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Impoliteness

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I’ve always considered myself to be a reasonably polite person. I say “Please” and “Thank you” and “You’re welcome,” I hold doors open for others, I pick up things for others when they’ve dropped them, &c. But then I came across a little gem of a booklet in our American Book Company Records: This book taught me […]

Who’s that old guy?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

In my first post on SCRC Behind the Scenes I wrote about a serendipitous find in our Leopold von Ranke Papers, in which I mentioned that von Ranke’s library formed the foundation of Syracuse University’s library. Inspired by the many times I’ve been posed the question “Who’s that old guy?” when visitors notice the von Ranke portrait (see below), I’d like to take the […]

Stephen Crane, Shortstop

Monday, November 26th, 2012

 Before I started working here at SCRC, the first thing that came to mind when Stephen Crane was mentioned was The Red Badge of Courage, his famous Civil War novel, and then probably Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, his novella about a girl from the Bowery slums. It’s not that SCRC doesn’t have material […]

The Local History I Never Knew

Friday, July 27th, 2012

As I enter my third year here at SCRC, I’m discovering just how much I’m learning about the city of Syracuse’s history through interacting with our collections. True, we are not a traditional local history institution like a historical society, local museum, or local public library, but we do have a significant amount of Syracuse-related material. Today I’d […]

My favorite thing

Friday, March 9th, 2012

I think most kids go through a phase where they think Ancient Egypt is the most fascinating thing in the universe. I know I did, at any rate. Pyramids, pharaohs, never-ending deserts full of wind-swept sand dunes, an exotic pantheon of deities; what’s not to like? I still remember the thrill of going on a […]