The Special Collections Research Center regularly hosts exhibitions that interpret collection materials. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Guided tours are available upon request. To arrange a tour, please contact our public services division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951–1985Grove Press began as a small independent publisher on Grove Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1949. Under the direction of Barney Rosset, it grew into a multimillion-dollar company and one of the great publishing houses of the twentieth century, and, yet, it often struggled to survive.
John James Audubon and the American LandscapePrinted between 1827 and 1838, John James Audubon's Birds of America was a stunning visual catalog of America's diverse birdlife. For its contemporary subscribers, it was much more than an ornithological inventory; it brought the remote American wilderness into their parlors and drawing rooms. Today, Birds of America transports modern viewers to a similarly foreign landscape, one positioned on the cusp of convulsive change. "John James Audubon and the American Landscape" showcases selections from Syracuse University's double-elephant folio while exploring the historical and environmental contexts that surrounded its creation.
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4,000 Years and Counting"4,000 Years and Counting" features treasures from the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) that highlight the breadth of the Libraries' special collections--from second-century-B.C. cuneiform tablets to the papers of notable contemporary figures like Joyce Carol Oates.
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Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951-1985Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951-1985 is the first major exhibition on the notorious American publisher Grove Press. Founded by Barney Rosset in 1951, Grove Press became one of the 20th-century’s great avant-garde publishing houses.
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Assembly-line Architecture: Repetition and Innovation in the Work of Marcel BreuerCurated by Teresa Harris, architectural historian and project coordinator for the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive, it showcases original drawings, photographs and documents from Breuer’s long career.
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The Power and The Piety: the World of Medieval and Renaissance Europe"The Power and The Piety: the World of Medieval and Renaissance Europe" showcases the Libraries' collection of illuminated manuscripts and early printed works, including a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible.
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Just One Word: PlasticsFor more than a century, plastics have transformed our lives - from bathroom to battlefield; from supermarket to spacecraft. Begun as a 19th-century replacement material for billiard balls and piano keys, plastics spurred 20th century developments in industry, transportation, medicine, entertainment, and other aspects of contemporary life. The original objects of Just One Word: Plastics represent a material history of the modern world.
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Orange Pulp: The Pulp Magazine and Contemporary Culture"Orange Pulp: The Pulp Magazine and Contemporary Culture," an exhibition rare in its scope, explores the world of pulp culture through 61 works that include correspondence, manuscript drafts, paintings and magazines. The exhibition draws from the collections of Syracuse University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the SUArt Galleries.
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The Silent Scream: Conflict in Novels without WordsSyracuse University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has amassed a fine collection of graphic novels, or novels without words. Selections for display were made in keeping with Syracuse Symposium theme of "conflict."
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Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence, and CoincidenceThe Special Collections Research Center’s spring 2010 exhibition is entitled Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence, and Coincidence, by guest curator Karl Baden. Baden is a Boston-based photographer and member of Boston College’s Fine Arts Department.
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Luminous Construction: The Photography of Howard BondSyracuse University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center has mounted an exhibition entitled Luminous Construction: The Photography of Howard Bond.
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New York Imprints: Well Beyond New York CityFor many years, the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries has collected examples of upstate New York printing from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
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A Goodly Heritage of Study: The Portfolio Club of SyracuseThe exhibition, which emphasizes the years 1875 to 1950, includes annual-program booklets, many of them finely crafted.
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Dawn of a New AgeThe Immigrant Contribution to the Arts in America.” "Dawn of a New Age" tells the story of five artists who immigrated to the United States during the first half of the 20th century.
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The Marketing of the CandidateDrawn from the artifactual collections of Syracuse University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center, the exhibition of buttons, banners, bumper stickers, brochures, apparel, and other items provides a historical overview of the images and slogans candidates have used to position and advertise themselves in their quest for the White House.
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Invasion! The Culture of Fear in AmericaIn this lecture, Sean Quimby considers the role of fear in American life. In the post 9/11 world, we have grown accustomed to periodic “terror” alerts, but how did fear figure into the printed discourses of generations past? What, specifically, are Americans really afraid of?
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The Small Press and the Black Arts MovementSpanning the years between 1960 and 1975, the initial period of the Black Arts Movement is variously associated with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, and the subsequent rise of the Nation of Islam.
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The Never-Ending Wrong: The Execution of Sacco and VanzettiAmidst a seeming wave of domestic terrorism, the 1920 murder of two payroll guards in Braintree, Massachusetts, exploded into what could arguably be described as the trial of the century.
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Central New York Book ArtsCentral New York Book Arts is an exhibition that features book works created by regional book artists, including students at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., and Printmaking 552 in the School of Art and Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts, here at Syracuse University.
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Raising Rebels"All societies indoctrinate their children," observes E. L. Doctorow in The Book of Daniel, a fictional, albeit rather thinly veiled, account of the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg through the eyes of one of their sons.
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The Art of the BookThe Art of the Book, the Book as Art features book works created by students of Printmaking 552 in the School of Art and Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts
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A Centennial Tribute to Miklos Rozsa and Franz WaxmanMiklós Rózsa was born in Budapest on 18 April 1907. He was raised in Budapest and on his father’s rural estate in nearby Tomasi. Franz Waxman led a variety of musical lives as composer, conductor, and impresario
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Imagine! Painters and Poets of New York School"The avant-garde atmosphere in New York at that time was a close and exciting one," Grace Hartigan recalled of the beginnings of the New York School. Also on exhibit at the Lubin House 03-19-2007 to 05-04-2007.
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Selections from the Guild of Book Workers’ One-Hundredth-Anniversary ExhibitionFounded in 1906 by a group of forty-two crafts persons residing in New York City (among them the famed typographer Frederick W. Goudy) the Guild of Book Workers is the oldest continuously active book-craft society in the country. The selections from the approximately fifty works in the curated retrospective illustrate the roots of contemporary American bookbinding as well as highlight the work of some of its most significant proponents.
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Limited Editions, Limitless Friendship: A Collection of Limited Edition Club Volumes from the Libraries of Clare and Arnold KivelsonThis exhibit features a selection of Limited Editions Club livres d'artistes from the collection of Clare and Arnold Kivelson, which was presented as a gift to SCRC in 1999. Founded by George Macy in 1929, the Limited Editions Club published fine illustrated books in limited numbers for subscribers.
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That Laboratory of Abolitionism, Libel and TreasonDuring the decades-long struggle to abolish slavery, thousands of African Americans risked their lives to escape from their bitter bondage in the South to seek freedom in the northern states, or beyond in Canada.
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People Are My Landscape: Social Struggle in the Art of William GropperCartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist William Gropper was born on the Lower East Side of New York City into a working-class Jewish family that labored in the sweatshops of the garment industry.
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Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath: Bitter Fruit of the Depression.In support of the “If All of Central New York Reads” initiative and the Syracuse Stage production of The Grapes of Wrath, the Special Collections Research Center will display some of its radicalism holdings in literature and art.
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Draw Your Own Conclusions: Political Cartooning Then and ?NEED A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE on Iraq, global terrorism, and the elections? Step back and take a look at how wars and politics from the 1860s through the 1960s were drawn-and quartered-by some of the nation's most influential humorists and cartoonists.
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"On the Spot" with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Marguerite Higgins, 1920-1966"On the Spot" with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Marguerite Higgins, 1920-1966. The exhibition features correspondence, writings, photographs, and other memorabilia from the Marguerite Higgins Papers housed in the Special Collections Research Center.
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Paper Type Image: Elements of the Fine Press Book. Checklist available.The selections that make up this exhibit inevitably pose the same questions that arise whenever one attempts to determine the characteristics of a fine press work.
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A History of Railroads at Syracuse University LibrariesFrom their beginnings in the second third of the 19th century, railroads symbolized the rapid growth of this nation. The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries are home to the papers of a number of railroad companies.
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Book Arts 2003As part of a visual book assignment, Conservation Librarian Peter Verheyen presented my 2-D Problem-Solving class with an informative discussion of artists' books.
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SU Book Art: An Exhibition of Student Work 2000The Syracuse University Libraries' Department of Special Collections is pleased to announce its third biennial book arts exhibit.
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Hoist Up the Flag for Abraham: Images and Songs of the 1864 Campaign35 years ago, Carl and Amelia Dorr made a remarkable contribution to the Syracuse University Libraries. Since their graduation from the University in 1900, the couple had busily collected all sorts of campaign memorabilia.
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Book as Art: Building a Foundation 1996This exhibit, prepared by the Department of Special Collections and the Preservation Department of the Syracuse University Libraries, culminates the work of 2 foundation classes from Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts
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