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  • The Push for Accessibility by Syracuse University’s Alpha Phi Omega Chapter

    July 15, 2021

    By Ari Spatola, University Archives Graduate Assistant Throughout this past year of working for the University Archives at the Special Collections Research Center, I’ve been tasked with processing quite a few Greek life organization collections. In general, I’m always excited to process new collections because any experience is helping me transition from “baby” archivist to archivist, ...

  • Two Years in the Archives

    June 16, 2021

    By Tiffany Miller, Aisha Pierre, and Nora Ramsey, the Public Services Assistant Team Tiffany Working at the Special Collections Research Center for the past two years as one of the Public Services Assistants was one of the most incredible work experiences I have ever had. The staff is incredibly kind, helpful, and everyone has a wonderful sense ...

  • Houston, We Have Liftoff!: A Look at NASA’s Isolation Experiments

    May 5, 2021

    Aisha Pierre, Reference Assistant As a child, I remember my grandparents traveling to Florida every summer to visit the Kennedy Space Center. They would return home with gifts of signed photographs from astronauts in training, with pins and patches from the lunar missions. It was not long before I became obsessed! The idea of the bravery ...

  • Connecting through the Collections

    April 21, 2021

    Georgette Covasa, MLIS Student and SCRC Intern Becoming involved with the environment around me is something I particularly enjoy as a student. The spaces you belong to and the places you visit outside of the classroom are just as critical to the university experience as the schoolwork itself. This engagement impacts how you feel about your ...

  • “Our Day Will Come”: Black Pop Music in the Sixties

    April 14, 2021

    By Nora Ramsey, Reference Assistant Working among the collections for most of my time at Syracuse University as a graduate student has given me many unique and interesting perspectives on libraries, archives, and the materials held within them. However, my time here has also made me aware of a gap in collecting focus.  While applying for a ...

  • Maija Grotell in Special Collections: Revolutionary Craft in 20th Century America

    March 25, 2021

    By Tiffany Miller, Reference Assistant Otherwise known as the “Mother of American Ceramics,” Maija Grotell was a prolific and influential ceramist and educator. She was a revolutionary figure in the ceramics world. Born in Helsinki, Finland in 1899, Grotell became a naturalized American citizen in 1934 after moving to the States to pursue her career in ...

  • Pieces of Puerto Rico: Plastics and Protest

    March 11, 2021

    By Jana Rosinski, Curatorial Assistant of the Plastics Collection I know when I’m looking through collection materials that what I sit with are only pieces. There’s no such thing as a complete story, especially one that can (re)tell itself; the pieces make the act of storytelling possible. When looking at objects from the plastics collection, an ...

  • “This is not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.”

    March 3, 2021

    By Jim Meade, Audio Preservation Engineer “What is your favorite recording in the collections?” I am asked this question regularly by visitors to the Belfer Audio Archive. It’s impossible to answer; there are so many outstanding recordings and sound-related artifacts in Special Collections. But in celebrating International Women’s Day, I am thrilled to offer up this ...

  • Researching Stenogravures, Crystopal, and Armand Winfield

    February 17, 2021

    By Jonah Carter, Plastics Artifacts Processing Intern During the Fall semester of 2020, I was a processing intern for the Plastics Artifacts Collection. This processing internship not only provided me with the practical knowledge of how processing, organization, and arrangement work in archival and special collections, I also learned more about the process of archival research. ...

  • Reconstructing Racial Equality in Syracuse

    February 10, 2021

    By Krystal Cannon, SCRC Curatorial Instruction Assistant The history of roads and highways may not immediately seem contentious, but Syracuse’s Interstate 81 has played a major role in the racial, social, and economic landscape of the city. With social justice coming to the forefront of popular discourse throughout this past year, it’s important to understand how ...