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YOU ARE HERE: Expanding the Concept of Place

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04-20-2017 to 08-11-2017

For most, the term “place” refers to a specific location or a singular state of mind. However, a shift in perspective can redefine “place” to include a vastly wider vocabulary that encompasses displacement, migration, and ways of moving through spaces that connect specifically to the Syracuse community: as in the geographical relevance of the Erie Canal and the imagined destination of the Underground Railroad.

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Our Doors Opened Wide: Syracuse University and the GI Bill, 1945-1950

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09-15-2016 to 04-14-2017

Curated by University Archivist Meg Mason, the exhibition explores the dramatic impact of the GI Bill and the subsequent influx of veterans on the Syracuse University campus following World War II (1945-1950). From the University Archives, the materials on view document this critical period in the University’s history and the associated changes to the campus landscape, social and cultural life, and academic programs.

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AVIDA DOLLARS: Salvador Dalí, Joseph Forêt, and the Three Most Expensive Books in the World

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04-22-2016 to 09-09-2016

This exhibition explores the collaboration of Salvador Dalí with Parisian publisher Joseph Forêt, which aimed to produce the three most expensive books in the world between 1956 and 1963. These books are illustrated editions of Dante's The Divine Comedy, Cervantes's Don Quixote, and Sain John’s Apocalypse. The materials on view are from Professor Jones’s personal collection, which he has generously donated to the Special Collections Research Center.

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Black Utopias

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10-08-2015 to 04-15-2016

Co-curated by Dr. Joan Bryant, associate professor in the African American Studies Department, and Dr. Lucy Mulroney, Senior Director for the Special Collections Research Center, “Black Utopias” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the best-selling narrative of one of the most prominent men of the Civil Rights era.

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The Automobile: Design Considerations and Local Manifestations

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01-20-2015 to 10-07-2015

Syracuse, New York, has had a number of industrial associations. Perhaps it was first known as the “Salt City.” It was also known for being at the center of a large canal system. Over the years, Syracuse was also prominently connected with the manufacture of typewriters, shotguns, shoes, plows, carriages, automobiles, and air conditioners. This exhibition focuses upon the automobile and its local industrial manifestations, but also explores some of the automobile construction concepts represented in the Special Collection Research Center’s industrial design collections. Material related to the most famous of Syracuse’s automobile lines, the air-cooled Franklin car with its remarkably flexible and durable wooden frame, is one of the highlights of this exhibition.

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Context: Reading the Photography of Margaret Bourke-White

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08-19-2014 to 01-16-2015

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was a celebrity behind, and in front of, the camera. As a photographer for Life magazine from the 1930s through the 1950s she documented unforgettable moments—African-American flood victims in Louisville, Kentucky, standing in a bread line beneath a banner that reads almost mockingly “There’s No Way Like the American Way”; just-liberated survivors of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp returning the camera’s gaze under an eerily cinematic light; Mahatma Gandhi sitting cross-legged on the floor reading, spinning wheel in the foreground. Bourke-White’s photographs helped shape the way millions of Americans experienced the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the world that followed.

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4,000 Years and Counting

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07-01-2014 to 08-14-2014

"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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Shaping a Celluloid World On View at the Palitz Gallery in New York City

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06-10-2014 to 07-02-2014

After its invention in 1869, celluloid proved to be a remarkably adaptable substance with incredible potential. Celluloid was a durable, hard material that was easy to mold. It could be made into a variety of shapes, and it could be dyed a variety of colors. As such, celluloid could be used to produce many different consumer products. It served as a less expensive material to bring mass-produced goods to an emerging middle class at the turn of the twentieth century. It was a unique material that offered advantages over existing materials, such as ivory, wood, metal, and rubber. It could also be produced cheaply, which allowed for the creation of a variety of disposable items. Celluloid was the first plastic to be used widely and reigned for nearly forty years before it faced competition from other plastics.

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The Archive in Motion

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01-30-2014 to 06-27-2014

This exhibition explores the concept of movement through the materials held by Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. Organized around a set of interlinked themes—color, combat, magic, transportation, dance, drawing, athletics, and gravity—the exhibition encompasses rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and original artworks spanning the 15th and 20th centuries.

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Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951–1985 On View at the Palitz Gallery in New York City

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11-18-2013 to 02-06-2014

Grove 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.

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John James Audubon and the American Landscape

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09-05-2013 to 01-24-2014

Printed 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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Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951–1985

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01-17-2013 to 06-22-2013

Strange 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 Breuer

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09-13-2012 to 01-11-2013

Curated 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

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01-26-2012 to 06-22-2012

"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: Plastics

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09-12-2011 to 01-20-2012

For 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

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01-25-2011 to 06-17-2011

"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 Words

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09-07-2010 to 01-03-2011

Syracuse 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 Coincidence

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01-18-2010 to 05-31-2010

The 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 Bond

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09-08-2009 to 01-14-2010

Syracuse 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 City

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05-18-2009 to 09-03-2009

For 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 Syracuse

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01-23-2009 to 05-08-2009

The 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 Age

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09-08-2008 to 01-20-2009

The 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 Candidate

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08-25-2008 to 01-20-2009

Drawn 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 America

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04-29-2008 to 09-05-2008

n 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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Selections from the Guild of Book Workers’ One-Hundredth-Anniversary Exhibition

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04-17-2006 to 08-18-2006

Founded 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 Kivelson

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01-27-2006 to 04-16-2006

This 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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Paper Type Image: Elements of the Fine Press Book

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01-01-2004 to 03-31-2004

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 Libraries

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12-01-2003 to 12-31-2003

From 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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"On the Spot" with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Marguerite Higgins, 1920-1966

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04-06-2004 to 08-13-2004

"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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