Monday, September 30, 2013

Public history student

Was doing a talk on archives, what we have, the background to it, current challenges and so on. Spent an hour or so talking with her and showing her around. Reminds me I should assemble a history of the archives sometime, I am probably the only one who knows most its story!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Stylus, 1957 Alfred game

Sports writer from the Stylus pursuing a story on a 1957 football game with Alfred. Found in Stylus, scanned and emailed to him.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Police Blotter

Request from a VP's office for a copy of the police blotter from the 11/9/2011 Stylus. Scanned and sent same.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hulburton, local history

Question from Marsha DeFillips, Orleans county village historian, re microfilm of Hulburton ME church records. Is interested in one individual particularly, will look for her when get a chance.

Mary Jane Holmes

The college archives includes several special collections related to local history, one of which has to do with Mary Jane Holmes. She was an popular and successful novelist in the 19th century, living and writing in her home on College Street here in Brockport. She was probably one of the most commercially successful women authors of her day. Her books may seem outdated or stilted to modern readers, but they resonated closely with the desires and issues many women experienced in her day.

Many of her novels, such as Tempest and Sunshine, were not only published as books, but serialized in magazines like the Ladies Home Journal, and even performed as stage shows on riverboats! You can easily find many of her novels online in Google books or in libraries.

Her husband, Daniel Holmes, attended our predecessor school, the Brockport Collegiate Institute, then University of Rochester and Yale Law School. He practiced as a lawyer in Brockport for many years, and was a staunch advocate for the college, serving on the board of trustees for over forty years!

The photograph here is not the usual image of Mary Jane Holmes found online and in contemporary sources, but captures her when younger. The image is from the collections in the Emily Knapp Museum in Brockport NY.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Faculty Senate archives

This is back on agenda, will be working with Dawn Jones, Bruce Leslie & his public history students...

Hartwell Society - Class of '53

Late breaking request for this, will see if can do a power point slide show.

Logo's of Ellsworth

Images for locker room for Men's Basketball - maybe some old game shots too? Will reply and ask.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Neva Ankenbrand

Request for two articles mentioning this faculty member that ran in the Stylus. She taught English 1947-1950. Scanned and sent to him.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Pat Baker

Richard Black in design & production looking for a color image of Pat Baker, who was in Education 1969-1997. He wants color, which means a treasure hunt thru the slides!

Comp Science/ACS reunion

   Still working with Joan Lucas on this, she has some questions now re start of program etc. Will check catalogs and reply.