Category Archives: Spring 2004

Celebrating the 100,000th Sound Recording Cataloged, Generous Donations of Funds and Music, and Leadership in the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives

Bonna Boettcher, Chair of the Department of Archival Collections and Branches and Head Librarian of the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives

100,000th SRA Sound Recording Cataloged!
On January 7, 2004, William Schurk, Sound Recordings Archivist, and Patricia Falk, Special Collections Cataloger, cataloged the 100,00th sound recording for the Sound Recordings Archives (SRA) collection. Schurk had been tracking the number of cataloged recordings for several years, and as 100,000 approached, he began considering which recording should have the honor of being 100,000th in the catalog. Although the SRA collections include nearly all known formats, vinyl is the hallmark of the collection. Schurk decided that the chosen recording should be an LP; and so, appropriately selected Elvis 2nd to None, a two-disc set of classic and previously unreleased Elvis recordings.

Dr. Neal Carothers Establishes Purchase Fund for Sound Recordings Archives.
Dr. Neal Carothers, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at BSGU, generously established a fund to augment the Sound Recordings Archives (SRA) acquisitions budget. Intrigued by the SRA collections, Carothers expressed his desire to contribute in some way. The purchase fund allows William Schurk, Sound Recordings Archivist, to select materials for the SRA collections that are outside what can be funded through SRA acquisitions funds. Initial purchases from this fund include CD re-releases of Louis Jordan’s complete Decca recordings, the Cadillacs’ complete Josie sessions, a collection of early Merle Haggard recordings, and an 8-CD retrospective of Neil Sedaka recordings; all had been on Schurk’s “wish list” for months.
Trumpet Music Donated to the Music Library.
The Music Library has received the score collection of deceased BGSU trumpet professor Edwin R. Betts. The donation, consisting of more than 2,400 pieces, will ensure a world-class collection of trumpet music in the BGSU Music Library. Several of the graduate students who assisted in preparing the inventory play brass instruments, and the breadth and depth of this collection impressed all of them. The collection currently is being processed, cataloged, and added to the Music Library’s circulating collections.
Boettcher Elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Music Library Association.
Dr. Bonna Boettcher, Chair of the Department of Archival Collections and Branches and Head Librarian of the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, has been elected to the office of Vice-President/President-Elect of the Music Library Association. Boettcher will serve as VP/PE for one year, as President for two years, and as Past President for one year.
“The Music Library Association is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries. Founded in 1931, MLA provides a forum for study and action on issues that affect music libraries and their users. MLA and its members make significant contributions to librarianship, publishing, standards and scholarship, and the development of new information technologies. In the forefront of contemporary librarianship, MLA assures that users of music materials will be well served by their libraries.” (Music Library Association. “About MLA.” April 14, 2004.)

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The Popular Culture Library Receives a New Name, a Raven Award, and Unique Donations!

Nancy Down, Reference Librarian and Cataloger

Our New Name.
The Popular Culture Library was renamed during the Fall semester in honor of scholars Ray B. and Pat Browne, whose visionary efforts launched the campaign to preserve and provide access to materials documenting American popular culture. The BGSU Board of Trustees voted on October 3, 2003, to name this special collection the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies in recognition of the Brownes’ long-time support, generous donations, and pioneering role in the growth of popular culture studies at BGSU.

On Receiving a Raven
The Mystery Writers of America have recognized the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies with a Raven Award for its commitment to preserving mystery fiction through a formidable and constantly growing collection of detective-mystery novels and manuscripts. This rich detective-mystery collection contains the works of all major authors in the genre, including classic sleuth stories, hardboiled private eye novels, and spy thrillers. Holdings also include 43 letters of Ellery Queen and manuscripts by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini; juvenile series fiction, including Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys; and a unique collection of vintage paperbacks, including early Avon, Popular Library, and Fawcett Gold Medal mystery paperbacks.

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Dr. Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of University Libraries and librarian Dr. Nancy Down received the Raven Award on April 29, 2004, at the Mystery Writers of America 58th Annual Edgar Awards Gala in New York City.

Growing the Collections
The Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies has received unique materials to add to its collections from April Kihlstrom, who donated her notes, publicity material, and manuscripts for many of her Regency romance novels. Additional acquisitions of story papers, nickel weeklies, and dime novels have enhanced the popular literature collection. The story papers date from the early 20th century and include titles such as Youth’s Companion, Beadle’s Frontier, and Deadwood Dick Library. Also of unique interest are the recently acquired original art works painted by silent film actress Alice Faye. For more information about the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies visit

Curriculum Resource Center (CRC): The Frances F. Povsic Collection Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Erin Gruwell

Sara Bushong, Head Librarian of the Curriculum Resource Center

The CRC celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, with an open house, technology demonstrations, and make-it take-it workshops. Erin Gruwell, teacher and author, attended the CRC reception and was the featured speaker for the President’s Lecture Series: Make a Difference: Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Information Age. The title of her presentation was “Overcoming Adversity: Achieving Academic Excellence.” Erin Gruwell, two-time California Teacher of the Year, accomplished what many thought impossible. She helped 150 of her students – many of whom were written off by the education system – use the power of education to write a book, graduate from high school and attend college. The book, The Freedom’s Writer’s Diary, is available for loan from the CRC.

25th anniversary25th anniversary reception with Erin Gruwell

25th anniversaryMaterials held by the CRC comprise The Frances F. Povsic Collection, so named on March 20, 2001, in honor of Professor Povsic’s significant, enduring, and distinctive contributions to the CRC, University Libraries, and BGSU. During her seventeen years as Head Librarian, before her retirement in 1990, Professor Povsic consolidated and developed the CRC’s collections and services, established an organizational system for the materials, and prepared detailed plans for the expansion and move to the second floor of the William T. Jerome Library in 1978.

The CRC contains more than 90,000 curriculum guides, textbooks, literature for children and young adults, reference books, and multimedia materials relating to areas of preschool, elementary, secondary, and special education. The CRC supports the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in the College of Education and Human Development and other BGSU education-related programs.

The CRC offers services including:

  • Instructional presentations, tours, and orientation sessions
  • Reference service by experienced teachers
  • Circulation of materials to BGSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as to educational professionals
  • Ellison and Accu/Cut Machines
  • The Children’s Book Center

The Children’s Book Center (CBC) is a joint venture between the University Libraries of BGSU and the Cooperative Services for Children’s Literature. The purpose of the collection is to make exceptional recently published children’s books available to northwest Ohio educators and librarians through a variety of forums, including an onsite examination center at the CRC and an annual book and reader conference.

For more information about the CRC, contact Sara Bushong, or 419-372-7909 or visit

From Band of Brothers to the 20th Annual Conference on Local History: News from the Center for Archival Collections.

Lee N. McLaird, Curator of Rare Books

Acquisitions of Scholarly Interest.
The Center for Archival Collections (CAC) actively acquires, preserves, and provides access to records documenting the history and cultural heritage of northwest Ohio. Recent acquisitions illustrate the depth and research value of regional history. If you watched the acclaimed HBO series, Band of Brothers, you developed a deep appreciation of the contributions of the 101st Airborne from D-Day through the taking of Hitler’s Eagle Nest in Germany. Byron Armbruster of Napoleon, Ohio, was a member first of the 82nd and then the 101st Airborne, and wrote letters home to his parents and girlfriend (1942-1945). He donated these letters which are part of a growing WWII collection held at the CAC. The letters are transcribed and available through the CAC’s web site Thanks to Dr. Walter Grunden, Department of History, the CAC also has a growing collection of interviews conducted by his students documenting both the battlefields and home life during this War.

Other acquisitions of interest include a collection of photographs and printed forms documenting the interurban in northwest Ohio; an index to the Civil War letters published in The Blade (Toledo), completed by one of CAC’s volunteers, Daniel McMasters; the Black Swamp Arts Festival collection (1994-1999); administrative and program files from the Women’s Studies Program (1972-2002); and a history of the Latino Student Union at BGSU, authored by Iris Resendez. The CAC also has formed a partnership with the Center for Applied Technology allowing the Center to scan large format documents and provide access to these documents. Included in these projects are a Map of Ohio (1853), and a Fair Poster from the Union Agricultural Society of Williams, Fulton, and Defiance counties (1861). For more information about this partnership read the August 2003 Archival Chronicle, The CAC’s microfilm and document conservation lab continues to preserve area newspapers, church records, public records, and manuscripts and provide preservation services to area libraries and historical societies.

The Center for Archival Collections Hosts Outreach Activities.
The CAC hosted two major outreach activities during March and April. With the Friends of the University Libraries, the Center for Archival Collections hosted the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, “Business After Hours” Reception on march 11, 2004. Staff members provided tours and highlights about the CAC to the more than forty Chamber members who attended. On April 1, 2004, the Center for Archival Collections hosted the 20th annual Conference on Local History at the Holiday Inn/French Quarter, Perrysburg, Ohio. More than one hundred attendees enjoyed interacting with the three speakers. Andro Linklater discussed the tremendous impact of the land survey, which started in the Ohio territory in 1785, on the economy and political culture of our developing nation. Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse highlighted the discoveries of his research on Toledo’s great bank crash of 1931. Dennis Keesee entertained the audience with his visual and first-person talk on the boy soldiers of the Union Army. For more information about the CAC, visit