Myths, legends and fairy tales
The Maastricht University (UM) owns more than fifty fairy tale books from the end of the nineteenth to the beginnings of the twentieth century. They are often beautifully illustrated. And they are also invaluable as a source for research and education at our university.
Not only for children
Fairy tales are usually seen as stories for children, but that is not the case originally. They often have a dark side, which is also interesting for scientific education and research. What do they tell us about time spirit and social constellation? What can we learn about plot, character and structure from myth and fable? What is the psychological dimension of fairy tales? Analysing can enrich various aspects of our knowledge level.
Discover some of the finest works of art ever created
The fairy tale books are precious pieces in the UM’s Special Collections. All major authors are represented: Shakespeare, Hans Christian Andersen, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens. The majority of these books is printed in English. Forty-eight are richly illustrated in Art Nouveau style.
Consult this extensive range of tales from the Golden Age of illustrations. Investigate the dark worlds of the occult to twisted fairy tales. Discover some of the finest works of art ever created for children’s literature.
You can also visit the University Library (Inner City Library) to have a look at the original books.You need a UMcard or a Library visitor card for entrance.
ContinuUM online provides access to a piece of UM history
The predecessor of UM Magazine is called ContinuUM. This [Dutch] periodical was published approximately 3 times a year, between 1997 and 2009. The University Library recently digitised all the issues which makes the information accessible to everyone.
ContinuUM originated as a 'magazine for, by and about alumni of Maastricht University'. Later it also became more of a general publication for everyone interested in important developments and achievements of Maastricht University, from a variety of perspectives. It contains interviews with, and portraits of, important UM personalities and background articles on education, research, cooperation, management and supervision.
ContinuUM highlights memorable moments in Maastricht University's history, and is thus an important source of information within the heritage of this university.
Observant is het onafhankelijk weekblad van Universiteit Maastricht.
In 1975 gestart als maandblad onder de naam ‘Maffius’, sinds 1980 is de naam veranderd in Observant. Vanaf 1984 verscheen het blad tweewekelijks. Vanaf augustus 1986 werd het een weekblad; sinds halverwege de jaren negentig is Observant tweetalig.
Observant zelf heeft een digitaal archief vanaf maart 2009. De Universiteitsbibliotheek heeft de ontbrekende oude jaargangen – 60 afleveringen van Maffius en 945 Observanten - gedigitaliseerd.
De handleiding kan je hier terugvinden.