Visit the Etruscan, Greek and Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with CNES

Greek and Roman

Visit the Etruscan, Greek and Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Time and Cosmos exhibit at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU on Saturday, March 25. Bus departs Binghamton University at 7 a.m. and departs NYC at 7 p.m. Cost is $36 per person (cash or check) and includes museum admission; payment required to confirm. Contact Margaret Dwyer in LT-510 or via email by Wednesday, March 1. The trip is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Greek and Roman art comprises more than 17,000 works ranging in date from the Neolithic period (ca. 4500 B.C.) to the time of the Roman emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity in A.D. 312 and their collection of  collection of ancient Etruscan art includes over one thousand objects dating from about 900 B.C. to about 100 B.C.

Why not take a trip into ancient history? Contact CNES today!

To prepare for the trip or if you cant make the trip and want to learn more about Etruscan, Greek and Roman art, visit Special Collections - we have a number of books on the subjects.

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Download 10,000 of the First Recordings of Music Ever Made


Three minutes with the minstrels / Arthur Collins, S. H. Dudley & Ancient City. Edison Record. 1899.

Long before vinyl records, cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s came along, people first experienced audio recordings through another medium — through cylinders made of tin foil, wax and plastic.

Thanks to the University of California-Santa Barbara Cylinder Audio Archive, you can now download or stream a digital collection of more than 10,000 cylinder recordings.

Read more here

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CEMERS trip to the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gallery 305

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will host a bus trip to the Cloisters and the Islamic Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday, March 17. A guided tour will be provided at both museums.

The cost is $30 for Binghamton University undergraduate and graduate students; $25 for declared MDVL majors/minors and $40 for faculty and staff. Pricing includes transportation, museum admission, and tours.

Arrive promptly at 8:15 a.m. Buses will depart the Events Center parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and return to the Events Center parking lot at 10:30 p.m. Students must have a valid Binghamton University student ID card to board the bus.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 3! To register and pay by credit card, visit the CEMERS website. To pay by cash/check, visit the CEMERS office, LN-1129. If you would like more information, call 607-777-2730 or contact Colleen Bailey.


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Happy Birthday Sidney Poitier!

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Lobby card of To Sir With Love starring Sidney Poitier from the Center for the Study of the 1960s.

Visit Special Collections to see this and other lobby cards – we are located on the second floor of the Bartle Library (off of the North Reading Room).

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“It ain’t never no use puttin’ up yer umbrell’ till it rains.” – Mrs. Wiggs

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Did you know that February 17 is National Cabbage Day?

To observe the day celebrating this humble vegetable, we pulled out Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, a 1901 novel by American author Alice Hegan Rice. It is the story of a family struggling against all odds in “the Cabbage Patch,” an old Louisville slum “where ramshackle cottages played hop-scotch over the railroad tracks.” This hopeful story follows the Wiggs as they face eviction from their dilapidated house and take in two orphanage fugitives.

Film adaptations of the book include:

Special Collections’ 1928 copy of the work comes from the McLaughlin Collection and is a photoplay edition referring to the fact that it is a movie tie-in book. Most photoplays  were reprints of novels and appeared prior to the movie release in the hopes one would read it promptly or save it for right after viewing the film.

Would you like to know see more of the 480 photoplay editions from the McLaughlin Collection? Come to Special Collections, we are located on the second floor of the Bartle Library.

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Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony!

March 15 is the birthday of Susan B. Anthony – she would have been 197 if she were still alive today. Born in Massachusetts and raised as a Quaker, she played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.

suffrage 001In Special Collections, you will find the book Woman Suffrage: History, Arguments, Results, also known by the National American Woman Suffrage Association as “The Blue Book.” This 1917 revised edition, edited by Frances M. Bjorkman and Annie G. Porritt, covers practically the entire field of suffrage claims and evidence and was designed especially for the convenience of suffrage speakers and writers and for the use of debaters and libraries.

Included in this volume are “Twelve Reasons Why Women Should Vote:”

1. BECAUSE those who obey the laws should help to choose those who make the laws.

2. BECAUSE laws affect women as much as men.

3. BECAUSE laws which affect women are now passed without consulting them.

4. BECAUSE laws affecting children should include the woman’s point of view as well as the man’s.

5. BECAUSE laws affecting the home are voted on in every session of the legislature.

6. BECAUSE women have experience which would be helpful to legislation.

7. BECAUSE to deprive women of the vote is to lower their position in common estimation.

8. BECAUSE having the vote would increase the sense of responsibility among women toward questions of public importance.

9. BECAUSE public-spirited mothers make public-spirited sons.

10. BECAUSE about 8,000,000 women in the United States are wage workers, and the conditions under which they work are controlled by law.

11. BECAUSE the objections against their having the vote are based on prejudice, not on reason.

12. BECAUSE to sum up all reasons in one - it is for the common good of all.

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. The 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.

Would you like to read more? Visit us in Special Collections! We are located on the second floor of the Bartle Library (off of the North Reading Room).

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How 18-year-old engineering students saved U of T’s rarest books

Group of students came up with fix for dampness seeping through library walls

By Kate McGillivray, CBC News
Posted: Feb 06, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 06, 2017 7:38 AM ET

Yewon Son was in first-year university when she and a group of fellow students came up with a fix for condensation in the rare books library.             Yewon Son was in first-year university when she and a group of fellow students came up with a fix for     condensation in the rare books library.  (CBC)

Yewon Son craned her neck, looking up at the high ceilings and packed shelves of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library — a building that holds, among other treasures, a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet, papyrus from the time of Christ and medieval manuscripts that come from the fourth century.

It was the 21-year-old University of Toronto engineering student’s first time looking carefully at the books and manuscripts she helped save back when she was just 18 and in a first-year class.

Up until a few months ago, the brittle paper, papyrus and vellum housed in the library were under threat: the aging walls of the 1973 building, attached to Robarts Library, were failing, allowing water to get through. “Mold in a book is deadly, because mold can also spread. It’s very difficult to treat,” explained P.J. Carefoote, head of special collections at Fisher.

The team at Fisher spoke with architecture firms and were told each time they’d have to move the books to accomplish a fix. Not relishing a solution that would move delicate books from their regulated environment and shut down the library for an extended period, they turned to an engineering class.

It was Son, along with five of her classmates, who came up a solution: instead doing internal repairs, they suggested coating the outer walls with foam to prevent moisture

P.J. CarefooteThe library is full of items that would be severely damaged by moisture, said P.J. Carefoote: ‘Our oldest item is a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet. We also have papyrus from the time of Christ and Medieval manuscripts that come from the fourth century.’ (CBC)

Sifting through ‘crazy, stupid ideas’

Son’s group was in first-year university, taking a class on engineering problem-solving, when they were presented with the water issue. “We were right out of high school. We didn’t have any of the industrial, or technical, or architectural skills,” she said.

But a teaching assistant encouraged them to get creative. Thanks to that advice, “even if we thought it was a crazy, stupid idea, we threw it in,” said Son.

They ran the gamut of possibilities, including installing pipes inside the walls to funnel away water, before finally landing on their best idea: sprayable insulation on the outside walls, topped in concrete to match the rest of the library exterior. After they presented their idea to U of T staff, Son didn’t think much about it. It was only in January of this year, three years later, that she found out their pitch had been selected as the fix for the library. “That’s actually crazy. When I heard I was really excited,” she said. “That’s when I realized that even first years who don’t really know what they’re doing can make a difference.”

Foam on Fisher librarySpray-on foam coats the outside of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. (CBC)

The project is half finished — the concrete layer still needs to go in — but Carefoote and the library staff couldn’t be happier. “Books like to have constant temperature and constant humidity,” said Carefoote. Now, thanks to layers of foam, they have it.

The project is expected to be completed by March 2017.

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Join us for a panel discussion: Kurdish Community Perspectives: Impacting Our World


Join us in the Main Gallery of the Binghamton University Art Museum, March 16, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a panel discussion exploring Kurdish culture and history

Panelists will discuss their current research and findings, and how these efforts help us understand the world today. A general discussion of current events in the Kurdish community will follow. Topics to be explored include the impact to Kurdish society as a result of the recent travel ban, perspectives on immigration and the vital role of diversity in education.

Panelists from Binghamton University

  • Moderator: Kent Schull, associate professor of Ottoman and Modern Middle East history
  • Aynur de Rouen, curator of the Kurdish Collection, Special Collections
  • Bahattin Demir, PhD student in history
  • Ekrem Karakoc, associate professor of political science
  • Nilay Ozok-Gundogan, visiting assistant professor of Ottoman history

Panelist from the American Kurdish Council, New York chapter

  • Ridwan Zebari, director

Register for the event here

A Glimpse of Everyday Life in Iraqi Kurdistan, January 26 – May 20, 2016, University Art Museum (lower level gallery).

This panel accompanies the exhibit A Glimpse of Everyday Life in Iraqi Kurdistan, open January 26-May 20, in the University Art Museum’s lower level gallery. The exhibit features photographs from the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection and highlights the everyday life of Iraqi Kurds during the 1960s and the 1980s-1990s.

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New Dead Sea Scroll Discovered

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Archeologists in Israel discovered a 12th cave they believe once housed the Dead Sea Scrolls after finding historical artifacts proving they had been stored there. If they are right, it would be the latest “scroll cave” discovered in over 60 years, Harretz reported Wednesday.

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archeology found Cave 12, in the archeological site in Qumran, Israel, close to the location where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 in the West Bank. Until the announcement, it was believed that 11 caves had once contained the scrolls.

Cave 12 contained shattered pottery jars, which held the scrolls, scroll casings  and strips of cloth that tied the scrolls, which were all over 2,000 years old, one of the project’s head researchers, Dr. Oren Gutfeld from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Researchers announced that the cave likely held the Dead Sea Scrolls after discovering empty lidded pottery jars similar to the ones found inside of Cave 8. While archeologists found a piece of parchment rolled up in one of the jars from the Second Temple period, which was the same era the Dead Sea scrolls were made in (530 BC to 70 AD), it was blank.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 972 manuscripts containing parts of what is now known as the Hebrew Bible. In addition to being one of the earliest copies of the Ten Commandments, it is also comprised of secular texts, such as calendars, astronomical information and community regulations. These can now be viewed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Researchers said the Dead Sea Scrolls that used to be in the cave were likely stolen by Bedouins in the middle of the 20th century after finding two iron pickaxe heads from the 1950’s inside.

“Although at the end of the day no scroll was found, and instead we ‘only’ found a piece of parchment rolled up in a jug that was being processed for writing, the findings indicate beyond any doubt that the cave contained scrolls that were stolen,” said Gutfeld.

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Binghamton University Libraries’ receives $3,000 Women’s Suffrage grant

Leyden Diary 1872

The South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) has awarded a $3,000 Women’s Suffrage Grant to the Binghamton University Libraries’ to digitize and transcribe four diaries from the Maurice Leyden Collection.  This project is part of a program to document the Women’s Suffrage Movement as part of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2017.

Maurice Leyden lived in Rochester, NY and was a dentist, businessman, banker, and politician, but also supported women’s suffrage. His diaries contain entries of lectures by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and details of his wife Margaret’s involvement in the movement, including her arrest for registering to vote in 1872 along with Susan B. Anthony. These items will be accessible online and via New York Heritage and the Digital Public Library of America.

The Maurice Leyden Collection is one of seventeen Civil War collections held in Special Collections in the Glenn G. Bartle Library.

 Would you like to learn more? Visit Special Collections! We are located on the second floor of Bartle Library (off of the North Reading Room).

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