All Library Locations Closed on August 21

Bartle LibThe Libraries will be closed on Thursday, August 21 for a staff retreat.  All online resources will be available via the Libraries’ website. Our regular hours will resume on Friday, August 22.  For more information about our hours, visit Library Hours.

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The Meaning of Art is Special Collections’ Featured Book for August 2014


In honor of August being Art Appreciation Month, The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read is our featured book for this month.

One of the greatest art critics in Britain to specialize in abstract art of the early and mid-20th century, Herbert Read won a number of medals for bravery during World War I. His experiences in this conflict, including the death of his brother, turned him into an anarchist and lifelong pacifist. He held a range of posts within the art world: curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum; professor of fine arts at Edinburgh University, and editor of the scholarly Burlington Magazine. He was a prolific writer on different types of art, including painting sculpture, stained glass and ceramics. His most famous book is probably The Meaning of Art (1931), which was followed by Art Now: an Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and Sculpture (1933) and Art and Industry (1934).

Since its first appearance in 1931, Read’s The Meaning of Art and its introduction to the understanding of art has established itself as a classic of its kind. In this volume, he endeavors to provide a basis for the appreciation of pictures and sculptures by defining the elements which go to their making. He persuades the reader to consider such fundamental terms as ‘beauty,’ ‘harmony’ and ‘pattern’ so as to make sure that the reader uses these words with precision in their judgements. Read also examines the complicated mental processes involved in the contemplation of works of art.

Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968)

Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968)

A large part of this book is devoted to a compact survey of the world’s art, from primitive cave drawings to Jackson Pollock, an exposition designed to show the persistence of certain principles and aspirations throughout the history of art, and to summarize the essence of such movements as Gothic, Baroque, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, and Tachism. Readers who follow this progressive and concise analysis will find it a valuable and stimulating guide to the visual arts.


Jean Renoir Writing. By Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). Basil Barlow Collecition

The Meaning of Art is part of the The William Klenz Library and Music Collection. To see this book, come to Special Collections, located on the second floor of the Bartle Library off of the North Reading Room.

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New Interim Dean at Binghamton University Libraries

Dr. Susannah Gal
The Libraries are pleased to welcome Susannah Gal, professor of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University, as the new Interim Dean of the Libraries.  As reported in Inside BU, Susannah will serve while a national search for a new dean takes place during the 2014-15 academic year. She succeeds John M. Meador, Jr., who accepted a position as founding Dean of Libraries at the University of Alabama at Birmingham after serving as Binghamton University’s Dean of Libraries for 11 years.
Please take a moment to read Susannah’s welcome message:
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New exhibit in Special Collections: The Tilly Losch Collection: Downton Abbey as seen through the Archives

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Curator of Rare Books, Beth Turcy Kilmarx, and Special Collections Assistant, Mary Tuttle, have created a fascinating exhibit highlighting items from The Tilly Losch Collection, which is held in Binghamton University Libraries’ Special Collections.

Tilly Losch was born in 1904 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. Tilly begin her career in dancing at the age of 15, dancing in the Vienna Ballet and at Burgtheater, until meeting Max Reinhardt in 1927 and Corky B. Cochran soon after, who helped expand her dancing and choreography to productions in the United States and Europe. Tilly danced with Fred Astaire on Broadway, and gained minor roles in films after moving to Hollywood, including The Garden of Allah (1936), The Good Earth (1937), and A Duel in the Sun (1946). In her time recovering from tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Switzerland, Tilly learned to paint, and was fairly successful in her art career, with many gallery showings and even having one painting being purchased by the Tate museum in London. Tilly was married twice; her second marriage was to Lord Henry George Alfred Marius Victor Herbert, the sixth earl of Carnarvon and owner of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), more affectionately known as “Porchey.” They divorced in 1947, though remained amicable and in close contact for the next three decades.

This exhibit includes personal memorabilia of Tilly Losch, including various pieces of correspondence and photographs, as well as several of her paintings and sketchbooks. Some of her notable acquaintances include Fred and Adele Astaire, Cecil Beaton, Marlon Brando, Winston Churchill, Cole Porter, and Orson Welles.

Tilly Losch Exhibit Photograph

Tilly Losch donated her papers and paintings to the Binghamton University Libraries as it also houses the Max Reinhardt Archives. The collection spans 30 linear feet and consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, as well as legal documents, banking records, personal memorabilia, diaries, press clippings, photographic portraits, and publicity photos. The Tilly Losch Collection also includes a large number of loose sketches, sketchbooks, and over 500 of her paintings, many dealing with autobiographical themes. The materials span the years 1910-1975, though the majority of the collection represents materials accumulated during the years she lived and worked in America: roughly from the 1930s to the time of her death in 1975.

The exhibit is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library, and can be viewed 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday throughout the summer.

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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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