The University Record, November 22, 1999

Stearns collection—more than meets the eye

The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, which celebrated its 100th anniversary Nov. 13, began with a gift of more than 900 instruments from Frederick Stearns. Stearns collected instruments from all over the world. About 10 percent of the collection is on display at the School of Music and the rest is stored at another location, much of it needing repair. Above, the Gamelan Ensemble Room holds instruments used by the ensemble in Javanese dance and music concerts throughout the year, although the collection is not open for the public to view. The instruments on display at the School can be seen 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Photo by Bob Kalmbach


Students protest racism

About 200 African American students, all with either duct tape or white gags over their mouths, surrounded the Fleming Administration Building in a silent protest in the early morning hours Nov. 16.

The students did not respond to questions about their activities from either administrators or reporters, and shortly after 8 a.m. marched in silent single-file to the Trotter House.

A Nov. 17 Michigan Daily article stated that the issues that brought the students together ‘center around how the University allegedly treats Black students. The issues include curriculum, housing, access to University facilities, public safety, student services and police harassment, said LS&A junior Erin Gilbert, spokesperson for the group.’

In related action, the Michigan Student Assembly passed a resolution at its Nov. 16 meeting opposing discriminatory practices Black and Latino/a students say they have experienced during events at the Michigan Union. While most of the points in the resolution specifically address the actions of Department of Public Safety personnel at Michigan Union events involving Black and Latino/a students, the resolution states that ‘ . . . discrimination and racism are unacceptable in any form at the University of Michigan.’ Photo by Paul Jaronski, Photo Services

Bibliophiles, bibliomanes and other characters brought to life by author

A bibliokleptomaniac whose notorious ‘Blumberg Collection’ consisted of 23,600 rare books, all of them stolen from libraries, including the U-M library.

A successful businessman who paid $2.1 million at an auction for four Shakespeare folios and was in bankruptcy for $32 million within a year.

A postal employee whose collection of English literature filled his house to overflowing and who died alone among his books.

A Chicago chef who came to this country with $1.20 in his pocket and assembled a collection of 200,000 culinary artifacts, including rare cookbooks, as well as thousands of volumes of Hungarian literature, all of which he donated to various universities.

This gallery of characters is brought to life by Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of ‘A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books’. Basbanes, a nationally syndicated book columnist, recently completed his second book, ‘Lions at the Gate’, and will discuss this new work Dec. 8 at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, seventh floor.

The program, sponsored by the Friends of the University Library, will begin with a 5 p.m. reception followed at 5:30 p.m. by Basbanes’ presentation. A book-signing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited, so reservations are suggested. To reserve a seat, call 763-7368 or send e-mail to

New Museum of Art gift shop will delight holiday shoppers

The Holiday Bazaar is hitting the road. Items from the Museum of Art’s Museum Shop (shown above), and the Exhibit Museum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens shops will be available beginning Nov. 29 at the Museum of Art, Dec. 2 at Pierpont Commons on North Campus, and Dec. 3 at the Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road.

The Museum of Art gift shop’s newly redesigned space (above) will be open for holiday shopping 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Mondays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Museum galleries will remain closed on Mondays). The Museum will be closed Dec. 24–25 and Dec. 31–Jan. 2. Photo by Bob Kalmbach