Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Rare Boo Room sign

Our front door, modified for Halloween!


The Galvin Rare Book Room was transformed Wednesday night into a festival of thrills and chills!  Spooky music and dimmed lights enticed some brave souls into the room to explore skeletons, witches, and things that skitter in the dark!

Enjoy some of Angie White’s great pictures of our evening of fun.

A long-lost reader?

A long-lost reader?

A motion-activated owl captured a few in his eerie gaze.

A motion-activated owl captured a few in his eerie gaze.

A Dickens of a good time!

A Dickens of a good time!







We’ll keep the lights out for you……… and hope to see  scare you next year!

Trick or Treat Open House in the Galvin Rare Book Room

open house invitation

Come explore some hauntingly-fun rare “boo”ks! Drop by the Galvin Rare Book Room, located on Level B1 in Boatwright Memorial Library, Wednesday evening, October 29, between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for a trick-or-treat open house and explore books about witches, mummies, and other ghostly delights. We’ll keep the lights out for you!

Also, don’t forget to visit our October exhibits in the library. On the first floor, discover some mythical beasts and monsters from the collection, while in the second floor silent study area, we’ve gathered some thrillers and chillers to keep you reading into the night. Learn more about our October exhibits in the previous post here on the blog.

New Exhibits Around the Library

Fall is here with it’s changing colors and moods. And we have some exhibits to match.

On the first floor in the Reference Commons, we have captured a bevy of mythical beasts and monstersPicture1 for your entertainment. There are witches on trial and monsters of every description.  We have centaurs, gremlins, woodwives, unicorns, dragons, and really ugly bugs from the Rare Book Room and Special Collections.  Then, we found some chimera, man-beasts, mythical monsters, and zombies roaming around the circulating collection.

On the second floor in the Silent Study area, we have gathered some chilling reading to keep you busy in the dark.  From the Rare Book Room come warnings from the dead, witches from Eastwick, treatises on poison and remedies against Satan.  There are hauntings, villagers turned against each other, vampires old and new, man-made monsters, werewolves, and headless horsemen.  Just remember not to scream; it’s silent study.

In Recreational Reading, we are showcasing our 1856 whaling journal, from whence came our blog’s name and image, along with other books and images of whales from around the library.

And don’t miss the display in the open shelves on the second floor.   You can read about the making of your favorite horror movies and learn about some you didn’t know.  See the movies the staff picked as favorites and decide whether you will go for monsters or ghosts or chainsaws for your viewing pleasure.  Whatever you choose, keep the lights on.

Archives Month – October 2014

virginia archives month poster for 2014

Celebrating Virginia Archives during Archives Month, October 2014

Beginning in 2006, archives across the country celebrate Archives Month during October.  Throughout the month, special events and exhibits highlight the many ways that archives provide education and give the profession the opportunity to talk about the work we do in preserving, protecting, and providing access to important historical materials.  The Virginia poster offers some tantalizing glimpses into the kinds of treasures you can discover by exploring archives around the state.  Did you spot our whale?

Here at the University of Richmond, we have special exhibits up for the month which highlight October-themed items from our collections, including spooky tales and scary beasts that live in our collections.  We hope you’ll visit us throughout the month and explore the many ways our archive contribute to the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff.

Be sure to check out other great Archives Month activities across the state of Virginia!  You will find opportunities to go behind the scenes and explore rare materials wherever you might travel this fall.  A full list of Virginia Archives Month activities can be found on the Library of Virginia’s Archives Month website.