Monthly Archives: November 2020

Partner Spotlight: University of Utah

Featured Collection: Photo Archives

View of a cabin at Brighton Resort in 1932

With Thanksgiving the next day, we wanted to take the time to give thanks to our partner at the University of Utah, our home. The J. Willard Marriott Library is in our partner spotlight for this week as we give thanks to all they do for us, and for the many amazing collections they give us access too. Among these, is a Photo Archives collection that contains pictures of everything that has been happening at the University of Utah, but Salt Lake City in general. These pictures range from headshots of different officials, to gymnastic meets at the University of Utah back from the 1980s. With ski season right around the corner as well, one of the favorites in this collection are the series of pictures from Brighton resort back in 1930. Anytime you are missing the slopes, head over to Marriott Library’s photo archives and check out the action shots of various skiers throughout the years.

The image above is another one of my favorite in this collection. This was taken in June of 1931, and we are still thankful for this view today. Please feel free to checkout our partner at the University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. You can also access their amazing collection which the images in this post came from here. Take some time today and tomorrow to think about all the great things in your life to be thankful for, and happy holidays!

Partner Spotlight: Utah State Archives

Featured Collection: Utah State Historical Society World War Military Listings

Names of the people who served from Utah WWII

In this week’s Partner Spotlight, we want to highlight our partner here locally, Utah State Archives, or more formally known as Utah Division of Archives and Records Service. With it being Veterans Day, we wanted to take the time to remember and thank our military veterans all across the nation, living and dead, who fought for our freedom and freedom of others all around the world. The picture above shows a list of names of some of the brave men and women from Utah who served in WWII. In the featured collection, you can browse through several historical images of records consisting of Utahns who were killed, reported missing, or discharged from both WWI and WWII. With all that is going on in the world, MWDL would like to show immense gratitude to all those who lost their lives in these wars, those who still are impacted from the tragedies that war brings, and those who continue to serve to protect our country and the people within it. From MWDL, we would like to send a huge thank you to all our veterans out there!

Please be sure to check out our wonderful partners and their collections like this one and more. Feel free to contact Utah State Archives for any record or archive requests you may have as well. Visit their website at https://archives.utah.gov/, and be sure to check out the featured collection over on our website with the link here: Utah State Historical Society World War Military Listings. Happy Veterans Day to all! Be sure to take the time today and thank a veteran for their service!

Partner Spotlight: University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Featured Collection: Menus: The Art of Dining

This week’s Partner Spotlight shines bright on our partners at UNLV, University Libraries Digital Collection! We all know the city they are from, but the Digital Collections’ library at UNLV is full of historic and interesting collections. The collection highlighted today is their “Menus: The Art of Dining” collection. This collection features many pictures of various menus, from Wine menus at hotels, to lunch/dinner menus at some of the most historically respected restaurants around the world. This is a great resource to get an idea of the cultures the menus are from, but also what the trendy aesthetics were at the time the menu was created. As you go back further in time, you may notice that calligraphy as well as intricate detail to the art on the menu were heavily focused on. More recently, simplicity and minimalism is the focus. Below are a few favorites in the collection, but in order to get the importance of this collection feel free to browse it yourself!

To the left, you can see the cover of the wine menu at the hotel El Rancho Vegas. This menu cover is from some time between 1950-1960, about 75 years ago.

El Rancho Vegas was a hotel on the “Strip” in Vegas that was opened in 1941, and was short-lived as the owner, Beldon Katleman, knocked it down just 19 years in 1960.









Another favorite from this collection is the lunch menu cover from the Piccadilly Hotel, located in Paris, France. This menu cover dates all the way back to 1889. The artwork and calligraphy were hand-drawn, which speaks for itself.










Once we are able to travel freely again, or the next time you are at a restaurant, pay close attention to the menus, or lists, that you order from. See how times have changed as you compare the menus from today to those of the past from this amazing collection. Feel free to check out our partners’ website, Digital Library, UNLV. You can also head to this collection at the link at the top of the page!