Black History Month – new acquisitions to diversify our collection

As part of Black History Month, we put out a call for suggested new titles, in our effort to enrich and diversify our collection. We would like to thank you for all the wonderful suggestions. Below you can see a list of all the new titles that the Library has purchased since October 2021. The full list of titles that we have purchased under this initiative, including last year’s acquisitions, can be found on our website. Library staff have also compiled a short playlist on Box of Broadcasts to celebrate Black History Month.

e-books

 Author Title Publisher Link to Primo
Alonso Bejarano, CarolinaDecolonizing ethnography: undocumented immigrants and new directions in social scienceDuke UP, 2019Primo Permalink
Ambedkar, Bhimrao RamjiAnnihilation of caste: the annotated critical editionVerso, 2014Primo Permalink
Anderson, MarkFrom Boas to Black power : racism, liberalism, and American anthropologyStanford UP, 2019Primo Permalink
Asika, UjuBringing up race: how to raise a kind child in a prejudiced worldSourcebooks, 2021Primo Permalink
Cadena, Marisol de laA world of many worldsDuke UP, 2018Primo Permalink
Elhillo, SafiaThe January childrenU of Nebraska Press, 2017Primo Permalink
Escobar, ArturoDesigns for the pluriverse: radical interdependence, autonomy, and the making of worldsDuke UP, 2018Primo Permalink
Gafney, WildaWomanist Midrash: a reintroduction to the women of the Torah and the throneJohn Knox Press, 2017Primo Permalink
Gafney, Wilda Nahum, Habakkuk, ZephaniahLiturgical Press, 2017Primo Permalink
Gafney, WildaDaughters of Miriam: women prophets in ancient IsraelFortress Press, 2008Primo Permalink
Gomez, Michael African dominion: a new history of empire in early and medieval West Africa Princeton UP, 2018Primo Permalink 
Harrison, Ira E The second generation of African American pioneers in anthropologyU of Illinois Press, 2018Primo Permalink 
Junior, NyashaAn introduction to womanist biblical interpretationJohn Knox Press, 2015Primo Permalink
Mignolo, Walter On decoloniality: concepts, analytics, praxis Duke UP, 2018Primo Permalink 
Scott, Julius Sherrard IIIThe common wind: African American currents in the age of the Haitian revolutionVerso, 2018Primo Permalink
Wicker, Kathleen O’BrienFeminist New Testament studies: global and future perspectivesPalgrave Macmillan, 2005Primo Permalink 

Print books

AuthorTitlePublisherLink to Primo
Alston, DavidSlaves and Highlanders: silenced histories of Scotland and the CaribbeanEdinburgh UP, 2021Primo Permalink
Baddiel, DavidJews don’t countHarperCollins, 2021Primo Permalink
Benjamin, FloellaComing to England: an inspiring true story celebrating the Windrush generation Macmillan, 2021Primo Permalink
Bond, Patrick BRICS, an anti-capitalist critique Pluto Press, 2015Primo Permalink
Cope, Zak The wealth of some nations: imperialism and the mechanics of value transfer Pluto Press, 2019 Primo Permalink
Dabashi, HamidEurope and its shadows: coloniality after empire Pluto Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Davidson, SteedEmpire and exile: postcolonial readings in the Book of JeremiahBloomsbury Academic, 2011Primo Permalink
Davis, Alexander E.The imperial discipline: race and the founding of international relationsPluto Press, 2020Primo Permalink
DeYoung, Curtiss PaulThe peoples’ companion to the BibleFortress Press, 2010Primo Permalink
Emejulu, AkwugoTo exist is to resist: black feminism in EuropePluto Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Firmin, Joseph-Antenor Equality of the human racesU of Illinois Press, 2002Primo Permalink
French, Howard W.Born in blackness: Africa, Africans and the making of the modern world, 1471 to the Second World WarLiveright, 2021Primo Permalink
Gilroy, PaulDarker than blue: on the moral economies of black Atlantic cultureHarvard UP, 2010Primo Permalink
Girard, GeoffreyAfrican Samurai: the true story of Yasuke a legendary black warrior in feudal JapanHanover Square Press, 2021Primo Permalink
Hamad, Ruby White tears/brown scars: how white feminism betrays women of colorTrapeze, 2020Primo Permalink
Harrison, Ira E. African-American pioneers in anthropologyU of Illinois Press, 1999Primo Permalink
Harrison. Faye V.Outsider within: reworking anthropology in the global age U of Illinois Press, 2008Primo Permalink
Harrison. Faye V.Decolonizing anthropology: moving further toward an anthropology of liberation American Anthropological Association, 2010 Primo Permalink
Jones, Nicole HannahThe 1619 project: a new origin storyEbury Press, 2021Primo Permalink
Joseph-Salisbury, RemiAnti-racist scholar-activismManchester UP, 2021Primo Permalink
Kaufmann, MirandaBlack Tudors: the untold storyOneworld, 2018Primo Permalink
Lentin, AlanaWhy race still mattersPolity, 2020Primo Permalink
Manuel, GeorgeThe fourth world: an Indian reality U of Minnesota Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Marbury, Herbert R.Pillars of cloud and fire: the politics of Exodus in African American biblical interpretationNew York U Press, 2015Primo Permalink
Mignolo, Walter D.The politics of decolonial investigationsDuke UP, 2021Primo Permalink
Newitt, MalynThe Portuguese in West Africa: a documentary history, 1415-1670CUP, 2010Primo Permalink
Noah, TrevorBorn a crime: stories from a South African childhoodJohn Murray, 2017 Primo Permalink
Otele, OlivetteL’histoire de l’esclavage britannique: des origins de la traite transatlantique aux primisses de la colonisationMichel Houdiard, 2008Primo Permalink
Otele, OlivetteAfrican Europeans: an untold history Hurst & Company, 2020Primo Permalink
Phillips, CarylColour me EnglishHarvill Secker, 2017Primo Permalink
Phillips, CarylThe European tribeVintage, 2000Primo Permalink
Phillips, CarylA new world orderHarvill Secker, 2017Primo Permalink
Pitts, Johnny Afropean: notes from black EuropePenguin, 2020Primo Permalink
Prashad, VijayRed star over the third world Pluto Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Rainey, BrianReligion, ethnicity and xenophobia in the Bible: a theoretical, exegetical and theological surveyRoutledge, 2019Primo Permalink
Restall, MatthewBeyond black and red: African native relations in Colonial Latin AmericaU of New Mexico Press, 2005Primo Permalink
Robinson, Cedric J.Cedric J. Robinson: on racial capitalism, black inter-nationalism and cultures of resistancePluto Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Roy, ArundhatiThe ministry of utmost happinessPenguin, 2018Primo Permalink
Sawyer, Michael E.Black minded: the political philosophy of Malcom XPluto Press, 2020Primo Permalink
Senna, DanzyCaucasia: a novelRiverhead Books, 1999Primo Permalink
Seth, SanjayPost colonial theory and international relations: a critical introductionRoutledge, 2013Primo Permalink
Sierra, SilvaUrban slavery in Colonial Mexico: Puebla de los Angeles 1531-1706CUP, 2018Primo Permalink
Simpson, Leanne Dancing on our turtle’s back: stories of Nishnaabeg recreation, resurgence and a new emergence Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011Primo Permalink
Solomon, AndrewFar from the tree: parents, children and the search for identityVintage, 2014Primo Permalink
Verges, FrancoiseA decolonial feminismPluto Press, 2021Primo Permalink
Vinson, BenBearing arms for his majesty: the free colored militia in Colonial MexicoStanford UP, 2001Primo Permalink
Vinson, BenBefore Mestizaje: the frontiers of race and Caste in Colonial MexicoCUP, 2017Primo Permalink
Wilson, ShawnResearch is ceremony: indigenous research methods Fernwood, 2009Primo Permalink
Yountae, AnBeyond man: race, coloniality and philosophy of religionDuke UP, 2021Primo Permalink

The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Subject & Enquiry Team

COP26 – Learn more about climate change

It is the final week of the COP26 Conference in Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen is one of 1050 universities and colleges from 68 countries that have pledged to half their emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 at the very latest. You can read more about the pledge made by the University here – https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/15480/.

We thought we would highlight just some of the books we have available in the library if you want to learn more about climate change.

A stack of books we hold in the library on the subject of climate change.

The cartoon introduction to climate change by Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein (available online)

This book gives a well-rounded look at climate change. It covers so much information from: the history of the earth, the science behind climate change, predictions on what could happen and the actions we can take. All explained in a simple and easy to understand manner. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is all written as a cartoon. This allows for everything to be explained in bitesize pieces and also makes the book a nice and quick read. The illustrations are useful and often humorous in helping to understand the subjects covered. The cartoon introduction to climate change is a must read if you want to educate yourself on all aspects of climate change!

Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer (available online)

As both a botanist and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kimmerer believes that plants and animals are our oldest teachers, and she brings these two together in the book. Kimmerer draws on her life as a scientist, a mother and a woman to show us how other living beings offer us so much to learn, even if we have forgotten to listen to them. Bringing together reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the threats that it faces today. Understanding that we need to celebrate and acknowledge our relationship with the rest of the living world to be capable of understanding how generous the earth has been to us and learn to look after it in return. This beautifully written book provides such a fresh take on how we need to change our current relationship with the earth.

It is also available as a physical book from Aberdeen City Libraries if you prefer, you can find the details here – https://bit.ly/3bxNwe5

How to save our planet : the facts by Professor Mark Maslin (available in print)

Professor Maslin has pulled together all the facts we should and need to know about climate change. The book contains chapters on the history of our planet & humanity, the state of our world, corporate power, the power we hold as individuals, government solutions and how we can save our planet & ourselves. Everything is written clearly, in small, easy to comprehend chunks. It also features a vast reference list and further reading if you want to read more on any subjects Maslin covers. How to save our planet: the facts is an essential pocket-sized guide of the facts we need to know about climate change.

We do hope you enjoy reading and learning from some of these titles and let us know what you think of them!

How is the building arranged?

New in the library? Read on for a whistle-stop tour of all floors in The Sir Duncan Rice Library!

Lower Ground Floor
Special Collections Centre: home to the University’s historic collections of books, manuscripts and archives. Facilities and services in Special Collections include the Glucksman Conservation Centre, a listening room, a microfilm room and lockers.

Ground Floor
Here you will find the Welcome Desk, the Returns Room, the Hardback Café, a short-stay PC area and the self-registration and public information PCs. Don’t forget to visit the Gallery and check out the Canaletto exhibition between January 21 and February 22.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is home to about 400,000 books and hundreds of journal titles in paper format. Students & staff at the University of Aberdeen also have access to over 200,000 e-books, 20,000 e-journals and 200 databases.

Subjects and collections are distributed as follows in The Sir Duncan Rice Library:
(Numbers in brackets indicate the location of items on shelves)

Floor 1

Information Centre, IT service desk, Heavy Demand, maps, DVDs and current newspapers collections

Floor 2

Print journals collection

Floor 3

History (900)
Geography (910)
Biography and Genealogy (920)
Archaeology (930)

Floor 4

Art (700)
Architecture (720)
Music (780)
Film (790)
Literature (800)

Floor 5

Language (400)
Linguistics (410)
Languages (420-490)
Science (500)
Mathematics (510)
Physics (530)
Chemistry (540)
Earth Sciences & Geology (550)
Life Sciences & Biology (570)
Botany (580)
Zoology (590)
Technology (600)
Engineering (620)
Management (650)

History and Philosophy of Science (Sc prefix)

Floor 6

Social Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology (300)
Politics & International Relations (320)
Economics (330)
Education (370)

Floor 7

Computer Science (000)
Philosophy (100)
Psychology (150)
Religion (200)

On every floor beside the MFDs, there are notice boards with detailed shelfmark information 

Other useful information regarding study spaces and help & services available:

  • PC classrooms: Floor 2 (but more PCs throughout the library)
  • Silent study rooms and co-labs: Floors 3-6
  • Group study rooms: Floor 1 & 7
  • Group study pods: Floor 1
  • Assistive technology booths: Floors 1 & 4
  • Reader carrel: Floor 3
  • Information Points (for help with subject-related inquiries): Floors 3-6
  • Self-issue machines and MFDs (printers): Floors 1-7 (no self-issue machine on Floor 2)
  • Teaching Resources Collection: Floor 6
  • Music Resources room: Floor 1
  • Toilets and water fountains can be found on all floors
  • First Aid room: Floor 1

 

Useful guide to the library:
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/documents/uploads/introductiontothelibrary.pdf

Library induction (video):
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/services/library/

 

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

NHS Grampian Archive – news

Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital ward c.1889

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital ward c.1889

The NHS Grampian Archives which hold the historic records of more than 100 hospitals and health organisations from across the Grampian region, have been located within Special Collections for over a year now.

Archivist Fiona Watson has retired and the new archivist is Fiona Musk, former archivist with Aberdeen City Council Archives.

Please note also that there are new opening hours. The NHS Grampian Archive is now open from Wednesday to Friday.
(Monday & Tuesday by prior appointment only)

For more information see our website:
www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/nhs-grampian-archives/

Contact:
Fiona Musk
grampian.archives@nhs.net
Phone: 01224 274912

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist
andrew.macgregor@abdn.ac.uk

The adventures of George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen

Family seat at Haddo House, Aberdeeshire

Gordon’s family seat at Haddo House,     Aberdeeshire

A big thank you to James Youle, Senior Information Assistant in the Library, who has gifted an item to Special Collections. The item is an account of the adventures of George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen (1841-1870). The account originally appeared in the Banffshire Journal in 1871, and was re-printed as a pamphlet in 1934 for circulation amongst members of the family. It is based on the report of the Commissioner who visited America for the purpose of collecting evidence of Lord Aberdeen’s death without issue to enable his younger brother John to succeed him as 7th Earl.

Gordon had succeeded to the title on the death of his father, the 5th Earl, in 1864, but in January 1866 sailed to the United States, assumed the name of George H. Osborne, and for the next four years followed a sea-faring life. His travels from his base in America took him all around the world, either as a member of the crew on board different vessels or as a traveller, including the Canary Islands, the Bahamas, Mexico, Spain and Barbados. After an initial posting as an ordinary seaman on board the R. Wylie to the Canary Islands, he studied navigation at the British Nautical College in Boston for four months in his efforts to gain a post as First Officer in the merchant navy, and was registered as an Approved Shipmaster by the Shipmasters’ Association in 1868. He later was appointed Captain of the schooner Walton from December 1868-October 1869 transporting goods to different ports across America but drowned in January 1870 while serving as first mate on the schooner Hera of Boston, six days into a voyage to Australia and China.

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist
andrew.macgregor@abdn.ac.uk

 

Special Collections – over 40 new factsheets now available

Gateway from series of plans, drawings and sketches of Cairness House by James Playfair  (see factsheet, 'Architectural resources in  Special Collections')

Gateway from series of plans, drawings and sketches of Cairness House by James Playfair (see ‘Architectural resources in Special Collections’ factsheet)

A major expansion in resource discovery has been rolled out by Special Collections, with the completion of over 40 new collection factsheets. The new factsheets are organised into sections: Introductory, Media, Subject and by Geographical Area.

Examples include:

By Media type – Map and plan resources
By Subject – Ecclesiastical, Literary, Slave Trade, Transport and WW II resources
By Geographical Area – Old Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands and resources relating to the Circumpolar regions

All factsheets act as brief introductions to subject areas and cover the main relevant collections accessible via Special Collections, both from archives and rare books. They are also embedded with archive catalogue hyperlinks as well as providing additional information on related printed reference works and external web resources.

Check them out here – http://bit.ly/sccfactsheets. They are also available via the main ‘Library Guides’ section of the Library website.

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist
andrew.macgregor@abdn.ac.uk

Kathleen Kennedy and William Cavendish: A wartime wedding of two dynasties

Ed.- James Youle has been a Senior Information Assistant with University of Aberdeen libraries since 2007. He has a particular interest in twentieth century British art and photography. He tries to find images that offer an insight into the human being and regularly offers photographs to the National Portrait Gallery.

I recently donated two photographs to The National Portrait Gallery. They depict the 6th May 1944 wedding of William “Billy” Cavendish and Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy. Kathleen had arrived in London in 1938 as the daughter of American Ambassador Joseph P Kennedy and had quickly fallen in love with London and England, and later with Billy. In July 1943 she had written to her brother “Jack” (later President) Kennedy:

“I have just returned from a day and a half spent in the country with Billy at Eastbourne… For 24 hours I forgot all about the war… Billy is just the same, a bit older, a bit more ducal, but we get on as well as ever.”

The Marquess of Hartington, as Billy was titled, is dressed in his Coldstream Guards uniform, and the new Marchioness is in pink with a posy of pink camellias brought from Chatsworth in Derbyshire that very morning. Both look happy, but the path to the altar had been fraught. Billy was a Protestant and heir to the Duke of Devonshire. The American Kennedy family were Catholic, and Kathleen’s parents Joseph and Rose were particularly unhappy at the union. Only her brother Lieutenant Joseph Kennedy Jr attended, along with Billy’s family.

Kathleen wrote of Joe in 1944, “Moral courage he had in abundance… in every way he was the perfect brother…”.

Tragically both Joe and Billy died in 1944 on active service, Joe in Suffolk and Billy in Belgium. Kathleen was devastated but made a life for herself with the support of the Duke and Duchess, but in May 1948 she also died tragically. Rose Kennedy in her autobiography wrote of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire:

“They said how much they had loved Kathleen, and how grateful they had been to her because of the happiness she had brought to their son Billy. The Duchess suggested the epitaph ‘Joy she gave, and joy she has’.”

Kathleen was buried at Chatsworth.

James Youle
Senior Information Assistant
j.youle@abdn.ac.uk

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The two photographs donated by James can be viewed here on the National Portrait Gallery website.

Eds. Several books about the Kennedy family are available in the Library collections. Here are some suggestions if you are interested in reading more:

Dallek, R. (c.2003) An unfinished life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. Boston [Mass.] ; London : Little Brown.
Shelfmark 973.922 Ken D (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Kennedy, R.F. (1974) Times to remember : an autobiography. London : Collins.
Shelfmark 973.9 Ken (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Schwarz, T. (c.2003) Joseph P. Kennedy : the mogul, the mob, the statesman, and the making of an American myth. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons.
Shelfmark 973.9 Ken S (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

MAINTENANCE: Web of Science Personalisation – intermittent access Sunday 26 January

Please be advised that there may be intermittent access issues to Web of Science personalisation, EndNote Online, ResearcherID, and InCites during the period of Sunday January 26 2014 from 1200 to 1400 GMT. Thomson Reuters apologise for any interruption this may cause.

HeinOnline adds new content to World Constitutions Illustrated

This month HeinOnline has added 60 new documents and over 40 new titles to their World Constitutions Illustrated Library. A brochure is available here or go online to find out more.

About World Constitutions Illustrated (source HeinOnline):

“We are working to identify and acquire the source documents for every historical constitution for every country. As historical documents are identified, they will be added to the constitutional timeline for each country. Documents identified but not yet acquired will be listed to provide a documentary history of the constitution’s development. For every constitutional document, researchers will find the original text, amending laws, consolidated text, and important related texts. We will also link you to scholarly articles and commentary, and provide a bibliography of select constitutional books available elsewhere.”

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Historic Archives of the Scottish Catholic Church

The Historic Archive of the Catholic Church in Scotland will be available for research access at the University of Aberdeen’s Special Collections Centre from Thursday 1st August.

For further information on the collection and booking arrangements, please visit the collection web pages at www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/scottish-catholic-archives.