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Winter in Special Collections and Archives

In preparation for the semester break, we've pulled items from the collections around a wintery theme. From the rare book collection are several stories, poems, plays, and biographies about the season or featuring related themes. These include children's stories, such as Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, plays like Snow: A Play in Four Acts, poems and poetry compilations like Robert Creeley's As Now it Would be Snow and Winter Poems by Favorite American Authors, and biographies like Snow-Shoe Thompson: the Skiing Mailman of the Sierras.

The collections also include many works of non-fiction that feature winter elements, especially about winter sports and recreation. These include works like The Art of Skating, which features information about show skating, teaching children to ice skate, ice hockey, speedskating, and skate-sailing; a volume from The Badminton Library on ice skating, which instructs readers on the finer points of Scottish ice hockey, called Bandy, tobaggoning, and curling; and Figure-Skating: Simple and Combined, which, in addition to providing information on different styles and approaches to ice skating, includes information on the skating boot and blade, as well as other equipment associated with the sport.

Lastly, the collections include reports and first-hand accounts from individuals who explored the Arctic and Antarctic in the 19th and 20th centuries. Winter in the Arctic Regionspublished in 1846, includes an account of a multi-year expedition to the North Pole, and features descriptions of indigenous peoples and animals, especially narwhals (referred to as "sea unicorns" in the text), encountered during the journey. Another book, By Dog Sled for Byrd, was published in 1931, and is an account of an exploratory venture in the Antarctic. Unlike the 19th century volume, it features numerous photographs of the terrain, equipment, dogs, and men who traveled together on the expedition.

Title page from "Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates," Philadelphia: David McKay, 1918. (PZ 7 D664 Han 1918)
Illustration from "Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates," Philadelphia: David McKay, 1918: 40. (PZ 7 D664 Han 1918)
Illustration from "Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates," Philadelphia: David McKay, 1918: 106. (PZ 7 D664 Han 1918)
Title page from "Snow-Shoe Thompson: the Skiing Mailman of the Sierra," Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1954. (F 856 E174 v.21)
Title page from "Snow: A Play in Four Acts," New York: Nicholas L. Brown: 1920. (PG 7158 P65 S6413 1920)
Cover of "Winter Poems by Favorite American Poets," Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1871. (PS 595 W5 W56)
Page from "Winter Poems by Favorite American Poets," Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1871: 41. (PS 595 W5 W56)
Cover of Robert Creeley's "As Now it Would Be Snow," Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1970. (PS 3505 R43 A8)
Page from Robert Creeley's "As Now it Would Be Snow," Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1970. (PS 3505 R43 A8)
Title page from "The Art of Skating," New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. (GV 849 B82 1926)
Photograph of De Wolf Burton executing an exhibition jump at Lake Placid from "The Art of Skating," New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926: 107. (GV 849 B82 1926)
Photograph of a group of children learning to skate on a flooded tennis court from "The Art of Skating," New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926: 200. (GV 849 B82 1926)
Photograph of an ice hockey team from "The Art of Skating," New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926: 237. (GV 849 B82 1926)
Photographs of skate-sailors and speed skaters from "The Art of Skating," New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926: 246. (GV 849 B82 1926)
Secondary title page from "The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Skating," London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892. (GV 841 H43 1892)
Illustration of two men playing "bandy," or ice hockey, from "The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Skating," London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892. (GV 841 H43 1892)
Illustration of a toboggan race from "The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Skating," London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892: 388. (GV 841 H43 1892)
Illustration of a curler preparing to deliver a stone, "The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Skating," London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892: 360. (GV 841 H43 1892)
Title page of "Figure-Skating: Simple and Combined," London: Horace Cox, 1892. (GV 849 M66 1892)
Illustration of a skate boot from "Figure-Skating: Simple and Combined," London: Horace Cox, 1892: 7. (GV 849 M66 1892)
Title page with folding map from "Winter in the Arctic Regions," London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1846. (G 630 B7 W55 1846)
Illustration captioned "Greenlander spearing the Narwhal" from "Winter in the Arctic Regions," London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1846: 23. (G 630 B7 W55 1846)
Title page of "By Dog Sled for Byrd: 1600 Miles Across Antarctic Ice," Chicago: Thomas S. Rockwell Company, 1931. (G 850 1928 O3 1931)
Photographs of the trail party departing and returning from "By Dog Sled for Byrd: 1600 Miles Across Antarctic Ice," Chicago: Thomas S. Rockwell Company, 1931: 177. (G 850 1928 O3 1931)

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