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interior display cases in the library

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

Summer Reading

The selections in this display will get you in the mood to kick back and enjoy a good book ... at the beach, in your boat, and at the cabin.

This display features recent award-winning and award-nominated fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, history, poetry, young adult books, and more! Books included are from the Minnesota Book Awards, Eisner Awards, Goodreads Awards, National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, ALA Youth Media Awards, Stonewall Book Awards, and more!

Enjoy your summer reading!

Fairy Tales and Folklore

This student curated display includes a wide variety of classic fairy tales, folktales, and retellings from around the world.​ The display contains stories, graphic novels, picture books, and poetry for all ages to enjoy. 

A Presidential Campaign, 1984

An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.

In 1984 former Vice President Walter Mondale (Minnesota) was the Democratic candidate in the Presidential election. His running mate, Geraldine Ferraro, was the first female vice presidential candidate to represent a major American political party.

The Michael S. Berman Political Collection includes materials gathered during UMD alumnus Mike Berman’s work as campaign coordinator for Mondale’s presidential campaign. The display features administrative documents from the campaign, including a copy of the Republican Party’s “opposition research” on Walter Mondale. These documents reveal the complexity, depth of detail, and logistical planning involved in mounting a major campaign on a national scale.

The Berman Political Collection is held by Kathryn A. Martin Library’s Archives and Special Collections unit.

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.