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"Postwar: Americans in the Occupation and Reconstruction of Germany and Japan"
Now on view in Archives and Special Collections, this exhibit highlights the roles of three Americans who contributed to the shaping of postwar Europe and Japan. As Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Willard L. Thorp (AC 1920) was a negotiator at the Paris Peace Treaties and a key figure in the development of the Marshall Plan. Karl Loewenstein, who fled Germany in 1933 and became Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst, returned to Germany as a civilian employee of the U.S. occupation government. He became involved in the denazification and reconstruction of the German justice system. Lawyer and army officer Charles Kades was assigned to Japan in 1945 and headed the steering committee charged with redrafting the Japanese Constitution. These collections were processed in 2011 with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and are being used in a Mellon tutorial this semester.

Literary elves strike in Frost
Fans of Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé decorated the entries to the library’s B-level restrooms with excerpts from their correspondence and diary. Is the burst of pre-finals art merely a celebration of these fin-de-siècle writers (currently being taught in GERM-350), a response to the Johnson Chapel Ulysses graffiti, or a subtle homage to President Martin? Come take a look and decide for yourself.

mezzanine exhibit

Terras Irradient: Shining a Light on the Past
During the Fall 2012 semester, students from the class Collaborative Art: The Practice and Theory of Working with Communities were engaged with two “character” portrait projects, one historical and one contemporary. A selection of enlarged pages from the book they created connecting the two projects is on display in the Mezzanine Gallery.

New Policy and Request Form for Holding Events in the Library
In response to frequent requests to hold events in the library, we are introducing our new Amherst College Library Events Policy and Request Form. If your group or department is interested in holding an event in the Library please read our policy and submit the form for review by the Library’s Program Committee.
CEblogArchives & Special Collections Blog
The Archives & Special Collections has launched a new blog: The Consecrated Eminence. Follow our weekly posts to learn about hidden treasures, new acquisitions, exhibitions, and other happenings in the Archives & Special Collections department on the A-Level of Frost.

Summer researcher reception, Wednesday, June 5, 4:30 PM
Staying on campus to do research this summer? Come to the Periodicals Reading Room and talk to other students working on independent projects or working with faculty on in-depth research, meet subject librarians and academic technology specialists, enjoy some refreshments, and find out about other activities happening this summer to support your research.

SEnior Exhibits at Beyond Words Gallery
Come to the 2nd floor of Frost Library to view the student exhibits on display at Beyond Words Gallery! Anzia Rae Mayer '13 presents two styles of ancient Chinese calligraphy dating as far back as 1000 BC and as recently as 200 BC including China's first standardized written script; Eirene Wang '13 exhibits the best strips from The Amherst Student's only syndicated strip, The Hamster Student, as well as other pieces from her first comic book compilation. Interested in displaying your student work next year? Contact Amy Johnson at

Science Library open 24 hours during reading and exam period
The Library is pleased to provide 24-hour access to the Keefe Science Library in Merrill during reading and exam period. Keefe will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 9th, and remain open until
4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Amherst students should use their student IDs to gain access during the overnight hours.

"Typography Boot Camp: What I Did on My Summer Vacation"
Ron Gordon '65 studied printing and typography before starting his own Oliphant Press in 1970 and launching a long career as a graphic designer and printer. His illustrated and interactive talk on Friday, May 3, at 4:30 pm in the Periodicals Reading Room will attempt to recreate not only the traditional typography and book design he taught last summer at the Wells College Book Arts Center but also the excitement of the class.