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Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is from our Panama-Pacific International Exposition Collection.
There are many traditions and folktales surrounding St. Patrick’s Day and Gerome decided he wanted to learn more about Irish fairies, specifically the leprechaun. Upon exploring Special Collections Gerome discovered Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry edited and selected by W.B. Yeats. According to Yeats, “The Irish word for fairy is sheehogue [sidheog], a diminutive of “shee” in banshee. Fairies are deenee shee [daoine sidhe] (fairy people).” Below is a page from the chapter on solitary fairies where the description of the lepracaun is found. Turns out not the same as the leprechaun we think of today. Find this book and others to further your own explorations of Irish folk tales.
Limited Services on March 20, 2015
Special Collections is having its floors waxed on March 20 from noon to 5:00 p.m. We will not have access to the Special Collections stacks for retrieval of materials. If you plan to visit that day, please let us know (email email@example.com) by Wednesday March 18, so that we can have materials available for you that afternoon.
This week Gerome is highlighting our California Collection. The collection contains nearly 3,000 pamphlets, brochures, flyers, and smaller sized books from various California cities and counties documenting events which played a role in the formation of the West. Also included is a group of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries items reflecting the boosterism in various California counties with an emphasis on tourism, irrigation, real estate investment, agriculture, and the growth and lure of cities and counties.
Items in the California Collection may be located through the Harvest online catalog by searching: