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New acquisition of a Class of 1912 diary

Mark Wolfe - June 11, 2010

The University at Albany Libraries’ M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives has acquired a unique diary written by a graduate of the New York State Normal College in Albany’s Class of 1912. Ethel Gail Everingham (pictured) wrote in the diary about about her time as a student at the New York State Normal College from 1910 until she graduated in 1912. The bulk of the volume, pp. 38-146, contains the diary entries, poetry and short stories. While attending the Normal College, Everingham boarded at 159 Clinton Avenue in Albany with her mother and she was a member of the Delta Omega Sorority, the school’s first sorority formed in 1890. </img> The diary begins with a one act comedy, “The Hooligans,� that freshman Delta Omega pledges were require to perform. It contains literary pieces apparently written by Everingham, accounts of travels around Albany and the Capital District, descriptions of...

University at Albany's' 137th Annual Commencement, May 24, 1981

Mark Wolfe - May 14, 2010

This is video footage of distinguished author Isaac Bashevis Singer’s speech at the University at Albany’s 137th Annual Commencement held on May 24, 1981 at University Field. The master video is part of the University Archives and it was digitally reformatted for your viewing pleasure. Singer was a Polish-born Jewish American author and one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement who received the 1978 Nobel Prize in literature. The footage is of Singer’s Commencement speech as his acceptance of an honorary degree from the University. President, Vincent O'Leary introduces the Nobel Laureate. University at Albany's 137th Annual Commencement program:

Constructing a Learning Space: The Science Library, 1984-2009

Mark Wolfe - March 30, 2010

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Science Library, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives has selected items from the archives that document the planning, construction, and use of the building. The exhibit is open and on display in the Science Library atrium of the Uptown Campus.

Closed January 18th 2010

Mark Wolfe - January 11, 2010

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will be closed Monday, January 18th, 2010 in observance of Martin Luther King Day

Winter Intersession Hours for 2010-2011

Mark Wolfe - December 22, 2009

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will be closed December 23, 2009 – January 3, 2010. The Department will be re-open at 9:00 AM Monday January 4, 2010 and resume regular reference hours from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Department will be also closed on January 18, 2010. The Department's complete reference hours can be found here.

Frank C. Moore Papers

Mark Wolfe - November 25, 2009

The Department of Special Collections announces the completion of the online finding aid for the Frank Moore Papers. New York State Governor Thomas E. Dewey signs the 1950 Thruway Authority Act creating the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA), an independent public corporation, which would build and manage the turnpike. (Moore is second from the right). Frank Moore, a New York State politician and civil servant, held a wide range of elected and appointed positions during his fifty-year career. The collection consists primarily of the records of Moore's service in various elected and appointed positions. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, draft and final reports, research material, periodicals, photographs, meeting minutes and news clippings. Many series contain extensive files of internal research and reports that document the statistical information which guided the decision-making of Moore and his colleagues during Moore’s long career as a public servant. After his admission to the bar...

John H. E. Fried Papers

Mark Wolfe - April 17, 2009

The Department of Special Collections announces the completion of the John H. E. Fried Papers online finding aid, part of the German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collections. Fried, a lawyer, professor and human rights activist, came to the United States in 1938 from Vienna, Austria shortly after its annexation by Hitler. Upon his arrival in New York in the summer of 1938, Fried joined the Institute for Social Research of Columbia University and wrote three highly acclaimed books (The Guilt of the German Army, 1942; The Significance of Democracy: Constitutional Developments and Labor Relations in Austria, 1944; and The Exploitation of Foreign Labor by Germany, 1945). In January of 1947, the U.S. War Department requested Fried's services for a three-month survey of certain aspects of the law of war, and to serve as Consultant to the U.S. Secretary of War, assigned to the U.S. War Crimes Tribunals in Nuremberg, Germany....

Student Newspaper Available Online From 1916-1985

Mark Wolfe - April 10, 2009

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives is pleased to announce the online availability of the University at Albany’s student newspaper from 1916-1985. You can browse each issue from the State College News, 1916-1963, State University News, 1963-1964, and the Albany Student Press (ASP), 1964-1985. The ASP , 1986 - 2009, and The Echo, 1892-1916, are available in hard copy at the Special Collections' Marcia Brown Reading Room. Issues are available at: Support for this digital project came from the Friends of the Libraries and would not have been possible without their assistance. In collaboration with the Library Systems Department, we are developing a full text database of the newspaper that will allow searching across multiple issues, years, or decades. In addition, the Department of Special Collections will develop a plan to digitize the ASP,1986 -2009, and The Echo, 1892-1916, a student news and literary magazine.

Harvey Milk's First Newspaper Column

Mark Wolfe - April 10, 2009

From the State College News, February 23, 1951

"Stress of academic work nothing new" selections from the University Archives

Mark Wolfe - November 19, 2008

While writing those end of semester papers and preparing for finals current students might find some truth in Carrie J. Goddard's 1894 notes on Professor James Wetmore's class in Sanitary Science at the New York State Normal College (reproduced below). The title of the lecture, or at least of Goddard's notes on the lecture, was "Dangers of School Life to the Brain." According to Goddard's notes below, Wetmore told the class that "impure air, over study, examinations, punishments" could lead to diseases of the brain such as "St. Vitas' Dance, epilepsy, brain fever, [or] nervous prostration," or simply to "insanity." Pictured below is Professor Wetmore with his Natural Science Class in our Willett Street Building, ca. 1890. No picture of Goddard exists. For the original 1894 notebook and photos of our school, at the time the State Normal College, in the 1890 consult the University Archivist Geoffrey Williams in the...