Top 3 Research Guides of the Year!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 23rd, 2013

Coming in at number 1, The Humanities IV Research Guide with 3,885 views this year.

Coming in at number 2, The Humanities V Research Guide with 2,715 views this year.

And the surprise dark horse coming in at number 3, The  Anatomy & Physiology with 883 views this year.

Way to research, Big Red!  🙂  Bleed digital.



In Celebration of Cricket eBook Now Available

By - Systems Librarian January 19th, 2012

A new eBook is available from the St. Paul’s School Archives eBook collection:

In Celebration of Cricket: From School Sport to Celebrated Tradition is available in ePub format for download and viewing on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices with iBooks installed.  It has been designed specifically for viewing in iBooks, but can also be read with a more basic layout on any eBook reader that supports the ePub file format.

You can download this new eBook by clicking HERE.

This eBook presentation is a companion to the archives online exhibit of the same name viewable HERE.  It contains photographs from the St. Paul’s School archives collection and includes descriptions and information related to the history of the game of cricket at SPS and the enduring popularity of the Cricket Holiday tradition.

Visit the Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives eBook page to see other available titles by clicking HERE.



From the Archives: Letters from Valpey

By - Systems Librarian May 26th, 2011

As the end of the School year approaches it will soon be time to tally up the academic standings and award the Valpey prizes.   These prizes get their name from the Rev. Thomas G. Valpey, a faculty member at St. Paul’s School from 1860 to 1868, and again from 1875 until his death in 1890.   Among his many bequests he left St. Paul’s School funds to establish an award of academic prizes each year.

While a teacher of Greek at St. Paul’s School, Valpey gained a reputation for being a thorough taskmaster.  Arthur Stanwood Pier’s St. Paul’s School 1855 -1934 relates that Valpey would give his students only a few seconds to recite a Greek declension, timing them with his watch.  He also had a habit of mumbling into his beard – described as “undoubtedly the most extensive beard that has ever been seen within the precincts of the school.”

At the beginning of the 2010-11 School year, the archives acquired two letters written by Valpey dated from 1860.  They were both written to William H. Anderson, a classmate of Valpey’s from Yale – Valpey graduated in 1858 and Anderson in 1859. There are not very many items in the archives from this early time of the school, and fewer personal letters, making these important additions to the collection.

The letter shown above was written not long after Valpey came to SPS – in December of 1860.  He discusses the details of his daily life, his feelings of loneliness, and wanting to visit his friend.  But he also mentions being offered a permanent position at St. Paul’s, one that would provide the primary source of employment for him over the course of his life.

In addition to the fund for prizes at SPS, Pier lists a number of other donations that were part of Valpey’s will, including bequests to Concord Public Library, the Orphan’s Home,  and the Library at St. Paul’s School.   He characterizes Valpey’s intentions this way:

The terms of his will showed how genuine was his interest in promoting education, not only at St. Paul’s but elsewhere. . . It shows how earnest was the testator’s desire to contribute in every way he could to the intellectual and spiritual enlightenment of the communities with which he had been associated.

As with many traditions at St. Paul’s School, the Valpey prizes provide an opportunity for the students of today to connect with the people from the past who invested their ideals into the making of a great school. Congratulations to you all.

Ohrstrom Library Asks: Will You Be Mine? With (S)PS I Love You

By - Systems Librarian February 11th, 2010

This Sunday evening, February 14th, Ohrstrom Library will host a very special event: (S)PS I Love You: A Musical Valentine from Ohrstrom Library.

Beginning at 7:30 PM (sharp!) in the Baker Reading Room, Ohrstrom Library will present the SPS community with a living, breathing, singing, acting, musical Valentine’s Day card in the form of collaborative performances by many of St. Paul’s School’s biggest talents.  The evening’s program will include appearances by all of the a cappella groups, many student actors and actresses, a rock band, a jazz quartet and Madrigals. The evening will also feature many students and a few faculty members reading memorable lines, both very funny and poignant, from Hollywood films. Other contributors will read love poems, song lyrics and a few short theatrical pieces.

Please arrive early to secure your spot, since seating will be limited.  Do not miss this outpouring of love to the SPS community from Ohrstrom Library.

Image courtesy of Ant Smith under this Creative Common license.

UPDATE 2/25/10: View a slideshow of the event by clicking HERE.