Shakespeare lecture today at 12noon!

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As part of the Libraries’ Special Collections’ Occasional Lecture Series, Richard Mackenney, Professor of History at Binghamton University, will speak on “Shakespeare: Staging the Renaissance” at noon today.

The lecture will be held in Special Collections, Bartle Library (2nd floor). After the lecture, view the Shakespeare in Special Collections: Selections from the Max Reinhart Collections and the Rare Book Collections exhibitThe exhibit and lectures mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (April 23, 1616).

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Photos from Special Collections featured in Binghamton University Photo of the Day!

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“Graphic! Lurid! Sensational! Exploitation and B-Movie Posters,” guest curated by Brian Wall, associate professor of cinema and art history, features 35 vintage posters and is on view at the University Art Museum through May 21.
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Binghamton University’s Photo of the Day featured in Dateline [April 22] shows visitors to the exhibit “Graphic! Lurid! Sensational! Exploitation and B-Movie Posters” currently on display in the University Art Museum. Guest curated by Brian Wall, Associate Professor of Cinema and Art History, the exhibition features 35 vintage posters drawn from a collection of over 400 posters that are part of the John McLaughlin Collection in the Special Collections of the Binghamton University Libraries.

Read more about the exhibition here

Read “Monsters, aliens and 50-foot women to invade the University Art Museum” in Inside Binghamton University

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Binghamton University Civil War Collections added to New York Heritage Research Portal

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Detail from envelope depicting soldier with rifle from the Joseph H. Treyz Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes located in Special Collections at Binghamton University.

Five of Binghamton University’s Civil War Collections have added to New York Heritage, a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totalling hundreds of thousands of items including photographs, maps and letters.

The five Binghamton University Civil War Collections that have been added are the Anna E. Wilcox Collection,  the Francis M. and Henry H. Stone Collection, the Joseph H. Treyz Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes, the Lewis H. Brown Collection, and the Patrick Casey Collection. Included in these collections are letters, patriotic envelopes and diaries. Each collection offers insight into life during the Civil War which raged from 1861 to 1865 to determine the survival of the Union or independence for the Confederacy.

In total  the Binghamton University Libraries Civil War Collections consist of seventeen individual collections of materials. Together the collections contain over 1700 letters, diaries, photographs, account books, postcards, and other ephemera which date from the early 1800s to the early 1900s, but are centered on the Civil War years 1861-1865.

Letters are by far the largest component of Binghamton’s collections and many of the letters were written by soldiers at the front, or in Army hospitals, to their family and friends back home. At its core the Civil War Collections are a local history resource with emphasis on collections pertaining to the counties in the immediate Binghamton, New York area, that is Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties.

Collections of particular interest from outside those counties have also been included, such as a collection from Montgomery County which consists of letters written by Ten Eyck Fonda, the grandfather of the actor Henry Fonda.

The collections are located in Special Collections located on the second floor of the Bartle Library. For more information on Binghamton University’s Civil War Collections and other local history collections, contact Local History Bibliographer, Yvonne Deligato, at 607- 777-6459 or by email: deligato@binghamton.edu.

Visit the Binghamton University Collections in New York Heritage here

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‘Alas poor Yorick” A lecture by Professor Mackenney, April 19, in Special Collections

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We are celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare at Binghamton University!

  Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19

 for a presentation by Richard Mackenney, Professor of History, on:

  ‘Alas poor Yorick”: Shakespeare’s Infinite Jester

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Special Collections, Bartle Library

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Saving Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda

The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda: A middle-aged book collector in Mali helped keep the fabled city’s libraries, books and manuscripts safe from occupying jihadists                  Abdel Kader Haidara with ancient family-owned manuscripts, Timbuktu, Mali, 2007.

Abdel Kader Haidara with ancient family-owned manuscripts, Timbuktu, Mali, 2007.    Photo: AMI VITALE/PANOS
By
Joshua Hammer
The Wall Street Journal

April 15, 2016 10:19 a.m. ET

For custodians of the ancient heritage of the Middle East and North Africa, the recent rise of Islamist extremist groups has posed a dire challenge. Since its seizure of the historic Iraqi city of Mosul in early 2014, Islamic State has pillaged and demolished mosques, shrines, churches and other sacred sites across the region. The group continues to launch “cultural cleansing” operations from Tikrit to Tripoli.

In this grim procession, there have been occasional victories for culture over extremism, like the recapture last month of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, which may now be restored to something of its previous glory. A less familiar case of cultural rescue features an unlikely hero: a 51-year-old book collector and librarian named Abdel Kader Haidara in the fabled city of Timbuktu, in the West African country of Mali.

The story begins in April 2012, when Mr. Haidara returned home from a business trip to learn that the weak Malian army had collapsed and that nearly 1,000 Islamist fighters from one of al Qaeda’s African affiliates, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, had occupied his city. He encountered looters, gunfire and black flags flying from government buildings, and he feared that the city’s dozens of libraries and repositories—home to hundreds of thousands of rare Arabic manuscripts—would be pillaged.

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Opening of exhibit a smashing success!

Museum visitors gather for the opening

Museum visitors gather for the exhibit opening of Graphic! Lurid! Sensational! Exploitation and B-Movie Posters

Opening night of the Graphic! Lurid! Sensational! Exploitation and B-Movie Posters exhibit at the Binghamton University Art Museum  was a great success! The exhibit features posters from the John McLaughlin Collection located in the Binghamton University Libraries’ Special Collections. Guest Curator, Brian Wall, Associate Professor of Cinema and Art History, and the students of his CINE 380 class were able to narrow the collection of over 450 posters to the 35 featured in the exhibit.

Graphic! Lurid! Sensational! Exploitation and B-Movie Posters will be on exhibit in the Art Museum’s Main Gallery through May 21. Guest Curator, Brian Wall will be giving a gallery talk on Thursday, April 14, at 12:00p.m.

Special thanks to Diane Butler, Director of the University Art Museum, and her staff for making this exhibit possible.

The opening featured a "Concession Stand" filled with classic candies

The exhibit opening featured a “Concession Stand” filled with classic candies

 

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Special Collection’s enjoys visit from Link family members

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Special Collections was pleased to welcome George T. Link’s daughter, Virginia Link Murray, and her daughter, Meg Murray Dupont on Wednesday, April 6. George T. Link is the brother of Edwin A. Link.

Read more about the Link Collections here

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April’s Book of the Month: The works of Shakespear : in six volumes. Carefully revised and corrected by the former editions, and adorned with sculptures designed and executed by the best hands

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, in The works of Shakespear : in six volumes. Carefully revised and corrected by the former editions, and adorned with sculptures designed and executed by the best hands.  Oxford, : Printed at the Theatre. 1744.

To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (April 23, 2016), a six volume set of William Shakespeare’s works has been selected as the ‘Book of the Month” for April.

The above title page is found only in volume 1; the other volumes, 2-6 have title: The works of Mr. William Shakespear … 1743[-44].  The latter title appears also in v. 1 but in the form of an added title page.  This set was edited by Sir Thomas Hanmer, and it followed Pope’s edition of 1723-25.   Each volumes contains the Chandos portrait, views of the Westminster abbey monument and Stratford bust (the latter altered as in Pope’s edition), and an engraving to each play.  The engravings were all done by Gravelot after Hayman’s work.

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The contents of each volume is as follows:  v. 1. Preface. Mr. Pope’s preface. Some account of the life, &c. of Mr. William Shakespeare, by N. Rowe. Comedies: The tempest. A midsummer night’s dream. The two gentlemen of Verona. The merry wives of Windsor. Measure for measure. The comedy of errors. Much ado about nothing.–v. 2. Comedies: The merchant of Venice. Love’s labour’s lost. As you like it. The taming of the shrew. All’s well that ends well. Twelfth night; or, What you will. The winter’s tale.–v. 3. Historical plays: King Lear. King John. King Richard II. King Henry IV, pt. I-II. King Henry V.–v. 4. Historical plays: King Henry VI, pt. I-III. King Richard III. King Henry VIII.–v. 5. Tragedies: Timon of Athens. Coriolanus. Julius Caesar. Anthony and Cleopatra. Titus Andronicus. Macbeth.–v. 6. Tragedies: Troilus and Cressida. Cymbeline. Romeo and Juliet. Hamlet. Othello. Glossary.

This set is no. 847 in a collection designated as Max Reinhardt.  Each book has a full mottled leather binding.  There are gilt tooled panels on the front and back covers or boards.  The spine has six raised bands with gilt decorated compartments.  Each volume has a brown morocco spine leather piece with the series title stamped in gilt.  The decorative endpapers are marbled with a French Curl on Wide Combed pattern.  All the papers edges are decorated with a red sprinkled pattern.

The works of Shakespear : in six volumes.  The Max Reinhardt Library Collection, PR2752 .H3 1744 v.1-6.

This set is housed in the Special Collections department of the Binghamton University Libraries, and available to be viewed by all.  The department is open to the public,   Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and by appointment.

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Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island

Photo courtesy BBC News

Photo courtesy BBC News

A copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the most sought-after books in the world, has been discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island.

This copy of the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, was found at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute.

Academics who authenticated the book called it a rare and significant find.

About 230 copies of the First Folio are known to exist. A copy owned by Oxford University sold for £3.5m in 2003.

Emma Smith, professor of Shakespeare studies at Oxford University, said her first reaction on being told the stately home was claiming to have an original First Folio was: “Like hell they have.”

But when she inspected the three-volume book she found it was authentic.

“We’ve found a First Folio that we didn’t know existed,” said Prof Smith.

‘Astonishing’

The goatskin-bound book will now go on public display at the stately home for the first time.

Adam Ellis-Jones, director of the Mount Stuart House Trust, said the identification of this original First Folio was “genuinely astonishing”.

The discovery comes ahead of the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

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McLaughlin Collection posters to be featured in University Art Museum exhibition

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Posters from B-movies of the 1950s and 1960s will be featured in the Binghamton University Art Museum’s spring exhibition, “Graphic! Lurid! Sensational! Exploitation and B-Movie Posters.”

Monsters, aliens and 50-foot women to invade the University Art Museum

By John Brhel

MARCH 31, 2016

In today’s movie world, when everything seems to be part of a franchise, when everything is all about the next installment, when Marvel releases multiple superhero movies a year, the instant gratification of an old B-movie or exploitation flick can be refreshing.

“With B-films and exploitation films, your payoff, if indeed there is a payoff, is pretty immediate — 65 minutes and out. I think that kind of economy of presentation is really rewarding,” Associate Professor of Cinema Brian Wall said.

These gratifying (and often grotesque) movies and the posters used to promote them will be celebrated in Binghamton University Art Museum’s spring exhibition, “Graphic! Lurid! Sensational! Exploitation and B-Movie Posters,” which opens from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in room 213 of the Fine Arts Building, the Main Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, May 21. Those unable to attend the opening may tune in to WHRW (90.5 FM) during this time to hear interviews, a broadcast of the original War of the Worlds and other cult classics.

The exhibition features 35 vintage posters drawn from a collection of more than 400 posters that are part of the John McLaughlin Collection in the Special Collections of the Binghamton University Libraries. Wall is the guest curator.

In the exhibition, visitors will find posters of cult favorites such as Plan 9 from Outer Space (“the Citizen Kane of terrible films,” according to Wall), The Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, alongside lesser known, yet visually arresting posters for films like Killers from Space, The Astounding She Monster and The Weird Love Makers.

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Read more about the exhibition here

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