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  • The Orange in National Orange Day

    March 24, 2020

    By Meg Mason, University Archivist Syracuse University was founded on March 24, 1870, when its Board of Trustees signed the University charter and certificate of incorporation. The day is now known as National Orange Day, so today is a great time to explore how the University adopted the color orange. Orange wasn’t the University’s first color. According to the ...

  • Bringing Art to the People

    March 19, 2020

    By Courtney Asztalos, Plastics and Historical Artifacts Curator and Jana Rosinski, Curatorial Assistant for Plastics and Historical Artifacts Visitors check out highlights of SCRC’s rare materials, including issues of the Black Panther Party newspaper and an assortment of poetry from Broadside and Third World Presses. Visitors could listen to recordings of interviews, music and poetry ...

  • Music in the Stacks

    March 10, 2020

    By Nora Ramsey, Reference Assistant As a musician, I look for music wherever I am. I certainly did not expect to find a manuscript by one of the world’s most famous composers in SCRC’s special collections. When I first found the Franz Liszt Manuscript, I was most interested in contextualizing the music with Liszt’s life and ...

  • Happy International Women’s Day!

    March 3, 2020

    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor International Women’s Day is Sunday, March 8th, 2020 this year. To celebrate the upcoming holiday, SCRC staff members and students have contributed materials highlighting groundbreaking and interesting women or aspects of the women’s rights movement from our collections. Take a look at the contributions below! Brisbane Family Papers Dane ...

  • 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 ...