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interior display cases in the library

In the Concourse

UMD's Commission on Disabilities

The mission of the UMD Commission on Disabilities is to advocate for meaningful access and inclusiveness across campus for all people. This includes promoting physical access through our disability compliance walk that explores the campus for improvements in wheelchair ramps, reach height, signage, etc. The Commission purchased wheelchairs and other equipment that can be used by visiting the UMD Transportation & Parking Services Desk at 202 Kirby Plaza. Also, the Library and ITSS support students with the use of assistive technology to improve their academic performance.

The Commission on Disabilities is comprised of UMD staff, faculty, students, and community partners who are placing an emphasis on inclusivity and access for those with invisible disabilities such as learning disabilities, ADHD/ADD, and mental health. There are several services on campus that can assist students with invisible disabilities. The Office of Disability Resources promotes an equitable and inclusive learning environment by providing accommodations. Access for All and You Matter are student-led groups that host events to promote awareness of invisible disabilities. Come check out the library display case to see more information on how meaningful access is promoted on campus. 

For more information, go to the Commission on Disabilities website or email

First Floor Interior Displays

The Butterfly Project

Students from UMD who are members of Hillel (an internationally recognized organization for students who are Jewish) have brought The Butterfly Project to UMD. 

The Butterfly Project logo

The Butterfly Project is a call to action through the arts, using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry through the painting of ceramic butterflies, permanently displayed around the world to memorialize each of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.

One of the library books in the display case is I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944. A poem in the book entitled "The Butterfly" by Pavel Friedmann inspired the students of Hillel to do The Butterfly Project.

The students will paint their own butterflies to commemorate Yom HaShoah (from sundown on April 10 to sundown on April 11), also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month! Here at UMD, we would like students to know that we have their backs by providing a voice to victims with many resources on campus and in the community. This month's display features titles around the topic of sexual assault as well as information about the resources available. Come check it out!

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.