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Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library Spring Lecture

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

USU history professor Leonard Rosenband will speak at Merrill-Cazier Library

USU history professor Leonard Rosenband presents the Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library spring lecture Thursday, Feb. 27. The lecture is free and open to everyone.

Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library, a support group for University Libraries at Utah State University, presents a spring lecture Thursday, Feb. 27.  The lecture features USU history professor Leonard Rosenband in a presentation he’s titled “Thinking about Cache Valley’s Social and Economic History: Thirty Years of Teaching based on the Merrill-Cazier Library’s Special Collections.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 101.

As the title implies, the multiple resources found in USU’s Special Collections and Archives will be highlighted as teaching tools for USU students.

“During his time as a faculty member at USU, Dr. Rosenband has used Special Collections and Archives as a research resource for his students,” said Bradford Cole, Special Collections and Archives director and associate dean for USU’s University Libraries.

For the past 30 years Rosenband has helped students analyze diaries, account books, employment records and many other documents from Cache Valley during the years 1870-1920 that record the area’s social and economic history. As his students evaluate and master the documents, he also introduces them to the pioneering approaches of European social and economic history. He also introduces the students to what is considered one of the preeminent books about Utah’s economic past and development, Leonard Arrington’s “Great Basin Kingdom.” The students also have research opportunities with the Arrington Collection that is housed in Special Collection and Archives.

Over the years, upwards of 15 of Rosenband’s students have composed prize-winning essays and many others have written papers that they will proudly show their children, he said.

Rosenband is a professor in USU’s history department who specializes in the industrial and French revolutions. He earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 1980 where he studies the methods of European social and economic history. His publications include “Papermaking in Eighteenth-Century France: Management, Labor and Revolution at the Montoglfier Mill, 1761-1805,” (2000) and “Reconceptualizing the Industrial Revoution” (2010 co-edited). He has taught at USU since 1983.

In addition to the Friends Lecture, the winners of the 2013 Arrington Lecture Writing Awards will be announced.

Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library is a community-based support group that promotes awareness of the library’s resources, facilities and personnel. Its mission is to enrich library resources and sponsor outreach activities throughout the year, including fall and spring lectures.

Those interested in supporting University Libraries at Utah State University by joining Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library, may contact Trina Shelton, (435) 797-2631, at the library. Members receive a card that allows circulation privileges for one year at Merrill-Cazier Library.

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Contact: Trina Shelton: 435-797-2685,

Writers: Pamela Martin, University Libraries, 435-797-2685,; Patrick Williams, (435) 797-1354,

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