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Archive for the 'Collections' Category


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 […]

Hey! Is that Syroco?

Friday, June 21st, 2013

by Bonnie Foster, Reference Assistant “Hey! Is that Syroco?” “What? What’s Syroco?” “I think it is. It’s totally Syroco. Oh, Syracuse Ornamental Company. We’ve got some of their catalogs at Special Collections. It’s wicked cool…” In recent months, the above conversation has occurred at least three times. I’ve said it in a movie theater, to […]

Zine Fest!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

This semester Jason Luther brought his WRT 200 class on “DIY Publishing” into Special Collections to inspire them to create their own independently-published magazines and chapbooks. First, the students researched the rare book and manuscript holdings to find items that would serve as springboards for the creation of their own publications. Last week, the students met in our Lemke Room and […]

Exhibiting Latin America with Regis Debray’s Revolution in the Revolution?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

by Susan Kline, Grove Project Archivist The non-fiction books published by Grove Press often discussed, exposed, and debated social and  political movements and revolutions across the globe, including in Latin America. Grove gave voice to revolutionary writers, including French philosophy professor Regis Debray. Debray was arrested in Bolivia and convicted of rebellion, murder, and armed […]

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 […]