Richter Library’s Nathan and Sophia Gumenick Family Lobby in 2003
Some patrons may find swiping their ‘Cane Card to enter the Richter Library is a nuisance, but the turnstiles are there to provide improved security for patrons and our collections.
A few days ago a colleague in the library asked me when they were installed in the library, so I researched our digital resources and found out that the date was November 18, 1972. Please go to the link below to read the August 26, 1974, Veritas article “Library Attendance.”
Veritas, August 26, 1974, p. 1
Also, please see the interesting internal document below, which is meeting minutes dated May 24, 1972, recommending the installation of a card-operated turnstile ASAP.
Richter’s Public Service Heads met on May 24, 1972 and made a recommendation to install a turnstile for security.
We received another inquiry on the university seal, but today’s question was on the first seal of the U. I could tell right away the image the patron sent us was the first seal of the university, because we have already researched and identified the second and the third seal in last March!
*click here for the previous blog story on university seal
By researching our archival collection on UM seals, we found a document right away which gave the name of the designer and the dates it was used. With the name Hodsdon, I was able to find the February 4, 1944 article “Origin of Seal Now Revealed” in The Miami Hurricane Archive Online for the meaning of it. It is interesting the university ran a contest to pick the first seal.
This document in our archival collection on UM seals provided the name of the designer of the first seal
MIami Hurricane, February 4, 1944 article “Origin of Seal Now Revealed”
The Miami Hurricane, August 5. 1966 article on UM’s New Seal
Last week, an alumnae contacted me to find out the meaning of the palm tree and the sun in the University Seal. My immediate guess was they stand for subtropical weather and year round sunshine of Miami, but I was wrong! They represent “tree of knowledge” and “sun of wisdom” according to a trusted historical resource of the University.
How did I find the answer? I searched The Miami Hurricane Archive Online with keywords “seal,” “palm,” and “sun,” and I was able to find the answer right away. Please click here to read the full article about the meaning of the Great Seal.
Usage of the University Seal is restricted. source: http://www6.miami.edu/umidentity/logos.html