Thanks to an agreement with ConnectNY we have expanded our direct request borrowing options beyond the NExpress consortium. Both systems retain separate databases; records aren’t shared between catalogs, rather searches are transferred from one system to another. (Which means each catalog must be searched separately for the item you are interested in.)
If you don’t find what you are looking for in the NExpress catalog, there will be a button (like this:) to search for the item in the ConnectNY Catalog. If the item is found in ConnectNY, you can now request the item, just as you would place a request in the NExpress system.
Who would guess that an artist born and bred on a Vermont farm would create some of the most iconic postcards of New York City? Rachael Robinson Elmer’s ground-breaking “Art-Lovers New York” postcard series is currently on exhibit at the Middlebury College Davis Family Library, on the upper level, through April 17th, 2015. The exhibition, on loan from Rokeby Museum and sponsored by Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, presents all twelve cards, as well as biographical information, historical context, and the three postcards of London that originally inspired Rachael.
Rachael Robinson Elmer changed the aesthetic of American postcards. She pioneered the fine art city view card when her Impressionist paintings of popular scenes in her beloved New York City were produced as postcards by P. F. Volland in 1914. Her “Art Lover’s New York” cards were immediately copied by dozens of artists in New York and elsewhere.
Rachael Robinson Elmer was born at Rokeby to artist parents Rowland Evans and Anna Stevens Robinson in 1878. Her art education began before she had even started school and continued with a young people’s summer art program in New York City and later, at the Art Students League. She moved to New York as a young woman and commenced a successful career as a graphic artist. Rachael married businessman Robert Elmer in 1911 and died prematurely in February 1919 in the Spanish flu epidemic.
The Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives holds the extensive historical correspondence collection of the Robinson Family on long-term loan from Rokeby Museum. The books of Rachael’s father, Rowland E. Robinson, are part of the Abernethy Collection of American Literature and the Flander’s Ballad Collection. See our previous blog post, Reading Rowland Out Loud, for more on that.
Thanks to a new agreement with ConnectNY we will be expanding our direct request options beyond the NExpress consortium. Both systems retain separate databases; records aren’t shared between catalogs, rather searches are transferred from one system to another. NExpress has licensed Peer-to-Peer software to connect to the ConnectNY consortium. If a patron doesn’t find what he/she is looking for in the NExpress catalog, there will be a button in place to search for the item in the ConnectNY Catalog. If the item is found in ConnectNY, patrons will be able to place the request, just as they would place a request in the NExpress system. They will be authenticated with the appropriate user information and select a pick up location for delivery. While the ConnectNY search button is appearing now in the NExpress search, it will not be open for use by Middlebury patrons until we go live on January 22, 2015.
ConnectNY (CNY) is a membership-driven academic consortium in New York which currently includes 18 institutions. CNY’s mission is “to share collections, leverage resources, and enhance services through cooperative initiatives and coordinated activities.” All the academic libraries involved in ConnectNY share a common union catalog, powered by Innovative Interface’s Inn-Reach system. The combined collection that is shared by the members includes ten million printed books and an emerging collection of e-books.
Who are the current members of CNY?
Adelphi University Libraries, Garden City, New York
Bard College Libraries, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Canisius College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
Cazenovia College Library, Cazenovia, New York
Colgate University Libraries, Hamilton New York
Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York
Hobart & William Smith Colleges Library, Geneva, New York
Le Moyne College Library, Syracuse, New York
Medaille College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
Pace University Libraries, New York, New York
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Research Libraries (RPI), Troy, New York
Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries (RIT), Rochester, New York
St. Lawrence University Libraries, Canton, New York
Siena College Library, Loudonville, New York
Skidmore College Library, Saratoga Springs, New York
Union College Library, Schenectady, New York
United States Military Academy Library, West Point, New York
In this clip, members of the Women’s Forum of Middlebury College load up holiday gifts into a truck parked behind Forrest Hall, en route to the Meeting House in Ripton, VT. Upon their arrival in Ripton, local children run (and slide, trudge, and sled) to meet them. The Middlebury women, joined by a costumed Santa, distribute their holiday gifts.
Established in 1937, the Women’s Forum was itially organized to further interest in economic, political, and social issues of the day. In 1944 the group merged with the Student Action Assembly to focus on social and service work. This clip dates likely dates from the early to mid 1940’s.
Happy holidays from Special Collections & Archives.
In our ongoing effort to digitize historical, fragile films, we discovered this unlabeled and undated film clip depicting a flood in East Middlebury:
Though we were confident that we got the location right because some of the buildings are still standing in East Middlebury, we weren’t sure about the date. Based in part on the vintage of the cars, we assumed the flood of 1927. To test out our theory, Joseph Watson shared the link on the Growing up in Addison County Facebook group and its 2,000+ members. As a result, we revised our initial date. Based on what evidence? First, about 52 seconds into the film clip, the camera captures a Green Mountain National Forest tool box. The Forest wasn’t established until 1932. And second, the trees in the film clip are full of leaves. The ’27 flood was in November (no leaves!) while the ’38 flood was in September. Eureka! The Facebook thread (as of December 1) is below:
Recently Paul Sommers, Paige-Wright Professor of Economics, stopped by the archives with an unusual item: he had purchased a “melody card” online, a paper phonograph record first manufactured in the 1930s, most notably on cereal boxes or as inserts in magazines.
Baseball Hall of Fame “record” post card.
His postcard reads: Play this record on the PHONOGRAPH, 78rpm speed manual. Prof. Sommers doesn’t have a record player that plays 78s, so he got in touch with the Giamatti Research Center of the Baseball Hall of Fame to see what was recorded on the card. That’s when the story gets interesting. They couldn’t tell him because they don’t hold a copy of the card in their vast collection of baseball memorabilia.
So, Prof. Sommers turned to Special Collections. Armed with a 78 rpm turntable and some audio software, we were able to play his postcard (click on the audio strip below to hear for yourself) :
Every now and then somebody throws us a curveball and we’re thrilled when we hit it out of the park. (Aren’t you glad we resisted the temptation to pepper this post with baseball lingo until the very end?) Play ball!
Are you working on a senior thesis or starting a big research project? Drowning in journal articles and books, but not sure how to keep track of them all? Let us help you with the next stage of your journey as a power researcher in our Winter Term workshop “Zotero and Beyond: Power Research Tips for Student Researchers.” You’ll see how the research process is itself a way of synthesizing your findings and mapping out next steps. By the time you leave, you’ll be an expert in Zotero, the citation management tool that can help you save, organize, and cite your sources, and you’ll encounter a variety of note-taking strategies and see the ways that developing personalized research routines can jump-start you into the writing process.
Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015 from 4:15pm-6:45pm
Non-credit workshop, $5
Register at go/wtw/
Davis Family Library
Monday 11/24: 7:30 am – 1 am
Tuesday 11/25: 7:30 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 11/26: 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11/27-29: CLOSED
Sunday 11/30: 24/7 exam period begins at 9 am. Card access only outside of regular library hours.