Monday, October 27, 2014

New Exhibit Open! "Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves"



“Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves,” an exhibition in the B. and H. Henisch Photo-History Collection Exhibition Room, 201 A Pattee Library, is on display through March 31.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of a new book by the Penn State Press “Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs,” by Ann-Janine Morey, Volume 4, in the series Animalibus: Of Animals and Culture. Books in the Animalibus series share a fascination with the status and the role of animals in human life. Crossing the humanities and the social sciences, these books ask us what thinking about nonhuman animals can teach us about human cultures, about what it means to be human,and about how that meaning might shift across times and places.

Since photography's invention in 1839, animals have been a subject. Early photography coincided with the beginning of the dog’s position as a household pet in Victorian society, and dogs were for the first time pampered and shown as members of the family in studio portrait art. But daguerreotypes, the earliest of the photographic processes, required subjects to remain motionless for several minutes, which meant that wagging tails often resembled fans when the plates registered the exposure.

Later in the century, faster lenses solved this technical problem. By the 1850s, with the introduction of the small carte-de-visite image, it became a popular custom to have the likeness of the family pet (most often dogs) made along with other family members. Meant to look proper and often posed on ornate chairs, every sort of friendly mutt appears. These charming studio poses were displayed with all of the other family portraits in albums made especially for preserving them. Near the end of the 19th-century, amateurs also took up photography, and thousands of photos produced an intimate view of daily life, immortalizing family groups where dogs show up with regularity.

The exhibition draws from 19th-century photographs representing many photographic processes found in the B. and H. Henisch Photo-History Collection and the William C. Darrah Collection of Cartes-de-visite, 1860-1900, both among the holdings of The Eberly Family Special Collections Library.

For more information, contact Sandra Stelts at sks5@psu.edu or 814-863-5388.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Special Lecture on Cooperative Extension at PSU


Jan Scholl, associate professor

A special lecture, titled “The Impact of Cooperative Extension at Penn State,” by Jan Scholl, associate professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology education, is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 3 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

The presentation complements “The Power of Agricultural Cooperative Extension: 100 Years of Penn State Service,” an exhibition on display through Sept. 15 in The Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library.

For additional information about this exhibit and the archival collections related to Penn State Extension, contact Jackie R. Esposito, University archivist at 814-863-3791 or jxe2@psu.edu.
For additional information about this exhibit and the University Archives or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Jackie Esposito at 814-863-3791 or jxe2@psu.edu.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Finding Aids!

Due to a busy summer schedule, it has been awhile since we have put up a list of updated/new finding aids. However, we are pleased to present a long list this August! Happy hunting!





HCLA 1443 - Harry Block papers










PSUA 476 - Intercollegiate Athletics Records (currently under litigation hold)