Category Archives: publications

Cesar Chavez at Colgate… “Sí, se puede”

unnamedJoin LASO, Colgate University’s Latin American Students Organization, for a screening of the new film, Cesar Chavez, depicting the life of an American civil rights leader.

May 1 at 10:pm at the Hamilton Movie Theater.

But don’t stop at the movie! Check out Colgate University Libraries’ collection to learn more about this important American activist. These are just a few of the materials available.

The crusades of Cesar Chavez : a biography

Pawel, Miriam, 1958- author

New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2014 Cesar Chavez and the common sense of nonviolence

Orosco, José-Antonio, 1971-

Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2008



Prouty, Marco G., 1973-

Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2006


The rhetorical career of César Chávez / John C. Hammerback and Richard J. Jensen

Hammerback, John C

College Station : Texas A & M University Press, c1998




Health Care Reform bill and debate available on GPO’s Federal Digital System

The Government Printing Office (GPO) has posted to the Federal Digital system (FDsys) the authenticated full text of H.R. 3590 (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and H.R. 4872 (Health Care and Education Reconcilliation Act of 2010), and of  debates and votes in the Congressional Record.

Direct links to the bills:
H.R. 3590
H.R. 4872

Direct links to Congressional Record debate:
Congressional Record Volume 156, Issue 43 (March 21, 2010)
Congressional Record Volume 156, Issue 43 (March 21, 2010)
Roll call vote no. 165

If you (like many of us) are overwhelmed by the sheer size of the bills, you can get a good start at Thomas. The Health care bills are front and center on the website today, but you can always search by the bill numbers to get to a summary, view the actions and ammendments proposed on the House and Senate floor, and link to the texts and the Congressional Record.

Your tax dollars at work, courtesy of the federal depository system. We will have paper copies of the law in time, but online’s the way to go for now!

Libraries’ 2009-2010 Newletter

Read the latest issue of the Libraries’ newsletter to learn more about open access, teaching with media, the changing role of libraries in higher education, as well as about a host of other projects and initatives that the Colgate Libraries have been engaged in.

Oriskany Battlefield Ethnography

Welcome to the first of what I hope to be monthly entries highlighting a new and/or interesting U.S. federal document in the Colgate Libraries Collection. I’ll start with a new arrival: Oriskany: a Place of Great Sadness: a Mohawk Valley Battlefield Ethnography. Call number Case Docs I 29.2:OR 4.  The Mohawk Valley Ethnography Project was designed to document the relationships between contemporary Native Americans and Europeans/Americans in the mid to late 18th century, focusing on Fort Stanwix (just up the road in Rome, NY). Fort Stanwix was the site of several critical treaties between the British and the Iroquois and, after the Revolution, the U.S. and the Iroquois. The region is the homeland of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, whose neutrality or military support was desired by both the Brisith and the "rebels" during the Revolution.

The Project was particualrly interested in finding and documenting any oral traditions that survive among the descendatns of particpants in the Battle of Oriskany (8/6/1777). Although none were found, archival research and consultation with current Native Americans resulted in this document, which includes mangement and planning for the Fort Stanwix National Monument.


New research collections now available!

The Center for Research Libraries has announced a list of research collections which will be purchased for this year’s Purchase Proposal Program.  Included in this years list are important sources in Arabic studies,  a Japanese manga collection, several key German, Indian, Chinese, and US newspapers and a collection of Imperial Russia’s Illustrated Press. 

Since Colgate is a member of CRL, all students, faculty, and staff have access to these new materials which are valued at $172,674. For more information about how to access CRL materials see

Information for framing the current health care debate

Health care in America is presently much debated. Finding understandable and verifiable data and information that describe issues associated with health care is often hard to derive from the media and other sources of information.

The U.S. Census Bureau has published a report on recent measures of income, poverty and health insurance in the United States. Generally, the U.S. Census Bureau is regarded as authoritative in measuring such socio-economic data. Compare these figures with those you hear in the media.

A summary of the findings can be found at:

The full report is available at:

Center for Research Libraries to purchase additional material

Back in January CRL purchased a large batch of material with member funds.  The items rejected from the fall wish list were then available for individual library sponsorship under the “shared purchase program”.  A group of the larger research libraries banded together and raised enough funds to make certain titles affordable for the group.  The list of titles which will be purchased is below.

Bibliothek der Frauenfrage in Deutschland collection Supplements 1 & 2. 459 fiche

The two supplements will augment the works in the original set acquired by CRL previously, containing literature on the German women’s movement and gender studies.

Flugschriften des 17. Jahrhunderts in der Staats- und Stadtbibliothek Augsburg [17th Century Pamphlets in the Augsburg State and City Library].683 fiche.

(Note: Three institutions expressed interest in access to the PDF download service for an additional cost for their institutions. Negotiations are underway. CRL will forward additional information when available.)

Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, and Marathi Jewish Printing in India. 1,376 fiche.

The Valmadonna Collection of Hebrew and Jewish books from India is a unique and unparalleled resource for the study of Eastern printing and lithography, Hebrew poetry and liturgical history, Eastern Judeo-Arabic literature, and the folklore traditions and vernacular writings of the Jews of South Asia.

BA Thesis advice

Flummoxed with completing your senior thesis? This may be the book for you! This is one of 24 very helpful titles from the University of Chicago Guides to writing, editing, and publishing.


How to write a BA thesis : a practical guide from your first ideas to your finished paper / Charles Lipson. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2005

Series: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing

Dissertations, Academic — Authorship

Academic writing

Contents : Getting started — Framing your topic — Conducting your research — Writing your best — Working your best — Scheduling and completing your thesis — Dealing with special requirements — Citing your sources and getting more advice

For additional books on the same topic search the subject “Academic writing” in the online catalog.

New York Regional Interconnect Evidentiary hearings

Three years ago New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) announced plans to build a 190 mile long high voltage power line which would run from Marcy in Herkimer country through the heart of Central New York and down to the Rock Tavern substation. The NYRI application was initially filed in May 2006 but not ruled complete until August 2008. NY State has one year to review the proposal. Many in the Colgate community and in the township of Hamilton will be affected by the power lines should NYRI’s proposal be approved by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC).

For back ground information see:

NYRI’s web site

Communities Against Regional Interconnect (CARI)

Stop NYRI webiste

Here you will find includes video of the Public Service Commission public hearings which were held at Colgate on October 20th, 2008. Pre-hearing testimony filed by all parties is also available of the PSC website

This week there will be important evidentiary hearings on the NYRI proposal. The hearings, which begin this Monday at 10:30 can be view on the NYS Public Service Commission web site at the New York Admin site

Happy birthday President Lincoln

What a busy month – African American History month, Charles Darwin’s and Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthdays. Did you know that Darwin and Lincoln were born on the same day? How ‘bout the following presidential trivia:

 Q: What invention did Abraham Lincoln patent?
A: A device to lift vessels over shoals.
Source: Patent Office, 1849, pt. 1: Arts and Manufactures, Serial Set, 574 H.exdoc.20, January 16, 1850

 Q: What famous poet eulogized President Lincoln at a Joint Session of Congress on the 150th Anniversary of the President’s birth?
A. Carl Sandburg
Source: 150th anniversary of birth of Abraham Lincoln 1809-1959, Serial Set, 12194 H.doc.211, February 12, 1959

 All the answers to the questions came from the United States Congressional Serial Set. As a depository library, Colgate has the Serial Set going back to the beginning. It was one of the most important official publications in the early years of our country. More information from Lincoln’s term in office in the Serial Set include:

 Message of President transmitting orders and proclamation on suspension of writ of habeas corpus, Serial Set, 1114 H.exdoc.6, July 13, 1861

 Presidential message transmitting draft of bill to compensate any State which may abolish slavery recommending its passage, Serial Set , 1123 S.exdoc.68, July 14, 1862

 Proclamation of President to pardon those participating in rebellion, etc., p. 14 [enclosed with 1180 H.exdoc.1], Serial Set, 1180 H.exdoc.1/2, December 8, 1863

 Wondering what the Serial Set can do your you? Ask a Reference Librarian!