1. JANOS FRECOT COLLECTION MONOGRAPHS NOW ONLINE
The Department of Special Collections and University Archives is pleased
to announce that the 6 month project to input records for the monographic
portion of the Janos Frecot Collection on Reform Movements in Germany is
now complete. 1241 brief records were input by Renee Schell, a graduate
student in the Department of German Studies; her doctoral dissertation
on Heinrich von Kleist will be finished in August. The project was
supervised by Barry Hinman, Special Collections Librarian for Cataloging.
Records include a transcription of the title and statement of responsibility,
the imprint, and any series information on the piece; number of pages;
a local note for the collection; another local note for the collector,
Janos Frecot; and a sequential classification number going from 72 00001
to 72 01241. All items can be seen in Socrates by searching f s Frecot
or b c 72 00001, and individual items can be retrieved by
author, title or series.
Janos Frecot is a still actively collecting Romanian living in Germany. Through his studies in art history he became interested in anti-establishment movements in that field and then fascinated by the history and development of all sorts of reform movements in Germany. The collection of books and pamphlets which resulted is divided into 14 subfields, such as diet, sex, politics, etc. (labeled in German, as indicated by Mr. Frecot) and emphasizes the period from the Germany of the Kaisers (late 19th century) to the 1930s, with some imprints as late as the 1970s. It was acquired in 1996 by Henry Lowood, Curator for Germanic Collections and History of Science & Technology Collections. The collection was ably prepared for processing by Nathalie Auerbach, Henry's assistant, with the help of Venkat Mani, a graduate student in German Studies and Comparative Literature.
The collection is an extremely rich resource for the study of contemporary Germany and should prove a fertile resource for future dissertations. Further information about the man and the collection can be found on Henry Lowood's web page for the Germanic Collections.
2. PT ACQUISITIONS INSTRUCTOR - FOOTHILL COLLEGE
Part-time Acquisitions Instructor for LT58A--Technical Processing-Acquisitions. This is a 4 unit course in the two year program.
Taught Fall Quarters only - Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Requirements: MLS or person with extensive library acquisition experience. Prefer candidates with teaching or training experience.
Send resume to Sarah Dueker, Coordinator, Library Technology Program,
Foothill College Library, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA.
94022 or FAX to 415/949-7123.
3. AND THE ANSWER IS...The Next Question, No. 3
In the real-life version of last week's "phony reference question", our questioner approached the reference desk in Green Library, and it was naturally assumed that the place to find an official copy of a presidential speech was Government Documents. This was correct, but there were complications. The usual resource for mid- and late-20th Century presidents, the collections of presidential "Public Papers" published by the National Archives, hasn't been done for FDR. Assuming that any important speech by the President would be reprinted in the Congressional Serial Set, the standard indexes were checked but were only confusing. Every reference to a Roosevelt speech reprinted in the Set was simply listed under an entry such as "address" with a date, with no indexing by subject. So, yet again, we had recourse to that current fall-back position for the confused and frustrated reference librarian, the Web. An Alta Vista search for:
yielded a full-text version of the speech. This version revealed that
the speech was delivered on January 6, 1941, before a joint session of
Congress. With that bit of information in hand, it was easy to find the
"official" text in the Congressional Record. The speech was also reprinted
in the Congressional Serial Set. It was what would now be called the "State
of the Union" speech for 1941, and was a spirited defense by Roosevelt
for the United States' increasing involvement in the struggle against Fascism
and imperialism and in defense of democracy.