Throughout the spring semester we will be hosting a variety of events, displays and workshops. The charts to the left list each one along with their respective dates and times. There is a symbol to designate each category: an eye for displays, a coffee cup for events and a pile of books for workshops.
The workshops are largely for students — pass the word!
Stop by throughout the semester and browse one or more of the displays.
For the events, mark your calendar and plan to join us.
As part of American Archives Month, the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections will host an Open House! Highlights include:
Pre-Columbian Pottery Research and Exhibit
Summer scholar Collin Petersen, Philosophy ’21, will discuss his research into the university’s collection of Pre-Columbian Pottery. On display during the Open House and afterward is a new exhibit of the pottery curated by Petersen.
Faculty Scholar Will Discuss Opioid Crisis
Peter Clark, S.J., Ph.D., Professor and Director of Clinical Bioethics and student members of the Opioid Task Force will be on hand to answer questions about the epidemic sweeping the nation.
Materials and Q/A related to Dennis J. Comey, S.J.: The Waterfront Peacemaker
Dennis Comey, S.J. was a labor arbitrator of Philadelphia dock disputes during the 1950s and founder of the Institute of Industrial Relations (later Comey Institute) at Saint Joseph’s College (University). View original materials from the Archives related to Fr. Comey and ask questions of former Institute director John Lavin.
In addition, there will be many unique objects, textiles, documents and photos from the university’s collection.
Stop by — we’d love to see you!
Thursday, October 24, 11am – 1pm
Post Learning Commons Third Floor
Delaware Valley Archivists Group has a full calendar listing and descriptions of Archives Month Philly events.
The Fall issue of Library Lines is now available!
In this issue we talk about:
- New Library Strategic plan
- Open Educational Resources
- A recently discovered time capsule from Old Saint Joseph’s, dating from 1870
- Five Ways to Connect Your Students to the Library
- Spotlight on Video (including streaming video), Music, and Audiobooks at the Library
- Copyright and Digital Reserves
Recently, staff of Drexel Library have organized materials relating to Bernard R. Hubbard, S.J., affectionately known as “The Glacier Priest.” The digital exhibit contains photographs, maps and articles as well as links to fascinating information on the Arctic at that time.
Also on display in Drexel Library are photographs and ephemera relating to Hubbard and his visits to Saint Joseph’s University during the 1930’s-1950’s. The exhibit, located on the second floor at the end of the main staircase, runs September – October, 2019.
The Reverend Bernard R. Hubbard, S.J. (1888-1962), former Head of the Department of Geology at the University of Santa Clara, California, was a celebrated explorer who studied geology, volcanology, ichthyology, oceanography and paleontology. In later expeditions he shifted his focus to the study and documentation the Arctic people and their way of life.
His nickname, “Der Gletscher Pfarrer” (“the Glacier Priest”), was earned while studying theology in Austria and spending time in the Austrian Alps. From 1927 to 1962 he led over thirty scientific expeditions into regions of Alaska and the Arctic.
Father Hubbard took thousands of photographs and recorded thousands of feet of motion picture film. Father Hubbard’s writings and lectures helped popularize Alaska and Arctic regions.
Take a few minutes and acquaint yourself with this fascinating man. Come to the Open House in the Archives and Special Collections on October 24th from 11 am to 1 pm and browse the display case while you are in the building!
As part of American Archives Month, University Archives and Special Collections will host an Open House in the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections Suite on October 25th during Free Period.
Notable pieces from our collections will be on view including a copy of the 1918 edition of Hopkins’ poems, rare books from our Jesuitica collection, and the marriage record from Old Saint Joseph’s Church for Francis A. Drexel and Emma Bouvier that was signed by Father Barbelin. Fr. Feeney and Carmen Croce, two esteemed colleagues, plan to join us.
You can search SJU Online for photos and objects of interest while visiting.
Light refreshments will be served. Please join us in celebrating our heritage and collections!
Library Lines highlights include:
Fall Events; Grants received to support the University Archives and Special Collections; New Electronic Resources; Interview with Tom Kaeo, Director of the Office of Research Services (now located in Suite 160 Drexel Library).
Take a few moments and read about the happenings at your university library!
The Archives and Special Collections has created SJU Collections Online to make information about the University’s collections more accessible to students, faculty, staff researchers and the public. The database contains records for institutional photographs, collected memorabilia and rare books. More materials will be added on a regular basis.
Take few moments to browse through the virtual collection and learn something new about Saint Joseph’s University’s rich history. For research assistance, or to consult the physical materials represented in the database, email Archives and Special Collections staff (email@example.com) to make an appointment.
– Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian
Filmmaker Ken Burn’s recent documentary series on PBS The Vietnam War: An Intimate History brought the viewer back in time over 50 years to examine one of the most controversial periods in the United States during the 20th Century. The Vietnam War played out on the world stage, but the program made clear local connections to people from communities across America and the hamlets of the former North and South Vietnam. Saint Joseph’s College had its own links to the conflict, too. In a new three-part exhibition, the Archives and Special explores some them through the camera lens of a young graduate, newspaper articles from the campus and the efforts of two alums and students to assist Vietnamese orphans.
Vietnam in Retrospect: Photographs 1969-1970 By Richard Zanoni ‘67
United States Army sergeant Richard Zanoni ’67 used his new hobby of photography to record daily life in Can Tho on the Mekong River Delta of South Vietnam during his tour of duty. Some of his 35 mm film images captured a different side of the war, than what many Americans saw back home on television, with children at play, a barber cutting hair, a woman selling her goods in the marketplace and Buddhist monks. However, others remind you that the war was ever present. One shows a smiling Vietnamese boy carrying his younger brother, who had lost his leg and another, a little girl eating rice from a discarded beer can. What happened to the people in his photographs is something that Sergeant Zanoni has often thought about since the war.
Fifty Years On: The Vietnam War on Campus
Saint Joseph’s was not unlike many other college campuses in the country during the Vietnam War. There was early support from the student body favoring continued participation in the war. Faculty members held “scholarly discussions” on the merits of the conflict. There were peace vigils and protests. Guest speakers also appeared before student audiences.
This part of the exhibition draws heavily on articles from The Hawk student newspaper that can be found in The Hawk Digital Archive 1930-2015 . It is a sampling of materials and not intended to be a comprehensive history of the events that took place on campus during the Vietnam War. Perhaps, the Archives will hear from some of the “Golden Hawks” about their personal experiences.
Humanity in a Time of War: “Project Vietnam” Lends a Helping Hand to the
Stella Maris Orphanage
Lieutenant James L. Tobin ‘64 and Captain Edward Essl ’55 of the United States Air Force met a group of Vietnamese nuns struggling to run the Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) Orphanage near Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966. Lt. Tobin wrote to Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Boyle of the Saint Joseph’s College Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) program requesting assistance from the College to aid the children. By the spring of 1967 “Project Vietnam” had been organized by the students to help solicit funds in order to build a hospital wing for the orphanage. Through car washes, collection canisters and social mixers $1,540.00 was raised and presented to Sister Angela of the orphanage.
The exhibition will be on display until the end of the Spring Semester in the Gerard Manley Hopkins Special Collections area on the 3rd floor of the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons. A reception will be held there on Thursday, March 22nd at 3 P.M. Richard Zanoni will be there to speak about his photographs. Several other Vietnam War veterans who are part of the SJU community will also offer remarks on the topic of the war.
Thank you to the Saint Joseph’s University Office of Veterans Services for their assistance with Vietnam in Retrospect.
– Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian
Walking through the Atrium of the PLC, you may have noticed a Christmas Creche has been set up surrounded by three lovely 6 ft. evergreen trees. This piece is from the University Collection, created in the 20th century and fashioned after the 18th century Neapolitan style. The particular figures of Mary and Joseph, the materials used to create them, as well as the coloring of their garments, is unique to this style.
WHERE: Post Learning Commons Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections, 3rd Floor
WHAT: Take a trip back in time to October 26,1967 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed an audience in the Alumni Memorial Field House (now, the Hagan Arena) of Saint Joseph’s College (University). Listen to a few brief remarks about the exhibition “The Clear Voice of Justice” Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967/2017, view the history, talk with friends about it and enjoy some light refreshments. Learn something new.
Photo credit: Glenn A. McCurdy