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Digital exhibition: Yesse and traces of a rich heritage
Posted on:29 June 2021

For a period of almost 400 years (1215–1594), Essen was home to the Cistercian convent of Yesse. This was the second largest monastery in the province of Groningen and one of the largest convents in the medieval Netherlands. It owned no less than 850 hectares of land and was granted special status as a pilgrimage site because of the miracles that had taken place there.

As you can read in the seven stories that make up th digital exhibition Yesse and traces of a rich heritage, the University of Groningen Library is home to a number of the most precious of these remnants.

Exhibition: Material evidence in the incunabula of the University of Groningen Library
Posted on:18 June 2021

Among the oldest books in the University of Groningen Library are the incunabula , the ‘first generation’ of printed books (printed before 1501). These imposing Bibles, carefully printed classical texts and humble devotional works have a long history of use. For centuries, they have been owned, read, cherished or neglected by different individuals. They changed hands, and were restored and adapted to various needs.
PhD student Anna de Bruyn did extensive research into the incunabula in the University of Groningen Library. She created a beautiful online exhibition about her discoveries.

Nieuwe digitale tentoonstelling van Bijzondere Collecties: Erasmus & Luther in Frisia
Posted on:31 May 2021

In onze nieuwe digitale tentoonstelling laten we de reis van onze Lutherbijbel zien tegen de achtergrond van de verschillende eigenaren die dit boek heeft gehad.

Dit bijzondere exemplaar van Erasmus’ Novum Testamentum uit 1527 heeft in de kantlijn persoonlijke reacties van Maarten Luther en Regnerus Praedinius op de vertaling van Erasmus .

Special Collections on NPO Radio 1
Posted on:27 May 2021

On Sunday 23 May, Dutch public broadcaster VPRO featured the beautiful radio documentary Het Spoor Terug: De geschiedenis van het vrouwelijk orgasme [The Way Back: The History of the Female Orgasm] by Lotte van Gaalen . In the documentary, UG historian Dr Karen Hollewand , an expert on the history of sexuality in the early modern period (ca. 1450-1800), speaks from the Special Collections research room of the University Library.

The material aspects of incunabula
Posted on:19 March 2021

In January and February 2021, in the Special Collections room of the UB Groningen, Anna de Bruyn studied part of the incunabula for material aspects that were added to the books over the centuries and that are unique to each copy. This could include handwritten notes, decorations, owners’ inscriptions and bindings.

Collection of Dutch historical prints made accessible
Posted on:18 February 2021

In 2020, Mr G.A. Biezeveld and Mrs E. Biezeveld-Dikshoorn donated their beautiful collection of 718 Dutch historical prints created by over 200 artists to the University Library Groningen (UB). The inventory of these prints was recently completed and the collection is now accessible to researchers, lecturers, students and other interested parties. The prints collection, which has been named Biezeveld - Van den Steenhoven, can be consulted at the UB Department of Special Collections.

New light on Zernike through unknown archive
Posted on:16 February 2021

On our blog Gauronica, Annelies Noordhof-Hoorn tells about het exciting foray into the sixteen boxes that appeared to sit in the Special Collections vault.

Bijzondere Collecties als onderwijsmateriaal
Posted on:14 January 2021

RUG-docenten Frank Harbers en Huub Wijfjes gebruikten boeken, kranten en pamfletten uit onze Bijzondere Collecties voor hun online collegereeks Media History. Het leverde twee interessante filmpjes op, waarover de studenten erg enthousiast waren.

Special Collections receives remarkable gift
Posted on:26 November 2020

Friday 20 November, in the Special Collections research room UG Library director Marjolein Nieboer was handed a beautiful gift by Mrs Dini Stokkentreeff of Delden. It concerned three editions of the bible, at one time bound togehter in one volume (a so-called convolute).

On display in Aduard and Groningen
Posted on:02 November 2020

Three stunning works from the University of Groningen Library Special Collections are currently on display at exhibitions in Aduard and Groningen.

400 years of Groningen and Oldenburg: virtual exhibition
Posted on:29 October 2020

Today, Thursday 29 October, the UG celebrates 40 years of cooperation with the Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany.

The Special Collections department made a virtual exhibition about 400 (!) years of Groningen and Oldenburg .

Tentoonstelling Verzamelwoede in het nieuws
Posted on:22 October 2020

Bijzondere Collecties in het nieuws. Het Dagblad van het Noorden besteedde deze week ruim aandacht aan onze nieuwe expositie Verzamelwoede, een eeuw Nederlandse plaatjesalbums uit eigen collectie (1920-2020).

Drinking like Brugman: new blog entry Gauronica
Posted on:20 October 2020

On our weblog Gauronica , about things from Groningen, that is to say: objects from the Special Collections in the University of Groningen Library, a new, richly illustrated article was published by UB staff member Wim Braakman .

Online lecture from Special Collections
Posted on:19 October 2020

Monday 19 October, in the Special Collections research room Huub Wijfjes and Frank Harbers shot a video for their online bachelor lecture Media Studies lecture. Among other subjects, they talked about the Index librorum prohibitorum (list of forbidden books).

Exhibition UB City Centre: Passion for collecting
Posted on:08 October 2020

In the University of Groningen Library City Centre, a colourful selection of albums for picture cards is now on show, published in the Netherlands over the last hundred years that have been added to collection of the University Library of Groningen.

  • University of Groningen Library City Centre
  • Display cabinet at Special Collections, stairwell 3rd floor
  • and also in every display cabinet in the stairwell and coffee corners
  • Thursday 8 October 2020 through Sunday 31 January 2021

Rhetoricians collection
Posted on:10 September 2020

Inventory Rhetoricians collection

Digital milestone for the University of Groningen Library
Posted on:04 September 2020

This summer, the UB Groningen reached an important digital milestone: over 33,000 books (33,386) from the collection have been digitized and made available online. Some of these can be consulted via Google Books, and even more via Delpher. The digitization took place across the past three years as part of a collaborative project with the National Library.

New virtual exhibition: Maps of Meaning
Posted on:06 August 2020

New virtual exhibition: Maps of Meaning

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