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1710.

Our next entry in our blog series, “You Know My Name”, switches the America’s pastime, baseball. Evansville has a unique history with baseball such as Bosse Field, the third oldest baseball stadium in the United States, and hosting numerous baseball teams, such as the Evansville Otters and Triplets. We are highlighting former Evansville Triplets pitcher, Mark Fidrych.

Born on August 15, 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts, played football, basketball, and baseball; however, “… [Fidrych] was not a star pitcher in high and was not offered any collegiate athletic scholarships, Mark caught the attention of both the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on the strength of his hard fastball” Puerzer (n.d.). The Detroit Tigers drafted him in 1974; however, he played for the Tigers minor league Triple AAA affiliate, the Evansville Triplets (Maynard, 2009; Puerzer, n.d.).

Man talking to Mark "the Bird" Fidrych as he sits on the ground at Bosse Field. He played for the AAA Evansville Triplets of the American Association in 1975 before being called up to the Detroit Tigers, 1976. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1300.

Mark “the Bird” Fidrych (left) sitting on the ground at Bosse Field, 1976. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1300.

During his tenure with the Triplets in 1974, Fidrych posted “… an ERA of 1.59 and striking out 29 while walking only nine in 40 innings” (Puerzer, n.d.). In the minor leagues, he earned the nickname, “Bird” because of his physical stature and appearance (Maynard, 2009). The Detroit Tigers called Fidrych up from the Triplets and into the big leagues in 1976, proving to be a force to be reckoned. In his rookie year, “… he went 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA and 24 complete games” and won the AL Rookie of the Year (Associated Press, 2009). During his tenure with the Detroit Tigers, he won several awards such as (MLB, 2017):

  • AL Rookie of the Year, 1976
  • Tigers Rookie of the Year, 1976
  • AL All-Star, 1976-1977
  • AL Player of the Month, June 1976
Mark "the Bird" Fidrych at Bosse Field. He played for the AAA Evansville Triplets of the American Association in 1975 before being called up to the Detroit Tigers. Bosse Field (1701 N Main St./23 Don Mattingly Way) opened in 1915 and is the third oldest ballpark still in professional baseball use, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1707.

Mark “the Bird” Fidrych at Bosse Field, playing for the Evansville Triplets, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1707.

After a stellar rookie year, Fidrych’s career took a turn for the worse: in 1976, he suffered a cartilage tear in his knee and rotator cuff tear injury; moreover, his injuries forced him into early retirement by 1980. During his MLB career, his record was 29-19, 3.10 ERA in 58 games: he made one last guest appearance in 1999 for the last game held at Tiger Stadium (Maynard, 2009). Fidrych attempted an unsuccessful comeback in 1982 and 1983 with the Boston Red Sox; however, Fidrych passed away on April 13, 2009, after his body was discovered underneath a dump trunk (Associated Press, 2009).

For more photographs on Mark Fidrych’s career with the Evansville Triplets, check out the Gregory Smith collection in the University Archives and Special Collections’ online digital gallery.

References

Associated Press (2009, April 14). Ex-Tigers All-Star pitcher Fidrych dead at 54. Retrieved from

Maynard, M. (2009, April 13). Mark Fidrych, baseball’s beloved ‘Bird’, dies at 54. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/14/sports/baseball/14fidrych.html

MLB. (2017). Mark Fidrych. Retrieved from http://m.mlb.com/player/114102/mark-fidrych

Puerzer, R. (n.d.). Mark Fidrych. Retrieved from https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/a9b9cdb2

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