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Library Display Cases

interior display cases in the library

Library display cases inside the library are designed to exhibit library collections, events, and themes related to library programming. Two of the standing display cases on the first floor are open so that visitors can easily browse the materials on display and choose items for checkout. The concourse display case outside the Kathryn A. Martin Library is available to campus and nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations at the discretion of the Library Director and the Library Communication & Events team. This case has a prominent location near the entrance to the Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

If you are interested in doing a display, please see display case guidelines and the display case request form.

In the Concourse

The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

Come check out the concourse display to learn about the list of 100 books, ways to vote for your favorites, and find out about Great American Read events happening in the community.

First Floor Interior Displays

Constitution Day on Sept. 17

Library Staff have assembled a great collection of books on the foundational documents of our democracy for your reading pleasure.  Learn more about the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Amendments. The display cases is also stocked with free pocket Constitutions. Feel free to take one for your own use!

Fall Frolicking

Enjoy a selection of titles featuring popular north land hiking, camping, canoeing and "leaf-peeping" destinations. Explore the beautiful north-land this fall with these handy guides to woods, trail and waterways. Fall is for adventures!

Banned Books Week

Libraries around America celebrate the freedom to read by show-casing challenged and banned titles. Library staff will be celebrating Banned Books Week on (Monday, September 24 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) - but you can check out any of these titles now from the display case!

Fires of 1918

A display exhibiting archival materials from the Cloquet-Moose Lake fires of 1918 is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.

In the first weeks of October of 1918, two fires ignited by sparks from trains began near Cloquet and Moose Lake. On October 12 and 13, these fires grew quickly, and tore through the Cloquet, Moose Lake, and Duluth area, virtually obliterating thirty eight communities and 1,500 square miles. More than 450 people were killed outright, 52,000 more were injured or displaced, and property valued at upwards of $73 million was destroyed. The fire has been called the worst natural disaster in Minnesota history. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Fires of 1918.

Materials in this display are held by the UMD Archives & Special Collections. Many are from the Northeastern Minnesota Historical Collections, which are on permanent loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society. To learn more about the Fires of 1918 and resources available in the Archives, please visit this page.

Fourth Floor Display

The exhibits in these cases relate to the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection. This collection began with the goal of demonstrating the history of the development of the Bible in English but gradually became much more extensive in illustrating the whole process of the translation of the Bible, not only into English, but also into many other languages. The Collection now numbers over 1,800 volumes, representing 410 languages. 

History of the English Language

Students enrolled in Engl. 5821 History of the English Language (Fall 2017) curated this exhibit of texts from the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection.

Texts display sequential stages in the development of the English language, from Anglo-Saxon, through Middle English and Early Modern English, up to the contemporary use of English as a global lingua franca.

This exhibit was prepared by Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Keegan Agyekum, Charles Becker, Bridge Erickson, Sophia Fuhrmann, Drea Rabuse, Paying Thao, Lydia VandeWege, and Gaolie Xiong.

The Saint John’s Bible

This display highlights a seven-volume edition of the Saint John’s Bible, which was generously given to UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library by Dr. Thomas J. Farrell, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies (ELWS). 

In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated BibleThe Saint John’s Bible, completed in December 2011, brought together dozens of theologians, scholars, calligraphers, and artists from Minnesota and the United Kingdom. 

The display includes a copy of the Complete Parallel Bible, which is part of the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection. It provides an ideal parallel text for comparing English translations of Bible passages.

This display was curated and produced by Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Associate Professor, ELWS, in collaboration with Aimee Brown, UMD Archivist. Dr. Twu teaches and researches Medieval & Early Modern Material Book History & Culture.

The Bible in Literature

Scripture has influenced works of literature, gospel music, film, and new media. 

English Master of Arts students taking a Graduate Seminar in Early Literature (Engl. 8171) curated this exhibit, using texts from the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society collection at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, associate professor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies, provided direction to the students, with assistance from UMD Archivist Aimee Brown.