The Northeast Document Conservation Center reports that they’ve recorded one hundred of the two hundred and fifty cylinders in the Flanders Ballad Collection. Quite a milestone! See the recording system at work and listen to the hundredth cylinder in the NEDCC blog post here! Take a look at some of the previous posts to learn more about this new sound scanning technology.
“We Have Sound!” is the title of the IRENE/3D Seeing Sound Blog post from the Northeast Document Conservation Center when they announce that the new recording system is up and running. Middlebury College is fortunate to be part of a grant to reformat the wax cylinder recordings in the Flanders Ballad Collection. See the announcement here, along with more blog posts that follow. You can even listen to some of the recordings!
President Harry Truman once said “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.” Because the site around Twilight Hall and the Middlebury Municipal Building has recently been a topic of community conversation, we thought people might be interested in these photos from the Middlebury College Archives. For more information on the history of the site and adjacent buildings, see pages 11 and 12 of A Walking History of Middlebury.
Click on the photos to enlarge them and see more detail.
In conjunction with an ongoing student project and J-term class, Special Collections has mounted an exhibit drawn from the College Archives– A People’s History of Middlebury College: Student Resistance and Social Change. From an uprising of students in 1822 asking for the dismissal of a professor, to the student strike in 1970 to protest of the war in Vietnam, through the formation of diverse activist groups like the Black Students for Mutual Understanding, the exhibit draws on primary sources in the College Archives. These resources have been heavily used by Hanna Mahon ’13.5 and Kristina Johansson ’14 as they’ve worked on the People’s History of Middlebury project over the past year, and used by the students in the J-term class that Hanna and Kristina are teaching. See the exhibit in the front vestibule, and the Harman Periodicals Reading Area of Davis Family Library.
To listen to an audio recording of the related panel discussion “Middlebury in the 1960s” see this blog post.
Also on display in the Davis Family Library Atrium– Antique wooden toys produced in local toy factories.
Special Collections has enjoyed a busy start to 2014 with several J-term classes visiting this week to use our collections for coursework. Prof. Peter Lourie’s class Adventure Writing and Digital Story Telling came to see 17th to early 20th century examples of travel and adventure writing, as well as to view photos from the College Archives of students engaging in their own adventures over the years.
And below see some photos from Prof. Kacy McKinney’s class Space and Place in the Graphic Novel. Students learned about the history of illustrations in books, viewing everything from a 1484 illuminated Latin text, to recently published graphic novels.
Sandy Stott of the Thoreau Farm recently visited Special Collections at Davis Family Library to see Henry David Thoreau’s personal copy of Walden with his notes in the margins. Stott wrote about his visit in this very nice blog post– http://thoreaufarm.org/2013/07/holding-walden/
Thoreau’s personal copy of Walden is invaluable and one of Middlebury College’s most significant holdings. Special Collections plans to digitize the pages with Thoreau’s marginalia so that this unique content can be shared widely on the web. In order to preserve the hard copy safely for future generations, access to it is strictly limited and an advance appointment is necessary. Please see the Special Collections page for more information.
The Italian Summer School is currently presenting a display of color photos in the Atrium of the Davis Family Library. The display, entitled SEE-CILY, will be in place until the end of the Summer Language Schools.
This exhibit depicts the inner life of Sicily, a rugged island, rich in history and art. It is a photographic journey through Sicilian culture and folklore, illustrating ancient and cherished traditions. You will discover the heartfelt festival of Saint Agatha, the centuries old handcrafted marionettes known as “Pupi Siciliani”, the superb craftsmanship of artisans working with wood, iron and textiles, as well as the preparation of delicious homemade foods. Churches, monuments and the unspoiled beauty of central Sicily’s landscapes will also be explored. The SEE-CILY exhibition will transport you to places tourists never see. It is a unique collection of forty-two photographs that serve as the nucleus of an ever-expanding exhibit, bearing witness to the sublime beauty and ancient rhythms of this most Mediterranean of islands.
Photographs by Antonino Riggio. Art Curator: Valentina Morello
“I wouldn’t define SEE-CILY as just an exhibit. I see it more as an itinerary, a path through the places and people I grew up with. It is my inner subconscious through the eye of my camera.” Antonino Riggio.
For more info: www.antoninoriggio.com
The weather we’ve been having so far this summer could encourage mold to grow in places it normally wouldn’t. Damp places like basements can be bad year ’round and should never be used to store books, but even the nice book shelf in your living room will be susceptible to mold growth after many days of rain, heat, and high humidity. Mold spores are everywhere, just waiting for the right conditions to sprout and grow, so be on the lookout. If you discover an infestation, read this excellent article from our friends at Cornell University Preservation Dept. to learn how to deal with it. http://www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/librarypreservation/mee/management/mold.html
The recent book sale in Davis Family Library has ended and all the books that are left over are waiting for you to come and take them away, FOR FREE!!! Stop by Davis Family Library anytime before the Thanksgiving recess and help yourself.
Tuesday, Nov. 13th – Sunday, Nov. 18th, Davis Family Library, open at 9:00 AM on first day for Middlebury College ID holders, continuing on Wednesday during regular library open hours for anyone.
(See hours listed here.)
The Davis Family Library will offer withdrawn and duplicate copies of books and other media for sale at great prices. Choose from a wide variety of items for scholarly work or recreational reading, listening, and viewing. This year’s sale will also include some used media playing equipment. Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase new library materials. (Because the low price asked for materials is in part a service to the College community, anyone purchasing items on the first day of the sale will be required to show a Middlebury College ID. Book dealers are not welcome to purchase items for resale on Tuesday, Nov. 13th). FMI, contact Joseph Watson 443-5487 firstname.lastname@example.org