A Daily Diary of the Great War — October 25, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919



“October 25, 1917. Thursday Rain.

Up at 8:00 and hung around. There were no orders today so George & I just sat and sat–talking, writing letters, etc. After supper the mail came up and I received leters from Pa dated Sept. 28. You see the U. S. censors have held up our letters as the system has swapped hands from the French to the American. Soon I expect to get a lot from you. My only hope is that you get this, my diary, regularly.

After 8 read K. N. and went to bed 8:45.”

October 25, 1917

October 25, 1917









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Winter Outlook …

Next week is Halloween and my thoughts turn to … Winter (ugh!). I am not a fan of Winter but I tolerate it because I look forward to Spring, Summer and longer daylight hours. For all of you who are like me, here are a couple of maps to warn you or inform you.

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In case you want to hear more news about winter, here is a video of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) predictions for the upcoming winter. Have fun in the snow!

Images courtesy of NOAA





Mix and Match at Jones Media Center






Bond goes legally blonde.

Introducing the promotional poster series Mix and Match at Jones Media Center.

The Mix and Match posters are the latest in a series of digital media projects developed by Jones student tech assistants, intern, and staff to help promote Media Center resources and services, in this case its extensive video collection of over 17,000 DVDs.


In the process of creating these promotions, student techs develop graphic design skills and get to explore different digital media applications. During the production phase, they hone specific skills; e.g., the use of layer masks and brushes in Photoshop and text animation in Adobe After Effects.




King_Kong_DartmouthSweet '13s

Past and current projects include an iconic movie posters series; movie trailers to promote new movie arrivals, produced in Final Cut Pro; a senior poster in ligne claire comic style, traced from photographs using Adobe Illustrator; and Halloween posters featuring Jones student employees.

Screen_Shot_2014-09-26_at_5.33.39_PMFor this most recent promotion, Jones student techs, intern and staff worked as a team to develop a Photoshop poster template that would effectively convey the Mix and Match concept through the use of hybrid characters. The message is simple and executed in a visually engaging manner. Familiar movie characters from a variety of genres are juxtaposed to create quirky graphics.





For easy reference, movie titles and DVD numbers are listed on each poster. To date, student tech assistants and the Jones intern have produced over a dozen Mix and Match posters, showcasing some of their favorite flicks. The Jones Media Center video collection campaign extends across campus. An animated Mix and Match version is showing on digital screens throughout the Dartmouth Libraries.


Up_JawLibrary patrons can search the Jones Media Center video collection using the Dartmouth College Library catalog. Digital media applications used in the production of Jones promotional projects, including Adobe Creative Suite CS6 and Final Cut Pro X, are installed on Jones Media Center computers. Anyone is welcome to check out an editing station at the Media Services desk to work on a media project. Student tech assistants are available during evening and weekend hours and happy to help with questions.


Devil wearing ChaplinThe Mix and Match posters are currently on display at Jones. Visitors to the Media Center will be greeted by a band of oddly incongruous characters inhabiting the glass panels adjacent to the main entrance. Be sure to stop by and take a moment to be confused and amused as Edna dons a mean girls skirt, the devil wears Chaplin, and 007 takes Bruiser for a stroll.

A Daily Diary of the Great War — October 24, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919

German Pieces captured on Chemin Des Dames Offensive Sept 1917

German Pieces captured on Chemin Des Dames Offensive Sept 1917

“October 24, 1917. Wednesday, Intermittent rain.

Up at 8:45 washed and had breakfast. Hung around camp peeling potatoes for dinner which we had at 10:30. Then at 11 A.M. 11 camions [trucks] loaded at Bazoches with these sacks which are filled with dirt for trench supports. We carried these through a nest of booming cannons to Crany. Here hundreds of wagons, cannons, soldiers, were passing in endless streams it seemed. It took us 7 hours to get to C. only 32 kilometers so you can imagine what congestion there was here. While we were unloading about a hundred new Boche prisoners passed and also a tank. They are just as you see them in pictures, grim, stiff, awkward things. It was funny, our cannons here almost split one’s ear on account of the immense calibers but there was not a single arrivée.

We had our supper brought to us and though it was quite dark, I used the steering gear for a table and out the meat with my jack-knife while I helped juggle the plate with my knees. Then it started to rain so we didn’t bother to wash our dirty plates but let the rain drop on them then threw them into the boxes at the side of the camion. We got home at 8 P. M. and turned in early.

Today I learned that the boy who lost his hand a little while ago (Sect. 133) has received a fine citation for courage has won a Croix de Guerre, with a palm leaf, and so did his comrade who was injured with him and also he consequently won a citation and war cross for his section. The first honors a transport section has ever won but they deserve it. Lord knows,–our work here is as important as the Ambulance but somehow nobody recognizes our good work. Not that we want croix de guerres for nothing, but we do want “square” treatment which these French officers don’t know how to give.

After I got in, hung around, read then turned it. Bed 8:30.”

October 24, 1917

October 24, 1917







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Library Teaching Quarterly: FA14

Keeping you up to date with Library teaching and outreach activities.

Mapping Data With Social Explorer

Social Explorer map of areas surrounding Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA

Social Explorer map of areas surrounding Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA

Librarians John Cocklin and Lucinda M. Hall provide library instruction for Economics 38: Urban and Land Use with Professor William Fischel. Students have the opportunity to see how land use affects certain variables in different neighborhoods. Social Explorer, a resource the Library subscribes to, allows students to create maps without having to know a lot about geographic information systems (GIS). The accompanying map shows how a student might map housing values in the area around The Forum and Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. The Forum, previously known as The Fabulous Forum, is where the Los Angeles Lakers played until 1999. Hollywood Park features horse racing and now has a casino. With other data available, the student could see if housing values changed as Hollywood Park’s role in the neighborhood has changed.

A New Approach to Book Learning

"Dave the Potter" students in the letterpress studio

“Dave the Potter” students in the letterpress studio

The Book Arts Workshop is no longer Dartmouth’s “best kept secret”; numerous faculty bring their classes in to experience a hands-on approach to the ideas covered in the classroom. Classes in photography, architecture, printmaking, and drawing have come in to work with letterpress, bookbinding, and paper folding to bring their work into three dimensions. English classes such as History of the Book and Dave the Potter have a large studio component to augment the students’ readings and discussions.

The connections to the activity in the Book Arts Workshop may be readily apparent with courses from Studio Art and English, but other, less obvious connections are being made with areas such as medicine, music, computer science, and languages. In the course Digital Design, computer science students came in to the letterpress studio to get a better understanding of the concepts they were learning digitally. This past summer an Italian III class wrote, designed, set type, and printed a poem to help learn the language kinesthetically.

It will be interesting to see where the students go with this work and what ideas and futures are sparked with this type of experiential learning that utilizes the creative process and tactile engagement.​

DartmouthX: Open2

"Introduction to Environmental Science" course image

“Introduction to Environmental Science” course image

Dartmouth’s partnership with edX and the development of the first four DartmouthX courses provide collaborative opportunities as well as challenges for effective online teaching and learning.

The DartmouthX project provides the opportunity to model a team approach to course design. Each course has a faculty member, instructional designer, subject librarian, media producer, and several current and former Dartmouth students working to bring the course to thousands. The first DartmouthX course, Professor Andy Friedland’s Introduction to Environmental Science, provides a view into the discipline using both original and preexisting open content.

With thousands of students taking each course, MOOCs provide one of the strongest cases for using openly available content that is both embedded in the course and free to students engaged with the course at any time. MOOCs also provoke us to consider our role in creating openly available educational content and joining the growing “open educational resources” (OER) community. For more on OERS, see: Open Educational Resources: New Initiatives for Creation and Discovery, Creative Commons Open Education Resources, and OER Commons.

Teaching and Learning at Dartmouth – Then & Now
Celebrating the Dartmouth Center for Advancement of Learning 10th Anniversary 2004-2014
Baker-Berry Library / Berry Main Street October 21 – December 12, 2014

Teaching and Learning at Dartmouth - Then & Now

Teaching and Learning at Dartmouth – Then & Now

Come by Berry Main Street to view an exhibit tracing the evolution of teaching and learning at Dartmouth, from the 18th Century to the present. 
Curated by Prudence Merton, Associate Director for Faculty Programs and Assessment at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning; Susan Simon, Media Learning Technologist, Jones Media Center; and Sarah Decker, MALS graduate student.

Exhibit design by Dennis Grady, Library Education & Outreach. Many thanks to the staff of Rauner Special Collections Library and to Deborah Howe, Dartmouth Library Conservator.

More information is available on this and other Library exhibits.


Baker Tower
Contributors: Lucinda M. Hall (Mapping Data With Social Explorer), Sarah Smith (A New Approach to Book Learning), Michael Goudzwaard and Barbara DeFelice (DartmouthX: Open2), Dennis Grady and Prudence Merton (Teaching and Learning at Dartmouth – Then & Now)
Editor: Laura Barrett

A Daily Diary of the Great War — October 23, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919

German prisoners taken during Chemin Des Dames (the billion dollar) Offensive Sept. 1917

German prisoners taken during Chemin Des Dames (the billion dollar) Offensive Sept. 1917

“October 23, Tuesday, Rain, Cold.

Bill Clarke woke me at 3 A. M. and told me I had to guard so he showed me some orders. Well, I woke Pete at 4:30 and went down to get #6 and tow along 3 of 13 cars that were “frozen”, then after putting on a fan belt for George I came up and Pete said I didn’t have to go on convoy for which I was mighty glad. After dinner, I wrote a lot and read while the distant cannon sometimes shook the remorse [trailer] with their simultaneous discharge. The offensive is on all right–in fact the greatest prepared in world’s history, and I suppose you will have read about it before you get this.

When I do get home, I can point out to you all the places of interest.

In the afternoon it rained but all the boys left in camp and I (5) went down to the bureau and got some gas for our peloton here.

After we loaded up I practised three songs with Marcon that he is going to sing next Saturday night. Then I went down to our one-window (stable) co-operative store and bought some cookies and preserved prunes.

After supper I read and studied the Key Notes and then George came in from his convoy with all sorts of German souvenirs. We have taken in this section over 3000 prisoners, so Boche helmets, gas masks and so forth, were plentiful. I’ll bring one of each home if I can. George said our men are advancing at a great rate, but the casualties are heavy.

After reading some more I went to bed at 9:45.”

October 23, 1917 (1 of 2)

October 23, 1917
(1 of 2)

October 23, 1917 (2 of 2)

October 23, 1917
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A Daily Diary of the Great War — October 22, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919

Villers-Cotterêts to Soissons: 75 Battery on Route

Villers-Cotterêts to Soissons: 75 Battery on Route

“October 22, Monday, Fair, Cold, Cloudy.

Up at 9:00 and left at 11 for B, and after getting loaded there we went over east to V. All along the river here are innumerable cannons and how they do rumble and crash the ear drums right out of you. There are now over 1000 guns in here so that each gun covers 4 square meters which it has to destroy. That makes it so that every spot is under gun-fire, –that is, the territory we are to take. Up to today, we have entered the Germans’ first line trenches and have over a hundred prisoners who, on account of our bombardment having destroyed the food trains, have been three days without food. The enemy too were dead tired, dirty, in rags and wounds undressed. The greater part of them are 19, 20 and 21 so you can see the Germans are pretty low, but it serves them right and they are going to get even more.

Well, with only the guns thunderung out in unexpected places, sometimes right in our ears, nothing exceptional happened. We’ve been going over this road ever so many times but tonight was different than before. On account of the endless trains of wagons going in every direction we had a hard time getting up there but finally we got unloaded and turned around, then we drove home in the dark and had supper at 9:45. I went right to bed, believe me. It is no fun being in those camions [trucks] in so long stretches.”

October 22, 1917 (1 of 2)

October 22, 1917
(1 of 2)

October 22, 1917 (2 of 2)

October 22, 1917
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So what exactly is a Gabberjabb? When you flip through Walter Hamady’s Gabberjabb No. 6, you encounter a multi-layered, surrealist autobiography that walks a tightrope between sense and nonsense. Hamady’s art epitomizes the virtues of letterpress printing and book design while simultaneously poking fun at assumptions about the structure and function of books. In Gabberjabb No. 6 (its lengthier official title is Neopostmodrinism or Dieser Rasen ist kein Hundeklo or Gabberjabb Number 6), Hamady seeks to expand the book form by disturbing codified reading conventions and exploring the nuances of typography through continuously footnoted poetry and prose.

In Gabberjabb No. 6, Hamady calls attention to the structural elements of book form that are normally taken for granted by readers, such as title pages, indices, footnotes, signatures, margins and gutters, and makes them the centerpiece of the book.

A particularly memorable play on book form in Gabberjabb No. 6 consists of a series of page gutters adorned with anatomical drawings of intestines. Hamady draws attention to an empty section of the page that most people never see because of centuries of reading conventions that have conditioned us to focus on the text block in the center of the page and disregard the empty space surrounding it. For Hamady, the gutter or “guts” of an open book is the center of the picture plane and should be considered a significant structural element of the book.

Through his ingenious and abstract play on book structure, Hamady warns against the kind of reductive reading that focuses on the book’s content at the expense of its form. The self-conscious manipulation of standardized rules regulating book form is intended to increase the readers’ awareness that such conventions exist and influence the construction of meaning. In many ways, this book can be considered a meta-critique on conventional understandings of “bookness”; it seeks to challenge our traditional notions of book form by reevaluating how form works in conjunction with content to convey meaning.

To see Gabberjabb No. 6, ask for Presses P4187hne. Gabberjabb No. 6 is part of an eight volume series called Interminable Gabberjabbs and volumes 5-8 are available at Rauner as well, along with over twenty other artists’ books by Hamady.

A Daily Diary of the Great War — October 21, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919


“October 21, Sunday, Fair.

Up at 7:00 and with Dow and #6 went over to B. alone for a trip only to B. We got back at 12:15 without seeing anything. I wrote letters all afternoon, until Pete Colwell and Tommy Dain walked into camp. You see they are at C. training for gradées [ranked; e.g., non-commissioned officer] jobs in the U. S. Army, so we had a long talk till 4:45, then they had to go back on their camion [truck]. After supper we hung around and then Harry and I went down for mail but there wasn’t any. When we came back, Pete, Bob, George, Harry and I had a feed in Pete’s remorque [trailer], and believe me it was some feed. Pete had received a box from home so we just stuffed with cookies, jelly and candy. It was might good and I guess good for us, for we do not get any sweet stuff here now. C’est la guerre. Bed 11:00.”


October 21, 1917

October 21, 1917








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Photography Exhibit at Matthews-Fuller Library

Photography by Spencer James

Spencer JamesMy name is Spencer James and I’m a third year medical student here at Geisel. I was born in Juneau, Alaska, and grew up in the small town of Port Angeles in the northwest corner of Washington. My love for photography was first sparked by my experiences traveling as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. At that time, photography for me was a means to document and share my experiences traveling and adventuring with my friends and family back home. While this is still at the core of many of my photos, I have grown to appreciate how photography also allows me to become more mindful and appreciative of my surroundings. It may sound paradoxical, but I find that looking through the aperture of a camera helps me tune into subtle patterns, colors, changes in light, shadows, and people and their expressions. More recently, I have started to explore the role of photography in humanitarian and global health work, which is one of my professional aspirations as a medical student. Prior to starting medical school, I also completed a masters thesis on statistical techniques applied to medical diagnoses. As a photographer, medical student, and researcher, I have frequently considered how these different worlds can each play a meaningful role in advancing human health.

Much of my inspiration in photography comes from those journalists and photographers who focus their work on humanitarian and environmental issues. It has been an incredible experience at Dartmouth to meet Steve McCurry and James Nachtwey and see their work firsthand since they have photographed some of the most pivotal and pressing wars, disasters, social, and humanitarian issues of the 20th-21st centuries. Reading about the work of W Eugene Smith on Minamata disease has similarly inspired me by showing how photography can play a powerful role in bringing awareness and action to medical and humanitarian crises. While I will continue to love photography just for the sake of photography, I hope that one day my passion for taking photos can also help to positively impact the people and populations that I will be serving as a future doctor.


Spencer James PhotoMy photography exhibit here is focused on exploring the Pacific Northwest. Similar to the Upper Valley, it is a beautiful area of the world that inspires adventure and rewards exploration. Often when I say I am from Seattle, people ask me about Starbucks, the rainy weather, Kurt Cobain, or more recently Twilight. My Pacific Northwest, though, has always been more defined by the rugged, inhospitable beauty of the towering coastal rainforests, glaciated peaks, and incredible wildlife. Growing up on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, I felt very lucky to have rivers, mountains, and oceans in my backyard, and these areas ultimately became my playground for exploration, adventure, and photography. I love sharing these areas with others, so for this exhibit, I chose a collection of photos from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Alaska that I made over the past few years. The exhibit includes places such as Mount Olympus and Mount Rainier, dolphins in the Pacific Ocean, the Pika Glacier in the Alaska Range, and century-old mortuary poles in a deserted Haida village in Haida Gwaii (previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). As a nod to the environmental challenges that also define much of Pacific Northwest history, I also include photographs of a freighter loaded with recently-logged timber in a winter snowstorm and a tugboat dragging freight through the Inside Passage. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the photos or the Pacific Northwest, and I hope that you will enjoy what I have shared here.

Spencer James
October 2014