Libraries’ spring exhibition: You Are Here: Expanding the Concept of Place

Syracuse University Libraries’ spring exhibition, You Are Here: Expanding the Concept of Place, opens with a reception on April 20 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

Through a selection of rare books, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and other artifacts from Special Collections, this exhibition re-frames common notions and accepted definitions of what ‘place’ can be by connecting specifically to the Syracuse community: as in the geographical relevance of the Erie Canal, the conceptual destination of the Underground Railroad, or the student experience specific to Syracuse University.

The exhibit and reception is presented in collaboration with and partially sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center as a part of the 2016 Syracuse Symposium on Place. It will remain on view through mid-August.

Also on view at the Goldstein Faculty Center, the Crouse Hinds Administrative building, and the Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City, is The Lost Spaces of Syracuse University, an exhibition exploring the evolution of Syracuse University’s many buildings and spaces over our 147-year history. From the University’s early years in an office building in downtown Syracuse, to the campus boom of the post-World War II era, and the current development of the Campus Framework, each of these periods of change has added to the list of the University’s “lost buildings.” This exhibition of materials and photographs from the University Archives showcases the legacy of some of these lost spaces.

In conjunction with the Libraries’ exhibit opening, Dr. Brice Nordquist (Writing Program) and Dr. Emily Stokes-Rees (Museum Studies) will present the results of their Delmas-funded Special Collections Research Center Faculty Fellows projects. In its inaugural year, the program provides stipends to selected faculty who incorporate the use of special collections in their classes and enable their students to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s rich primary source materials.

Students in Nordquist’s Rhetorics of Futurity: Utopia, Sci-Fi and City Planning course engaged with materials from SU’s collections of utopian, science fiction, and city planning materials. Students in Stokes-Rees’s Ethnographic Curatorship course had a hands-on curatorial experience with plastics collections and developed a new installation for the Plastics Pioneers Reading Room, located on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

Morgan Library’s Maria Fredericks to give annual Brodsky lecture, workshop on March 23 in Bird Library

maria-fredericksMaria Fredericks, Drue Heinz Book Conservator at the Morgan Library & Museum, will give the lecture Rare Books as Museum Objects: Considerations for Safe Exhibition and Loan on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 4:30­–6 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library. The event is the 2017 offering in the annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation.

The lecture will be preceded by a hands-on workshop from 2 -3:3o p.m. in the Lemke Seminar Room, Special Collections Research Center, 6th floor. The workshop, Exploring Microclimates, will introduce participants to a variety of materials and techniques for providing a safe and stable environment for the exhibition, travel, and storage of artifacts. Ms. Fredericks will discuss the basics of sealed packages and monitoring devices for maintaining a stable relative humidity around artifacts in transit or on display, and the use of pollutant scavengers to mitigate the effects of certain indoor pollutants inside a display case or storage container.

The lecture is open to the public, however there is limited space available for the workshop; please RSVP to jschambe@syr.edu.

Maria Fredericks is the Drue Heinz Book Conservator in the Thaw Conservation Center of the Morgan Library & Museum. In addition to ongoing conservation treatment work and supervision of interns and post-graduate fellows, Ms. Fredericks devotes a substantial portion of her time to evaluating and preparing bound materials for display and travel in the Morgan’s exhibitions and loan program. She is also a visiting lecturer at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, and is a frequent speaker and teacher. Before joining the staff of the Morgan in 2005, she was head of conservation at Columbia University Libraries. She has also held positions at the Huntington Library, the Winterthur Library, the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, and the Library of Congress.

The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation combines a public lecture with a hands-on workshop. Supported by William J. (’65, G’68) and Joan (’67, G’68) Brodsky of Chicago, Illinois, the series offers programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region.

 

Photo credit: Summer Olsen.

Historian Woody Register to present book talk, signing, and seminar on The Muckers

muckersHistorian Woody Register will give a talk and reading from his book, The Muckers: A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club, on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillyer Room on the 6th floor of Bird Library. Dr. Register will also give a seminar on March 3 from 10 a.m. – noon on working with archives and how he uncovered this historic find.

Published by Syracuse University Press, The Muckers is a first-person account of a young 19th– century gang member in New York City. Dr. Register discovered the manuscript while conducting research in the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries. The original manuscript was written by William Osborne Dapping, who would go on to become a respected Central New York journalist, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of a 1929 prison riot for The Auburn, N.Y., Citizen-Advertiser.

Woody Register is chair of the Department of History and Francis S. Houghteling Professor of American History at the University of the South (Sewanee), where he also directs the American Studies Program. Additional information on The Muckers can be found in this Syracuse University Press blog post, and an excerpt is available in this article in Syracuse University Magazine.‌

The lecture is open to the public, however there is limited space available for the seminar; RSVP to jschambe@syr.edu.

Listening Party at the Belfer Audio Archive on February 16

cylinder-group-shot-twoEver wondered what goes on behind the doors of the Belfer Audio Archive? Join the audio engineers, media archivists, and curators of the Special Collections Research Center to explore the impressive work being done to preserve the history of recorded sound. The Belfer Listening Party will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:30–6:00 p.m. in the Belfer Audio Archive and Preservation Laboratory, located adjacent to Bird Library on the east side of the building.

A selection of recently preserved holdings, including rare and unique interviews, examples of early 20th-century popular music, and recordings of important political and pop culture figures will be played. You are invited to enjoy light fare and refreshments while you learn more about the vast collections maintained at one of the most revered audio preservation laboratories in the country. The playlist will include samples from:

The Mike Wallace Papers: The Mike Wallace Papers consists of transcripts and audio recordings of interviews with a wide variety of personalities, including authors, entertainers, religious leaders, political figures, and more.

Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade: Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade (8 August 1857 – 13 April 1944) was a French composer and pianist. We were recently able to acquire two recordings of Mme Chaminade playing two of her own pieces (Les Sylvains and L’Enjoleuse). These recordings were recorded in 1901 and are exceptional examples of the acoustic era of recording.

Sugar, Alcohol, Meat – The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Recorded between 1975-1980 in New York City, this two album set features poetry and spoken word performances by Patti Smith, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Andrei Voznesensky, and many others.

Martin Luther King: “The American Dream”:  A 1968 Southeastern Recording Company of America recording, presents Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Speech at Syracuse University. With introduction by Wyatt T. Walker, Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Special Collections Research Center plays central role in University’s new graphic identity

goudy-sherman_1The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries is pleased to announce that Syracuse University’s new branding utilizes a Goudy-inspired typeface derived from original materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).

William La Moy, curator of rare books and manuscripts in the SCRC, has spent the last several years researching the deep relationship between Syracuse University and revered American printer and designer Frederic Goudy. La Moy’s research revealed an important piece of University history and, ultimately, led to a distinctive new typeface to represent the University.

In 1934, Syracuse University School of Journalism Dean M. Lyle Spencer knew of Goudy’s importance and thought it would be a good idea for the new journalism program to form an association with an important American type designer. Spencer approached Goudy, who lived in the Hudson Valley, and he became interested in the fledgling program. Along with being asked to join the faculty and become a consultant, Goudy was awarded a medal for typographic excellence by the journalism school and given an honorary degree.

Recently, as the University looked to enhance its brand identity, in collaboration with New York City design firm Pentagram, designers exploring the University’s history visited the Special Collections Research Center to view Goudy’s Sherman typeface. The typeface was gifted to the University by Goudy’s niece and is largely unknown, having been used only in a few private press publications in the 1910s. The metal type has been housed in and safeguarded by SU Libraries for decades. “It is not only beautiful, but it has the lightness, the serviceability, and the range to serve a broad spectrum of publishing needs,” explains La Moy.

“Typography plays such a central role in branded communications,” says Rob Rayfield, executive director of digital and creative services in the University’s Office of Marketing and Communications. “Its effect and the impression it carries requires careful consideration when identifying a font to align with an institution’s identity. Sherman seemed to be patiently waiting in our archives to emerge and fill the role it’s so perfectly suited for at Syracuse University.”

“The Special Collections Research Center is delighted to contribute to Syracuse University’s new visual identity,” says senior director Lucy Mulroney. “The use of unique historical collections for the creation of a distinctive new typeface for the University speaks to our mission to support scholarship, creativity, and entrepreneurial endeavors.”

Chief Curator Andrew Saluti is currently developing an exhibition with La Moy that will highlight the University’s history with Goudy, his impact on typography, and his legacy as embodied in the University’s new typeface. The exhibition is planned to open in fall 2017 in the Special Collections Research Center in Bird Library.

Syracuse University, in partnership with Pentagram and production company DressCode, created a brief documentary video on the creation of the new typeface. “Goudy and Syracuse: The Tale of a Typeface Found” features La Moy, Michael Bierut of Pentagram, and type designer Chester Jenkins of Brooklyn, co-founder of Village Type.

Syracuse University has also issued a news story about the discovery, Hidden Treasure in Special Collections Embodies Syracuse University Spirit, written by Kathleen Haley.