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Current Displays

interior display cases in the library

Library Display Cases

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

Homecoming 2019

This year's Homecoming display is an extension of the interior display: The Bulldog's Tail.  This display features more photos and other printed materials, clothing articles, and a 1947 yearbook. 

First Floor Interior Displays

Emotional Wellness Month

October is Emotional Wellness Month (which includes World Mental Health Day). This interior display features books from our growing Wellness Collection. It also includes graphics/visuals with reference to mental/emtional wellbeing.

Fun Reading

A selection of newer titles that are perfect for leisure reading which include selections from our Best Sellers and Graphic Novel collections.  

The Bulldog's Tail

Champ is figuratively—and literally—the face of UMD athletics, in the words of Assistant Athletic Director Bob Nygaard. However, that face—and even Champ’s name—are only recent symbols of our identity as Bulldogs. The Bulldog nickname even predates Duluth State Teachers College’s transition to UMD. This guide examines the origins and evolution of the bulldog nickname and mascot from 1933 to the present. This display was researched and created by student, Tucker Nelson.  For more information check out the LibGuide: The Bulldog's Tail: Earning its pedigree since 1933

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. 

Book History from Manuscript to Print

Students enrolled in ENGL 5661 Publishing in the Middle Ages (Spring 2019), assisted in curating exhibit items from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection to explore the transition from manuscripts to early print culture in England and Europe. This exhibit was prepared by Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Assoc. Prof. of Medieval & Renaissance Literature; and Aimee Brown, University Archivist; Scott Bjorlund, Grace Carlson, Tabetha Durdall, Cass Hanson, Kasey Helms, Brandon Killen, Nolan Olsen, Paying Thao, Allyson Walz, 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.