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

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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

Photos by Tracy Gordon


Kresge Library is excited to showcase the artistic nature photography of the talented Tracy Gordon.

“Growing up in Vermont, (including attending a one room school house), instilled much of my respect and awareness for the beauty that is around me every day. In my early middle school days I was inspired by a teacher who had the “photography bug”. I picked up a camera in my early teens and started shooting pictures, noticing how light and the surrounding environment would affect my picture. As I travel from place to place I am inspired to capture small moments of that beauty that often are over looked as we speed through life. I moved from Vermont to Florida and I currently work as a graphic designer, pre-press specialist and side line as a food stylist. I spend half of my year in Florida and half in Vermont.” – Tracy Gordon

If you have artwork or know of someone who would like to exhibit with us, please contact us at

A Daily Diary of the Great War — October 20, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919

Baldridge sketching 'characters'

Baldridge sketching ‘characters’

“October 20, Saturday, Fair but cloudy.

Up at 7:30 and touched up the car a bit for inspection for our lieutenant. At 9 I went down to the Y. M. C. A. and Capt. Emmet and I fixed up a program for tonight’s concert for regiment 315 and the A. F. S. boys. We hung around here till dinner time then at 3:00 all of us were called down to the tent while a Captain in the U. S. Army gave us a talk calling for recruits, but he didn’t get any, for all of us boys are planning to go into some other U. S. service and we’re waiting to finish our contract here. I met a Leonard Huff, Theta Tau Delta at Amherst, so we had a long talk till suppertime then Chaunce Hood and I went around in an Ambulance Ford getting fellows for the concert-rehearsal and he came up while I ate my supper, then we beat it back to the tent again. After rehearsing a few songs we started the concert when Captain Mallet came.

First four of us fellows got our mandolins and Buzby his guitar and tore off a few songs. All us boys had played in mandolin and glee clubs so I guess we did all right. Anyway we had to play an encore. Then a Frenchman gave a dialogue. Then Buzby on the banjo and I on the piano (which is rotten now) tore off a few melodies & an encore. Then Baldridge (an artist in my section here who is drawing for Leslie’s and Collier’s) drew some charcoal cartoons and “got away in a cloud.” Then a fellow in 526–Moreland– a swell mandolin player, gave us two solos on his mandolin and he was great. Then Marcon, the opera singer, sang two classics (I accompanied, and gee, I thought I’d throw a fit he was so hard to follow). He was “awfully” good and made a big hit. Then another French singer and then Buzby did a trick on his banjo, playing and throwing it in the air, upside down, etc. then we sang the Marseillaise (or however you spell it) and the Star Spangled Banner. Gee, I never thought they’d stop clapping, and Capt. Emmet and I got lots of “bouquets”, but it is no more than anyone else could do. Anyway we had a good time and broke up at 10:45.”


October 20, 1917 (1 of 2)

October 20, 1917
(1 of 2)

October 20, 1917 (2 of 2)

October 20, 1917
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A Daily Diary of the Great War — October 19, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919

Supplies and materials at ammunition dumps. Bazoches, Chemin des Dames 1917

Supplies and materials at ammunition dumps. Bazoches, Chemin des Dames 1917

“October 19, Friday, Rain, “de temps en temps” [from time to time].

Up at 8:30 and unloaded some boxes out of #6 for the “cuisiniers” [cooks] to be used as fire wood. Then we loaded up our empty gasoline bidons [cans] 43 and after dinner, Hull Baldrich and I went down to load up with full gasoline cans in its place. But I had to leave loading at 3 to see Captain Emmet, for he and I are preparing a concert for tomorrow night. He is getting the American boys here. After supper I went down to 526, Archie’s section and talked with him till 9:00 then George, Harry Lob dell and I came back and had a “bull league” in Pete’s remorque [trailer] till bed.”


October 19, 1917 (1 of 2)

October 19, 1917
(1 of 2)

October 19, 1917 (2 of 2)

October 19, 1917
(2 of 2)








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A Daily Diary of the Great War — October 18, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919


“October 18, Thursday, A drizzly rain all day.

15 camions [trucks] left at 8 for B. and here we loaded 75s for artillery which we took this side of C. Last night the bombardment started putting the beginning touches to the offensive so in the mud and rain we made two trips up here and as soon as we got unloaded little wagons would rush 32 to a cart up to the batteries in the woods. All last night the cannons were roaring and when we got home at 8 P. M. after an uneventful trip, we went to bed with the cannons still roaring.”


October 18, 1917

October 18, 1917








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Homecoming: Edmund B. Dearborn

We recently acquired a small collection of letters addressed to Edmund B. Dearborn. Dearborn was a New England schoolteacher, who, although he prepared for college at Hampton Academy in New Hampshire, never matriculated at an institution. At Hampton Academy, Dearborn was a member of the Olive Branch Society. Incorporated in 1832, the society was founded to promote and improve writing and public speaking skills. However, when a fire at the Academy destroyed their collection of about six hundred valuable books, the society ceased to exist.

The letters in the collection are primarily from Dearborn's former schoolmates. Most had also been members of the Olive Branch Society and many of them went into teaching as well. The letters detail the routine, responsibilities and personal narratives of small town schoolteachers.

Several of them attended Dartmouth College and it is through these letters that we get a first-hand account of student life at Dartmouth in the first half of the 19th century. In a letter from September 1829, Joseph Dow '33 describes his life at Dartmouth, commenting that the "situation [here] is indeed very fine," and that the "situation of Dart. Coll. has been grossly misrepresented." He also implies that he expected Dearborn to join him at Dartmouth the following year and that in preparation for that he would "endeavor to give [him] some ideas of the place by the following uncouth figure." Dow follows this statement with a small drawing in which he describes the buildings in "their situation relative to each other." He also describes the Tontine building, which was destroyed in a fire in 1887, as a

huge building of brick, four stories high and part of a day's journey in length. The lower part contains the Jackson Post Office-lawyer offices- tin plate worker's shop-saddlers etc. The upper part contains rooms for students - principally quacks

Another former member of the Olive Branch Society, John Calvin Webster '32 describes a more notorious incident when he writes that even though he had no particular news:

last week a negro woman died and was buried and on the night ensuing some of the medical students attempted to dig up the body. There were watchers expecting the attempt would be made, who let them dig down within a few inches of the coffin when they seized them.

Other correspondents in this collection include Amos Tuck, Jesse Eaton Pillsbury, S. P. Dole and David P. Page. To look at these letters please ask for MS-1290.

Open Access Week 2014

Learn about new tools and opportunities during Open Access Week with information tables and workshops around campus all week long!

Info Tables Open Source
Thayer MacLean Atrium
Open Arts
Baker Library Main Hall
Open Data
Fairchild Tower Pendulum
Open Science
LSC Gallery
Open Education
Novack Café
Events Know Your Copyrights
Pathways to Open Research

Stop by the information tables to learn about open access, publishing, copyright, author rights, open education and more; pick up materials; and make something Open! We will be talking about support for open access journal publishing fees (which is provided by the Compact on Open Access Publishing Equity fund), the Dartmouth Author’s Amendment, the Faculty Open Access Policy Resolution, and current trends in publishing and scholarly communication.

In addition, the Know Your Copyrights workshop will help you answer the question: “Can I post my publications in full text on….my web site, my departmental website, the institutional web site, my course site, sharing sites such as Mendeley,, ResearchGate or.. ?Please sign up here as lunch is provided.

In Pathways to Open Research, Dr. Kes Schroer will wrap up Open Access Week events by sharing her experiences at the “Open Science for Synthesis” program and offer insights on the power of open access, open data and open source for rapid, reproducible scholarship. Following Dr. Schroer’s remarks, we will have a roundtable discussion about all things open, including music, art, literature, education, and more. Please sign-up as lunch is provided.

More details:

Download the flyer here.

CV & Resume Writing Help for STEM Students

This series of events is brought to you by the Center for Professional Development and Kresge Library! All events will take place in the Kresge Library Conference Room.

STEM_Series CVs_Workshop

Applying to Graduate School Programs: CVs for Science Storytelling

Interested in applying for STEM-related positions or programs that ask for a CV instead of a resume? In this fast-paced workshop, Neukom Fellow and postdoc Kes Schroer will provide you with an overview of what to include and what to leave out — as well as tips for how to share your skills and experience in terms easily understood by scientists and non-scientists alike.

When: Thursday, October 23 at 12-1pm
Register by 10/23 at 10am! Click here.

Kresge Face Time

Chat with CPD advisor Chandlee Bryan and get all your questions answered!

When: Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30-8:30pm

Formatting Your CV/Resume in LaTeX

Join Physical Sciences Librarian Shirley Zhao for a hands-on workshop to format your CV or resume in LaTeX. Use what you learned in the previous events and come away with a working document.

When: Thursday, October 30 at 12-1pm