Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce the publication of the department’s 100th finding aid. A “finding aid” is a discovery tool that assists researchers in identifying archival and manuscript collections that may assist them in conducting their research. In many ways, finding aids are to the collections in Special Collections and University Archives what the Libraries’ online catalog is to rest of the Libraries’ holdings. A current listing of all available finding aids is available via the “Finding Aids” link on the Special Collections and University Archives homepage.
The department’s 100th finding aid is for the records of the Philomathesian Society (collection number A1159). The Society was the first student organization of the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute, the precursor to today’s Colgate University. Formed in 1821, the Society offered, in the words of former archivist Howard D. Williams, “[...] training in public speaking, maintenance of a library, correspondence with missionaries and with similar organizations on other campuses, and an ‘inquiry into the most eligible fields of ministerial labor.’” At just 0.2 cubic feet the collection is one of the smallest in the University Archives, but its importance to those studying the history of Colgate, the role of students in 19th-century higher education, the birth of college libraries, the social life and customs of 19th-century male students, and a host of other topics, is undeniable. The collection was processed by Processing Archivist Allyson Smally. Visitors may work with this and many other collections in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room on the second floor of Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology during our regular open hours (Monday through Friday 1-5pm, and Monday and Tuesday evenings 7-10pm).
The Web Access Management patron verification portion of our Integrated Library System has been affected by the recent re-design of our Website. We are currently working with our vendor and expect a speedy resolution.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The problem has been resolved.
We have been notified of scheduled downtime on the Taylor & Francis Online journal platform called Atypon. This will impact a number of our journals. This will start on Saturday March 1st at noon and will end on Sunday March 2nd at 4 AM. Taylor & Francis Online will be unavailable for a duration of 16 hours.
The Libraries have added International Newsstand from Proquest to replace the subscription to World News Connection. It has transitioned to archive status with no additional content being added by NTIS (the provider).
ProQuest International Newsstand provides information from more than 660 of the world’s top newspapers. For nearly all of them, complete articles are available in the ASCII format.
The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the BBC Monitoring series of publications are just a few of the sources in ProQuest International Newsstand.
Please help us test the new Classic Catalog
Why the redesign?
The current Classic Catalog is missing some features that this redesign
corrects. During the vendor’s successive updates to the software, the
ability to display some of the fields such as preceding and succeeding
serial titles had been lost.
The design goals for the new Classic Catalog are an opportunity to continue
to improve the functionality of the Catalog by adding modern web design
principles as the primary driver. The new Classic Catalog design retains
all of the functionality that the current one has while setting the stage
to add incremental data driven improvements.
When will it launch?
We plan to launch the updated Classic Catalog on March 2nd, 2014. At that
point, the former Classic Catalog will be retired. The new catalog will be
available for beta access in February, and will remain available until its
What features will be added prior to launch?
This beta version of the Classic Catalog is complete. New features still
under development will be considered based on user feedback.
Find out what the “Good ol’ days” were really like by checking out Retronaut.com
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In their own words… “Retronaut is a photographic time machine.
It is a digital collection of tens of thousands of pictures from across the past, all with one thing in common – each one has the power to warp your sense of time .
Our team mines archives online and offline, unearthing pictures that seem not to belong to the time when they were created, that dissolve away the years like tarnish on a ring, that take our collective map of the past and tear tiny holes in it
- holes through which we glimpse the real past lying underneath our map.
These are pictures that show not so much the past as they show “now” – but another version of now.”
It’s been a tough week for some of my favorite people (and I’m dating myself with this post).
I didn’t know Kiner (1922-2014) as a baseball player, but as the New York Mets announcer. I cannot tell a lie, my family jumped ship from the Yankees to the Mets, early on in their career, so Kiner was a familiar voice in our household. Read Kiner’s memoir, Baseball forever: reflections on 60 years in the game and listen to the NPR story about him from this morning.
I grew up with Pete Seeger’s (or at least when I was old enough to choose my own music). He was part of the early movement to clean up the Hudson River, using the sloop Clearwater as an education tool (I’m from Hyde Park). His entire life, Seeger was unafraid of the consequences of his beliefs, getting blacklisted after testifying before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. We have the full text in ProQuest Congressional, as well as the Committee report about him. Listen, read, and view the music he made popular, and read more about him.
Perhaps Seeger said it best in his most famous song, made popular by the Byrds: “to everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn”.