Tricky Treatise

An Occasional Series in Special Collections
Tricky Treatise:
Malleus Maleficarum
(The Hammer of Witches) and European Witch Hunting

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Huppe Reading Room
Special Collections
Bartle Library

Presentation and discussion led by
Beth Kilmarx, Curator of Rare Books and
Richard Mackenney, Professor of History

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Huntington archivist finds historic piece of China’s largest book

Pages from section 10,270 of the Yongle Encyclopedia, 1562-1567, recently discovered among the stacks at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens).

Pages from section 10,270 of the Yongle Encyclopedia, 1562-1567, recently discovered among the stacks at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens).

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday that it has portions of a rare and important Chinese manuscript called the Yongle Encyclopedia — with 11,095 volumes, the largest book ever written in China.

The book was commissioned by the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty in 1403 in an attempt to gather in one place a broad range of Chinese knowledge, including astronomy, geography, medicine, religion, technology and art.

In 1562, years after the Yongle Emperor’s death, the Jiajing Emperor commissioned 109 scribes to transcribe the entire encyclopedia as a backup copy. It took them five years to complete the work.

“That was the only copy made,” Yang said. “Eventually the original copy disappeared, and there is lots of speculation about what happened.”

No conclusive evidence of its fate ever emerged.

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British Library brings all four Magna Carta manuscripts together for the first time in history

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There are only four original Magna Carta documents from 1215 which survive. Two are kept at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral. Now, for the first time in history these manuscripts will all be in the same place.

For one day only on 3rd February 2015, the British Library, Lincoln Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral are inviting 1,215 people to come and experience the four Magna Carta manuscripts side by side as part of a special event at the British Library.

Winners of the ballot will be given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the four 800 year old manuscripts, and will also be given a special introduction to the history and legacy of the Magna Carta from historian and TV presenter Dan Jones.

The ballot to win tickets to attend is available at www.bl.uk/magna-carta. It is free to enter and will remain open until 31 Oct, after which the winners will be selected at random.

This unification event will kick-start a year of celebrations happening across the UK and the world to mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Magna Carta.

Following the event, the four Magna Carta manuscripts will be separated for display in their home institutions as part of major anniversary exhibitions in 2015: the British Library will host ‘Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy’ from 13 March-1 September, Salisbury Cathedral will open their new permanent exhibition ‘Magna Carta – The Power of Words’ from February, and Lincoln Cathedral’s Magna Carta will take pride of place in a new Magna Carta Vault at Lincoln Castle opening on 1 April.

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Call for Papers! Authority and Materiality in the Italian Song Book

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Send abstracts and brief CVs by December 1, 2014 to cemers@binghamton.edu. Inquiries may be directed to Professors Olivia Holmes (oholmes@binghamton.edu) or Paul Schleuse (schleuse@binghamton.edu).

Supported by grants from the Material and Visual Worlds Transdisiplinary Area of Excellence of Binghamton University and the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines program for “Intercampus Scholarly Conferences.”

For more information see http://conferences.cemers.info

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Homecoming 2014: University Libraries Special Collections Tour at Bartle Library, Friday October 17

Treat yourself to medieval manuscripts…early editions of major authors…fascinating modern manuscripts… and gems from the University’s Archives. Hold in your hands the smallest book in our library and turn the pages of its oldest! Learn how accessible these amazing resources are and how they can elevate and inspire your Binghamton University experience. Join us Friday, October 17 from 2-3 pm or 3-4 pm as we explore what’s so “special” about Special Collections! You can find us on the 2nd floor of Bartle Library or look for the signs!

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Exhibit in Special Collections: Heart of the Campus A View into Residence Hall Life at Binghamton University

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This exhibit explores the history of the residential communities and their unique traditions, events and activities. The exhibit is located in the Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives Department of Bartle Library and will be on display through the Fall semester. For additional information about the exhibit please contact the University Archivist at 777-6459 or deligato@binghamton.edu

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Daily Photo

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Photo by Stacey Harrington and from the
Binghamton University Archives

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Daily Photo by University photographer, Jonathan Cohen. In commemoration, today’s photo show students carrying chairs from En-Joie Pavilion to their first class on the opening day of Triple Cities College, Sept. 30, 1946—what would become Binghamton University.

To see more photographs from the Binghamton University Archives visit us in Special Collections located on the second floor of the Bartle Library or visit our digital collections.

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“Some of These People” features Soviet posters on loan from the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections

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“Some of These People”: Marking the Other in Soviet Russia features Soviet posters on loan from the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections and is curated by Michael Kosowski ’16, who majors in art history and Russian.

The exhibit opening will be on Thursday, October 16, 5:00-6:30pm in the Nancy J. Powell Gallery of the University Art Museum.

Admission to the museum is free. For directions and museum hours, go online.

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BU Art Museum Exhibition: The Spanish Forger: “Medieval” Paintings from the Collection of William Voelkle ’52

The Spanish Forger: “Medieval” Paintings from the Collection of William Voelkle ’52 is an exhibition of known fakes and is mounted in conjunction with a symposium, Hidden Clues: Detecting Fakes and Forgeries in Art. The symposium will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in FA-258, with a reception following. Presenters include William Voelkle ’52 (curator of medieval and renaissance manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City); Patrick McGrady ’92 (curator, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University); Luisa Casella (photograph conservator, West Lake Conservators, Skaneateles, N.Y.); and Betty Krulik (president, Appraisers Association of America). The symposium is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Kenneth C. Lindsay Study Room Fund.

Admission to the museum is free. For directions and museum hours, go online.

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Watson School founder James Carrigg dies

James Carrigg, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 11.

After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea, he earned his associate’s degree from then-Broome Community College and began a career in the energy industry, rising to the position of chairman, president and CEO of New York State Electric and Gas.

He was a founder of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science and served on numerous community boards including the Binghamton University Foundation and Harpur Forum (now Binghamton University Forum) boards. He was awarded an honorary degree by Binghamton University in 2012.

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