Looking for something to do in October? JMU Libraries will host the first Pulp Studies Symposium the weekend of October 7, 2016. To help get the word out about the Symposium, Library staff filmed members of the JMU community reading aloud from pulp magazines. Pulp magazines are called “pulp” because they were made from wood pulp, the cheapest form of paper. This allowed them to be sold for very low prices, giving them the additional name of “dime fiction”. Pulps were sold from 1896 through approximately 1955. Their publication spanned expansive social change in the United States, as well as two world wars. Authors that later became famous in their own right such as Raymond Chandler, Isaac Asimov, H.P. Lovecraft, and even L. Ron Hubbard (founder of Scientology) were first featured in pulp magazines. The pulp being featured in these videos is publisher Street and Smith’s most valuable property, Love Story, which ran from 1921-1947. It claimed the distinction of being the most popular pulp in its era, with a peak circulation of 600,000 readers. The stories skew towards melodrama. The narratives run amok with love triangles, scandalous affairs, star-crossed couples, and a litany of romantic confessions. They are great fun to Continue reading Pulp Studies Symposium
by Joel Webster, Special Collections Student Assistant The history of the Second World War is filled with heroes, despair, and tragedy. Much has been written on those trying times and yet there are many tales yet to be told. One is the story of Mary Catherine Lyne, a 1940 graduate of Madison College.
By Lindsey Wood, Graduate Student Now Available in Special Collections! The Audie Scott Tilghman Papers, 1925-1930. Audie Tilghman was a student here in 1926-1927, and her collection consists primarily of letters she wrote home to her family in Norfolk about her time at what was then called the State Teachers College in Harrisonburg. In light of graduation, Special Collections is publishing one of her letters, that describes how she and her friends were creating white caps for the graduation ceremony.
by Andrew Hansen and Courtney Carullo Ever wonder how Special Collections goes about processing their collections? Well, over the past two months, we have been working on reprocessing the Harrisonburg Historic Maps Collection, previously called Map 9000, with a new collection of maps received last year. The original Map 9000 collection came to us in 2012, but with this new collection received last year we were now faced with incorporating the new collection into the old – a collection totaling over 600 maps. We began by individually accounting for each map by cross checking the previous accession list with the title of each map. We cross referenced the title of each map to ensure the accurate name would be displayed in the finding aid that would be used by researchers and to make sure that the maps were in fact all accounted for. These maps cover a wide variety of topics pertaining to Harrisonburg between 1903 and 1982 and in some cases can help show the growth of the city through plans for new sub-divisions, street widenings, and land exchanges between private owners and the City of Harrisonburg or vice versa. There are also many detailed architectural drawings that show Continue reading Processing Collections: The Harrisonburg Historic Maps Collection