Archive for March, 2015

Bring out the chocolates, colorful eggs and Easter baskets!!

March 30th, 2015

On the observance of this Easter holiday, Gleeson invites you to join us for our Easter egg hunt this Wednesday, April 1st at noon!! Beautiful pastel colored eggs will be hidden throughout Gleeson library, so keep an eye out “and may the odds be ever in your favor” (Hunger Games).

So before you go home, on your mini vacation, or just hide away, come by Gleeson this Wednesday at noon to kick off your holiday fun!!


How to say “Happy Easter” in a few languages:

Feliz Dia de Pascua (Spanish), Buona Pasqua (Italian), Joyeuses Pâques (French), Feliz Páscoa (Portugese), Shnor Havor Zadeeg poloreen (Armenian), 復活節快樂 (Chinese: traditional)

An Aluminum Library Postcard, Manitowoc, WI, 1905

March 18th, 2015

To my collection of unusual library postcards I have added an aluminum postcard that depicts the former Carnegie building of the Manitowoc (WI) Public Library. Manitowoc received a $25,000 Carnegie grant in 1902 and the new Carnegie building opened in 1904. It housed the public library until it was replaced in 1967, and unfortunately was razed after that. A brief history of the Manitowoc Public Library is located HERE. The postcard was mailed on Dec. 5, 1905 from Manitowoc to Sacramento, CA. In the first decade of the 20th century when postcards were in their heyday there were some pretty unusual postcards that made their way through the postal system. I've previously written about leather postcards and wooden postcards. There is an interesting aspect to this aluminum postcard. It doesn't have a stamp or a postmark cancellation. That is because when it was mailed it was enclosed in a clear outer envelope on which the stamp was placed and cancelled. There is a statement on the address side of the postcard which reads: "Not Mailable Except Under Cover". All of these unusual postcards were probably a huge headache for the mail clerks that had to deal with them.  

USF Women Making History

March 17th, 2015

“As a Nation, we must join our voices with the chorus of history and push forward with unyielding faith to forge a more equal society for all our daughters and granddaughters — one where a woman’s potential is limited only by the size of her dreams and the power of her imagination.” – President Obama, Women’s History Month Proclamation

With that speech President Obama inaugurated Women’s History Month, a month that highlights the historical contributions of women. In honor of Women’s History Month I wanted to celebrate notable women of the USF community, some who have made history at USF while others made history after they left. All have inspired. The following list is by no means exhaustive nor does it showcase the only accomplishments of these women; it simply features a few of the thousands of women who are inspiring the rest of us to create a more just and equal society.

Anna Bretan, marathon record breaker

According to USF Magazine (Winter 2013) Anna Bretan ‘06 beat the all-time women’s record at the San Francisco Marathon in June 2013 with a 2:42:26 run.

From USF Magazine, Winter 2013.

Helen I. Byrne, early graduate

Helen I. Byrne ’31 studied Law at St. Ignatius College (USF’s former name). The Law program was one of the few that admitted women at the time. Byrne was one of the first women graduates from that program in 1931.

Helen Byrne '31, was one of the few women graduating from USF's night school

Helen Byrne graduation photo in the Ignatian, 1931. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Elizabeth B. Davis, first SOM female dean

In 2014 Elizabeth B. Davis made history by becoming the School of Management’s first female dean.

Elizabeth B. Davis

Frances Anne Dolan, first dean of women

When USF became fully coeducational in 1964 Frances Anne Dolan became the first dean of women. In 1976 Anne Dolan oversaw USF’s first women’s basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball teams.

Anne Dolan in the Don, 1967. From Gleeson Library's Digital Collections.

Frances Anne Dolan photo in the Don, 1967. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Heather Fong, first female Police Chief

Heather Fong ’79 was San Francisco Police Chief from 2004-2009. Fong is the first woman to hold that position.

Heather Fong ’79 is currently the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement. Picture is from the DHS website.

Ruth M. Halpin, early graduate

Ruth Halpin ’31 studied Commerce and was one of the first women to graduate from St. Ignatius College in 1931.

Ruth Halpin graduation photo in The Don, 1931

Ruth Halpin graduation photo in the Ignatian, 1931. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Priscilla Scotlan, first coed class and first Yell Leader

Priscilla Scotlan ’68 was in the first coeducational graduating class in 1968. Scotlan was also USF’s first woman Yell Leader, who encouraged student attendance at games.

Priscilla Scotlan '68 (top row) was the first female Yell Leader at USF.  Pictured here are other Yell Leaders Pat Marantette, Tim King, Ed Chiosso, Frank Clifford, and Al Rodrigues. From the Don, 1968. From Gleeson Library's Digital Collections.

Priscilla Scotlan ’68 (top row) was the first woman Yell Leader at USF. Yell Leaders encouraged student attendance at games. Pictured here are other Yell Leaders Pat Marantette, Tim King, Ed Chiosso, Frank Clifford, and Al Rodrigues. From the Don, 1968. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Anne W. Shumway, early graduate

Anne W. Shumway ’31, along with Helen I. Byrne (above), studied Law and was among the first female graduates from St. Ignatius College in 1931.

Anne W. Shumway's graduation photo in The Don, 1931. From Gleeson Library's Digital Collections.

Anne W. Shumway’s graduation photo in the Ignatian, 1931. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Jennifer E. Turpin, first female dean, provost, and academic vice president

In 2003 Jennifer E. Turpin became the first female dean in the history of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 she became the first female provost and academic vice president in USF’s history.

Jennifer E. Turpin

Ellen Tully, first female ASUSF officer

Ellen Tully ’58 was Associated Students of USF (ASUSF) secretary 1955-1956. Tully was the first woman to hold that position.

Ellen Tully, ASUSF Secretary. From the Don, 1956. From Gleeson Library's Digital Collections.

Ellen Tully, ASUSF Secretary. From the Don, 1956. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Teresa Win, Computer Scientist

Teresa Win ’85 is a prominent computer scientist, current Trustee, and co-founder of Thor Technology. She entered the male-dominated technology industry early on.

Teresa Win graduation photo in The Don, 1985

Teresa Win graduation photo in The Don, 1985. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Women’s History Library Resources

Gleeson Library has plenty of resources about women’s history for you to enjoy. Here’s a few to get you started:

We also have books about women and San Francisco:

Atherton, Gertrude. My San Francisco : a wayward biography. Indianapolis ; New York : Bobbs-Merrill, 1946.

Horton, Inge Schaefer. Early women architects of the San Francisco Bay Area : the lives and work of fifty professionals, 1890-1951Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2010.

Hudson, Lynn M. The making of “Mammy Pleasant” : a Black entrepreneur in nineteenth-century San FranciscoUrbana : University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Pointdexter, Lucy D. Exploring collaboration and persistence among college women enrolled in a learning community[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2007.

Sewell, Jessica Ellen. Women and the everyday city : public space in San Francisco, 1890-1915Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Sparks, Edith. Capital intentions : female proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2006]. 


Co-Education at USF Turns 50.” USF Magazine, Winter 2015.

Ziajka, Alan. Legacy & promise : 150 years of Jesuit education at the University of San Francisco. San Francisco : University of San Francisco, Association of Jesuit University Presses, 2005.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon for Women’s History Month: Results!

March 10th, 2015

Women’s_History_Month_Art_And_Feminism_-_01Last Friday, in honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Gleeson Library participated in Art+Feminism’s second annual Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. Over 70 satellite Edit-A-Thons took place across 17 countries over the weekend  — all with the aim of improving the representation of women and the arts on the site.  At Gleeson, students, staff, and faculty members convened to discuss gender disparities present in the number of articles by and about women on Wikipedia, and to the learn the basics of editing Wikipedia in order to change that. Other attendees logged on remotely to work on Wikipedia articles from their homes or offices. Our event was also visited by three volunteers from the Wiki Education Foundation (a nonprofit that supports the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada), who were on hand to answer our most pressing (and more advanced) Wikipedia questions. You can find the outcomes of the international Edit-A-Thon event here, and peruse articles that the USF group worked on at the bottom of our event page here.  Thanks to all who participated, and three cheers for information activism!

The Extraordinary Women of ALA’s Washington Office

March 9th, 2015

For Women’s History Month I’m writing about a group of women who collectively made an enormous contribution to the improvement of library service in America. These were the women who served as director of the Washington Office of the American Library Association from 1950 through 1999. They were the lobbyists for America’s libraries, and they carried out this role exceptionally well. The ALA Washington Office was established in October of 1945 and celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Paul Howard became the first director of the office when it opened in 1946 but left in 1949 when ALA closed the office due to lack of funding. It reopened in 1950 under the leadership of Marjorie Malmberg, the first of the women featured in this article. Malmberg had relocated to Virginia with her husband after she had led a successful effort to get state funding for libraries in Wisconsin. Malmberg is credited by her successors for laying the foundation for a politically effective Washington Office and for playing an important role in the effort to secure federal legislation for libraries. Malmberg was followed as director by Alice Dunlap who served a short term (Sept, 1951-Jan 31, 1952), but continued efforts toward federal legislation. Julia Bennett Armistead headed the Washington Office from 1952 through 1957 and helped to finally secure the passage of the Federal Library Services Act (LSA) in 1956. It fell to Germaine Krettek (1907-1994) who became director of the Washington Office in November 1957 to secure the actual funding for rural library service which was authorized under LSA.  President Eisenhower recommended initial funding for LSA of only $3 million, but Krettek led efforts that resulted in an appropriation of $6 million. Also under Krettek leadership, LSA was expanded in 1964 to become the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) and included support for urban as well as rural libraries. When Krettek retired in 1972 federal funding for libraries under all federal legislation had increased to $200 million. For her legislative efforts Krettek was honored by ALA with the Joseph W. Lippincott medal in 1969 and was elected to Honorary Membership in ALA (ALA’s highest honor) in 1973. Eileen Cooke who had worked under Krettek in the Washington Office starting in 1964 became director in 1972. Cooke was presented with a major challenge when for fiscal year 1974 President Nixon recommended zero funding for ESEA II, LSCA, and HEA II. Librarians responded to calls from the Washington Office for action and their efforts led to $151.2 million in funding for library programs. Throughout her tenure Cooke fought for the reauthorization and funding for federal legislation that benefited millions of American. Carol Henderson, Cooke’s assistant and successor, called her boss, “the legendary library lady of Capitol Hill”. When ALA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Washington Office in 1996, Cooke was given Honorary Mermbership in ALA for her distinguished career. Cooke retired in 1993 and was succeeded by Henderson who served until 1999. Under Henderson the Washington Office established the Office of Technology Policy and successfully worked for the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Emily Sheketoff became director of the Washington Office in 1999 and is the current director. Sheketoff has continued to build successfully on the efforts of her predecessors. The entire library community can be thankful that these enormously talented women were drawn to serve in a leadership role in the Washington Office of the American Library Association.