October News Wrap Up

October always comes to a close with Remembrance Week, the annual weeklong series of events planned by the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars, which was held Sunday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 26. Remembrance Week events are meant to honor the victims and further educate the campus community about terrorism – both historic and contemporary, foreign and domestic. The Special Collections Research Center is home to the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives. The Archives’ collections provide the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars with resources for understanding the historical significance of the disaster, and for learning about the lives of the victims. Our Pan Am 103 Archivist & Assistant University Archivist, Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn, works closely with the Scholars throughout the year to ensure their events and programs fulfill the Remembrance motto: Look Back, Act Forward. To learn more about the Remembrance Scholars program visit remembrance.syr.edu.Information about the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives is available at panam103.syr.edu.In addition, October is one the busiest months of the year for classroom visits in the Special Collections Research Center, supporting 24 class sessions.

Finally, this month several members of the SCRC staff took a trip to visit the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection located in the Fashion Design Program in SU’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse for a tour led by Jeffrey Mayer and Kristen Schoonmaker. They recently acquired examples of 1920s-1940s swimwear, including Jantzen brand suits to complement the Jantzen Swimwear Photo Album we acquired earlier this year. (See image). You can read about the photograph album in our July 16, 2019 blog post. 

Curators speaking about swimwear fabric

Curators discussing swimwear textiles.

The Jantzen diving girl logo.










Recap of Public Events:

Remembrance Week was October 20-26th and you can watch highlights from:

October 24, 2019  Remembrance Chair Memorial

October 26, 2019  Recording of the Rose Laying Ceremony

October 26, 2019  Open Archives

October 27, 2019  A gallery of photos from Remembrance Week in 2019.


People sitting around a table in a classroom looking at a screen

Music Library Association visits the Belfer Audio Archive

October 25, 2019. The New York State/Ontario chapter of the Music Library Association visited the Belfer Audio Archive as part of their annual meeting.

The Belfer Audio Archive, a unit of SU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, is the nation’s first purpose built audio preservation facility, having existed at Syracuse University in various forms since 1963.  The archive houses appx 500,000 audio items, ranging from Edison’s earliest experimental tin foil recordings to born digital items, with collections focused largely on the early 20th century. Belfer is home to the country’s third largest collection of cylinder recordings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.




Mentions in the News:

  • September 27, 2019: University Archivist Meg Mason featured on WAER, “Her Hilltop High: Pink, Pea Green, Azure…Then Finally Orange.”
  • October 24, 2019: Photos from SCRC used in Daily Orange story about students who escaped Flight 103 tragedy.
  • October 25, 2019: Note from Thomas Edison to B.C. Forbes from Special Collections mentioned in Forbes article.


A Highlight From Social Media:


July News Wrap Up

In case you missed it, here is the monthly news wrap up with links to all the latest:

  • June 5th-7th. Nicole Westerdahl, Reference and Access Services Librarian, recently completed her year as New York Archives Conference (NYAC) Co-Chair/Local Arrangements Chair for the 2019 conference. The conference was held at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY from June 5th-7th and celebrated NYAC’s 50th year. Join us in thanking Nicole for her year of hard work contributing to the profession.
  • June and July in the Special Collections Research Center change pace as many of our staff travel for professional development opportunities. SCRC staff have recently represented Syracuse University at the Association for Recorded Sound Conference, the American Library Association’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section conference, and The Society of American Archivists conference.

Newly processed collections:

News and Mentions:

  • July 2019 The team in the Belfer Audio Archives digitized a new selection of moon/lunar related tracks that you can hear in this month’s Sound Beat podcast episodes.
  • The Sesquicentennial Exhibit, “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” will have its debut at a reception on September 5, 2019.

150 Years of Tradition Showcased at Syracuse University Exhibition

Highlight from July Social Media:

April/May SCRC News Wrap Up

In case you missed it, here is the monthly news wrap up with links to all the latest:

  • May 22, 2019. Plastics and Historic Artifacts Curator Courtney Asztalos was featured as a “Bright Young Librarian” by Fine Books and Collections Magazine.
  • May 16, 2019. The iSchool, College of Arts & Sciences and SCRC collaborated on “Art of Romanticism” course.
  • May 13-17th, 2019. SCRC hosted a week long iSchool Maymester class featuring a special guest instructor, Alvan Bregman, head of Rare Books and Special Collections at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • May 5, 2019. Pan Am 103 Archivist, Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, was featured in the Spectrum News documentary special “The Legacy of Flight 103, which premiered May 7 and was re-broadcast several times throughout the month. She discussed the We Remember Them: The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103 exhibition.
  • May 2, 2019. Huntington School’s 5-8th grade after school program stopped by to learn about the history of comics.

Huntington School’s 5th-8th grade after school program holding the comics they drew.

Hello World

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