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.
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!
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.
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
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.
This program is co-sponsored by SJU Library, the Jesuit community, and the Department of English.
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
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment.
– Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian
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
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.
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.