2019-2020 Alexander N. Charters Adult Education Grants-in-Aid Program Now Accepting Applications

Since 1949, Syracuse University has assembled historical documents and University rAlexander N. Chartersecords, including manuscript, print, visual, and media materials, related to adult education. This material is known collectively as the Alexander N. Charters Library for Educators of Adults, in recognition of Dr. Charters’ efforts in promoting and expanding our adult education holdings. Through the generosity of Dr. Charters, we are also able to offer annual grants to one or more scholars or practitioners wishing to do research in our adult education collections. Up to $5,000 worth of grants-in-aid are awarded most years. The amount of the award depends upon the scope of the research outlined in the applicant’s proposal.

Deadline for Applications: March 20, 2019

Learn more about the application process here: https://library.syr.edu/scrc/programs/grants.php.

2019 Faculty Fellows Program Call for Proposals

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries (SCRC) is now accepting proposals for two faculty fellows who would like to provide students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s primary source materials in their classes.

The SCRC Faculty Fellows program aims to support innovative curriculum development and foster new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in university instruction. Each fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend, a hands-on introduction to the collections, and ongoing course support.

The original funding for the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program was made possible through the generosity of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions that transmit our cultural heritage.

Deadline for Applications: March 20, 2019

More information about the 2019 program and application can be found here: https://library.syr.edu/scrc/documents/FacultyFellowsProgram20192020CallforProposals.pdf.


What’s New in Special Collections? A selection of new acquisitions, recent donations and freshly available material from the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries, home to many of Syracuse University’s rare or unique research and teaching collections, will hold a special viewing of recent acquisitions and newly available material on Thursday, February 7, from 4-6 p.m. in the Antje Bultmann Lemke Seminar Room on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

A selection of materials on display will include, but not limited to, an early 16th century palimpsest, an 18th century Mexican illuminated missal, examples from the newly processed papers and records of SU Chancellor William P. Tolley and newly-accessioned materials from the Pan Am 103 Archives. Staff will also be on hand to showcase SCRC’s ongoing digitization and preservation initiatives regarding wax cylinders and plastics artifacts.

What else is new in Special Collections? Meet the new members of SCRC’s curatorial team who together with SCRC archivists and audio engineers will be on hand to comment on the significance of the items and to field questions.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact scrc@syr.edu or call 315.443.2697.


Dane Flansburgh Appointed Assistant Archivist for the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is pleased to announce that Dane
Flansburgh has been hired as Assistant Archivist.  Dane joined SCRC in August of 2016 as Temporary Project Archivist processing the Crusade for Opportunity Records and the records of Chancellor William P. Tolley.  Prior to joining SCRC he was Project Archivist at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY where he processed the records of the Atari Coin-op Division. This project, comprising 600 linear feet, was completed in only 18 months and resulted in a presentation at the New York Archives Conference, “Processing Colossal Acquisitions with a Small Staff; Or, What to Do After a Semi-Trailer Shows Up at Your Loading Dock.” Dane has a B.A. in History from LeMoyne College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialization in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management.

We are delighted to welcome him as a permanent member of SCRC staff.


Dr. Sebastian Modrow Appointed Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sebastian Modrow as Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. In this role he will have responsibilities including the assessment and development of collections of rare books, printed materials, and manuscript material, and will have a focus on teaching and interpreting the collections through outreach activities such as exhibitions and publications.

Dr. Modrow holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Rostock, Germany and completed his Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Certificate in Cultural Heritage Preservation here at Syracuse University. He first joined the Libraries in 2015 and coordinated the completion of the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive project. In his most recent role as SCRC’s Assistant Archivist he was charged with various aspects of archival work from processing manuscript collections to managing digitization projects. With his expertise in Classics and History, he has been increasingly in demand in SCRC’s growing instruction program.

Dr. Modrow has published most recently in the International Information and Library Review and the Archival History News. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Archives and Records Conference (MARAC), the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) where he has been elected to the steering committee of SAA’s Archival History Section for the year 2018-2019.

We are very pleased that Dr. Modrow will be able to continue to grow and contribute to the department in his new position.