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



1957 JFK commencement speech at Syracuse University highlighted

Then-senator John F. Kennedy visited Syracuse University to give the commencement address in June 1957. That speech, which encouraged students to pursue careers in public service, has been the focus of news coverage in conjunction with the centennial of Kennedy’s birth on May 29.

University Archivist Meg Mason was featured in a story by Channel 9’s Jennifer Sanders:


Veteran storyteller Sean Kirst wrote about the event for Syracuse University News:






Time Magazine highlights letter from William Safire collection

In honor of National Wine Day (May 25), Time Magazine highlighted a letter from the William Safire Papers housed in the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries.

The letter, from Julia Child to William Safire, was in response to one of his On Language columns in the New York Times that dealt with rules for capitalizing the names of wines.

Read the piece here: http://time.com/4680109/julia-child-william-safire-wine/

Syracuse University receives gift of Illustrated Chronicle of Ivan the Terrible from the Russian Federation

The Consul General of the Russian Federation in New York, Hon. Igor Leonidovich Golubovskiy, presented Syracuse University with a copy of The Illustrated Chronicle of Ivan the Terrible (Russian title: Лицевой летописный свод XVI века) at a ceremony in Bird Library on May 1.

The multivolume set is a color facsimile of the largest compilation of historical information ever assembled in medieval Russia. The manuscript is thought to have been created between 1568 and 1576 and was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible for the purposes of educating his children.

Mr. Golubovskiy was accompanied by Cyril E. Geacintov, a Syracuse University alumnus and president of the Russian Nobility Association, who helped to arrange the gift. Andrew Gordon, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, accepted the gift on behalf of Chancellor Syverud. Dean of Libraries David Seaman introduced Mr. Golubovskiy, who spoke about the benefits of cultural exchanges such as this in normalizing relationships and increasing understanding. Also in attendance was Mr. Michael Perekrestov, seminary librarian and director and curator of collections at the Foundation of Russian History, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, in Jordanville, NY.

Participating faculty and University officials included Dean Karin Ruhlandt, Senior Associate Dean Gerry Greenberg, Professor Erika Haber and Professor Zofia Sztechmiler from the College of Arts & Sciences; Patricia Burak, director of the Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services; and Maxwell School professors Brian Taylor and Michael Wasylenko. Dr. Lucy Mulroney, senior director of Special Collections, showcased a curated selection of special collections holdings related to Russia.

“We are grateful to the Russian Federation for this remarkable gift, which will provide our students and faculty with an important new resource for the study of Russian history, the medieval period, and art history,” said Dean of Libraries David Seaman.

The work is divided into three main series: biblical history, universal history, and Russian history. The facsimiles themselves include the original wording and a translation of the text into modern Russian. The literal meaning of the Russian title is “face chronicle,” alluding to the more than 16,000 miniatures that it contains.

“The collection as a whole will bring Russian medieval history to life for students in a way that only original texts can,” says Erika Haber, associate professor of Russian Language, Literature & Culture. “Since the books are written in the old orthography and translated to modern Russian, they will be of interest to our language students as an example of the old Russian alphabet and writing system. The fabulous illustrations will of course provide context and aid the students in creating meaning.”

This work complements Western medieval manuscript resources held by the Special Collections Research Center and can be viewed there.

In the Biblio Gallery: CUSE Quest by Kaiyuan “Harold” Chen

An exhibit by Kaiyuan “Harold” Chen comprised of works on paper inspired by natural forms, creatures, textures, lightness, and darkness is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Chen is a junior majoring in Industrial and Interaction Design and minoring in Painting.

In describing the exhibition, Chen says:

Working on paper is a traditional way of making art. It shows the hand of the artist visually and the personality of the artist mentally. The different textures of paper encourage and inspire me to continue my creative adventure in drawing and painting. Trying a wide range of mediums, such as charcoal, conte, sepia, sanguine, pastels, gouache, acrylic paints and oil paints opened up a whole new world of possibility to me. I encourage students to experiment with as many mediums as possible, enjoy the creative process of making art, and self-expressing.

The exhibit will be on display through the summer.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at saskiold@syr.edu or see the Biblio Gallery website.