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Exhibit of Pre-Columbian Pottery

If you have been to the Special Collections on the 3rd floor of the Post Learning Commons lately, you may have noticed some pottery on display. Glancing briefly at these items, it would seem they are quite old. In fact, these objects pre-date Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas in 1492. Hence, they are classified as “pre-Columbian.”

Earthenware created by indigenous cultures inhabiting the Andean mountain region of South America, many items depict familiar things. Often found at burial sites, the pottery includes animals, people, and religious deities.

This exhibit of pre-Columbian pottery will be up through the end of the spring semester. Stop by and spend a few minutes contemplating these works.

“A Love Letter to Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jesuit Poet: On the Centennial of His First Book of Poems”

An internationally renowned Hopkins scholar and Emeritus Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, Joseph J. Feeney, S.J. is a lively and engaging speaker. Please join us as he presents “A Love Letter to Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jesuit Poet: On the Centennial of His First Book of Poems”

 

March 5, 2019
11:00 AM
Post Learning Commons, 2nd Floor
Wachterhauser Seminar Room

 

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. was a little-known English priest and poet during the latter part of the 19th Century.  It was not until 1918, almost 30 years after Hopkins’ death, that his friend, Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, compiled and edited the first collection of his poems.  Since that time, Hopkins has been recognized as one of the major poets of the Victorian Era.  Today, his poems, such as, “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” “The Windhover,” and “God’s Grandeur” are printed in numerous languages and enjoyed around the world.

To compliment Father Feeney’s personal insights into Hopkins’ poetry, two first edition copies of  The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins will be on view before and after the presentation.  Saint Joseph’s University is privileged to own four copies from the limited printing of 700.  The volumes are housed permanently in the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Specials Collections located in the Post Learning Commons.

-Christopher Dixon

 

This program is co-sponsored by SJU Library, the Jesuit community, and the Department of English. 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck the Halls!

If you missed coming in the Library a couple days last week, you were in for a treat by Friday’s end! Library staff and Grounds Crew were busy sorting, attaching, and decorating the various Christmas trees throughout the building. Do the lights match? Are the ornaments in the right places?

Several iterations of manger scenes appeared on Friday as well. There is one hanging at the Main Service Desk. Another is sprawled out across the top of the Atlas Case. This one has a starry backdrop and some twinkly lights.

There is a very special Christmas creche in front of the live evergreens in the Post Learning Commons Atrium. From the University Collection, it was created in the 20th century, but 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.

Next time you are walking through the Atrium, take a few minutes to contemplate this exhibit, not only for its spiritual significance, but also for the fine craftsmanship that was employed. You will also find there a pamphlet with more information, put together by Carmen Croce, SJU Scholarly Press.

– Marian Courtney

Open House SJU Archives and Special Collections

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!

Celebrating American Archives Month with SJU Collections Online

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 (archives@sju.edu) to make an appointment.

– Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Conversation with Richard Zanoni ‘67, photographer of “Vietnam in Retrospect: Photographs 1969-1970”

One of the elements making up the Glimpses: St. Joseph’s College During the Vietnam War Exhibit are an assortment of photographs titled, “Vietnam in Retrospect: Photographs 1969-1970.”

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.

Come meet Sargeant Zanoni for what we hope will be an engaging conversation
Thursday, April 19, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Post Learning Commons Gerard Manley Hopkins
S.J. Special Collections Third Floor

– Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian

 

 

The Christmas Creche on Display in the Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

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.

Next time you are walking through the Atrium, take a few minutes to contemplate this exhibit, not only for its spiritual significance, but also for the fine craftsmanship that was employed. You will also find there a pamphlet with more information, put together by Carmen Croce, SJU Scholarly Press.

– Marian Courtney

St. John’s Bible Heritage Edition on Display in Post Learning Commons

Take a break from your everyday workload and visit the 2nd floor lounge of the PLC. Sit in one of our comfy chairs and take a few
moments to enjoy the stunning view.

Notice the two volumes of the visually
appealing St. John’s Bible on display there.
Each volume of this  Heritage Edition is
displayed in its own beautiful  wooden case,  handcrafted by Eugene Sell, ’97. Check out the wall-mounted iPad loaded with additional images and descriptions of Bible pages.

See St. John’s Bible for more information on the background and creation of this beautiful work.

Celebrating Five Years of the Post Learning Commons

To register for Wine and Cheese Reception*, click HERE

In the spring of 2012, the John and Maryanne Hennings Post
Learning Commons
,
a twenty-first century technology-inspired space was dedicated to complement the Library’s traditional services.
Located in the heart of campus, the 37,000 square foot facility is the intellectual hub of the University.

Designed as a one-stop shop for students with study needs: from
resources to expertise and instruction spaces, from information
technology to tutoring, from collaborative meeting rooms to quiet group study rooms, Post Learning Commons offers a variety of
student support services and environments. The expanded seating and cafe offers the extended campus community spaces to meet
informally in small groups.

Additionally, there is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special
Collections with a gallery for art collections to be on display.
The Wachterhauser Seminar Room, a technology-rich classroom type space, is a sought-after space for staff and faculty to use for
campus meetings and small events.

In anticipation of the upcoming 5th anniversary of the building of this versatile and well utilized facility, we have a series of
celebratory events planned.

Tuesday, April 4th through
Friday, April 7th

Display from University Archives
Griffiths Scholars Lounge and
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special
Collections 3rd Floor Post Learning Commons

Tuesday, April 4th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Wednesday, April 5th 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Thursday, April 6th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Friday, April 7th 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wine and Cheese Reception*
Display from University Archives
Griffiths Scholars Lounge and
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special Collections
3rd Floor Post Learning Commons
*This event is for SJU faculty, staff and invited guests.

We are excited to share these events with you and hope that you can spare some time from your busy schedule to celebrate with us. If you are not available on Friday, we hope that you stop by to see the
exhibit on the 3rd floor of the Post Learning Commons. We have
several cases filled with material from the SJU Archives, including
clothing, medals, materials from ground breaking, and other
interesting memorabilia.

Our History in Photos


#PLC5th

 

 

 

 

New Display: Saint Joseph’s College Catalogues and Awards in the Early Years

A new exhibit in Drexel Library entitled “In the Beginning: Saint Joseph’s College Catalogues and Awards of the 1850s,” displays copies from the University Archives and Special Collections of
selected early college catalogues (1852-1862) and academic award certificates along with some photographs of silver medals received by students for their academic success. This collection of items helps tell the story of the College’s inaugural years and sheds some light on what college life would have been like for some of the first
students.

First Premium 3rd Class French John Mullen

Here are a few things to think about while visiting the display:

  • How much would it have cost a parent or guardian to send a
    student to the college during the 1852-1853 academic year?
  • What were some of the classes students had to take in the 1850s as part of their chosen course of study?
  • Do you recognize any of the family names from the 1852-1853 catalogue listing of students or from the awards pages?
  • Would you have been able to follow the regulations for student conduct?

The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of Drexel Library near the Bridge to the PLC and will be available for viewing through the end of May. Stop by and take a look!

For information on this display, the University Archives or the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections, please contact:
Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian
610.660.2164 or “cdixon@sju.edu”