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  • June Wrap Up

    June 30, 2020
    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor This June, we are celebrating the accomplishments of several SCRC staff members. First, congratulations to Brett Barrie, Assistant Catalog Librarian, Acquisitions and Cataloging and Nicole Westerdahl, Reference and Access Services Librarian, who were promoted from Assistant Librarian to Senior Assistant Librarian status. And a hearty thank you to ...

  • Rehousing the American Book Company Illustrations

    June 24, 2020
    By Sebastian Modrow, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts From 2016 to 2017, Syracuse University’s Special Collections Research Center engaged in a massive preservation project. The task was to rehouse and increase the intellectual control over approximately 17,000 plates used as textbook illustrations by the American Book Company, one of the leading American schoolbook publishers of ...

  • A Perfect Recipe for Conservation

    June 16, 2020
    By David Stokoe, Associate Librarian, Conservator of Rare Books and Paper In 2008, SCRC acquired a manuscript cookbook written in French and containing no named author or title. The contents were immediately identifiable as a mixture of diary entries and recipes probably written in the early 1880’s.  The book came to be known as the “French Chef’s ...

  • “Durable and Elegant”: Mary Edwards Walker and Dress Reform

    June 9, 2020
    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor “Dr. Mary Walker may be eccentric, but she is no fool. On election day, she offered her vote in Oswego; and it was refused on account of her sex. A bystander remarked that, if Mary was allowed to vote, ‘they might as well dress up all their women-folks ...

  • Dragnet! A Musical Controversy

    June 2, 2020
    By Nora Ramsey, Reference Assistant Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995), whose papers are held at SCRC, was a Hungarian-American composer known for his dramatic film scores. His career in Hollywood gained him tremendous fame: Rózsa received 17 Oscar nominations and won the award three times for his music for the films Spellbound (1945), A Double Life (1947) and ...

  • May Wrap Up

    May 26, 2020
    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor May marks the one-year anniversary of SCRC’s first blog post, which went live just over a year ago, on May 7, 2019. We’ve been posting weekly ever since! Take a look back at our first post below: https://library-blog.syr.edu/scrc/2019/05/07/hello-world-2-2/ All month long, we’ve been celebrating National Photography Month through our ...

  • An Incomplete History of the Inn Complete

    May 19, 2020
    By Isabel McCullough, Reference Assistant In my work as a Reference Assistant at SCRC, I answer a lot of reference questions about University history. This was especially true last year as everyone was preparing for SU’s sesquicentennial this spring. One of my favorite projects from sesquicentennial preparations was researching the Inn Complete and the history of ...

  • New Acquisition: Rare 19th Century Photograph Album Featuring African Americans

    May 12, 2020
    May is National Photography Month. Over the course of this month, we will be highlighting special collections and University Archives materials that specifically relate to the history of photography. This week, we highlight a new photography acquisition in a post by our Chief Curator. By Colleen Theisen, Chief Curator The Special Collections Research Center is excited ...

  • Charles Eisenmann’s Circus Photography and the Cartes de visite Collection

    May 5, 2020
    May is National Photography Month. Over the course of this month, we will be highlighting special collections and University Archives materials that specifically relate to the history of photography. This week, we highlight a research post from one of our graduate student workers. By Aisha Pierre, Reference Assistant As a museum studies grad student, I have partaken ...

  • April Wrap Up

    April 28, 2020
    By Grace Wagner, Reading Room Access Services Supervisor Today marks six weeks since SCRC and SU Libraries moved to online operations. April, however, has been the first full month that staff members have worked remotely, and it certainly changes the way our department typically functions. Updates on past and upcoming public events and news of newly ...