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What’s New in Special Collections? — You Found Out!

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Posted on April 17, 2024, 9 a.m.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) held a spring open house on March 21, 2024.

Re-Designing the Phonographic Disc Box

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Posted on Jan. 3, 2024, 9 a.m.

The Conservation Lab staff redesigned the phonographic disc containers to ensure the safety and maximum longevity of damaged or degrading discs.

About the Ted Koppel Collection at Syracuse University Libraries

Screenshot of Nightline episode featuring Ted Koppel with coverage of the Iran hostage crisis.

Posted on Dec. 13, 2023, noon

Donated by broadcast journalist and Syracuse alumnus Ted Koppel ’60 in 2012, the primarily videotape-based collection contains over 7,000 items covering the latter half of the 20th century.

A Survey of Spooky in SCRC

Cover of Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Posted on Oct. 31, 2023, 2:54 p.m.

Ariana Cook G'24 highlights spooky finds from the Special Collections Research Center in honor of Halloween!

“Boxes, and envelopes, and photos, oh my!” Fred Meyer and The Wizard of Oz Fandom

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Posted on May 31, 2023, 4 p.m.

Processing Fred Meyer's papers, co-founder The Wizard of Oz Club.

Boxed in at the Library

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Posted on May 25, 2023, 10 a.m.

Using the box maker to create housing for glass plate negatives.

Deep Dive in the Archive: The Role of an Archivist

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Posted on May 24, 2023, 4 p.m.

What is an archivist? Archives collect and provide access to primarily unpublished items.

The “Straight-Backed, High-Nosed, Stiff-Necked, Great British Young Lady”: Music and Art of Liza Lehmann

illustration of Liza Lehmann, 1907

Posted on May 1, 2023, 10 a.m.

Liza Lehmann (1862–1918) was one of the most prolific song composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and an influential vocal pedagogue.

Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection

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Posted on April 27, 2023, 10 a.m.

A reflection on the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection from a graduate student intern.

“What ability lurks within women”

Letter from Amelia Earhart to Margaret Bourke-White, August 31, 1933

Posted on March 8, 2023, 10 a.m.

August 31, 1933, famed aviator Amelia Earhart wrote a brief note to photographer and photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White, thanking Bourke-White for sending on one of her recent photographic prints.

Inside SCRC: A Letter from Booker T. Washington

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Posted on Feb. 9, 2023, 1 p.m.

Washington's 1909 appeal aimed to improve operations at the Tuskegee Institute.

“We have that here?!”: Students Meet Special Collections at the Libraries’ Welcome Fest

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Posted on Sept. 30, 2022, noon

SCRC tabled at Welcome Fest, highlighting the full range of resources, services and spaces available to students.

VALUE: Photographs, Memorabilia, Films and SU Archives

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Posted on Dec. 16, 2021, 9:05 a.m.

Throughout this week, we have explored many facets of preservation in the archives.

Unknown: Cassette Tapes and the E. Thomas Billard Papers

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Posted on Dec. 2, 2021, 9:26 a.m.

The Archives Preservation Countdown coverage continues on Sound Beat this week. Check out their episode on the E. Thomas Billard cassette tapes.

Judgement: Pope Leo XIII and the Belfer Cylinders Collection

Pope Leo's crest on top of cylinder

Posted on Nov. 18, 2021, 9:52 a.m.

The Archives Preservation Countdown coverage continues on Sound Beat this week.

Risk: Photographs, Lacquer Disks and the Margaret Bourke-White Papers

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Posted on Nov. 4, 2021, 10 a.m.

The Preservation Countdown coverage continues. Check out the episode on Margaret Bourke-White today!

Behind the Archives with Jim Meade

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Posted on Oct. 25, 2021, 1:45 p.m.

Celebrating American Archives Month by highlighting our own Libraries staff members

TIME: Archives Preservation Countdown

One of the instantaneous discs from SCRC’s WYSR Collection. WSYR Collection.

Posted on Oct. 21, 2021, 10:05 a.m.

In 1967, WSYR issued the following message, an interruption to their scheduled broadcast.

Behind the Archives with Meg Mason

Meg Mason standing inside glass display case, assembling display

Posted on Oct. 6, 2021, 10:27 a.m.

Celebrating American Archives Month by highlighting our very own Libraries staff members

Processing the Papers of Constance Timberlake

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Posted on Sept. 29, 2021, 10:12 a.m.

Papers of Constance Timberlake, professor of human development from 1971 to 1993.

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