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interior display cases in the library

In the Concourse

Charlotte's Web

UMD Theatre presents "Charlotte's Web," based on the story by E. B. White and dramatized by Joseph Robinette. Directed by Tom Isbell.

Wilbur the pig is headed to the butcher, and only the spider Charlotte can save his life. A magical, heartwarming tale of friendship and sacrifice, based on the beloved children’s book.

Marshall Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre

Feb 1-3 & 8-10 @ 6:30 p.m.

Feb 3, 4, & 10 @ 2 p.m.

For information, call 218-726-8561 or go to

First Floor Interior Displays

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and this display contains a rich collection of library materials by and about African Americans. Some of the titles help us to reflect on the 2017-2018 theme for Black History Month, "African Americans in Times of War."

This theme commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I in 1918, exploring the complex meanings and implications of the international struggle and its aftermath.

"The theme suggests that contemporary conditions, past and present, give us cause for critical pause in our studies and deliberations to consider the specific and unique issues faced by African Americans in times of war."

Find more information at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History site.

Find Your Book Match!

We are celebrating Valentine's Day by recommending books with similar themes, writing styles, or genres. If you love one author or title, try the other one tied to it with a heart ribbon. We hope you find your book match! 

All books are available for checkout. 

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.

The Ramseyer Collection provides a unique opportunity to explore the history of English through the books that communicated the language to their historical audiences.

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. 

Both the text and the book's illuminations connect the foundational spiritual and historical mission of the monastic community with the modern world. 

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.

Shakespeare in Duluth!

In October 2016, an original edition of Shakespeare's First Folio was displayed at UMD's Tweed Gallery. Numerous community events filled the calendar, as Duluth welcomed an exhibition including a copy of the original 1623 book, displayed open to Hamlet's speech in which he debates whether "to be or not to be."

Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections drew upon selected items to create a display documenting the fact that Shakespeare had a consistent local presence from the 1880s forward. Display themes include Shakespeare and the Bible, and Shakespeare in Duluth.