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  • February News Wrap Up

    February 28, 2020

    By Colleen Theisen, Chief Curator February has been a very busy month in the Special Collections Research Center. From transcribe-a-thons to Black Arts Movement pop-up events, to very busy classroom spaces, our staff and researchers are on the move this month. Behind-the-scenes, we are grateful that February has an extra day we can use as we ...

  • Special Collections Research Center History Highlights

    February 24, 2020

    By Colleen Theisen, Chief Curator Syracuse University Libraries is featuring a new sesquicentennial exhibit of milestones of SU Libraries titled “Let the Reader Emerge! Milestones of the Syracuse University Libraries” on the first floor of Bird Library from February 3 until mid-May. Sebastian Modrow, SCRC’s Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, curated the exhibition. Modrow also ...

  • Unfaithful: Marriage Reform and Utopian Dreams

    February 13, 2020

    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor In the nineteenth century, contradictions ran rampant in the state of New York in regards to the question of marriage. At this time and after, New York’s marriage laws were among the strictest in the country, but the state also became the site of radical reform movements, including the Oneida Community in ...

  • December & January News Wrap Up

    February 4, 2020

    By Colleen Theisen, Chief Curator The Special Collection Research Center had a fast-paced early December, as we wrapped up the semester of teaching. A highlight for the semester were the visits from our fall Faculty Fellow Dr. Jim Watts’ Ancient Near Eastern Religions and Cultures class. After packing away the cuneiform tablets, we had a quiet ...

  • 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 ...