Carnegie zombie

Herrick Halloween Contest!

Carnegie zombie

Once upon a time, there was a zombie who resided in Carnegie Hall! As a matter of fact, if you pay close attention, you can still see it peeping through the windows. We were lucky enough to capture a photo, and we would like a story to go along with the image of this mysterious creature! The contest will run through Sunday, Nov. 2, and on Monday, the winner with the quirkiest short story or caption will win a free t-shirt! To enter, please leave a reply under this blog post.

Happy Halloween!!

Antique Glass Slides

There’s Gold on the 3rd Floor of Scholes Library

There’s Gold on the 3rd Floor of Scholes Library

Early Advertising Flyer for the College

Early Advertising Flyer for the College

Ever been up to the 3rd floor of Scholes Library? Nestled among the study rooms and various offices stands the home of The Archives of the New York State College of Ceramics.

The business of the College Archives is to collect, describe, preserve and provide access to the story of this important college.

From its humble beginnings as the “New York State School of Clay Working and Ceramics” to the college’s present status as a leader in materials research and fine arts education, a trail of documents and artifacts are collected and made available to researchers throughout the world.

Sumer School Class 1901

Sumer School Class 1901

Calls for access to this rich history extend well beyond local service to students, faculty and administrative offices. In this past year alone we have received inquiries from institutions such as the American Decorative Arts Unit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Dinnerware Museum in Cleveland Ohio, the Art and Architecture Libraries, University of Maryland, and Sotheby’s Twentieth Century Design Department.

The archives at Scholes is also busy working to serve independent scholars seeking access to records, papers, correspondence and photographic images for their books, lectures and genealogical studies.

Daniel Rhodes Tools

Daniel Rhodes Tools

This year, we have provided content from the letters of Charles Fergus Binns, biographical information on faculty and graduates past and present, information on manufacturing and artistic processes, copies of ceramic glaze recipes of notable faculty, gallery and exhibition records, and historical photographs.

Charles Fergus Binns Tool Set

Charles Fergus Binns Tool Set

At the same time, Scholes Archives Manager Verna Mullen is busy collecting and describing a steady stream of items donated to the collection and for our historical record.

1900-1901 Catalog

1900-1901 Catalog

This year we have processed items including Fosdick-Nelson gallery posters and cards, papers from the former Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER) at Alfred, papers from the former Center for Glass Research at Alfred, photographic transparencies of artist/educator William Parry, materials from the Schein-Joseph Int’l Museum of Ceramic Art and correspondence from renown ceramic artists Brother Thomas Bezanson and Sister Angela Fina.

Antique Glass Slides

Antique Glass Slides

This is just a brief synopsis of some the ongoing work of the College of Ceramics Archives during this past year alone. The Archives at Scholes Library holds the expected set of materials (yearbooks, catalogs, papers, correspondence, photos etc.) but is more than a repository for “stuff.” It serves a variety of important and influential communities whose purpose is to turn our “stuff” into meaningful stories and brings life and meaning to the work in our unique college.

If you have an interest in visiting the College of Ceramics Archives at Scholes Library, or have an informational need that we can address,

Glaze Recipes of Otto and Vivika Heino

Glaze Recipes of Otto and Vivika Heino

please feel free to contact Archives Manager – Verna Mullen at 607-871-2938 (mailto:mullenvc@alfred.edu).

Val Cushing's Glaze Samples

Val Cushing’s Glaze Samples

Alfred University is quite focused in its commitment to preserve its rich history. The Archives at Scholes Library focuses exclusively on the history of the Ceramics College.

This is only part of the story of Alfred University. A fuller campus history is preserved in the remarkably rich Archives and Special Collections at Herrick Library. For information or access to that collection please contact Laurie McFadden, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, 607-871-2385 mcfadden@alfred.edu

Theodore Roosevelt's Signature establishing The NYS School of Clay-working & Ceramics at Alfred

Theodore Roosevelt’s Signature establishing The NYS School of Clay-working & Ceramics at Alfred

Four is an Impressive Number

This past August I had the opportunity to meet with incoming students during the Student Success Conference. The Alfred University Libraries held a session titled 10 things you should know about the libraries before you start class. Anyone who has sat in on my introductory library sessions knows that I often ask the students if they know how many libraries there are in the village of Alfred. Often enough, one or two students will come up with the correct number: four.

The reason I ask this question is to provide an opportunity to talk about the different libraries available to them, and to discuss the strengths of each collection. I have to admit that I also ask the question because, as someone who lives and works in the village, I am proud of the number and happy that I can possibly surprise students (if that is even possible) with such a big number for such a small village. The question I ask is misleadingly simple, though. I could qualify the question with a possibly laborious introduction to the nature of libraries in the twenty-first century, i.e. what forms they take (physical or digital or both).

With the arrival over the past fifteen years of organizations such as the The Internet Archive and The HathiTrust Digital Library and, more recently, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), these resources expand the reach of libraries beyond the boundaries of any given village. I think I will keep the question I ask the students deceivingly simple (and possibly impressive) despite the fact that the question is complex.

By focusing the question on the four libraries in Alfred, I know that I am giving each student a good place to start and that, over time, they will discover the many remarkable collections that are available online.

-John Hosford

Additional information about the DPLA.

Digital Public Library of America

The National Digital Public Library is Launched! essay by Robert Darnton