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  • An Act of Moral Courage

    January 28, 2020
    By Dane Flansburgh, Assistant Archivist “This is a forty year letter of gratitude.” This first sentence of a letter that had been stored with thousands of other letters in an archival box, jumped out at me. When processing so much loose material, archivists rarely have time to read individual letters, but this opening line immediately captured ...

  • Writing over Medieval Texts in Renaissance Europe

    January 21, 2020
    By Tiffany Miller, Reference Assistant          MS 47 located in the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University is a breviary on vellum, or a book that contains daily services recited by members of the Roman Catholic Church. This manuscript is spectacular in that it contains its original 12th century text underneath a more recent 16th ...

  • Happy New Year from SCRC!

    January 15, 2020
    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor Happy New Year from SCRC! We are excited to ring in the New Year and new decade at SCRC! The featured party invitation comes from our William Wallace Denslow Collection. Denslow was an artist and illustrator, best known for his collaborations with L. Frank Baum on Father Goose ...

  • An Act of Moral Courage

    January 10, 2020
    By Dane Flansburgh, Assistant Archivist “This is a forty year letter of gratitude.” This first sentence of a letter that had been stored with thousands of other letters in an archival box, jumped out at me. When processing so much loose material, archivists rarely have time to read individual letters, but this opening line immediately captured ...

  • Boxing the Collections with a Box Making Machine

    December 17, 2019
    By Colleen Theisen, Chief Curator Can you tell us about your job and what you do? I began my career in 1982 with a 3 year apprenticeship in Archive Conservation in my home city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK), moving to the Isle of Man in 1993, Carlisle (UK) in 1997, NYC in 2001 and then Syracuse University in ...

  • Marketing and Publicity and Press, Oh My!

    December 10, 2019
    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” the Wizard of Oz announces in a harassed tone toward the end of the eponymous 1939 film. At this moment, the main characters – Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion – are presented with two ...

  • Getting Pulled In

    December 3, 2019
    By Nicole Wright, University Archives Graduate Assistant When I process a new collection, or reprocess an old one, our University Archivist cautions me at least once with the same phrase: “Nicole, don’t get pulled in too far.” She wants to make sure I don’t spend too much time on extraneous details, since my primary goal is ...

  • November News Wrap Up

    November 27, 2019
    In November, SCRC staff members attended conferences, contributed to sesquicentennial activities and public workshops. If you visited the Reading Room the week of November 18th, you may have noticed some construction happening. The doors leading into SCRC’s Reading Room and Lemke classroom were renovated to improve accessibility in SCRC’s public spaces. Finally, our University Archives team has been ...

  • Katsushika Hokusai as Book Illustrator

    November 20, 2019
    By Colleen Theisen, Chief Curator Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese painter and ukiyo-e printmaker whose Great Wave off Kanagawa print (pictured above) from his series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji (1829-1833) is one of the most recognizable Japanese works of art around the world. While Hokusai’s paintings and full color prints are collected in art museums, Hokusai ...

  • James Thornton and The Syracuse State School

    November 13, 2019
    By Aisha Pierre, Reference Assistant As students in the museum studies program, we are trained daily to recognize how to handle any object in a museum collection. Watching us examine how to pick up an object makes me think of those robots in car factories, constantly swiveling their heads. When I began working at SCRC, I was ...