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  • 75 Years of Benjamin Spock’s Common Sense Parenting

    February 3, 2021

    By Paul Barfoot, Library Technician 2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Benjamin Spock’s Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, published by Duell, Sloan and Pearce. Selling for 25 cents, the book’s 500 or so pages were arranged by topic and age so that it could be used ...

  • Marcel Breuer auf Deutsch

    January 14, 2021

    By Shauna Modrow, Breuer Processing Intern Sometimes after reading a long, captivating book, I feel the need to take a moment to let the story and its conclusion settle in my soul before I can move on to reading something new. The same was true for reading and transcribing letters from the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive. ...

  • Animals in the Stacks

    January 6, 2021

    By Aisha Pierre, Reference Assistant I think those of us at Syracuse University can agree that the fall semester has been the strangest experience. We have become experts at Zoom meetings, we have become accustomed to our new 2020 accessory, the face mask, and we know how many times to shake the COVID test tubes (it ...

  • 2020 Year in Review

    December 23, 2020

    As we reach the end of a decidedly unprecedented and unusual year, let’s look back on some of the topics we researched, discussed, and discovered in SCRC’s collections this year. A big thank you to all of the staff members (Courtney Asztalos, Brett Barrie, Mike Dermody, Dane Flansburgh, Petrina Jackson, Jim Meade, Meg Mason, Sebastian ...

  • Tempering Virtue, Prohibiting Vice

    December 17, 2020

    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor Prohibition is often seen solely within the context of bootleggers, speakeasies, flappers, and the flagrant flouting of an archaic law set into place by a governing body out of touch with the realities of the populace. When the Volstead Act came into effect on January 17, 1920, it ...

  • “In the Beginning of the Year, and When it Ends:” Memorials to Pan Am Flight 103

    December 9, 2020

    By Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn, Pan Am 103 Archivist & Assistant University Archivist This December 21 will mark the 32nd anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 individuals from 21 countries. Among those whose lives were lost were 35 students returning from a semester abroad in London, England and Florence, ...

  • Hail Librarians!: Reflecting on SU Library Service

    December 2, 2020

    By Nora Ramsey, Reference Assistant “Hail, Librarians, holders o’ the golden keys!”, wrote poet Frank Elijah Dudley in 1955. This line belongs to a series of poems that Dudley personally sent to Syracuse University Librarians. A writer and poet, Dudley valued knowledge and frequently expressed his appreciation by sending poetry to libraries all around the United ...

  • November Wrap Up

    November 25, 2020

    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor November is Native American Heritage Month. Courtney Asztalos speaks on her experiences researching Audrey “Gonwaiahhih” Shenandoah below: Native American Heritage Month By Courtney Asztalos, Plastics and Historical Artifacts Curator I first learned about Audrey “Gonwaiannih” Shenandoah through a virtual version of the Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Witness to Injustice: The KAIROS Blanket ...

  • “Survival Kit: Provisions for your Research Journey” Exhibit Interview

    November 18, 2020

    Three of the collaborators for the new exhibit in the Plastics Pioneers Reading Room on the 6th floor of Bird Library — Courtney Asztalos, Plastics and Historical Artifacts Curator; Jana Rosinski, Plastics Collection Curatorial Assistant; and Lynn Wilcox, Design Specialist for Syracuse University Press — discuss the process of putting together “Survival Kit: Provisions for ...

  • World War II Veterans at Syracuse University

    November 12, 2020

    By Meg Mason, University Archivist This week, we honor our veterans and their service. Veterans have long been a significant part of Syracuse University history. Most notably, the University Archives holds documentation of the dramatic influx of veterans on campus right after World War II. The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the GI ...