Cornell University Library - Rare and Manuscript Collections

Cornell University Library - Rare and Manuscript Collections The Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections is Cornell University Library’s primary repository for rare books, manuscripts, photographs, archives, and more.

The collections include 450,000 volumes & more than 70 million manuscripts & artifacts.

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As the weather warms, outdoors beckons. Shown here is a playground designed by urban planner Clarence Stein as part of h...
04/23/2021

As the weather warms, outdoors beckons. Shown here is a playground designed by urban planner Clarence Stein as part of his Hillside Homes project in the Bronx, completed in 1934. Stein took care to always include and center green space in his designs, principles that continue to be important in considering the relationship between the built environment and equitable access to outdoor space for all. #ClarenceStein #HillsideHomes #greenspace #playgrounds #environmentaljustice #CornellRAD

As the weather warms, outdoors beckons. Shown here is a playground designed by urban planner Clarence Stein as part of his Hillside Homes project in the Bronx, completed in 1934. Stein took care to always include and center green space in his designs, principles that continue to be important in considering the relationship between the built environment and equitable access to outdoor space for all. #ClarenceStein #HillsideHomes #greenspace #playgrounds #environmentaljustice #CornellRAD

We struggle to find the words to express our sorrow at the passing of our friend and colleague, Lance Heidig. Read about...
04/19/2021
Lance Heidig, inspiring librarian and curator, dies at 64 | Cornell Chronicle

We struggle to find the words to express our sorrow at the passing of our friend and colleague, Lance Heidig. Read about his life and career in the Chronicle's obituary.

Lance Heidig, an outreach and instruction librarian at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, died April 6 at his home in Ithaca. He was 64.

Join Cornell University Library  Thursday evening to hear what our Rare and Distinctive (RAD) Collections show about the...
03/24/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Wonder Women: Pioneers of their time highlighted using Cornell University Library’s Rare and Distinctive Collections. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join Cornell University Library Thursday evening to hear what our Rare and Distinctive (RAD) Collections show about the careers of four historic women. What do you know about Florence Price, Marie-Antoinette, Jane Datcher, and Siyu Huang? Come find out more! https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JDAN4S1vRN--3OeqUzReUQ?t=1616605689837

Celebrate Women’s History Month with this look at just a few of the many notable women whose careers are documented in Cornell’s Rare and Distinctive (RAD) Collections. In these presentations our RAD curators will span nine centuries to share information and historical documents about the lives ...

Today on National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the first day of spring, Cornell University Library shared ...
03/20/2021

Today on National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the first day of spring, Cornell University Library shared this poignant glimpse into the life of Robert Lynch. Read more below about this important part of our Human Sexuality Collection. #CornellRAD #NNAHAAD #springishere #RobertLynchPapers

A recipe for veal scallops in cream. A bus station ticket. A reading list. A drawing of a flower and a poem that reads:
“I feel chill at the
bone.
Spring come
do the peeping red
buds betray you?”

This a snapshot of the vibrant life of Robert Lynch, a Black gay Harvard-trained lawyer who returned to his small hometown of Enfield, North Carolina, to document the folk art and the lives of its Black and Indigenous communities.

He also chronicled his battle against HIV/AIDS before his death in 1989.

From the Robert Lynch papers, 7320, at the Human Sexuality Collection of Cornell University Library - Rare and Manuscript Collections.

newcatalog.library.cornell.edu/catalog/2088701

#NNHAAD

For another day of Women’s History Month, a nod to punk rocker Gretchen Phillips. Primary sources documenting her life a...
03/11/2021

For another day of Women’s History Month, a nod to punk rocker Gretchen Phillips. Primary sources documenting her life and career are in our Human Sexuality Collection.

Another nod to Prof. Denise Green of Cornell’s Fiber Science and Apparel Design Dept. who was onsite yesterday studying the outfits in Phillips’ collection.

#WomensHistoryMonth #CornellRAD Cornell University Library
Gretchen Phillips Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection

What is the "Black Librarian" experience at Cornell University Library? TODAY at 3:30 pm EST, join us for:Any librarian…...
02/26/2021

What is the "Black Librarian" experience at Cornell University Library?

TODAY at 3:30 pm EST, join us for:

Any librarian…Any study?:
Conversations on Being Black and a Librarian at Cornell University Library, Past Present, and Future

As an edition to CUL’s Black History Month events please join us for a lively discussion that considers the cultural history of librarianship at Cornell. During a time when representations of blackness within predominantly white mainstream libraries have become increasingly central to library diversity initiatives, how do we learn from the experiences of Cornell Library’s Black librarians past and present in order to deepen our understanding of the pursuit of diversity, inclusion, and belonging? Panelists will share perspectives on how their journey as librarians at Cornell influenced their careers and shaped the legacy of the collections they stewarded. As we acknowledge and celebrate the path each panelist has cleared for Cornell’s Black librarians of the future, we will explore how we can continue to interrogate systemic racism within the profession and lead change one Black librarian, one library, one collective generation at a time.

Moderator:
Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University Library

Panelists:

Thomas Weissinger, Professor Emeritus, University Library and African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian and Vice Provost, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Petrina Jackson, Director, Special Collections Research Center, Bird Library, Syracuse University
Femi Cadmus, Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Duke University
Lee LaFleur, Director of Learning and Teaching Services, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Camille Andrews, Emerging Literacies Librarian, Cornell University, Harvard Library
Selena Bryant, Teaching & Learning Librarian, Cornell University
Ariel A. E. Scotese, Associate Director for User Services at D’Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago
Eric Acree, Director John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, Curator of Africana Collections, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell Library

Please register through the following link:
https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CV889Iu0SCSMtKPe_32EPA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

What is the "Black Librarian" experience at Cornell University Library?

TODAY at 3:30 pm EST, join us for:

Any librarian…Any study?:
Conversations on Being Black and a Librarian at Cornell University Library, Past Present, and Future

As an edition to CUL’s Black History Month events please join us for a lively discussion that considers the cultural history of librarianship at Cornell. During a time when representations of blackness within predominantly white mainstream libraries have become increasingly central to library diversity initiatives, how do we learn from the experiences of Cornell Library’s Black librarians past and present in order to deepen our understanding of the pursuit of diversity, inclusion, and belonging? Panelists will share perspectives on how their journey as librarians at Cornell influenced their careers and shaped the legacy of the collections they stewarded. As we acknowledge and celebrate the path each panelist has cleared for Cornell’s Black librarians of the future, we will explore how we can continue to interrogate systemic racism within the profession and lead change one Black librarian, one library, one collective generation at a time.

Moderator:
Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University Library

Panelists:

Thomas Weissinger, Professor Emeritus, University Library and African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian and Vice Provost, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Petrina Jackson, Director, Special Collections Research Center, Bird Library, Syracuse University
Femi Cadmus, Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Duke University
Lee LaFleur, Director of Learning and Teaching Services, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Camille Andrews, Emerging Literacies Librarian, Cornell University, Harvard Library
Selena Bryant, Teaching & Learning Librarian, Cornell University
Ariel A. E. Scotese, Associate Director for User Services at D’Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago
Eric Acree, Director John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, Curator of Africana Collections, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell Library

Please register through the following link:
https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CV889Iu0SCSMtKPe_32EPA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who died February 22 aged 101, was a poet, publisher of many of the Beat Poets, and owned City Li...
02/25/2021

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who died February 22 aged 101, was a poet, publisher of many of the Beat Poets, and owned City Lights book store. Among our many holdings of his work are Pictures of the Gone World (1955), his first City Lights publication, which became the first in his pocket series. A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), also shown, became his most famous book of poetry.
#LawrenceFerlinghetti #BeatPoets #Poetry #CityLightsBooks #RareCornell #CornellRAD

Flemmie Pansy Kittrell, PhD 1936, Cornell College of Home Economics. First African American to receive a PhD. Photo in #...
02/25/2021

Flemmie Pansy Kittrell, PhD 1936, Cornell College of Home Economics. First African American to receive a PhD.
Photo in #rarecornell collection #41-2-877 #CornellHistory #CornellRAD

#Repost @cornell_library
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You may already know Cornell PhD and trailblazing nutritionist Flemmie Pansy Kittrell, but there are more Black pioneers in S.T.E.M. missing or barely written about on Wikipedia.

TODAY, let’s change that! Sign up for our edit-a-thon, happening 4 to 6 p.m.: bit.ly/black-in-stem-wikipedia2021

#blackinstem
#blackhistorymonth
#wikipediaeditathon
@mannlibrary

Flemmie Pansy Kittrell, PhD 1936, Cornell College of Home Economics. First African American to receive a PhD.
Photo in #rarecornell collection #41-2-877 #CornellHistory #CornellRAD

#Repost @cornell_library
・・・
You may already know Cornell PhD and trailblazing nutritionist Flemmie Pansy Kittrell, but there are more Black pioneers in S.T.E.M. missing or barely written about on Wikipedia.

TODAY, let’s change that! Sign up for our edit-a-thon, happening 4 to 6 p.m.: bit.ly/black-in-stem-wikipedia2021

#blackinstem
#blackhistorymonth
#wikipediaeditathon
@mannlibrary

Celebrate Toni Morrison’s 90th birthday today at 4pm. Come to a talkback about “The Pieces I Am“ led by a number of Morr...
02/20/2021
"The Pieces I Am" screening and talkback

Celebrate Toni Morrison’s 90th birthday today at 4pm. Come to a talkback about “The Pieces I Am“ led by a number of Morrison fans at Cornell, including Eric Acree, Director of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library and Curator of Africana Collections at Cornell University Library - Rare and Manuscript Collections.

#CornellRAD Cornell University Library
https://events.cornell.edu/event/the_pieces_i_am_screening_and_talkback

This event is part of the Cornell Celebrates Toni Morrison series in the College of Arts & Sciences and is sponsored in partnership with the Cinemapolis theater in downtown Ithaca. Participants can watch the film, "The Pieces I Am" for free from Feb. 15-20 at their leisure at this link: https://cine...

02/16/2021

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections reading room will be closed today. We will open for staff to work onsite starting at 1:00pm.

Cornell's first president, Andrew Dickson White, recounted details of his trip to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Jam...
02/15/2021
Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White : White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Cornell's first president, Andrew Dickson White, recounted details of his trip to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica with Frederick Douglass! They visited ousted Haiti president Geffrard then in exile in Kinston, Jamaica. After visiting these Black-led nearby countries, they headed back to Washington, DC upon a Potomoc steamer. The rules on that boat prevented Frederick Douglass from entering the dining room. A.D. White recounts this afront. In solidarity, he declined to enter the dining room either.

#DouglassWeek #cornellhistory #CornellRAD Cornell University #blackhistorymonth

https://archive.org/details/autobiographyofa01whitrich/page/500/mode/2up

Includes bibliographical references (v. 2, p. 575-582) and index

In recognition of the millions of people around the world celebrating the Year of the Ox, we are sharing one of the 63 p...
02/12/2021

In recognition of the millions of people around the world celebrating the Year of the Ox, we are sharing one of the 63 photographs of prize-winning bovines that Adrien Tournachon took at the 1856 Universal Agricultural Competition of Paris.

These images came to Cornell in 1917, as a gift from a veterinarian in New York City. Already rare, they were deposited in the library, where the donor suggested they might be most of use for teaching. Now such images are much more likely to exist in art museum collections, since Tournachon was one of the most important early photographers in France.

Photographs tell more than one story. While the cattle are the main subject in these photos, the handlers are fascinating. Though we know little about them, we can see that they all dressed in men's clothes and appeared male, and that they included individuals with different skin tones.

This photograph demonstrates some of the magic and complexity of archives: finding art in veterinary medicine teaching materials, and finding evidence of Black history in a collection on a seemingly unrelated topic.
#LunarNewYear2021 #BlackHistoryMonth #Tournachon #YearOfTheOx2021 #CornellRAD

In recognition of the millions of people around the world celebrating the Year of the Ox, we are sharing one of the 63 photographs of prize-winning bovines that Adrien Tournachon took at the 1856 Universal Agricultural Competition of Paris.

These images came to Cornell in 1917, as a gift from a veterinarian in New York City. Already rare, they were deposited in the library, where the donor suggested they might be most of use for teaching. Now such images are much more likely to exist in art museum collections, since Tournachon was one of the most important early photographers in France.

Photographs tell more than one story. While the cattle are the main subject in these photos, the handlers are fascinating. Though we know little about them, we can see that they all dressed in men's clothes and appeared male, and that they included individuals with different skin tones.

This photograph demonstrates some of the magic and complexity of archives: finding art in veterinary medicine teaching materials, and finding evidence of Black history in a collection on a seemingly unrelated topic.
#LunarNewYear2021 #BlackHistoryMonth #Tournachon #YearOfTheOx2021 #CornellRAD

Register now for the Feb. 11 event “Frederick Douglass in 2021: Lessons for our Current Moment.” Distinguished Cornell f...
02/10/2021
Douglass Day 2021 | Digital Scholarship

Register now for the Feb. 11 event “Frederick Douglass in 2021: Lessons for our Current Moment.” Distinguished Cornell faculty will explore what Douglass’ long career as abolitionist, writer, and transnational freedom dreamer can teach us about our current moment and the Movement for Black Lives. What lessons does his analysis of U.S. Reconstruction’s potential and its failures offer as we continue to reckon with white supremacy, settler colonialism, and systemic inequality on a global level?

Join us as we kick off Cornell University’s Douglass Day 2021 celebration. #FrederickDouglass
https://digitalscholarship.library.cornell.edu/douglass-day-2021

You’re invited to… A Birthday Party for Frederick Douglass Douglass Day 2021 Born enslaved, Frederick Douglass emancipated himself at the age twenty and quickly became one of the preeminent intellectuals and activists of the nineteenth century. Although he never knew his birthdate, he chose to c...

During World War I, Sara Winifred Brown was a member of the flying squadron of 50 women physicians of the Women’s War Wo...
02/10/2021

During World War I, Sara Winifred Brown was a member of the flying squadron of 50 women physicians of the Women’s War Work Council.

One of the earliest Black female students at Cornell University, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1897 with an honors thesis on the Eastern Dobsonfly. Our friends at Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University tell us that while here, she co-founded Cornell's Entomology Society, which is still active.

She went on to earn a medical degree at Howard University in 1904 and, like her siblings, became a doctor. Howard appointed her its first alumna Trustee.

#BlackWomensHistory #Cornellhistory #BlackFemaleDoctors #entomology #BlackHistoryMonth
Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA)
Cornell University Library #CornellRAD

Read more about her and other Black women at Cornell in the 1890s-1930s.
https://rmc.library.cornell.edu/earlyblackwomen/challenge/challenge_1.html

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