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Espy Project Fall Update

Gregory Wiedeman - October 06, 2017

Project Page Project Announcement, April 2017 Github repository It's well past time for an update on the Espy Project. We've done a lot over the past 6 months, working to make the stories of the over 15,000 people executed by the state accessible to the public. There is still plenty to do, but we're off to a great start. Here is what we've completed so far. We've successfully digitized almost 33,000 sides of index cards and started on the over 115,000 pages of reference material. Working with an outside vendor, we shipped off 21 boxes of index cards and 46 record boxes out for scanning. All of the index cards have been completed and reviewed, as well as 3 of the 46 boxes of reference material. This gives us enough to start moving along, creating metadata, and making everything available to the public. In the past, once we receive the...

Mark Wolfe Wins Excellence Award

Mark Wolfe - May 09, 2017

Mark Wolfe, along with fourteen UAlbany faculty and staff, was named a winner of this year's President's Excellence Award, which honors those who are "exemplary models of the outstanding performance expected from all University employees." Mark Wolfe (center) with Dean Mugridge (left) and President Stellar (right). Mark is the Curator of Digital Collections, and this November 2017 will mark his 10th anniversary since starting his job. </img>

Sheri Sarnoff Named 2017 Patricia Stocking Brown Research Award Recipient

Mark Wolfe - May 05, 2017

The University Libraries at the University at Albany, SUNY today presented the 2017 Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research Award to University at Albany undergraduate student Sheri Sarnoff. A dual History/Psychology major, Ms. Sarnoff received $100 for her research on attempts to establish and maintain a day care facility at the University at Albany, 1969-1983. The project, created as part of the Department of History's Senior Honors Thesis Seminar, explores the respective roles of the Women's Liberation Front, families, and the University administration in efforts to provide on-campus child care. Professors Ryan Irwin and Kori Graves of the Department of History serve as faculty advisors to this project. Ms. Sarnoff expects to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2018. Sheri Sarnoff (center) with Professors Ryan Irwin (left) and Kori Graves of the Department of History. The annual Award honors Professor Patricia Stocking Brown, who taught...

Erik Stolarski wins Alice Hastings Murphy Scholarship

Mark Wolfe - May 03, 2017

Erik began working in the Fall of 2016 in the Special Collections Department working on collections in the University Archives, such as the Milne School records and the Records of the Office of the President among other duties. Erik also works in the Cataloging Department predominantly cataloging special collection materials such as political pamphlets and monographs. Erik is pursuing an M.S.I.S. and an M.A. in History. Erik, center, poses with award with Mark Wolfe, Nancy Poehlmann, and Dean Mugridge at the 2017 Library Recognition Luncheon. Alice Hastings Murphy Scholarships, are granted to staff employees or student employees who wish to become librarians and who are enrolled in or accepted in an American Library Association accredited library and information science degree program.</img>

Intersession Hours for 2016-2017

Melissa McMullen - December 15, 2016

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will be closed Wednesday, December 21, 2016 through Tuesday, January 2, 2017. The Department will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2017, and resume regular reference hours from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Department's complete reference hours can be found here.

When Muhammad Ali Came to UAlbany

Melissa McMullen - June 08, 2016

On January 30th, 1979, just three months after winning the world heavyweight championship for an unprecedented third time, Muhammad Ali made his way onto a stage at the University at Albany. To read more of the press release:[Link].

UAlbany History Highlighted in the Times Union Newspaper

Melissa McMullen - May 11, 2016

Several images from the University have been showcased in a photo essay documenting the growth of UAlbany. Check it our for yourself! [Link] More photographs from the digital collections can be found here. [Link]

Sharon Wolff Wins Prestigious Alice Hastings Murphy Scholarship

Mark Wolfe - April 21, 2016

Sharon Wolff is pictured on the right receiving the Alice Hastings Murphy Scholarship at the 2016 University Libraries Recognition Luncheon with Interim Dean and Director of the Libraries, Rebecca Mugridge. Sharon is currently enrolled in the Information Studies graduate program (archives track) and will graduate in May. She has worked in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives since June 2014, processing the radio programs of WAMC (Northeast Public Radio) and the paper collection of Elisabeth Semel, an important collection in our National Death Penalty Archive. Sharon recently completed an internship at the National Portrait Gallery during the winter intersession. Alice Hastings Murphy Scholarships, granted to staff employees or student employees who wish to become librarians and who are enrolled in or accepted in an American Library Association accredited library and information science degree program.</img>

IELP Students Visit the Archives

Mark Wolfe - March 11, 2016

Supervisory Archivist, Jodi Boyle teaches a class of IELP students about the collections and how to use primary resources.

Celebrating the Life of an Artist: Marcia Brown, Class of 1940, (1919-2015)

Mark Wolfe - February 19, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016, 2:00 - 5:00PM Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Room University at Albany Science Library Video of the event Please join us to celebrate the life of Marcia Brown, New York State College for Teachers Class of 1940, an internationally renowned illustrator and author of children's books. She was a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, the American Library Association's highest award for excellence in children's' book illustrations, for three of her books: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (1954); Once a Mouse (1961); and Shadow (1982), and six more of her books are Caldecott Honor Books. Speakers confirmed include: Anita Silvey, author and former editor of The Horn Book Jeanne Lamb, New York Public Library Dr. Kendra Howard Smith, Associate Professor, University at Albany David Mitchell, Curator, Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children's Literature John Solum, Music Teacher and Friend of Marcia Brown More speakers to be...