Below the Surface Companion Exhibits around the Libraries : March 29, 2010 - June 25, 2010

"Join us in celebrating the first decade of the Elmer L. Andersen Library as we look deeper
into the University Libraries collections across campus. Explore the hidden stories, books,
photos, and artifacts that provide a glimpse into how we support scholarship and research
at the University of Minnesota. Come and discover the treasures kept below the surface."

Bio-Medical Library • Magrath Library • Walter Science and Engineering Library • Walter Library • Wilson Library (Ames Library of South Asia, Government Publications, East Asian Library and the John R. Borchert Map Library)

Companion Exhibit Brochure


High Impact Research Behind Car Safety
Walter Library

James "Crash" Ryan was a professor in the University of Minnesota's Mechanical Engineering department. Ryan's research on the retractable seatbelt and advocacy of legal requirements for installation of seatbelts in automobiles has saved countless lives. Learn about the resources that helped to inform his research, the work he did and the next generation of research that has followed from Ryan's work.

Collections and Connections
Wilson Library
The collections in Wilson Library support the understanding of and connect with the unique primary sources and objects found in the Elmer L. Andersen Library. The Wilson exhibit highlights these connections with Special Collections and Archives through materials from our diverse, multilingual circulating collection. Staff and collections in Wilson Library lead students and researchers to explore new topics, sparking curiosity that can lead to further
explorations of the rare objects in Andersen Library.




Exploring the History of Minnesota Places and Spaces through Maps and Air Photos
John R. Borchert Map Library in Wilson Library
Ever wondered: What did my city look like in the past? What was my "neighborhood" like before my neighborhood existed? What existed in the location of my grandparent's farm when settlers first came to Minnesota? How has the space around the University changed over time? The John R. Borchert Map Library provides a window into the past using both maps and air photos to show what "was" way back when and how a location has changed in the recent past as well. One fascinating example is the history of the University of Minnesota football stadiums. View our in house and online exhibits to get a demonstration of the types of information you can gather about any particular location using the extensive and unique materials available from this very special University Libraries' collection.


Exploring the History of Minnesota's Native American Culture
Government Publications Collection in Wilson Library
Minnesota is known as a land of Scandinavian and German descent. These groups, however, were not the first to settle here. Resources within the government publications collections detail the history of Native American tribes that made this region home for centuries. Hidden gems within the collections provide a glimpse at the initial responses, cultural identity, and changing attitudes and treatment of one group by another, both historically and today.


Under the Skin
Biomedical Library

Anatomical models, known in the library world as "realia," are an important part of health care education. They provide the student with three-dimensional, hands-on experience of various parts of the human (or animal) body that cannot be realized from either the flat pages of a book or a computer monitor. Models can be either life-size or enlarged to allow the student to study the intricate workings of a heart, kidney or skeletal system.





Seeds are no Small Thing
Magrath Library, Saint Paul Campus
From seed to sprout, these embryos have a long history from sowing methods to seed research. Learn about Professor Helene Muller-Landau's research on seed size, seeds' nutritional values, and discover organizations that have assisted the State and country in improving yield and crop quality, such as the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. The
display will also highlight samples from the Andersen Horticulture Library's renowned seed catalog collection. Seed it for yourself, specimens from the Herbarium and botanical drawings will be on display.


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