Library Display: ’Any free human work produces Beauty’ – a celebration of Ade Bethune


In honor of Women’s History Month, Salve Regina University Archives and Special Collections has installed a new display on the first floor, entitled “’Any free human work produces Beauty’” – a celebration of Ade Bethune.” Longtime Newporter Ade Bethune (1914-2002) was a liturgical illustrator, community activist, and business owner. Throughout the twentieth century, Bethune completed art commissions for stained glass and murals in Catholic churches all over the world. Bethune’s influence on Catholic art is evident from looking at any modern missal or liturgical illustration.

Born Marie Adélaïde de Bethune to a noble family in Belgium, Bethune immigrated to the United States after World War I and studied art at the National Academy of Design and Cooper Union in New York City in the 1930s. During this time, she became involved with the Catholic Worker movement. From its earliest days she was affiliated with the Catholic Worker, designing and later redesigning its masthead. She was closely tied to the Catholic Art Association, and illustrated covers for the Catholic Art Quarterly (later called Good Work).

Bethune moved to Newport in 1938 and lived in The Point for many years, where she was active in the Point Association. As a homeowner she was dedicated to quality of life in her community, joining the Church Community Housing Corporation in 1969. She designed over 30 houses for the CCHC, including the first solar house in Newport, dedicated in 1977. Seeing a need for housing for elderly people, she was instrumental in converting an estate into the elderly living community Harbor House, which still stands in The Point today.

From the 1960s, she was the art director of the Terra Sancta Guild, which produced liturgical art and objects. She ran the St. Leo Shop on Thames Street, selling prints and other religious items, until the 1980s.

A large collection of Bethune’s papers, including illustrations and writings, is held at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota. You can view a guide to their collection, which includes an excellent biography, at Salve Regina is fortunate to hold some original art, objects, and publications from generous gifts by Tim Casey and Susan Jorgensen, whose mother worked for Bethune, and Professor John Quinn.

“Any free human work produces Beauty” is a quote from Bethune’s essay “Work,” published by Ward Printing Company and John Stevens Shop in Newport in 1940. The dignity of work and its reflection of the divine – Bethune used the phrase “Supreme Artist” – were themes in her art and writing.

-content written by Genna Duplisea, archivist and special collections librarian

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – Feb. 25-March 3


It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the library is helping to focus attention toward this growing problem.

Did you know….?

  • As many as 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and associated disorders) in the U.S
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
  • 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always”
  • An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male

From: The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

On the 1st FL of the library we have a number of displays related to eating disorders. First, we have a display filled with books and DVDs on all types and aspects of eating disorders. Feel free to borrow any of these books or films if they interest you! Some included titles are:

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Next to the book display is a large board with a collage of various statistics, quotes, etc. on eating disorders, as well as ways you can get help for yourself or for someone you know such as handouts like “What Should I Say? Tips for Talking to a Friend Struggling with an Eating Disorder” and “What NOT To Say to Someone in Recovery.”

While you’re there, take a second to write a positive message to yourself, others or someone you know who may be struggling. Take and wear a button to proudly show your support!

If you know someone who may need help, take a “Let’s Talk About It” card and start the conversation; both Counseling Services and Health Services can assist students who may have an eating problem or friends of those who have an eating disorder.

Take an online screening for eating disorders at the National Eating Disorders website. If you suspect that you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating problem, please call or go to Health Services, Miley Hall (Garden Level), x2904 or Counseling Services, Miley Hall (Garden Level), x2919.

Below are some informative online resources about Eating Disorders:

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Happy 2019 & Welcome Back!


Welcome back! We hope you all have had a joyous and restful break. We’ve been busy here in the library, preparing for the new semester:

We bid a fond farewell to Kristin “Kiki” Butler, Special Programs Librarian, who has resigned from McKillop Library after 10 years of service to pursue school media K-12 librarianship. Although she will be missed, we wish Kiki the best of luck in her endeavors.

Displays & Collections
Check-out our current DVD and book displays on the 1st FL:

Our “Diverse Children’s Films” display includes titles such as “Aladdin,” “Coco,” and “Pocahontas” (display created by Alicia Vaandering, education and instructional design librarian).

Our “Diverse Children’s Books” display includes titles such as “She persisted around the world : 13 women who changed history,” “Crown: an ode to the fresh cut,” and “Drawn Together” (display created by Alicia Vaandering, education and instructional design librarian).

Our “New Arrivals” display includes titles such as “The Art of Logic In An Illogical World,” “A more beautiful and terrible history : the uses and misuses of civil rights history,” and “The politics of petulance : America in an age of immaturity.” We also have a display of newly acquired Choice Outstanding Academic Titles 2018. (displays created by Nancy Barta-Norton, acquisitions and cataloging librarian.)

You asked, we delivered! We have MORE new chairs on the 3rd FL! Study in silence and comfort for longer periods on our padded chairs. 🙂

Homepage Website Changes
You may notice some visual differences when you go to our homepage at

  • We have added links to related content on each tab (books, articles, videos). For example, the “articles” tab includes links to additional popular databases.
  • On the right sidebar under Quick Links, we added shortcuts to library departments such as Circulation & Borrowing, Curriculum Resources and Archives & Special Collections.

Feel free to send in comments, suggestions, etc. on the changes we have made and/or any changes you would like to see either on our website or in the library at or use an anonymous comment box next to any library printer!

Meet with a Librarian

Now you can register online to meet with a librarian for a one-on-one in-person research consultation in your subject area. Just click on the “Meet with a Librarian” link to set up an appointment. (hint: you should receive an email confirmation after you schedule your appointment. If you do not receive an email in your Inbox, check your Junk and Clutter folders)

And Remember…
Librarians are always here to help. Ask us anything— we’ll make sure you get the assistance you need. In addition to visiting us at the information desk, you can also call, text or email.

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Documenting Slavery Grant Project Completion


Salve Regina University Archives & Special Collections, in partnership with the South Kingstown Town Clerk’s Office and with support from the Rhode Island Foundation, has completed describing 78 colonial-era documents and has published them in Artstor. These files represent 300 pages of original documents.

History major Sarah Christiana ’21 identified people, activities, and places throughout these documents, with particular attention to illuminating the situations of enslaved individuals whose lives are little represented in the documentary record. Wills often gifted members of enslaved families to different individuals, or even granted shared ownership of a human being to multiple inheritors. Sarah noted that it is “completely different to learn about slavery in a classroom setting than seeing the actual papers that are splitting enslaved workers and their families apart. It is eye-opening and it makes it more personal.” University Archivist Genna Duplisea believes that important archival work often has an emotional toll, and hopes that this project helps to re-center historical analysis on marginalized individuals in this region.

In addition to the difficulty in subject matter, challenges included name variations, antiquated spelling, illegible handwriting, and confusing legal situations. Library resources like books written about the region and Ancestry Library were very useful to untangling some thorny problems. The probate and town council records show families separated, estates contested, early eminent domain disputes, and antiquated marriage customs among the people of colonial “King Towne,” which split into two towns in 1722.

The described documents represent volume I and part of volume II of many existing books of town records. The Archives hopes to secure additional funding in the future to continue digitizing and describing these records, and that historians, teachers, students, and the public can learn from them.

Click here to access the collection.

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