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
From SC&A and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:
Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives has an excellent collection of Shakespeare’s works, from 1623 to the present. Drop in to this open house to view rare, illustrated, and unusual editions of the Bard. There are two sessions: 12-1 pm, and 4-6 pm.
Date: Thursday, April 21 — today!~
Time: 4-6 PM
Place: Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives, 1st floor Olin Library
From the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:
Open house in Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library
German artists in the age of Dürer disseminated their images through a variety of means, including as illustrations in books and pamphlets. Examples of the interplay of text and image will be available for browsing. This open house is presented in conjunction with Passion and Power: German Prints in the Age of Dürer, on view at the Davison Art Center (2/5-3/3/16).
Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 12-2 PM
Place: Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives (first floor of Olin)
A cool thing today:
Please join us this afternoon (4:15-6 p.m.) for a drop-in open house in the Davison Rare Book Room to celebrate Islamicate book arts. Highlights include 17th- and 18th-century English translations of the Qur’an, contemporary artists’ books, and a series of books and posters commemorating the booksellers of Al-Mutanabbi Street in Bagdad.
Please share this with anyone who may be interested.
Sponsored by the CFA’s Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan and Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library.
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 4:15-6 PM
Place: Davison Rare Book Room, Olin
From Library Assistant Jennifer Hadley:
Please join us for the opening of Victorious Secret: Elite Olympic Champions as Dancing Bikini Girls by Angela S. Lorenz. This series of three mosaic triptychs is based on the famous mosaics on the floor of an ancient Roman villa in Piazza Armerina, Sicily, from 300 AD. The mosaics are often interpreted as “dancing bikini girls,” but Angela Lorenz reclaims them as the elite athletes they really were.
At the open house following the artist’s talk, more than twenty of Lorenz’s artist’s books will be on display. Victorious Secret commemorates the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
Victorious Secret is on display in the lobby of Olin Library through the end of the semester.
Sponsored by the Friends of Wesleyan Library, the Office of Equity & Inclusion, the Athletics Department, and Special Collections & Archives.
Date: Wednesday, November 19
Time: 4:15-6 PM
Place: Smith ReadingRoom, 1st floor Olin Library
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.
For those of you on campus, here’s something to check out. In about an hour, Special Collections & Archives is hosting an “Open House in Honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation”:
On Thursday, January 10, original documents, books, and printed materials related to the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War, will be on view in the Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Among the items on display will be a certificate signed by Lincoln appointing Hiram Willey (Wesleyan Class of 1839) U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut; Harper’s Weekly, the North’s most comprehensive, illustrated source for news about the Civil War; Confederate publications related to slavery; abolitionist publications; and the first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s galvanizing novel, Uncle Cabin.
Date: Today, January 10
Time: 2 PM – 4:30 PM
Place: Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library
Did something important happen on campus, or with your student group this year? Which initiatives worked and which did not?
Keeping a record of student initiatives is important for continuity, learning and remembering our past, and building more effective and long lasting change in the projects we are working on.
This Sunday, as part of the Skillshare Extravaganza (more details to come) you are invited to the archiving workshop. Let’s meet together to archive materials like notes, fliers, photos, testimonials, and articles. Come with materials, or just for brainstorming. Stay for all or some of the workshop. During the workshop in a group setting we can begin to strategize how to record in an accessible way what has happened this past year. There will be more workshops to follow with the Special Collections Librarian from Olin if you are not able to make this one. Keeping an archive of what happened this past year can make it easy for next year to pick up from where we left off, learn from mistakes, and for many many next years to get insight into and inspiration from the history they are coming from. Anyone is welcome to help with these projects. Please contact igauthier(at)wesleyan(dot)edu for more info.
Date: Sunday, April 29
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Robin Price‘s press, there will be an open house in Special Collections & Archives, Monday, May 3, 4-6 p.m. Price is an internationally known book artist and fine press printer, who is based in Middletown. Her work is the subject of the current exhibition at the Davison Art Center, Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artist’s Books by Robin Price, Printer. Works by her mentors and students are on display in the Olin Library exhibition area. This open house offers an opportunity for hands-on reading and viewing of Price’s work, as well as a chance to chat with the artist. Please share this with your friends.
For further information, please contact Special Collections & Archives at x3864 or at sca(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
Date: May 3
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Special Collections and Archives
…there was an anti-slavery Wesleyan Young Men’s Republican Club. From the Special Collections and Archives blog:
The 1856 election was an extremely controversial one, pitting Republican candidate John C. Fremont [above, left] against Democrat James Buchanan. The central issue of the election for many voters, and for Wesleyan’s Republican club in particular, was the proposed expansion of the institution of slavery into the territory of Kansas. Buchanan was known as a slavery expansionist, even supporting the annexation of Cuba for the purpose of building slave labor plantations there. Fremont ran on a free soil ticket, opposing the expansion of slavery to Kansas and Nebraska. In response to issues that they considered to be, “the most momentous presented to the American people since the adoption of the constitution,” a group of Wesleyan students founded the club on June 21, 1856.
The Wesleyan Republicans: fighting for democratic ideals like basic personal liberties and freedom from Obamacare since 1856.
[Via the Wesleyan Community Blog]