University Archives to host Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Open Archives

To commemorate Remembrance Week 2017, the Libraries will host two Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Open Archives sessions. Join archivist Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn for an open viewing of selected materials from the Archives.

The Archive includes paper-based materials, correspondence, government reports and legislation, photographs, artwork, audio visual material, as well as personal items that belonged to the victims.

Sessions will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2-5 p.m. and Friday, October 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Spector Room, 608 Bird Library. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Vanessa at vlstoegg@syr.edu or 315.443.0632.

Goudy@Syracuse opening reception on October 5

An opening reception for the exhibition Goudy@Syracuse: A Legacy by Design will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 4:30–6 p.m. on the 6th floor of Bird Library, in conjunction with Orange Central.

Curated by Andrew J. Saluti, with William T. La Moy, it tells the story of the preeminent American designer and typographer Frederic W. Goudy and his long connection to Syracuse University.

Through a selection of rare books, printed ephemera, and other archival materials, as well as original sketches and markups for the 2016 Sherman typeface adopted for the University’s visual identity, this exhibition explores the impact and importance of the famed type designer and celebrates the strong historical ties and entwined legacy of Goudy and Syracuse University.

The exhibition will be on display in Bird Library’s 6th floor gallery through May 13, 2018. For more information, visit library.syr.edu/scrc/programs/exhibitions/exhibit/2017-Goudy.php.

Equality, Peace, and Compassion in the Archives: A Showcase of Rare Documents

On August 18, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center will hold an open viewing of materials from its collections that document the efforts of people who championed equality, peace, kindness and compassion. The viewing will be held noon to 2 p.m. on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

Highlights of materials that will be on view include a signed statement on religious tolerance by Mary Queen of Scots; an original letter from Frederick Douglass about the Jerry Rescue; letters from migrant workers in the papers of Prudence Wayland-Smith who was a social activist dedicated to migrant reform in central New York; posters from the collection of environmental and social justice activist Kath Buffington; Malcolm X’s handwritten letter to Alex Haley expressing his insights about the possibility of interracial harmony; drafts of Albert Schweitzer’s essays about the dangers of nuclear proliferation; original trial notes from Francis Biddle, Attorney General of the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and member of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg; and much more.

All are welcome!

Special Collections Research Center to host comic art events

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries, in conjunction with The Salt City Comic-Con, will host a special viewing of original comic art and a panel discussion on Friday, June 23, 2017 in Bird Library.

The one-day viewing will be held on the sixth floor of Bird Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It will feature selected original works by comic masters including Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), Frank Robbins (Johnny Hazard), Stan Drake (The Heart of Juliet Jones), Irwin Hasen (Dondi), and more. Casual fans, hard core collectors, and art historians are invited to view original comic and cartoon art from industry legends maintained in the Syracuse University collections.

The Friday evening panel discussion at 5:00 p.m. will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. The panel will explore and discuss the many original comic art treasures in the collection. Panelists will include Craig Yoe, comic art historian and publisher, and Dan Herman, publisher of Hermes Press and also a well-regarded comics art historian.  Pop culture and marketing expert Ed Catto, of Bonfire Agency, will moderate the panel. These events will serve as “Salt City Comic-con eve” activities to celebrate the convention.

This event is free and open the public. Syracuse University’s Bird Library is located at 222 Waverly Avenue.  Door prizes will be awarded to random attendees of the panel discussion. Additional information on schedules, guests, tickets and cosplay can be found at www.SyracuseComicCon.com.

Salt City Comic-Con celebrates Geek Culture in Syracuse, the Finger Lakes, and all of Central New York. This growing convention, designed for both hardcore collectors and everyday pop-culture fans, stuffs myriad marvels into two action-packed days. Sponsorship and other inquiries can be directed to: SaltCityComicCon@gmail.com

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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.