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Special Collections & Archives Open House 5/27/17

From SC&A:

Everyone welcome! — students, graduating seniors, alumni, friends and family.
Drop in at the University’s Special Collections & Archives to show your friends and family the impressive Davison Rare Book Room. If you are an alum, remember your student days through the yearbooks, The Argus, Hermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials, which are available here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.

Date: Saturday, May 27
Time: 12-4 PM
Place: Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library

Artist talk by Nancy Ottmann Albert – “Documents in Black and White”

hillcrest-orchardsNancy Ottmann Albert (MALS ’94) will speak about her photographic exhibition “Documents in Black and White,” currently on display in the Special Collections & Archives exhibit cases. The works are selected from the Nancy Ottmann Albert Collection, which she recently donated to Wesleyan, and span the thirty years she spent documenting New England’s built environment. In 1981, inspired by Walker Evans and the FSA photographers, Albert began to photograph textile mills and industrial sites throughout New England. She returned over the years to record their decline and disappearance, shooting black and white film in a medium format camera. Further exploration led her to seek out other endangered structures and landscapes. These include mental institutions emptied by changing philosophies of treatment and a commissioned study of Long River Village, Middletown’s oldest housing project, prior to its demolition. The exhibition also contains images of roadside and urban vernacular architecture; barns and abandoned homesteads; filling stations; drive-in theaters. All of the work, which includes gelatin silver photographs, was printed by the artist. The exhibition will be open through Friday, December 16, 2016.

The talk and event are free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Special Collections & Archives, Wesleyan Library, and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library. For more information, email libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00 PM
Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Library

1863/1963 Revisited: Open House in Special Collections & Archives

“Welcome Santa Claus.” Harper’s Weekly, January 5, 1863.

“Welcome Santa Claus.” Harper’s Weekly, January 5, 1863.

From Library Assistant Jennifer Hadley:

Take a break from the frenzy of finals!

As 2013 draws to a close, drop in at the Special Collections & Archives “1863/1963 Revisited” Open House.  Documents, books, photographs, and memorabilia from 150 and 50 years ago will be on display in the Davison Rare Book Room.  Highlights include momentous national events such as the Gettysburg Address (1863) and the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (1963), as well as the contemporary Wesleyan scene. The exhibition, “Retracing President Kennedy’s Final Journey: Selections from William Manchester’s Research Files,” is also on view.

Date: Tuesday, Dec 10
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Place: Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library

From the Special Collections and Argives: An Awesome Picture of Richard Nixon at Wesleyan in 1956

Yes, the same Richard Nixon.

Do you keep up with the library’s Special Collections and Archives blog? If that’s a no, you may have missed archivist Leith Johnson’s “Pick of the Week,” which depicts then-Vice President Richard Nixon’s momentous visit to Wesleyan on October 18, 1956. Here’s your bi-weekly reminder that an institution of higher learning can change a lot in 50 years or less, and that Martin Benjamin ’57 once looked like this.

Shot by Fraser M. Lyle ’58, the above photo finds Tricky Dick on a Connecticut campaign stop less than a month before Eisenhower securely won reelection:

The Argus reported that Nixon spoke to about 400 students who crowded around him on High St. Suzy Taraba included this photograph, taken by Frazer M. Lyle ’58, in her recent presentation on alumni gifts of archival materials to the University Relations major gifts team. This photograph is particularly remarkable because it’s a color print, something that is rare among our photographs from this time period.

Book Artists Take Action: Open House in Special Collections & Archives

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library invite you to view a collection about activist book artists:Image: Strange Fruit by John Risseeuw, 2002

During the open house, the work of activist book artists will be available for browsing in the Davison Rare Book Room.  Among the artists’ books on display will be work connected to the contemporary movements featured in the Davison Art Center exhibition, Artists Take Action (which includes three portfolios from SC&A), as well as related causes. Boom!: a Summary of the Paper Landmine Print Project by John Risseeuw (Tempe, AZ: Cabbagehead Press, c2011) is printed on paper made by the artist from the clothing of landmine victims.  Julie Chen’s Memento (Berkeley, CA: Flying Fish Press, c2012), a tiny book in a locket, is described by the artist as evoking “the fragility of the book and the power of reading.”  Memento is part of the The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, which commemorates and laments the bombing of a street of booksellers in Baghdad on March 5, 2007.  Occupy Your Wallet by Emily Artinian (Wilmington, DE, 2012), is a collection of images from the Occupy movement, each presented in credit card form.

No registration required; for information contact SC&A at (860) 685-3864 or sca[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 4:15-6 p.m.
Place: Davison Rare Book Room inside Olin’s Special Collections & Archives

The Kallir Family Collection of Austrian and German Literature

Library assistant Jennifer Hadley would like to inform you of a cool exhibit right outside of Olin’s Special Collections and Archives:

In 1939, the Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir fled war-torn Europe, bringing with him to New York his irreplaceable art and book collections.  In New York, he started his life over, establishing a new art gallery (the Galerie St. Etienne, still operating today), a publishing house (the Johannes Presse), and becoming one of the central figures in circles of Austrian émigrés in the U.S., maintaining his many contacts to leading artistic and literary figures of his day.

The Kallir family has generously donated Otto Kallir’s book collection of Austrian and German literature to Wesleyan University, highlights of which are on display in Olin Library from October 19 to November 27, 2012.  The collection features first editions, signed copies, books inscribed to Kallir and his wife, fine press books, several unique manuscript items, and more.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 4:30-6pm, with remarks by John Kallir (Otto Kallir’s son), and a short talk about the collection by Wesleyan Associate Professor of German Studies Ulrich Plass.  The event is free and open to the public.

Book collection on display from October 19-November 27. Wednesday’s reception information:
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Place: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor of Olin

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Book Sale

Olin Library assistant Jennifer Hadley invites you to attend the Friends of the Wesleyan Library book sale this Saturday:

5000+ academic and popular books.  Most priced $1-$5.  Special titles $10-20+. Invite your friends and family and come find the perfect additions for your own book collection!

Cash and checks accepted.

For more information e-mail libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or visit the event website. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the sale.

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Olin Library Lobby