Trial Database: MGG ONLINE

Attention music researchers!

Through March 30, 2022, the University Libraries has a trial running for MGG OnlineMGG Online builds on the second edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (which the University Libraries has in print), offering new and updated content. MGG Online’s content covers an array of topics not only in all areas of music but also in related fields, such as literature, philosophy, and the visual arts.

This is the time of year when  librarians in the University Libraries begin to think about new e-resources for the next fiscal year, so your feedback will be most appreciated.  Try it out and if you’d like to share your thoughts, please send your comments to Joan Stahl (, Director, Research and Instruction,  by 4/15/2022.

Spring Break Reading: SETI, a librarian, and aliens, oh my!

Seriously? Three of my favorite interests in one book! Gregory Benford’s Shadows of Eternity involves a SETI librarian–on the moon–deciphering and interpreting alien messages; need I go on? Check out our other interesting selections to occupy your time over spring break. Titles range from fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, to current affairs, social issues, and politics.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.


Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
Shadows of Eternity Benford, Gregory
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern Beard, Mary
A History of the Index: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age Duncan, Dennis
Orwell’s Roses Solnit, Rebecca
Everyone You Hate Is Going to Die: And Other Comforting Thoughts on Family, Friends, Sex, Love, and More Things That Ruin Your Life Sloss, Daniel
The Book of Mother Huisman, Violaine
Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World Goodman, Peter S.
Longshot: The Inside Story of the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine Heath, David
You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays Hurston, Zora Neale; Gates, Henry Louis; & West, Genevieve
Money Magic: An Economist’s Secrets to More Money, Less Risk, and a Better Life Kotlikoff, Laurence
The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship’s Battle Against the Slave Trade Rooks, A. E.
The Echo Chamber Boyne, John
The School for Good Mothers Chan, Jessamine
Seasonal Work: Stories Lippman, Laura
Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind a Raisin in the Sun Shields, Charles J.
The Good Son Mitchard, Jacquelyn
Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen Chance, Zoe
When a Killer Calls: A Haunting Story of Murder, Criminal Profiling, and Justice in a Small Town (Cases of the FBI’s Original Mindhunter) Douglas, John E. & Olshaker, Mark
Brown Girls Andreades, Daphne Palasi
The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss O’Connor, Mary-Frances
The Black Agenda: Bold Solutions for a Broken System Opoku-Agyeman, Anna Gifty. Intro by Tressie Mcmillan Cottom
Recitatif: A Story Morrison, Toni. Intro by Zadie Smith
Taste for Poison, A: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them Bradbury, Neil

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The Archivist’s Nook: Many Voices, One Church: Archiving the Cultural Diversity Committee of the USCCB

Hannah Kaufman is a Graduate Library Pre-Professional (GLP) at The Catholic University of America, who also works in Special Collections.

Since starting my position as the new archives GLP, I have been working on the finding aid for the USCCB/NCCB Secretariat for Cultural Diversity. Having never created a complicated finding aid before, I took one look at the 25 boxes that made up the collection (with more, Catholic University archivist John Shepherd assured me, possibly on the way) and felt a little overwhelmed. However, after spending a little time browsing other finding aids and getting acquainted with the boxes themselves, I began to feel a little better.
This collection could be easily divided into two distinct ‘series’ or categories within which archival material is organized. Although all diversity task forces were merged under a new Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, the Hispanic Catholics and Black Catholics subcommittees of USCCB were originally their own distinct entities and are thus easy to differentiate. Armed with a preliminary inventory done by a former practicum student, I set to work identifying which boxes contained which materials. A few things quickly stuck out to me. The materials devoted to Hispanic Catholics were generally older, and there were fewer to sort through. My still lingering trepidation over the amount of material I would be working with was certainly a part of my decision when deciding how to organize the collection, but in the end the materials’ age was what convinced me to put it first. All of the Hispanic Catholic materials date from the seventies and early eighties, with only a few exceptions. Meanwhile, the Black Catholics materials issue from the eighties up to the early two-thousands. Although within the series, material organization is prioritized alphabetically, I decided to organize the series chronologically, as it felt more intuitive to have the older organization first in the finding aid.
The Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs (directed by Paublo Sedillo for the duration of the papers currently held in the Catholic University Archives) came as a result of one of the recommendations of the First Encuentro. It called for the then USCCB Division for the Spanish Speaking be upgraded to that of a special office directly under the USCCB’s General Secretary. The Encuentros were events designed as a way of reaffirming the Hispanic Catholics’ place in the faith, both for themselves, and for the Catholic Church. Encuentros often spawned other events which drew off the energy the anticipation for these events wrought, such as the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Guadalupe, in Mexico, 1984. Each event culminated in the creation of a pastoral document presented to the church, with a plan for creating a more welcoming environment within the church for Hispanic Catholics, as well as expanding involvement within Hispanic Communities. A significant amount of materials in this collection are devoted to the planning and production of these Encuentro events.

Logo used for the Third Encuentro in 1985 which appeared on posters, pamphlets, and facilitator guidebooks to name a few.


But the Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs did much more than plan Encuentros. Other examples of material one can find in these records include campaigns to protect migrant workers, to fight against welfare cuts, to push for positive immigration reform, and to denounce racist policies. There are also pastorals, papers, and a large collection of audio visual materials containing, among other things, Spanish liturgy and sermons.

Bishop Patrick Flores, the First Mexican-American Bishop, addresses the First Encuentro, June 1972.

The Secretariat of African American Affairs papers hold some content similar to that of the Hispanic Affairs papers, in that it consists of the efforts of a group of people which had historically not been prioritized by the Catholic church working together to amplify their voices. These papers contain talks and interviews given or conducted by Beverly Carroll, surveys on the numbers of Black priests serving in the United states, and records of both Bishops’ Committee on African American Catholics materials and National Black Catholic Congresses.



The later National Black Catholic Congresses was numbered in homage to the Colored Catholic Congresses held in 1889. As there were five of these, the numbering of Black Catholic Congresses started at number six, to show that they were building off the work done in 1889.

Additionally, the collection deals with issues being faced by Black Americans both inside and outside of the church. There are several folders devoted to the effects of racism and ways to combat it, as well as the AIDS crisis, by which Black people were disproportionately affected. The collection contains ways to combat and ameliorate these issues, both through legislation and volunteer work, as well as through community support and prayer for victims.

A leaflet from the Maryland Teachers Association for Black History Month in the African American History Month 2000 folder of this collection.

There are also records for events and information distributed by the Secretariat of African American Affairs for Black History month, and research and materials on Black theology and Black liturgy, as well as publications such as The African Bible, or the Black Biblical Heritage, all of which seek to celebrate Black Catholics and demonstrate that their place in the faith has been there since its very beginnings.
Looking over my finding aid, you may notice that the first half, devoted to the Secretariat of Hispanic Affairs, is intensely specific. It seems almost as though each file has been labeled individually and put in its own folder. That’s because this is mostly what I did. As an archivist in training, I fell victim to the same mistake many new archivists do: over processing. This collection is important; I knew that and I didn’t want to miss anything, or cause a researcher to miss anything, through my negligence. By the time I reached the Beverly Carroll files, I knew better. Ms. Carroll was assiduous with her filing, and all the folder titles for the second half of the finding aid are predominantly of her own making. Indeed, it was Mrs. Carroll’s careful filing (she often wrote the location of the paper she wanted to preserve on the corner of the page with a ballpoint pen) which helped me realize I should be focusing more on the original order. This is not to say that Mr. Sedillo was not well organized, rather that sometimes you need something spelled out for you (in the corner of a page. With a ballpoint pen). After I realized this, I simply removed paper clips and staples and re-foldered them into acid free folders. I learned a few important lessons here. The first is to trust researchers to be able to find what they’re looking for, and the second is to learn when you can trust the original owner of the work you’re processing as well. After all, Mrs. Carroll had a good system, one that made sense to her and that she was careful to preserve. Why destroy that, when that organizational context adds so much to each piece of the collection?
One of the primary functions of an archive is to hold recorded history, so that someone can come back years later and examine that history. I cannot help but think about this purpose in conjunction with these two groups’ work to be recognized as they deserve in the Catholic church, to assert that they have always been valuable members of the Catholic community. They have always been here, and this collection is yet another resource that people can point to as documented evidence of a long term commitment by Black and Latinx Catholics to their committees, to their faith, and to themselves.

Marquette Archives. (n.d). Inculturation Task Forfces Records of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. [Finding Aid]. Inculturation Task Forfces Records of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
Sharpe, R., (1997). Black Catholic Gifts of Faith. U.S. Catholic Historian, 15(4), 29-55.
Tampe, L.A. (2014). Encuentro Nacional Hispano de Pastoral (1972-1985): An Historical and Ecclesiological Analysis [Unpublished doctoral dissertation/master’s thesis]. The Catholic University of America.
Tilghman, M. T. (2021, November 29). Former USCCB official and leading voice for Black Catholics dies at 75. Catholic Standard.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (n.d.) Cultural Diversity in the Church.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (n.d.) Timeline 1917-2017.





Thinking about Fair Use

This week is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week (Feb. 21-25), a celebration of the concepts of fair use and fair dealing. As the Association of Research Libraries states, “Fair use (in the US) and fair dealing (in Canada and other jurisdictions) is a right that allows the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances.” The events during the week are for educating students, staff, and researchers on fair use/fair dealing doctrine, offering opportunities to participate in activities, and hearing successful stories of fair use in practice. The week is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and there are events scheduled by many institutions.

How much do you know about Fair Use Doctrine?

The University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries has created a fun, interactive quiz titled ‘Is it Fair Use? It Depends!‘ The quiz walks you through a number of scenarios based on what you selected previously.

Fair Use Myths and Facts Explained

Other infographics include: Fair Use Fundamentals, Fair Use in a Day in the Life of a College Student; Fair Use Promotes the Creation of New Knowledge; and How Fair Use Helps in Saving Software.

Fair Use Myths and Facts


Fair Use Myths and Facts


Breakfast with Seneca: Living a Stoic Life

Whoops! Wrong Seneca! Anyway, you can pick up Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living from our Popular Reading shelves. For other interesting selections to occupy your time, see our books below ranging from fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, to current affairs, social issues, and politics.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.


Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
Breakfast With Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living Fideler, David
King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King De Vise, Daniel
The Black History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Olusoga, David
In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes With Anthony Bourdain Vitale, Tom
Accidental Gods: On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine Subin, Anna Della
Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving Herman, Amy E.
American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History Michel, Casey
Boy Underground Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Bright Burning Things Harding, Lisa
Call Us What We Carry: Poems Gorman, Amanda
Harsh Times Vargas Llosa, Mario
A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind Burgess, Ann Wolbert
Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home Warzel, Charlie & Petersen, Anne Helen
The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better Wine, Thatcher
Fight Night Toews, Miriam
I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness Watkins, Claire Vaye
My Monticello Johnson, Jocelyn Nicole
The Survivors Schulman, Alex
The American Art Tapes: Voices of American Pop Art Jones, Nicolette & Jones, John
Cokie: A Life Well Lived Roberts, Steven V.
The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III Roberts, Andrew
Observations by Gaslight: Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes Faye, Lyndsay

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Love Data? We do! Learn about Love Data Week

Don’t we all love data? Love Data Week (Feb. 14-18) is an international celebration of data hosted by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Love Data Week is a project to raise awareness of the importance of data in our daily lives. This is an opportunity to engage the larger community through such topics as data analysis, preservation, curation, dissemination, sharing, and reuse. This year’s theme is “Data is for Everyone.” You can follow LDW on social media with the hashtag #LoveData22. Check out the events happening internationally. There are some useful website links on working with data at the end of this blog.

About the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

This is the second year that ICPSR is sponsoring Love Data Week. The ICPSR is an international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations that provides “leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.” You can find data, share your data (for free!), use their resources to teach about data, and take courses in their summer program (Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research).

Adopt a Dataset

Part of the Love Data Week festivities is for participants to get involved in adopting a dataset. You can choose from a list of datasets curated by ICPSR. Some of the datasets include: Census of Governments, 1962 and 1967; Slave Sales and Appraisals, 1775-1865; Charleston Heart Study, Charleston, South Carolina, 1960-2000; Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS); COVID-19 Disruptions Disproportionately Affect Female Academics, Global, 2020; TransPop, United States, 2016-2018; Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Survey (CMPS), United States, 2016; National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems (NALSYS), [United States], 1998-2018; Latino National Surveys 2006; Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry, Everyday Itinerary, 1950-1953; Comprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS), North Carolina 2016-2018; and The Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project: The Future of Governance.

Once you have found a dataset that interest you, fill out the Dataset Adoption Form. You can choose to download the dataset, analyze it online, or review the the summary information for it. Your task is to learn about the dataset and share your findings through email or social media. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information on managing data, take a look at Catholic University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship services.

Useful Links

The Open Data Handbook

Love Data Week – Brown University Library

Love Data Week @ JHU

U.S. Government (

Google Dataset Search


University Research Day Abstracts due date extended

There is still time! The deadline for submitting your abstract for University Research Day has been extended to February 3rd.

University Research Day

University Research Day (URD) at The Catholic University of America is a day when students, faculty and staff come together to celebrate, share and learn about the innovative and exciting research taking place at the University.

URD showcases the work of hundreds of students, faculty, and staff. This year, URD will take place on April 7, 2022.

We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts. Abstracts will be due February 3, 2022.

We would like to encourage ALL members of the Catholic University community to submit abstracts. This includes both campus-based students, staff and faculty, and those at other locations (e.g. Rome campus, online programs).

URD 2022 includes opportunities for oral presentations, posters and interactive research demonstrations (e.g. architectural model, short dramatic performance, etc.). Research includes anything that falls under “scholarly work”; for example, a project you worked on with a faculty member, a recent presentation you gave at a professional meeting, scholarly paper, dramatic or musical performance, or display of art, etc.

At URD, participants present their scholarship in a way that ensures engagement with everyone — even those unfamiliar with the subject matter.

Abstracts should reflect this and be written with clear, non-technical language that is geared toward ALL people. Examples of abstracts are available on the URD Abstract Submissions page. Members of the URD Planning Committee judge the submitted abstracts and selected presenters will be notified by email in March.

Look for more information on the URD website. You will find important dates, the link to the abstract application form, presentation formats and more. Follow us on social media at #CUatResearchDay.

Questions? Reach out to us at or to any of the current URD committee members.

Submit your abstract by February 3, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Thank you. We look forward to another exciting University Research Day!

–Kevin Gunn, Member, 2022 University Research Day Committee

The Archivist’s Nook: The Not So Small World of Terence V. Powderly


In January, 2000, the U.S. Department of Labor held a ceremony in Washington, D.C. to honor Terence Vincent Powderly (1849-1924), the 1999 Labor Hall of Fame inductee. He joined fellow Hall-of-Famers such as rival Samuel Gompers, friend Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, and fellow Pennsylvanian and labor leader Philip Murray. The Labor Department Report announcing the honor referred to Powderly as a “little known leader,” then went on to delineate his accomplishments. Powderly himself might have been a little offended at the reference to his obscurity, and not without cause. He was an extremely popular leader in his time. People wrote celebratory songs and poems about him and hung his portrait in their homes. He was often greeted with cheers and celebration in his extensive travels promoting the Knights. William Mullen, a Knights leader and organizer in Richmond, Virginia, named his son Terence Powderly Mullen when the boy was born in 1885. With many, many friends in the labor movement, and as a committed leader who cared about individuals ruthlessly exploited by corporate power, Powderly can be understood as a representative of the collective will of late-nineteenth century labor. We have selected objects from his voluminous collection, housed at the University’s Archives, for a display open to the public in the Archives’ Reading Room on the centenary of the penning of his autobiography, The Path I Trod.

Terence Vincent Powderly, 1849-1924, in an undated photo from the Terence Vincent Powderly Collection.

Powderly’s massive popularity in the late nineteenth century was not necessarily foretold by his humble beginnings, though his personal story lent to his credibility among labor’s rank and file. He himself thought his story was worth telling enough to labor over it. Quoting Benvenuto Cellini that one who had “done anything of excellence” ought to “describe their life with their own hand,” (The Path I Trod, 3) Powderly set out to describe what he saw as the major events of his life: his youth in Pennsylvania’s coal country, early interest in labor unionization, years as the Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, involvement in American politics, and civil service as U.S. Commissioner General of Immigration.

Young Terence’s parents came to the United States from Ireland in 1827 for the same reason thousands of other Irish did: to seek the opportunity to work and raise a family outside of the oppressive conditions of British-ruled Ireland. Terence was born in what would become Carbondale, Pennsylvania, on January 22, 1849. Anthracite coal had just been found in the area, heralding the industrial growth of the Scranton region as a coal- and iron-mining center. The rail industry, a fascination for Powderly as well as a source of early employment, developed concomitantly in the area during his youth.

Powderly describes his childhood home as cold and drafty, with “no lathes, no plaster, and when the wind blew the house would rock as well as the cradle.”(8) The eleventh of twelve children, young Terence served as “the coal-breaker of the family at a time when coal was delivered “in lumps just as it came from the mine, few of them smaller than one’s head.” (14) He also helped his mother maintain the house, cleaning, cooking, and churning butter, according to his account, as a boy. At thirteen, Terence went to work as a switch operator for the railroad, eventually apprenticing as a machinist with James Dickson at age 17.

Terence Powderly’s nameplate, gavel and eyeglasses (with case).

Working conditions in the age of burgeoning industry caused many workers to join labor unions, and Powderly was one of them—he joined the local Scranton unit of the Machinists and Blacksmiths International Union in 1871, soon becoming its secretary, then president. Shortly after marrying Hannah Dever in 1872, he was fired from his job as a mechanic for his union work and “walked the [railroad] ties” into upstate New York and Canada looking for work. (26)

Rather than back away from his labor activism, however, Powderly leaned into it further. He gave speeches on the importance of unionization. He wrote articles for trade journals and newspapers. He also studied and practiced law, which certainly strengthened his mediation skills (and helped pay the bills). In 1874 he was elected a union delegate for several districts in Pennsylvania. Unknown to Powderly, the Noble Order of the Knights of Labor was founded by Uriah Stephens and a group of tailors in Philadelphia in 1869. “While the Knights of Labor were secretly working their way to light and a world’s recognition,” he notes, “I had never heard of that order.” (42) The order maintained secrecy to protect its members from employer retaliation.

Later that year, however, Powderly attended an anti-monopoly convention in Philadelphia and was invited to join the Knights, though he wasn’t initiated until September 1876. After that, “I knew no waking hour that I did not devote, in whole or part, to the upbuilding of the Order.”(45) Powderly’s work resulted in his being elevated to the organization’s General Master Workman (the union’s highest office) in 1879.

The Knights’ approach to generating change was both local and national. Between 1869 and 1896 the order found its way into every state, comprising 15,000 Local Assemblies with over 700,000 members by 1886. The Knights found community, solace, and valuable information in their local meetings throughout the country. Local Knights organized and sponsored lectures and study clubs that were aimed at educating workers in economic principles. Women and Black Americans also had their own units, though the order specifically discriminated against Chinese laborers.

The Knights, however, declined in power by the late 1880s. A strike they led in 1886, the Great Southwest railroad strike, was unsuccessful, causing a decline in membership. The Knights suffered another blow that same year when they were associated with the tragic Haymarket Affair, a bombing in Chicago that took place during a worker’s rally in the city’s Haymarket Square. Finally, the founding of the American Federation of Labor by Samuel Gompers in 1886, drew skilled workers into its ranks, and away from the Knights. By 1889 Knights of Labor membership had dwindled to 120,000. Powderly resigned as Master in 1893.

Powderly made enduring friendships with important leaders in the labor movement. He was especially close to Mary ‘Mother’ Harris Jones (ca. 1836-1930), pictured above, the Irish-born rabble rouser and ‘Miner’s Angel’ who was an active participant in the front lines of the American labor movement for nearly sixty years. Another labor comrade of Powderly’s was John B. White (1870-1934), right, an Illinois-born coal miner and progressive president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1911 to 1917.

Powderly was elected Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania on the Greenback-Labor Party ticket for three two-year terms from 1878-1884. That he was still under 30 years old when first elected is a testament to his political skill. Though known primarily as a labor leader, politics came with the territory, especially in the politically and economically tumultuous years of the second industrial revolution. After he left his leadership position with the Knights of Labor in 1893, he became more involved in local, and eventually, national politics. He first met William McKinley in 1881 during a coal miners’ dispute in Ohio. McKinley, a lawyer, took up the case for miners accused of unlawful assembly without payment, as the miners couldn’t pay for counsel. This earned McKinley Powderly’s lasting admiration, and the two became good friends. McKinley was a Congressman from Ohio at the time, but would serve as U.S. President from 1897 until his assassination in 1901. Powderly describes him as “a man who had a heart that felt for others’ woes; he was unpretentious, unassuming, and kind.” (296) The Powderly papers contain numerous tokens of Powderly’s support and affection for McKinley. McKinley, for his part, appointed Powderly Commissioner General of Immigration in 1897.

Powderly was a big fan of President William McKinley–this button is one of the many McKinley-related objects in the collection.

Ellis Island was the main port of entry during Powderly’s term as Commissioner. Arriving at the immigration station, however, he saw “that all was not well… ill treatment of arriving aliens, impositions practiced on steamship companies, and discourtesy to those who called their meet their friends on landing were frequent.” (299) Powderly created a commission to investigate conditions at Ellis Island that resulted in charges of corruption and nearly a dozen firings. Powderly himself lost his position when McKinley was assassinated in 1901, though he was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt Special Immigration Inspector in 1906. This position entailed travel to Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and Austria-Hungary to study the causes of immigration. An avid amateur photographer, Powderly took copious photos as he traveled, some of which are digitized and can be viewed here.

Powderly’s final position, 1921-1924, was as Commissioner of Conciliation of the U.S. Labor Department under James J. Davis (1873-1947), who served as U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1921-1930, under Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. Powderly died in Washington, D.C., on June 24, 1924.

The exhibit on Terence Powderly featuring the objects pictured here, along with many others from the collection can be viewed by the public in the Archives’ Reading Room in 101 Aquinas Hall.


References: Terence Powderly, The Path I Trod (New York: Columbia University Press, 1940)




Enjoy some books from our Popular Reading collection

Sorry, Jean-Luc, but spring is less than three months away. Button that shirt, grab a jacket, and check out our Popular Reading shelves for some interesting selections to occupy your time. Categories include fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, social issues, and politics. Something for everyone.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. Enjoy the hurly-burly of January.


Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
All About Me: My Remarkable Life in Show Business Brooks, Mel
Black Nerd Problems: Essays Evans, William & Holmon, Omar
E.R. Nurses: True Stories from America’s Greatest Unsung Heroes Patterson, James; Eversmann, Matt; & Mooney, Chris
Rule of the Robots: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything Ford, Martin
Harlem Shuffle Whitehead, Colson
Late City Butler, Robert Olen
Water: A Biography Boccaletti, Giulio
Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury Osnos, Evan
Career and Family: Women’s Century-long Journey Toward Equity Goldin, Claudia
Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes Samaha, Albert
The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature Greene, Robert
Silverview Le Carre, John
Time for Socialism: Dispatches from a World on Fire, 2016-2021 Piketty, Thomas
To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876 Baier, Bret & Whitney, Catherine
The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing Mukwege, Denis
Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success Vaynerchuk, Gary
Honor Bound: An American Story of Dreams and Service McGrath, Amy & Peterson, Chris

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Danielle Brogdon named 2021 Belanger Awardee

Danielle Brogdon, Evening Circulation Supervisor, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2021.

In one nomination a colleague wrote:

She has consistently provided outstanding service while keeping a positive attitude. She is attentive to the concerns of both patrons and colleagues. She has adapted to the multitude of changes that have occurred to the Access Services workflow with ease and without complaint.

Another colleague wrote:

Danielle assisted in hiring and training the library student workers for the summer and fall semesters. Her tireless work running interviews when needed and providing training for new and returning student workers has helped the library resume pre-pandemic services.

Ed Belanger worked for the university for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as the Libraries’ business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary, and he was one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor. Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Past honorees serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.