Wednesday, December 14, 2011

History of Black Student Liberation Front & OSAD

From a writer in the college advancement office. We have a file in RG/30/7/fc of old Stylus articles etc.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Drake II, construction photos

Heard from facilities, a planner for library rehab wants to visit archives, look at photos of Drake at time of construction. Didn't see much for actual construction, but many shots of empty building at time it was finished, the move into it etc.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Event planners

Was invited a while back to meet with some event planners who are helping the college with the big upcoming fundraising campaign. Talked with them recently about the college's history, traditions...

Dance archives

Got a call from Dance dept secretary, they will have a student for this coming spring '12 who will be working on digitizing some of their photos etc. I said I can make available a scanner in archives, she could leave materials here while working, and that for file storage the best thing initially at least would be for them to get an external hard drive that could be attached to the one PC here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Alumni info

Email request for two alumni, from "long time ago." Found them in the 1917 history/alumni listing book, classes of 1913 & 1914, Olive Boughton & Maria McCarthy.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Construction Fund photos

Paul Tankel from Facilities called, a fellow from the SUNY Construction Fund is coming around, wanting to collect photos for a 50 year retrospective of their work he is doing. We have many of course, in RG20, 29, aerial photos in the map cases... The construction fund staffer is Geoffrey Hamburg He is working on a 50 year history of the fund and was looking for photographs documenting buildings they have constructed on the various campuses. He picked out a few photos, which I will scan for him, and will let me know more of what he wants via email.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Brockport Post

Question came to another librarian about this. There is an index online covering a few years that Mary Jo Gigliotti did, and then the full text is in microfilm, 1973-2006, when it ceased publication.

History of Intramural recreation

Question from a rec & leisure student - am working with her. Interesting topic, in light of today's controversy over Penn State coach's abuse of kids, the power these people have. Intramural sports were seen in earlier years as an alternative or at least complement to intercollegiate sports, which even in the '20s were viewed as potentially corrupting - high coaching salaries etc. See the March 15, 1933 Stylus article for example. Intramural sports are also connected to history of women's sports - I believe all women's teams here were intramural until perhaps the '50s, and that it was something of a struggle to gain intercollegiate teams for them. Marilyn Colby, retired PE prof, told me something about that once, she was a coach here in the '60s - for volleyball?

Monday, November 28, 2011

H.....? Hotel

Had a voice mail on my phone from a woman in Canada, asking about a hotel that used to be in Brockport, it sounded like she was saying the "Hoyle" hotel. There were various hotels in the village and vicinity, am looking through some of the local histories, will call her back tomorrow am as requested.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Special Olympics donation

Jamie (?) from Alumni Advancement called saying they had some Special Olympics materials, could they donate them. I said sure, met her in Allen basement, brought box back and put in processing shelves.

Scott Haines, Rec Center vote

Scott Haines called looking for articles from the Stylus re a student vote on funding for the rec center and program in 2004. Made scans from the microfilm and emailed to him.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Genealogy, H.P. Weed

Caller, Cindy, 200-4856, - her grandfather - he was treasurer of village of Brockport ca1890.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Morgan Manning House

Someone from MM House came in 11/4, seeking photos of MM House; they are trying to determine when there was a fence there, and what kind of fence it was. Helped him look at glass plate photos, 1950s campus photog shots of homecoming, daisy chain etc., hoping to find something, but no luck, other than the one glass plate (040) that showed just the corner of the house ca1910. Something to keep an eye out for...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Casual visitor

Fellow who graduated in '80 was in town, stopped in, enjoyed looking through some yearbooks and the Stylus!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Soldiers Tower & Genealogy

A couple stopped in, descendants of the William Stevens who was the lead mason on the building of the Soldiers Tower on Owens Rd. He apparently died of a fall in the canal in Aug. 1935, found article in BR. Have book by Johnson too on tower.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Veterans day Committee

Noticed something in the Daily Eagle about a Veterans Day Committee looking for pictures etc. to commemorate Veterans Day. Contacted them re archives holdings, someone replied, is coming in Monday morning.

Followup, 11/7. Worked extensively with Erin Rickman, Transfer Coord., who is chairing the vets committee. She gave me a number of pics from various staff, both of themselves and family, others sent emails, I scanned pics, researched etc. and created a .ppt slideshow, "Veterans Among Us." She will use it and we are also going to run it on the lobby tv on Vets Day.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Arthur Ashe

From alumni affairs, asking on behalf of an alum, if we had a copy of Arthur Ashe's speech here as undergrad commencement speaker in 1990 (they had thought it was '91, but it was '90.) I didin't think so, and we don't, I presume the speeches are the intellectual property of the speaker, and not necessarily something we are given or collect. We do have the bulletins, and it was from those that I corrected the date, and added that he also received an honorary degree that year.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

David Witcher / Whitcher

A phone call, genealogy, travling, said they had been at Seymour and that they had been told we had microfilm records of the Clarkson Community Church? Interested in fellow named above, early settler, had a son born here ca1821. I'll look, not sure I have ever seen anything like that though...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sarah C. Smith

Interesting query, this woman was a student here ca1870 and then later went to Japan to found Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan. A Jim Allison there is looking for info on her school years etc. Here is a Wikipedia article on the school and its founding.

I found her in the student register, the only entry I see is for 9/23/1872, Sarah C. Smith, from Painted Post (quite far!), # months taught 4, Presbyterian.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"The Fact" newsletter

Dick Barnhart '61 emailed inquiring if any copies of this survived. We do have 3 issues. I am going to have Candace scan them, and have asked if he has any info on date, names of students who did it to please let me know. It's a spoof underground newsletter, ca1960.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Special Olympics footage

Got email from her below - will check, but believe we do not have such footage, not digitized anyway.

Kara Baer and I work for the Dean of Health and Human Performance.  He has a presentation this Thursday on the Special Olympics and was hoping we could find some footage from when it was held here.  We do have some footage from ABC on a tape but we need it converted to a DVD player.  Sadly, when we tried to do so we ran into copyright infringement.  So we are hoping there is similar footage in the library.

Digitizing newspaper

   History grad student, asking about digitizing newspaper for a project. Have replied, asked how much she had etc. Her email is in archives folder in my email.

   She emailed back - wants to digitize some old Brockport Republics she has? Replied, said was microfilmed long ago and is now being digitized, asked if she could do something else perhaps.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Brockport - women - Civil War

Local history/archives question from a student - recommended Brockport Republic, Rochester History etc., plus offered to meet with her.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guys & Dolls

Extensive back and forth with Judy Wade (Denio) '61 and others over last few weeks, including ermeriti Ralph Sisson, for this fall's homecoming and 50th reunion of '61. This was the class that did the 1961 European tour of Guys & Dolls. Research in archives, solicition of photos, scanning of photos received, creation of a ppt slide show, attendance at the one homecoming event...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Berryman Interview - Writers Forum

This query came in August, wanting a digitized copy of the 1970 interview of Berryman here for a ducumentary. Had to ask Anne Panning if was OK, apparently as long is for educational, non commercial uses it is OK. Then Cushman was going to digitize for me, but he saw the new PC in archives, said he could hook up the Beta player to it, and showed me how to do it. So I digitized the tape, saved, then the woman from the documentary sent me an external hard drive, wasn't set up right, but finally got it going and am sending back to her FedEx. (The contact was:  Kelly Lamphear-Dash

Query - Special Olympics Sculpture - Prometheus

From Paul Tankel in Facilities, wanting info on the statue and the artist for a meeting with Lou Spiro, presumably to do with the restoration I have heard about?

Query - car death

Emailed this woman today, Nicole Caldwell,, re her query about a woman student dying in a car accident in early to mid 70s. Only knew a first name, Linda, no specific date either. I emailed back, said no luck in Stylus index, did she have more info on this person, last name etc.

Has emailed back, said was '73-'75, will send last name if can find it.

Query - Frank Short

Mike Andriatch, looking for photo of Frank Short in his volleyball coaching days. Was one in faculty bio files.

Query - Jim Leidig photo

Fran Whited, for a friend, Sharon Leidig, who wanted a copy of a pic of her brother Jim who was in one of the unidentified photo albums used at Campus School reunion this past summer. Found photo, sent her the file.

Query - wedding ring

Scott Haynes, has wedding ring found in area of pool several years ago, wondering if I could help locate owner. All he had were the initials on the ring, which I couldn't do much with, but did post in the archives blog - no luck so far.

Query - Mary Jane Holmes materials donation

Bill Andrews, wanting to donate materials related to Mary Jane Holmes (many issues of some popular ladies newspapers and magazines with bits on MJH or stories of hers.) Accepted, received, addded to collection.

Query - Herman Lybarger info

Jeanette Banker for children of Herman Lybarger, former Campus School principal, for bio information on their dad. (They are going to plant a tree on campus in his memory.)

Query - Saga '61

Bruce Leslie, needed to borrow a '61 Saga to prep for homecoming.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

State Ed. Dept. glass slides

Play around with the glass slides, the projectors. Learn more about them and how they were used. Here's a state archives page with some basic history. Could be material for blog postings, displays, do a little slideshow for the staff sometime...

Think about whether need to keep all the slides. The ones of artworks seem iffy - but many of the others are unique, in that they depict places and people long gone. Don't be too quick though - we might be able to sell the slides, and I see projectors on ebay for anywhere from $200 - 400.

Here are some sites with more info on these "magic lanterns."

Betty Evershed '46 Scrapbook

Look some more for info on her, from her career after Brockport. Call more of the Eversheds in Rochester where she was from. Scan the book, or have Candace do it. It could be a nice add to the archives web pages, as well as furnishing material for the archives blog.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bud Meade

Stopped in yesterday to drop off a notebook of emeriti information. He has been running a sort of emeriti clearinghouse and email listserv of information; reminicences, passings, etc. Bud also has a website on this. This is a volunteer thing he has been doing for years on his own initiative since retirement. He has added me to the list.