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Libraries closed Thanksgiving day

UT Arlington Libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27.

Central Library will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 26 and reopen 9 a.m. Friday Nov. 28.

The Architecture and Fine Arts Library and the Science and Engineering Library will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 26 and reopen at 10 a.m. Friday Nov. 28.

Group study furniture moved from basement to second floor

Ongoing construction of UT Arlington Libraries’ cold storage vault has limited the amount of study space in Central Library’s basement. While the floor will remain open during construction, about half the space has been affected by construction. Table and chairs previously in that space have been moved to the second floor.

Cold storage vaults typically resemble large refrigerated rooms filled with shelving units. They can be maintained at temperatures slightly above freezing (35°F) to accommodate access and reduce energy costs. The $800,000 project will house approximately 5 million photographic negatives from the library’s Special Collections in optimal conditions for long-term preservation.

Construction will be completed in 2015.

Modern Cuba in photographs

Photo by David LaFevor While Cuba is only about 100 miles south of the United States, it's a country of mystery to many Americans. In Cuba: Histories of the Present UTA assistant professor of history David LaFevor explores modern Cuba through photographs. The exhibit is displayed on the sixth floor of Central Library. 
LaFevor first traveled to Cuba as a student at the University of Havana in 2001. Since then, he has returned to Cuba many times to conduct historical research and pursue various photographic projects. His 30 photographs explore daily life in modern Cuba through street photography and portraiture taken over the last ten years. The images range from home interiors, to barbershops, to boxing gyms, bars, and places of worship. These narrative images convey Cuban interactions within complex urban environment in a period of rapid change.
The free exhibit runs until spring 2015.

Exploring Manifest Destiny through maps

S. Augustus Mitchell, Sr. (1790-1868) Map of Mexico, Including Yucatan and Upper California, exhibiting the chief Cities and Towns, the Principal Travelling Routes &c., engraved transfer color lithograph, 43 x 64 cm. (Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1847). 90 00481 Geography shapes wars and wars shape geography. Cartography, being directly concerned with geography, is affected by wars through direct association. A new exhibit, The Price of Manifest Destiny: Maps relating to Wars in the Southwest Borderlands, 1800-1866, examines how maps and war interlock in the nineteenth century. 

Curator Ben Huseman, UTA Special Collections cartographic archivist, selected approximately 100 rare maps for the exhibit, including John Robinson’s Map of Mexico, Louisiana, and the Missouri Territory, the first map to name Pike’s Peak, Stephen F. Austin’s map of Texas, and John Disturnell’s “treaty map” used in the negotiations to end the U.S.-Mexico War in 1848. The exhibit will also feature U.S. Army maps relating to various Indian wars and the “Mormon War” of the 1850s, maps relating to the Civil War in the American Southwest, and maps pertaining to the French Intervention in Mexico.

“The theme of Manifest Destiny is such a rich area for the history of cartography,” Huseman said. “It allows us to display more of our U.S.-Mexico War maps and some of our Civil War maps.” The exhibit also shows maps reflecting both sides of the conflicts, not just the U.S. side. "Historians of the United States and Mexico can find much common ground to explore, both literally and figuratively, since in many cases we are talking about shared pasts involving the same geographical territories. By studying maps depicting areas on both sides of the border we can see how our histories intertwine," Huseman said.

Special Collections is located on the sixth floor of UTA’s Central Library and is open Mondays 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Tuesdays-Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to all.

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