Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections Celebrates International Archives Day!

Iraqi Kurds living in the mountains, 1960s and is from the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library & Museum Collection.

Iraqi Kurds living in the mountains, 1960s. Image is from the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library & Museum Collection.

Did you know that the 9th of June was International Archives Day? All around the world, archives and special collections professionals unite their voices on the 9th of June to make people understand why it is important to support archives and the profession.

Read more about International Archives Day here

To celebrate this important day, Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections has submitted a photograph from the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library & Museum Collection to be included in a virtual tour through archives around the world!

See our image here

You can also browse through photos from other international collections here 

Happy International Archives Day to all!!

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The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature is Special Collections featured book for June 2014


To celebrate LGBT Pride Month, Special Collections’ featured book for June is The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature: Readings from Western Antiquity to the Present Day edited by Byrne R.S. Fone.

From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the poems of Allen Ginsberg and gay literature of the 1980s and ’90s, The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature draws together hundreds of texts from Western literary history that describe experiences of love, friendship, intimacy, desire, and sex among men. Spanning more than two millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the late twentieth century, this anthology brings together the best-known texts of gay male writing such as the poetry of Martial and Walt Whitman, and excerpts from E. M. Forster’s Maurice, as well as from lesser known works such as nineteenth-century English homoerotic poetry and selections from two early American novels of homosexual love – Joseph and His Friend and Imre. In The Columbia Anthology readers become acquainted with the early bonds of male companionship found in Homer’s writings on Zeus and Ganymede, and with the homoerotic poetry of Catullus and Juvenal. From Shakespeare’s Sonnets to the philosophy of de Sade, to the political writings of Edmund White, this anthology traces a multifaceted tradition.

As a landmark to the enduring spirit of gay writers, this collection is an essential addition to the library of anyone searching for the historical foundations of gay identities. With its excellent annotations and suggestions for further reading, The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature will also serve as an invaluable resource to students and scholars in need of a guide to a massive body of literature that has long been hidden, ignored, or misrepresented. (

Byrne R.S. Fone is professor emeritus of English literature at the City College of New York. He is a recognized pioneer in the field of Gay Studies and has written several books in the field including: A Road to Stonewall: Homosexuality and Homophobia in British and American Literature and a study of Walt Whitman: Masculine Landscapes: Walt Whitman and the Homoerotic Text. He has edited the largest and most comprehensive anthology of gay literature, The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (our featured book for June) and in Homophobia: A History he examines the history of homophobia over a period covering almost two millennia.

This book is from our Alumni Authors Collection located in Special Collections. It is also part of the The Byrne Fone Collection of Gay Studies, a gift to the Binghamton University Libraries received in 2009.

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Special Collections to be closed Thursday and Friday

Binghamton University Special Collections & University Archives will be closed on Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6.

We will re-open on Monday, June 9, at 10:00 a.m.

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ILLiad Unavailable June 9th & 10th

In order to improve our services, ILLiad, the Interlibrary Loan system, will be unavailable while we perform system upgrades. During the upgrades, you will not be able to view the status of your requests, view electronic documents or submit new requests via ILLiad.  The library anticipates that the system will be operational on June 11th.  A temporary form to submit Interlibrary Loan requests is available on the library website while the system is down. Should you need additional assistance, please contact the Interlibrary Loan department at (607) 777-4985 or email

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New login page for Find It!

As of Monday, May 19, users who log in to the Libraries’ Find It! discovery tool will see a new login page. This page will allow users to authenticate through the University’s Central Authentication Service. User IDs and passwords will remain the same for faculty, students, and staff. Community patrons may need to log in to see the books they checked out via the Libraries’ traditional Catalog.

If you need more information, please contact Edward Corrado, Tom Tran, or Juan Denzer in the Libraries’ Technology Department.

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Edwin A. Link Jr. highlighted in Elks Magazine May 2014 issue

Link mag article

Edwin A. Link Jr. is the topic of a story in the recent issue of Elks Magazine.  This magazine is the official publication of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk of the United States, and has a circulation of over 850,000 readers.  The article is titled “Innovations for Sky and Sea:  the Ed Link Story.”  Several photographs used in the story are copies of the originals that are housed in the Edwin Link Collections in Special Collections.

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To see these photographs or the Link Collections, please visit the Special Collections, University Archives and Preservation department in the Glenn G. Bartle Library of the Binghamton University Libraries or the online Link Digital Archives .  The department is open to the public Monday – Friday between the hours of 10 am – 4:00 pm.

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Summer Course Reserves – Submit by May 5

SL stacks 4 editedThere is still time to try our NEW Online Form to submit your Summer Term course reserve requests before the May 5th deadline!  For your convenience, up-to-date information and forms are available 24/7 just clicking Course Reserves on the Library’s main page.


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Library End-of-Semester Extended Hours – Spring 2014

Bartle Library Group Study Room. Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

Bartle Library Group Study Room. Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

The Libraries have end-of-semester extended hours to accommodate study and research needs in preparation for finals. Our extended hours are:

Bartle Library and the Information Commons will be open 24 hours until Thursday, May 15.

UDC Library will extend hours until midnight from Friday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 13.

Science Library will extend hours on Friday, May 9 until 10pm and will be open on Saturday, May 11 from 12-9 pm.

Visit the Library Hours webpage for more information.

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Time is running out

Paper or project due before the end of Spring semester? Please submit your ILLiad interlibrary loan requests by April 28 to ensure these materials arrive on time.

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Several Online Library Services Temporarily Unavailable – April 15

Information Technology Services will perform maintenance on the main campus data storage systems from midnight – 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. The maintenance will affect several online library services.  Patrons will not be able to access library databases from off-campus; log on to our interlibrary loan service (Illiad) to submit new or view pending requests; or log on to their online library account through our library catalog and Find It! discovery service. All services should be available after 8 a.m.

Please note that University-wide applications and services will also be unavailable. For more information, visit System Maintenance.

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