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  • The Push for Accessibility by Syracuse University’s Alpha Phi Omega Chapter

    September 15, 2020

    By Ari Spatola G’20, University Archives Graduate Assistant Throughout this past year of working for the University Archives at the Special Collections Research Center, I’ve been tasked with processing quite a few Greek life organization collections. In general, I’m always excited to process new collections because any experience is helping me transition from “baby” archivist to ...

  • Adjusting the Lens

    September 1, 2020

    By Isabel McCullough, Reference Assistant The study of architecture is an interesting endeavor. Buildings are generally large, immobile, and subject to change. Buildings are rarely in a convenient location, and even if you are able to see a building in person, you can never take in the entirety at once — you cannot be both inside ...

  • August Wrap Up

    August 28, 2020

    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor As August draws to a close and we look to the start of a very unusual fall semester, it’s a good time to look back on some of the projects of this past spring and summer. Digital Projects Counter Working remotely has given SCRC staff, students, and Bird Library employees ...

  • “Lifting as we climb”: Mary Church Terrell and the 19th Amendment

    August 18, 2020

    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women in the United States the right to vote. Although the amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, it could not be added to the U.S. Constitution until 36 states approved the amendment. ...

  • “What Then Shall We Say About Croton?”: Attempts to Integrate Syracuse City Schools

    August 11, 2020

    By Dane Flansburgh, Assistant Archivist From August 2016 to January 2018, I processed the records of the Crusade for Opportunity (CFO), an anti-poverty organization based in Syracuse, NY, that existed during the 1960s. In the two and a half years since I finished processing the CFO records, the increasing widespread swell of support for the Black ...

  • An Unfinished End: Ying Li and the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive

    August 4, 2020

    By Breeann Austin, Curatorial Instruction Assistant This summer, I worked and interned remotely with the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive for SCRC. The Breuer Archive is the digital repository of archival materials relating to the twentieth-century architect, Marcel Breuer, composed of materials from numerous institutions, SCRC among them. Over the summer, I worked with many other library ...

  • July Wrap Up

    July 31, 2020

    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor SCRC in the News July 1, 2020. Petrina Jackson, the Director of SCRC, became the chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA. 19 June 2020. Article about Arna Bontemps mentions SCRC as the current repository of Bontemps ...

  • 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    July 27, 2020

    Petrina Jackson, Director of SCRC This fall semester, we planned on launching an exhibition honoring the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. However, the pandemic abruptly interrupted those plans. Transitioning to working at home left us with no access to our collections, so researching, selecting, and writing about our materials were temporarily ...

  • Traces of a Movement

    July 14, 2020

    Danny Sarmiento, Director of Administration & SCRC Curatorial Intern for the Plastics Collection It’s possibly the most retold story about a haircut. One Connecticut newspaper headline read simply, ‘IRENE CASTLE CUTS HER HAIR.’” In 1914, as an internationally-recognized ballroom dancer, silent film star, and one of the first celebrities with an eponymous fashion line, Irene Castle ...

  • Accessibility and Discoverability: Describing Street & Smith Cover Art

    July 7, 2020

    By Natasha Bishop, Reference Assistant This summer, I have been working for the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) from my dining room table. While working remotely comes with its challenges, it has also presented the SCRC team with opportunities to embark on meaningful digital projects. For example, as part of an ongoing effort to increase the ...