Author Archives: Special Collections

Our student newspapers (1946-1974) are now digital!

Curious about what campus life was like at the University decades ago? Special Collections received a Technology and Digitization Grant from the South Central Regional Library Council in 2018 to digitize over 1000 issues of early student newspapers from microfilm. … Continue reading

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Restarting Special Collections

Special Collections is open by appointment only from 10–4 p.m.,  Monday-Friday to Binghamton University students, faculty and staff. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours (one business day) prior to requesting the specific item(s) needed during the visit. We … Continue reading

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Voices from the Wasson Papers: The Career of Thomas C. Wasson

The following was written by graduate student assistant, Madelynn Cullings, who worked in Special Collections since the spring of 2018. She had spent a good deal of her time processing the Wasson Family Papers until the university issued stay-at-home orders … Continue reading

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“Dear Mother” – Everyday Perspectives from the Civil War

The following was written by Maureen Folk, a graduate student assistant who has been working in Special Collections during the spring semester of 2020. She had been processing the archaeological field records of Professor William Isbell until employees at the … Continue reading

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Fifty Years of Earth Day

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, first celebrated on April 22, 1970. On that first Earth Day, Harpur College’s Save Our World committee organized a teach-in at local public schools and hosted a lecture by the Broome … Continue reading

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New exhibit: What’s so funny in Special Collections? Humor comes in many forms!

Dr. Seuss once said “From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere” and this includes Special Collections. Humor can take many different styles and be included in a wide range of media from comic strips to … Continue reading

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Special Collections Talk: “Singing the Body Electric: Opera, Democracy, and Voice in the Poetry of Walt Whitman” on October 3, 2019, 12:00pm-1:00pm

The University Libraries’ Special Collections will host a talk by Dr. Robert P. Wilson, adjunct lecturer of English, on “Singing the Body Electric: Opera, Democracy, and Voice in the Poetry of Walt Whitman.” at noon Thursday, October 3, LN-2320, Bernard … Continue reading

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Leaves of Grass: Walt Whitman’s Masterwork on Exhibit Beginning May 31st

Libraries and poetry lovers around the world are commemorating the 200th birthday of the great American poet, Walt Whitman, born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, NY on Long Island. Writing and revising his collection of poems, Leaves of … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Dared to Vote: In Honor of Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday, February 15

On November 1, 1872, in an act of defiance against the election laws prohibiting women from voting, Susan B. Anthony, along with fifteen women from Rochester, New York’s eighth ward, registered to vote at the upcoming election. Entries in the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mack Sennett!

Mack Sennett (January 17, 1880 – November 5, 1960) was a Canadian-born American director and actor and was known as the innovator of slapstick comedy in film and often coined the “King of Comedy.” His anarchic world of cross-eyed rubes, bearded villains, … Continue reading

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