Archive for the ‘perspectives from the Archives’ Category

Campaign Clocks of Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933 – 1945

February 14, 2018

EXHIBIT : 4th floor, Library, Notarianni Political Collection – last 3 sections of the exhibit case.

One of the interests of presidential campaign memorabilia from past elections is the light they shine on the values and attitudes of their time. On Dec 5, 1933, FDR repealed Prohibition. The clock face shows the bartender with a mechanical arm shaking a drink while the room behind him burns in a fire.

The message is subtle: Prohibition resulted in people drinking secretly in crowded fire-traps. FDR helped the nation by repealing this dangerous amendment. Is this clock face an example of changing times? Would a candidate today depict graphically a picture, or film clip of a horrific disaster on his/her campaign item? It does not seem likely.

The Archives would love to hear from you if you have an opinion on this question. Please email me with your answer.
Elizabeth Cook, Archivist.

The Popular Vote…Loses

October 10, 2017

“The Popular Vote…Loses” is a new exhibit on the end shelves of the Notarianni Political Collection, 4th floor, Dayton Memorial Library.

Five presidential candidates have won the popular vote of the people, and yet lost the election: Andrew Jackson, 1824; Samuel Tilden, 1876; Grover Cleveland, 1888; Al Gore, 2000; and Hillary Clinton, 2016. They lost the election because they got fewer votes in the Electoral College. This exhibit displays some of the campaign items of the losers, as well as those of their victorious opponents.
Memoribilia from the Notarianni Political Collection

Celebrating 50 years

March 17, 2017

Fifty years ago, March 17, 1967, the Dayton Memorial Library was dedicated. The library opened in 1966 and was named The Dayton Memorial Library in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Dayton. Mrs. Dayton’s bequest of $850,000 to the university vitalized a 3-year fund drive begun in 1962 by Fr. Ryan to build a science building and a library, and was the largest bequest at that time in the history of Regis. Archbishop Urban J. Vehr officiated at the dedication.

View a photo album with photos from the dedication and early days of the Dayton Memorial Library.

Archives closed 11/21 – 11/28

November 21, 2016

The Archives are closed Monday, November 21st through Monday, November 28th. The Archives will reopen for normal hours Tuesday, November 29th (7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.).

Colorado Native Plant Society award acknowledges work of Archives and Special Collections

September 27, 2016

Elizabeth Cook, University Archivist, and Jerry Cook, Special Collections Coordinator, received an award at the Colorado Native Plant Society 40th annual conference on September 24, 2016. The award acknowledges the work of the Regis University Archives and Special Collections in preserving the historic print documents of the Society, as well as giving greater access to the records through digitization.

Jan Turner, Elizabeth Cook, and Jerry Cook

Jan L Turner, co-president of CoNPS [left] with Elizabeth and Jerry Cook

Lois Beebe Hayna honored again by the Colorado Authors League

May 23, 2016

In 2014, Lois Beebe Hayna received the Colorado Author’s League Lifetime Achievement Award. Her poetry is both an expressive achievement and it represents a lifetime, as Lois Hayna was then 101 years old. In 2015, the Colorado Author’s League gave her it highest poetry award for her book Lagniappe. In 2016, she won the Colorado Author’s League Poetry Award for the second year in a row for her book Moon-Hung Midnights. She is now 103.

Regis University is proud of its own relationship with Lois Hayna. In May 2009, she was awarded an Honorary Degree by the university and in 2010 the Lois Beebe Hayna Creative Writing Center opened in the Dayton Memorial Library.

On the 4th floor of the Library, a collection of her writings are available in the Lois B. Hayna Papers in Archives and Special Collections. Her papers document her creative work from the 1930s – 2016. The collection includes poems and their revisions, short stories as well as recollections of her childhood in Wisconsin during the 1920s and 1930s, living in the South of the 1940s, and her return to writing after moving to Colorado.

Lois B. Hayna in the Archives and Special Collections, 2015

Lois Beebe Hayna publishes her 10th book

October 28, 2015

Lois Beebe Hayna, winner of a Colorado Authors’ Lifetime Achievement award, has published her tenth book, Moon-Hung Midnights. The Archives and Special Collections house the Lois Beebe Hayna Papers, the collected work of this 102-year old poet.

Lois Beebe Hayna

From the Archives: Regis alum one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks

November 14, 2014

Arnie Herber was quarterback for the 1929 Regis football team. When Regis stopped the football program because of the stock market crash, he moved back to his hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin, to work as a handyman in the Packer’s clubhouse. Despite being given the nickname “dummy” by the squad, Coach Lambeau gave him a tryout and then signed the 20 year old for $75 per game. Herber went on to lead the Green Bay Packers to four league titles as one of the NFL’s finest passers. His nickname was soon changed to “The Kid” and then “Flash.” He played eleven years for the Packers and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1966.

For more info on Arnie Herber, Regis alum:

Thanks to a Regis neighbor, a sports fan and regular user of our Library, now we know.

Arnie Herber

Perspectives from the Archives: Past and Present Preserved

April 17, 2014

STEM courses and jobs? Yes, indeed!

This is a newly-found 1906 photograph of the early Physics and Chemistry lab at Regis University – then called Sacred Heart College. During more than thirty years of teaching, Fr. Armand Forstall covered chemistry, physics, mathematics, mineralogy, geology, and astronomy. And one more course – assaying. The college’s very employable graduates could assay – determining the gold, silver, and lead contents for Colorado miners in the nearby Rocky Mountains.

Science lab


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2014

An Irish treasure in the Regis Archives and Special Collections!

Matisse sketch

An etching by Henri Matisse for Ulysses by James Joyce. Published in 1935, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court declared the book not obscene but a “masterpiece” and allowed its publication in the United States.