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Hồ Chí Minh (1890-1969) sitting at a table in the gardens of the Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 1957.

Special Collections & University Archives’ materials in “The Vietnam War” Documentary

Archival materials from Special Collections & University Archives were featured in the first episode of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary The Vietnam War. This episode, titled “Déjà vu (1858-1961),” looks at events in Vietnam leading up to the Vietnam War. The filmmakers used several photographs from the “Archimedes L.A. Patti Research Papers, 1922-1993.” From the Patti collection’s finding aid:

This collection contains the research materials collected by Archimedes L. A. Patti for use in his historical writings. Known for his military career, his work in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and his relationship with Ho Chi Minh, Patti was recognized later in life as a respected researcher and historian on Indochina affairs. Notes, manuscripts, ephemera, photographs, maps, books and scrapbooks are held in this collection. Of important note are photographs given to Patti by Ho Chi Minh in 1945.

 

The collection includes photographs given to Archimedes Patti by Ho Chi Minh, then Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, documenting famine condition in Vietnam in 1945. Additionally, Patti wrote Why Viet Nam?: Prelude to America’s Albatross, published by the University of California Press in 1980.

Knight Terror at the John C. Hitt Library

Knight Terror writing contest

What terrors lurk in the heart of humanity?

What scary thoughts skulk in the corners of your mind?

What dark and spooky words will cross your page?

 

The UCF Libraries is hosting a scary short story writing contest for UCF students. Visit the Knight Terror page to see the rules and submit your 500-word scary story.

The deadline is 11:59 pm on October 20, 2017 and winners will be announced on October 31.

 

Prizes:

First place wins a Library Superpowers t-shirt.

Second place wins a Library Construction duck.

Both winners will be immortalized in STARS KnightVerse, the UCF Libraries archive of library related student writing.

Featured Bookshelf: Hispanic Heritage

Featured Bookshelf: Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month, established in 1988, runs from September 15 through October 15. It recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to the United States. Florida in particular has a strong Hispanic background including the oldest inhabited city in the U.S., St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565 by the Spanish.

Join the UCF Libraries as we celebrate our favorite Hispanic authors and subjects with these 20 suggestions. Click on the link below to see the full list of books along with their descriptions and catalog links.

Featured Bookshelf: Hispanic Heritage

PS. The free museum day hosted by the Smithsonian is on Saturday, September 23 this year, and includes admission to the Tampa Bay History Center which is currently featuring Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection. Get a free ticket to visit here.

For a full list of participating Florida Museums, click here.

Hurricane Update

Hurricane Irma: Updated!

UPDATE: 9/15/17

All Library Items due back while the University was closed due to Hurricane Irma have automatically had their due dates extended until Monday 9/18/17 at 11:00pm.

UPDATE: 9/12/17

Campuses will be closed through Thursday, September 14th. UCF campuses will reopen Friday, September 15th.

Classes will resume Monday, September 18th.

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