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In the Concourse

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

Library Photo Battle & Awards Reception

This display contains library information on photography, film editing, and other helpful resources for UMD students interested in developing their visual art skills. 

The library's Photo & Film Contest final face-off will take place in Martin Library 115 on Thursday, April 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The deadline for entry was March 30. Photographs and films entered depict some part of the Kathryn A. Martin Library. Prizes totaling $500 will be awarded in five categories.  

Finalists in the photography categories are to be selected by "likes" they earn on Instagram (#kamlphotos17) with voting continuing until April 13 at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the photo battle and awards reception and vote to choose the winners. 

In-person voting will also determine the first and second-place finishers in the Film Short category. . . while eating popcorn!


  • Coolest Interior Library Photo 
  • Best Exterior Curb Appeal Shot 
  • Get Collaborative in a Group Study Room 
  • Technological Wonders in the Library 
  • Film Short 

The Best in Show entry will be chosen by the Library Communication & Events team and announced at the event. 


Photo winners — $50 gift cards from UMD Stores 

Film Short winner — $200 UMD Stores gift card

Film Short Runner-up — $50 UMD Stores gift card

Best in Show — $50 UMD Stores gift card and glass plaque

Attend the Photo & Film Battle to help select the winning entries. And eat cupcakes!

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

Holocaust Experiences

In this display, find memoirs, diaries, and books about Holocaust experiences, including children's and young adult perspectives of the Holocaust. The display also features the children's book Four Perfect Pebbles by Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a survivor and author. She was this year's Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration speaker. 

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.