5.0323 MS Information Database; Halio on Writing (2/112)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 16 Sep 1991 19:52:14 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0323. Monday, 16 Sep 1991.
MS Information Database Available; Halio in Aldus Magazine

(1) Date: Mon, 16 Sep 91 14:15:00 PST (65 lines)
From: Michael_Kessler.Hum@mailgate.sfsu.edu
Subject: Information Exchange Database

(2) Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1991 17:00 -0500 (47 lines)
From: "Hey Joe, You got Chewing Gum?" <KEHANDLEY@amherst>
Subject: Halio pops up in Aldus Magazine

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Date: Mon, 16 Sep 91 14:15:00 PST
From: Michael_Kessler.Hum@mailgate.sfsu.edu
Subject: Information Exchange Database

This may interest participants of Humanist.


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> Date: Thu, 12 Sep 91 13:11:35 MST
> From: Edward Oetting <IACECO@ASUACAD.BITNET>
> Subject: Information Exchange Database

I'm sending( and typing myself!) a press release concerning the Manuscript
Society Information Exchange Database here at Arizona State University. I'd
like this to receive wide distribution so if anyone has suggestions on
appropriate lists, please let me know or feel free to pass it on. Also I'd
be interested in any questions or comments people might have.


The Department of Archives and Manuscripts at Arizona State University and the
Manuscript Society announce the official opening of the Manuscript Society
Information Exchange Database listing manuscripts, documents and letters held
by private individuals throughout the United States. For the first time, it
is possible for researchers to have access to primary source materials held by
private collectors.

Through an agreement between ASU Libraries and the Manuscript Society, an
international association of manuscript collectors, the Department of Archives
& Manuscripts will enter information about rare documents into a searchable

For a fee, researchers can request a search for materials relating to their
interests. In addition, ASU is often able to supply photoduplication of
original documents.

The database contains thousands of items, both national and international in
scope. Many documents are authored by historical figures such as Edwin Booth,
Queen Isabella I, Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Brahms, Puccini, Catherine de
Medicis, Aldous Huxley, Florence Nightingale, Virginia Wolf and Mark Twain.
Also most U.S. presidents and their wives are represented. Searches can
retrieve documents authored by an individual, written to an individual, or
written about an individual. In addition, subject searches are also available.
For example, the American Revolution and Civil War are heavily represented.
|9th and 20th century authors, artists and musicians appear in abundance.
Other subject matter includes: polar exploration; California Gold Rush;
Indians of North America; slavery; Colonial History; World War II; Western
Americana; and more.
For additional information and search request forms, please contact:

Patricia A. Etter
Assistant Archivist for Information Services
Archives & Manuscripts
Hayden Library
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006

FAX: 602/965-9169

-- Edward Oetting (5-3145)
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Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1991 17:00 -0500
From: "Hey Joe, You got Chewing Gum?" <KEHANDLEY@amherst>
Subject: Halio pops up in Aldus Magazine

Marcia Halio is back. To refresh those who don't give a damn:
Halio was the writing instructor who wrote an article in *Academic
Computing* suggesting that college students wrote better papers on
MS-Dos computers and fluffier papers on Macs; she thought that the
graphical nature of the Mac caused this. There was some uproar (and
not just from Mac people) in the academic computer world, mostly
criticizing Halio's semi-scientific presentation of data she acquired
without proper scientific controls.

The new article is in *Aldus Magazine*, Volume 2, Number 6, Sept/Oct
1991, page 64. It is titled "Writing Verbally, A writing teacher
looks at how graphics can interfere with critical thinking." The
magazine is published by Aldus, the software company that makes
Pagemaker and Freehand. I think that the magazine is free for six
months or so after you buy an Aldus product, the subscription rate is
$18 US. The best chance of finding one to read is probably your
academic computer center.

The information about the author is:
Marcia Peoples Halio is assistant director of the University of
Delaware Writing Program in Newark, Del. She is currently at work
on a textbook called *Computer Writing: Using the Power of the
Computer to Express Yourself in Print*, to be published in spring
1992 by Kendall/Hunt.

Here are a few sentences from the article:
When we want to provoke emotions--pleasant or sad, wrenching or
restful--we use pictures, not words, to reach an audience.
Visuals are visceral, and words are cerebral.
The written editorial makes you think; the editorial cartoon makes you

Writing on an IBM,

Keith Handley, Amherst College Academic Computer Center
kehandley@amherst, kehandley@amherst.edu

P.S. The last word of the article is "softthink," no *sic*, as in
"But I also remember a correspondent telling me about the horrors her
students created with the Next computer, when they added sound and
graphics to documents full of softthink." Has anyone heard this
before, and how little do you think it adds to English? And pardon
the length of the posting.