Welcome to the new blog from Syracuse University’s Special Collections Research Center! Despite how that sounds it is in fact not 2009, but 2019.

Why start a blog in 2019? Social media sites are perfect for quick updates and exciting photos of collection items, but space and context are not features that social media sites optimize or promote. SCRC staff and researchers are closely working with our collections each day identifying, clarifying, and exploring compelling tales that are recorded in the documents, sound recordings, scrapbooks, and more that make up the collections here at SU.  Those stories end up needing a longer format than fits comfortably in a Facebook post or in a tweet to give them the necessary context.

In a traditional blog-like way we will share weekly posts that will feature a curated version of department news and updates, behind the scenes glimpses of the work we do, and resources that might be of use to our researchers, while also bringing a more considered look at our collections.

Whether you are a first year undergraduate, a faculty member, an alumnus, or a fan of the collections here in SCRC, we hope this blog will bring you the stories you want to hear (whether you read them in this space or find them via your favorite social spaces on the World Wide Web).

With gratitude from the editors,

Colleen Theisen

Grace Wagner