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Homecoming in Bulldog Country

To show our school spirit, library staff members pulled together memorabilia and artifacts from UMD homecomings past. Find in this exhibit original posters, news stories about when our lovable mascot was named Killer, and even school sweaters worn long ago.

We've also displayed information about UMD Homecoming 2015, October 4-10, which promises to be a #DogEatDog15 kind of week. The UMD Homecoming site lists the full schedule of events and ticket information. Watch for the Kathryn A. Martin Library float in the homecoming parade on Thursday, October 8, starting at 6 pm in downtown Duluth.

Learn more about UMD history in the current issue of The Bridge, available in the library during Homecoming Week.

To see an array of historic photos collected from the library's archives, see our Facebook album featuring UMD homecoming images.

First Floor Interior Displays

Celebrate UN Day

The United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.  In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by member states as a public holiday.

“UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.” (

Library materials in this exhibit explore both the limitations of the UN and the many ways that it is making a difference around the globe.

Banned Books Week

On September 28, the Kathryn A. Martin Library collaborated with Duluth Public Library to host an informal open house during Banned Books Week. Some of the most frequently challenged and banned books were wrapped in paper to disguise them, and guests were asked to guess their titles from brief descriptions.

The event featured challenged and banned books from the Kathryn A. Martin Library and Duluth Public Library collections, door prizes, craft projects, reading recommendations, and snacks.

Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. According to the American Library Association, “Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.” For more information on Banned Books Week, see

Caps, Caps for Sale

An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.

Content includes a selection of caps from the 1988 to 2000 presidential campaigns.

People have always worn hats. To protect from weather, to keep warm, to look fashionable, or to add a few inches of height to their frames. Today, we also use them to persuade and to advertise our point of view—as in politics.

The Michael S. Berman Political Collection is part of Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections. Berman, a longtime Democrat and UMD alumnus (class of 1961), held a number of roles in presidential politics after he completed law school. 

Fourth Floor Display

Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection

UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library Special Collections department invites you to view an exhibit from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.

The Qur'an: Three Volumes from the Ramseyer Collection

This exhibit showcases three Qur'an volumes as a follow-up to last year's five-part "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" reading and discussion series sponsored by the Library. UMD Professor Nik Hassan led some of the programs, and he generously supplied a personal statement about the Qur'an and its centrality to his way of life for this exhibit.

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