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2014 Patricia Stocking Brown Research Award Recipients Named

Mark Wolfe - May 20, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 20, 2014) - The University Libraries at the University at Albany, SUNY today presented the 2014 Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research Awards to University at Albany graduate student Tracey Casseus and undergraduate student Gail Bensen. </img> Ms. Casseus, who just received her Master of Arts degree, with a concentration in History and Media, was awarded $500 for her ongoing project to create a 15 minute documentary about United Tenants of Albany, an area housing advocacy group. Professor Gerald Zahavi of the Department of History serves as faculty advisor to the project, which uses the United Tenants of Albany as a case study to examine the disproportionate impact of a lack of affordable housing on low income women. </img> A History major, Ms. Bensen received $100 to support a planned study of gender and power during her Fall 2014 senior research seminar. Her project...

Grant Winner: 2013 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Mark Wolfe - January 13, 2014

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) awards a 2013 grant to the University's Special Collections and Archives</img> The University at Albany Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives has been selected to receive a 2013 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for its project Building New Access Tools for the National Death Penalty Archive (NDPA). One of 22 selected from 75 applicants nationwide, the project is supported by a $119,900 grant for an arrangement and description project that will enhance access and discoverability of research material in the University at Albany Libraries' National Death Penalty Archive (NDPA). The grant project will be directed by principal investigator Brian Keough, Associate Librarian and Head of Special Collections & Archives. The grant project provides funding for a full-time archivist to arrange, describe and catalog 710 cubic feet of NDPA collections...

The Death Penalty: Law, Litigation, and Social Change

Mark Wolfe - September 18, 2013

The School of Criminal Justice invites you to join us for a special event of the National Death Penalty Archive. The Death Penalty: Law, Litigation, and Social Change Dedication of The Henry Schwarzschild Memorial Collection in the National Death Penalty Archive. Materials donated by Eugene (Gil) Wanger Guest Speaker: Professor Michael Meltsner, Northeastern University School of Law Friday, September 20 4:00 pm - Reception and Group Tours of the Archive 4:30 pm - Dedication and Program* M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives, Science Library The event is free and open to the public. * The program will include remarks from Eugene (Gil) Wanger and Professor Michael Meltsner. Discussion and a question & answer session will follow. Eugene (Gil) Wanger occupies two important places in the history of the anti-death penalty movement. His first contribution came as the young Republican lawyer who wrote the language that made banning the death penalty...

2013 Patricia Stocking Brown Research Award Recipient Named

Mark Wolfe - May 15, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 15, 2013) - The University Libraries at the University at Albany, SUNY presented the 2013 Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research Award to University at Albany graduate student Sean Heather McGraw today. McGraw, a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Department of History, received $500 for her project to research the history, influence and uniqueness of the lesbian community in the Capital District of New York since the 1970s. Professor Gerald Zahavi of the Department of History will serve as faculty advisor to the project. </img> The annual Award honors Professor Patricia Stocking Brown, who taught Biology and Women's and Minorities' Studies for 35 years at nearby Siena College. Trained at the University of Michigan in comparative endocrinology, and a self-described feminist, Patricia Stocking Brown was the first female faculty member in the sciences at Siena. There she established an extraordinary career as a...

Waterbury Hall, Dedicated April 23, 1960

Mark Wolfe - April 24, 2013

On April 23, 1960, the School formally dedicated Waterbury Hall formally for President Edward R. Waterbury, the first graduate of the New York State Normal School to serve as its president, 1882-89. ("Administration to Dedicate Waterbury Hall Tomorrow," State College News, April 22, 1960, p. 1) Waterbury Hall, the last of the Alumni Quadrangle dormitories constructed, opened as a men's dormitory housing 200 students in September 1959. An underground dining hall shared by both Alden and Waterbury Halls was opened later in the year. Designed by Architect Harold O. Fullerton, the building's cost of $1,050,000. (including the dining hall) was funded by the State Dormitory Authority. From September 1959 until it was formally dedicated as Waterbury Hall in April 1960, the dormitory was known as the Men's Dormitory. Edward P. Waterbury (1831-1889) Diploma, NYSNS 1849, A.M., Ph.D., served as president of the New York State Normal School from June 1882...

Today in UA History: 50th Anniversary of Great Campus Pond Flood on Western Avenue

Mark Wolfe - March 19, 2013

Fifty years ago on March 21, havoc was created during construction of the University at Albany's new uptown campus when the retaining wall for the pond burst, sending millions of gallons of water, large, thick chunks of ice, and trees cascading across Western Avenue, into homes and businesses and stranding one homeowner's car in a tree well south of Western Avenue. ("Flood Hits Western Avenue," Knickerbocker News, Late Edition, March 21, 1963). The University at Albany's uptown campus was built as part of Governor Nelson Rockefeller's program to improve the State University system in the early 1960s. Rockefeller commissioned Edward Durell Stone to create a master plan and oversee the construction of the new campus resulting in one of the largest modern academic campuses in the United States. Unlike traditional campuses that grow and develop over time, the Uptown Campus was conceived and constructed all at once, over a short...

Special Collections Awarded DHP Grant

Mark Wolfe - March 12, 2013

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives has been awarded a $12,000 grant to arrange, describe, and produce an EAD finding aid and MARC record for 210 cubic feet of archival records from the Atlantic States Legal Foundation (ASLF). Located in Syracuse, New York, ASLF was established in 1982 to provide affordable legal, technical and organizational assistance to individuals, community groups, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as a way to effectively remediate threats to the natural environment. Since 1982, the ASLF activities had a significant impact on several facets of environmental affairs including water quality and pollution, the protection of lakes, rivers, coastal zones, and wetlands, and environmental litigation. Many of its activities have been precedent-setting in the areas of environmental law regarding environmental cleanup. </img> The ASLF collection dates between 1974 and 2009, and consists of correspondence, subject and case files, compliance monitoring reports and data, environmental...

CSPAN's BOOKTV Pays a Visit

Mark Wolfe - December 12, 2012

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives was prominently featured on C-SPAN2's BOOKTV on the weekend of December 8-9. The program featured a discussion of the Grenander Department, the National Death Penalty Archive and the M. Watt Espy Papers. Our feature was part of C-SPAN's LCV (Local Content Vehicle) 2012 Cities Tour of all of America's state capitals. Albany, N.Y. is featured in December 2012. SUNY Albany Library Special Collections Local Content page for Albany

From the Great Experiment to the University

Mark Wolfe - October 10, 2012

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives welcomes a new exhibit, "From the Great Experiment to the University: Historic Images of the University at Albany, 1844 - 2004." The exhibit will run from October 10, 2012 through April 15, 2013 in the Science Library Atrium. Founded in 1844 as the New York State Normal School, the University at Albany was the first state funded school for higher education in New York and fourth in the nation. Using documents, photographs, and artifacts, this exhibit traces the University's administrative history and student culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries, as it transitioned from the New York State Normal School to the New York State College for Teachers to the University at Albany. In 1962, as part of SUNY's expansion plan, the College for Teachers was designated a university adopting the model of a broad-based public research institution, charged with providing...

A National Death Penalty Archive Event

Mark Wolfe - September 27, 2012

A National Death Penalty Archive Event Friday, October 12, 2012 Standish Room, Science Library, University at Albany Lecture and Reception at 4:00 pm The University at Albany's School of Criminal Justice and the University Libraries are proud to host former Dean and Professor Emeritus Victor Streib, of the Ohio Northern University College of Law, who will offer remarks in connection with the announcement of the addition of his papers to the National Death Penalty Archive (NDPA). Dean Streib is recognized as the country's foremost authority on the capital punishment of juveniles and women. His work has been cited extensively by the United States Supreme Court in its cases addressing the constitutionality of the death penalty for juvenile offenders. His remarks will address "Death to the Women and Children," and will analyze national and international trends regarding the capital punishment of these different populations. Discussion, an opportunity for questions, and a...