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March Is National Women's History Month

Check out UMD events during March to celebrate Women’s History Month.

National Women’s History Day started in 1978, expanded to a National Week in 1981, and to a National Women’s History Month in 1987. The Women’s History Project was founded in 1980. 

This display contains a wide range of materials about women and history. More about National Women’s History Month can be found at the Women’s History Project and at the Library of Congress. 

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8.

First Floor Interior Displays

My Beautiful Library Photo & Film Contest

This display contains library information on photography, film editing, and other helpful resources to help UMD students enter the My Beautiful Library Photo & Film Contest.

Deadline: March 30 at 5 p.m.

Photographs and films entered must depict some part of the Kathryn A. Martin Library. Prizes totaling $500 will be awarded in five categories.  


  • Coolest Interior Library Photo – must be taken inside Martin Library
  • Best Exterior Curb Appeal Shot – must depict some part of the library's exterior
  • Getting Collaborative in a Group Study Room – must include students using a library study room
  • Technological Wonders in the Library – must depict technology being used in the library
  • Film Short – 5 min. or less in length, use your imagination!


Photo Category Winners: $50 UMD Stores gift card
Film Winner: $200 UMD Stores gift card
Film Runner-up: $50 UMD Stores gift card
Best in Show: $50 UMD Stores gift card 

Photo Battle & Awards Reception

A Photo Battle will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in Martin Library 115 on Thursday, April 20 , 2017. In-person voting will determine the photography winners and the first and second-place films. Refreshments will be served.
Please read contest guidelines before entering:

For more information, contact Charlene Brown at 218-726-8539.

Graphic Novels

Great story-telling + expressive art = great reading. The Library has assembled in this display a collection of graphic novels in many different genres (superhero, personal narrative, nonfiction) and a collection of articles about prominent theories and histories of the art form.

Pick a great title by an old master such as Eisner or one of the new creators like Jason Aaron or Alison Bechtdel, or embrace the rich history of Wonder Woman!

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

All Shakespeare

UMD hosted the 1623 First Folio volume of almost all of Shakespeare's plays (36 in total, including 18 never published before) in the Tweed Museum of Art from October 4 to 26, and the library's Archives and Special Collections team created a supplementary ALL SHAKESPEARE display on the Kathryn A. Martin Library's fourth floor.

"The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" exhibit was on loan from the Folger Library in Washington, D.C.

Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections drew upon selected items to create its All Shakespeare display, documenting the fact that Shakespeare has had a consistent local presence from the 1880s forward.

Display themes include Shakespeare and the Bible, Shakespeare and Duluth, as well as Shakespeare and UMD.