Special Collections Holiday/Intersession Hours

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Holiday/Intersession Hours for Special Collections

December 22, 2014 – January 5, 2015                   CLOSED

January 6 – 25, 2015                                                  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – to schedule call (607) 777-4844

Have a safe and relaxing break everyone!!

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The Tilly Losch Collection: Downton Abbey as Seen Through the Archives

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Another installment of “An Occasional Series in Special Collections” will take place on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Huppe Room in Special Collections located in the Glenn Bartle Library.

In anticipation of the premier of Season 5 of the hit international series, Downton Abbey on January 4, 2015, Beth Kilmarx, Curator of Rare Books, will speak about the Tilly Losch Collection located in Special Collections. The title of her talk will be “The Tilly Losch Collection: Downton Abbey as See Through the Archives.”

This event is free and open to the public. Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Bartle Library. For more information, call (607) 777-4841.

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The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair is Special Collections’ Featured Book for December 2014

s fair 3Binghamton University Special Collections has selected The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, as its featured book for December 2014.  Written by Bill Cotter and Bill Young, longtime members of the World’s Fair Collectors Society, the book captures the history of this event through vintage photographs.  The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, called “the Billion-dollar Fair” lived up to its reputation.  It was the largest international exhibition ever built in the United States with more than one hundred fifty pavilions and exhibits spread over six hundred forty acres.

With the cold war in full swing, the fair offered visitors a refreshingly positive view of the future, mirroring the official theme: Peace through Understanding. Guests could travel back in time through a display of full-sized dinosaurs, or look into the future where underwater hotels and flying cars were commonplace. They could enjoy Walt Disney’s popular shows, or study actual spacecraft flow in orbit. More than fifty-one million guests visited the fair before it closed forever in 1965.

The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair is part of the Local History Collection.  To see the book visit Special Collections, located on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library off of the North Reading Room.  Special Collections is open to the public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Call number:  T786 1964.B1 C68 2004. The Local History Collection.

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Special Collections will be closed November 27 – November 30

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Just a reminder: Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives will be closed Thursday, November 27 – Sunday, November 30. We will re-open on Monday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m.

Click here for a full list of library hours

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Michael Kosowski ’16 speaks about his exhibit “Some of These People”: Marking the Other in Soviet Russia”

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Michael Kosowski speaks about his exhibit “Some of These People” in the University Art Museum.

On Friday, November 21, 2014, Michael Kosowski welcomed BU Libraries staff members to his exhibit “Some of These People”: Marking the Other in Soviet Russia” on display in the University Art Museum.  The exhibit featured Soviet posters on loan from the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections.

Michael spoke about creating and researching for the exhibit and the imagery and messages of propaganda  in Soviet posters.

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Michael speaks about his exhibit with BU Library staff members (l-r) Kathryn Kowalczik, Jean Green, Anthony Tersmette, and Laura Evans.

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University Archivist gives Newing College talk

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On Friday, November 21, University Archivist, Yvonne Deligato, spoke about Newing College history to members of the Binghamton University Scholars Program.  The presentation included a brief discussion about the inception of Binghamton University and explored the development of the Newing College residential community and its unique traditions, events and activities.  The presentation followed with questions from the members of the scholars program.

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New TV spot is a homegrown effort

Andrew J. Hatling, University video producer, center, and Ryan Yarosh, director of media and public relations, work on Binghamton University's new TV spot on the Lois B. DeFleur Walkway.  Photo by Jonathan Cohen

Andrew J. Hatling, University video producer, center, and Ryan Yarosh, director of media and public relations, work on Binghamton University’s new TV spot on the Lois B. DeFleur Walkway.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen

What does it take to shoot a modern TV spot? Expensive equipment? A 40-man crew? A gargantuan budget? For Binghamton University, all it takes is some teamwork.

The University’s new 30-second TV spot, “Binghamton – This Is Premier,” is a study in collaboration. The video, which showcases the University’s history using archive footage and props, period furniture and digital effects, was produced almost entirely in-house by students, faculty and staff.

“The way that people came together to put this project together, it’s unbelievable,” University Video Producer Andrew Hatling said. “From so many different arenas, it was such a huge, huge team effort – from theater to Special Collections in the library to people on the web team and the marketing department.”

Read more here: New TV spot is a homegrown effort

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Symposium on fakes and forgeries Saturday, Nov. 22

A symposium titled “Hidden Clues: Discerning Fakes and Forgeries in Art” will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in FA-258, in conjunction with the current exhibition, “The Spanish Forger: “Medieval” Paintings from the Collection of William Voelkle ’52”.

Four short presentations will address the problems of fakes and forgeries in art:

William Voelkle ’52
Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
The Morgan Library & Museum, NYC

Patrick McGrady ’92
Charles V. Hallman Curator
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University

Luisa Casella
Photographs conservator
West Lake Conservators, Skaneateles, NY

Betty Krulik
Betty Krulik Fine Art Ltd.
President, Appraisers Association of America

A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Kenneth C. Lindsay Study Room Fund, this event is free and open to all.

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“Good-bye to All That: The First World War and the End of An Era” to be held in Special Collections

Scene from the Academy Award Best Picture winner, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

All are welcome to join this occasional series, “Good-bye to All That: The First World War and the End of An Era,” from 11:01-12:31 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Huppé Reading Room, Special Collections, Bartle Library.

The presentation and discussion will be led by Beth Kilmarx, Curator of Rare Books, and Richard Mackenney, Professor of History.

The First World War is considered by many as a watershed in Britain, marking the end of an era that had its origins during the Victorian period. Join us as we discuss the impact of the waron the British Empire and Europe. Highlighting the discussion will be examples of World War I vintage literary works, historical documents and photographs that are housed in Special Collections.

Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Bartle Library.

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University Archives materials featured in Binghamton’s New Commercial!

The new Binghamton University TV commercial, This Is Premier, showcases our school’s history — with a creative twist. Check out how it all came together.

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University Archivist Yvonne Deligato pulled yearbooks, hats, apparel and photographs from the University Archives to give the set an authentic 1940s look.

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