For Men Lonely

For Men Lonely is a guide to twelve women’s colleges on the East Coast that was written by three Dartmouth students in 1947 before the college went co-ed. The book was inspired by one too many uncomfortable nights in the Northampton jail (for lack of better lodging). It is filled with useful information for sketchy college men seeking college women, specifically: maps of campus; the locations and contact information for local florists, liquor stores, and nightspots; and a listing of the annual social event dates and curfew times for each college.

Some of the general descriptions contain moments of wry humor, such as this guide to the area near Bryn Mawr: “Most of the college crowd leaves Philly to the Quakers… and sticks pretty much to the suburban spots. If you know Philadelphia, you will too.” Other entries are less endearing, such as a hopelessly misguided attempt to compliment Skidmore women by comparing them to racehorses at the local track.

One can only imagine the desperation that would drive a young man to walk up to the bookstore counter with For Men Lonely in one hand and money in the other. Thankfully, having a look at the book nowadays doesn’t require you to navigate any morally questionable landscape. Instead, guide yourself to Rauner and ask for Alumni J7278f, complete with the authors’ autographs on the flyleaf.

Hanover’s Favorite Recipes

Dartmouth has long been a respected academic institution, rewarding its students with knowledge, new experiences and even some enjoyable social events. However, food may be the unsung hero of the Dartmouth experience. Hanover has created dozens of cookbooks over the last century, providing crucial instructions on how to feed the ever-hungry college student or Dartmouth-graduate.

The White Church Women’s Association in Hanover published the first Hanover cookbook, Recipes, in Rauner’s collection in 1928. The 1920’s woman was more resourceful than the twenty-first century cook, with an entire section dedicated to the uses for sour milk. Still, quality and ingenuity can go hand in hand. I would personally advocate for the increased twenty-first century consumption of “Rinktum Tiddy” and a dessert called “Hermits,” based on their names alone.

By the 1950s, Hanover had apparently taken a turn for the health conscious. The 1950 cookbook of Hanover’s Favorite Recipes, compiled by the Grafton Star Grange, dedicates a large section to weight control. While the “Eighteen Day Reducing Diet” and the “Body Building and Weight Gaining Diet” don’t exactly fit modern day nutritional guidelines, they show a college town increasingly concerned with their waistlines. The cookbook even contains a weight chart, showing the correct correlation between “Weight in Pounds (With Regular Clothes)” and “Height (with shoes on).”

In the 1960s, Dartmouth began to celebrate its perceived culinary expertise. The Dartmouth Women’s Club wrote in the introduction of Favorite Dartmouth Recipes that, “much of the excellence that is Dartmouth is largely due to the fact that the wives and mothers of Dartmouth men are superb cooks.” Viewing the recipes from the 1960s, a modern reader may question this claim. While many of the food creations in the 1961 College Town Cook Book and 1967 Tuck-Thayer Wives Club are likely delicious, a distinct handful would likely not agree with the stomachs of Dartmouth students in 2013. One major objection: the incredibly common use of Jell-O in any dish. From salads to meal loafs, gelatin seems to have been the go-to ingredient in Hanover and Dartmouth kitchens in the 1960s.

Cookbook creation has lagged in recent years. With coeducation, the College began to emphasize women’s roles outside of wives, mothers and chefs. Nonetheless, there continue to be notable contributions to Dartmouth’s cookbook collection. One such example is the Handel Society’s Culinary Notes, published in 1987. Each recipe in the book, published to support the musical ensemble founded in 1807, specifies not only the hometown of each recipe’s author, but also his or her vocal part.

Posted for Kate Taylor ’13

Topographic Maps vs. Relief Models

Cartography is the art and science of map making. And maps are 2-dimensional objects for a 3-dimensional world. How can a map accurately show height? It does it through color and contour lines that denote elevation and height. But there are other map objects that can show all of the dimensions of a site.

For instance, look at a map of Mount Fuji in Japan. You see the representation of a mountain. But you can’t see how high the mountain really is.

Mount Fuji








Oblique view of Mount Fuji relief model

Oblique view of Mount Fuji relief model


A relief model is a 3-dimensional map. If you look at the 2 views of the relief model of the same area, you see Mount Fuji rising from sea level. You see the snow and ice on its peak. You see how it dominates the landscape. You see the shadows the relief model creates and can imagine the ones at the actual site.

Straight down view of Mount Fuji relief model

Straight down view of Mount Fuji relief model

Relief models can make maps come alive.

Photographs courtesy of Peter Allen.

Introducing Edna St. Vincent Millay

Introducing a speaker is always tricky. You want to be witty and urbane, but at the same time honor the seriousness of the moment. All of the attention must be deflected to the honored guest, but if you give a bad introduction, everyone will remember. It is trickier still if you are introducing a great poet known for her attentive use of language while you yourself are famous for your way with words.

Among our small collection of the Papers of Aldous Huxley, is a heavily annotated, undated, draft of an introduction that Huxley once gave for Edna St. Vincent Millay. The draft shows Huxley’s struggles to get the tone just right–making small changes like substituting “impetuous current” for “onrush” and revamping entire sentences then rejecting them altogether. His final version captures the force of Milley’s poetry and then summons her to the stage:

Like the Elizabethans, she seems constantly on the verge of being swept off her feet by the impetuous current of her own eloquence; but just as it seems inevitable that she should fall, the headlong movement is miraculously transformed before your eyes into a tissue of the Dance, into some beautiful gesture, entirely unexpected and novel, and entirely satisfying.

The same could be said for Huxley’s introduction–a beautiful work in itself.  Come read it and see all of his changes by asking for MS 268, Box 1.

Don’t Miss the Wetterhahn

… it’s all about science and students at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium. Thursday May 23rd marks the 22nd year of this annual event, named in honor of the late Karen Wetterhahn, Professor of Chemistry, and co-sponsored by the Dean of Faculty Office of Undergraduate Research, Thayer School of Engineering, Sigma Xi—the Scientific Honor Society, and the Women in Science Project. The late afternoon event unfolds in several parts:

A Keynote Address which is always really interesting (and this year looks to be no different). This year’s speaker is Terry Plank, D’85, Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.

“Under Volcanoes: What Drives Explosive Eruptions?”
Keynote Address: 4:00 PM Oopik Auditorium, Room 100 Class of 1978 Life Science Center

Wetterhahn2013 … followed by a terrific Undergraduate Poster Session from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center. Students stand by their posters and talk informally about their research, explain their results and answer questions, while attendees wander about and eat delicious snacks. Wetterhahn2013b

Also during the Symposium, a team of Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi members will judge the senior honors thesis posters as part of the Christopher Reed Sigma Xi Poster Competition. Judging takes place during the afternoon, and awards are announced at the start of the symposium.

The winning posters are displayed in Kresge Library for the coming year (#shamelesspromotion) and we hope you’ll come see them!

2012 Poster Competition Award Winners On Display in Kresge Library

Ordinary Memorabilia

The Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne was held in Paris in the spring and summer of 1937. The Peace Pavilion was to be the culminating point of the exhibition and was dedicated to the “support of propaganda in favour of Peace.” However, the Peace Pavilion’s impact was overshadowed by the physical juxtaposition of the Nazi and Soviet pavilions. Situated directly across from one another, the two pavilions displayed each country’s respective views on nationalism and politics through architectural motifs and created a visual preview of the coming world conflict.

There is little mention of these issues in our small collection of materials on the Expo. Instead, we have Churchill Lathrop’s Carte de Légitimation and a handful of maps, pamphlets, postcards, and other ephemera. See the sights of Paris as featured on a folding guide to the Paris Metro. Dine on traditional British food at the British pavilion (though why one would when there were so many other options remains an open question). Travel to other parts of France on the “railway of the sea.” All the usual things that the ordinary visitor would need during his or her visit to the continent.

Interestingly enough, though Lathrop was an Art History professor at Dartmouth, no mention is made of Picasso’s Guernica which was exhibited for the first time in the Spanish pavilion at the Exposition.

Ask for MS-1015. A guide to the collection is available.

Graduating This Year? Pay It Forward on Kresge’s “Graffiti” Wall!

Graduating? Got some advice to pass along? Kresge Library has a wall and some colorful sharpies for you to share it on!  Stop by and post your best tips (about research, science, or life in general!) for other science majors and Kresge regulars.  Feel free to get creative. Hurry before you graduate!


The Final Countdown

Now in the homestretch of the U. S. Congressional Serial Set Project, the Readex/Dartmouth team is working through some end-of-project tasks. With only a few weeks of the project remaining, our end date being May 31st, it is time to check through the collection to discover volumes with missing labels, and compile a list of volumes that remain missing. Over the years of processing incoming and outgoing Serial Set volumes it has been standard procedure to take note of any missing volumes and make a note in a spreadsheet which lists the entire set. Early in the project each volume was assigned a barcode which is also indicated on this master list.

After reading all the number labels of Serial Set volumes in the stacks, a list of approximately 400 numbers was typed and printed. In an effort to match existing labels on early volumes the numbers were printed on taupe colored Moriki tissue and consolidated with a klucel-G solution to prevent fading.

One by one each new label will be glued to its corresponding volume.

Finally, when the approximately 100 remaining volumes are returned from scanning, they will be repaired as needed, checked for labels, and returned to the stacks. Farewell my dear Serial Set!

By Elizabeth Rideout

Erasable Pages

What’s with the stained blank page? If you could feel it, you would also ask why it feels so odd.  It has a kind of waxy coating, feels a little like vellum, but not as supple, and it has streaks of old ink set into its scratched surface.

We often value our old books for the extensive marginalia left behind by generations of readers. The comments give us insights into how the text was received in other times and places. But not all readers wanted to fill their books with notations.

This copy of the Elsevier 1665 edition of Boccaccio’s Decameron was highly portable, but the compact size left little room in the margins for notes. The solution was ingenious. At the front and back are two leaves very different from the rest of the paper in the book. These are erasable surfaces, where a reader could jot down notes as he or she read. The reader could then transcribe the notes into a commonplace book and, with a damp rag, rub away the comments. The book stays clean, the notes are captured, and there is space for further musings.

The staining shows at least one reader was actively using the erasable pages to record thoughts, what they were, we will never know.

Ask for Presses E52bo.