Tuesday, November 21, 2017

History of basketball at Brockport

A pretty big subject really, long history, but to start off recommended searching Cherishing this Heritage, and the Stylus in nyshistoricnewspapers.org. Explained how to access, use etc., said will be happy to have them visit the archives if they wish.

Monday, November 20, 2017


A student coming in this afternoon to interview me, as part of her career prep to go to library school. She is particularly interested in archives and museums.

More History Dept. 50tth

Prof Spiller and Bekah, the dept. intern, are coming over to look through primary sources. Got out Dedman retirement book, catalogs, faculty bulletins etc.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Student emailed me about history of gymnastics here. Shared link to nyshistoricnewspapers.org, tips on how to search Stylus, and invited her to let me know if she wanted to visit the archives in person.

Smith dissertation

The Smith dissertation on the early history of Brockport is in high demand for Spiller's HST390, but somehow the 2nd part got lost or I thought it was up on Digital Commons but wasn't. Found original pdf, added, is OK now. This would be an excellent document to get retyped in Word, then made a pdf. The pdf of it I was given from Syracuse U. is huge, 200mb, it is hard to resize these pdf's once they are done.

Pres Yu & fire dept

Advancement asked about a photo of President Yu with local fire department officials, presenting a check from the college. Found a reference in Stylus for Feb. 1998, with photo. Looked in Dusen negatives for '98 and did not see any from him. I don't have any Stylus photos here. One project for future interns would be to work on the Dusen photo list document, it really needs a lot of attention.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Crypt

This is different, a student came by who'd done an internship before, looking to research the Crypt, the coffee House that was at St. Luke's Episcopal in Brockport. It started in 1964, end date I am not sure. Shared the little I have or know, got them started in nyshistoricnewspapers. The novel twist to this is that the student is hoping to revive the Crypt for a one night special event!