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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 […]

Bird chirps from bawdy boxes inside the Grove

Friday, December 14th, 2012

By Jennifer Peters, Grove Press Graduate Student Assistant In the 1950s, radical publishing company Grove Press came on the scene ushering out the wholesome mindset, freshly victorious from the battlegrounds of intercontinental dysfunctional paralysis of WWII, they wooed the minds and libidos of thousands, sponsoring roaring voices treading new ground in the combustible political landscape of […]

Exit Strategy

Friday, June 1st, 2012

By Ben Chartoff, William Safire Graduate Student Assistant In the past few months, I have explored four facets of William Safire’s life as a writer, through the lens of his “On Language” research files.  Safire was a journalist at one of the most respected newspapers in the world, an authority on both the English language […]

Happy Accidents: The Grove Press Records and the Pleasures of Discovery in the Archive

Monday, May 21st, 2012

By Joseph Hughes, Grove Press Graduate Student Assistant When students and researchers go into a major university archive to conduct research, they often have an exact item in mind. If they are lucky, sometimes simply finding the right box leads directly to that item with little fuss. More often, archival research means painstakingly sifting through a […]

Daring to Speak ‘That’ Love’s Name: Grove Press and LGBT Literature

Friday, May 4th, 2012

By Joseph Hughes, Grove Press Graduate Student Assistant For much of the 1950s and 1960s, the view of homosexuality as a pathology or symptom of moral weakness tended to prevail in public debate. McCarthyism raised the specter of the “Lavender Menace.” New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. exploited the open secret of Bayard Rustin’s homosexuality […]