Monday, December 8, 2014

Hands-On History: Pennsylvania Forestry

Of all the Trees that ‘were’ in the Woods!  
To honor the 100th anniversary of John Muir's death, December 24, 1914, Special Collections will host a hands-on activity using holdings about Pennsylvania forestry and conservation movement. Staff and faculty are invited to explore Pennsylvania Forest history through a hands-on, primary source activity, on December 10, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the Special Collections Library. Attendees will use finding aids to locate letters, diaries, notes, photographs and more.  These items reflect elements of environmental, political, and gendered aspects of the history of lumber industry that invite comparison with contemporary resource extraction.  
 Engage your inner child this holiday season by joining in a trivia-scavenger hunt with Special Collections photographs, letters, rare books, diaries and pamphlets. Enjoy an hour of fun with colleagues and learn something new about Pennsylvania leadership in forest conservation suitable for this “wonderful time of the year.” 

For more information or questions regarding this event, please contact:  
Doris Malkmus
Outreach Archivist


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 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
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

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)

Friday, July 18, 2014

1956 Time Capsule from Hibbs Hall Cornerstone Opened!

Yesterday afternoon, University Archivist Jackie Esposito attended the opening of the 1956 time capsule found in a Hibbs Hall cornerstone on June 17th. Inside were items ranging from sorority hats to magazines, handbooks (remember those from one of the first Archive Adventure posts?), campus guides, and newspapers. Jackie was on hand to help identify the items and their organizations, such as an item from the WRA (Women's Recreation Association). In the next few months, workers will replace with 1956 time capsule with a 2014 version, complete with iPhone, THON T-shirts, a signed football from Coach Franklin, and items from daily life at Penn State.

You can see Jackie's interview here on WJAC-10, or read about the event on Onward State.

Monday, June 23, 2014

"Take the College of the State to the People of the State"

The Power of Agricultural Cooperative Extension: 100 Years of Penn State Service,” an exhibition, will be on display June 17 through Sept. 15, in The Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park. A special lecture, “The Impact of Cooperative Extension at Penn State,” is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 3 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

In 1914, Congressman M. Hoke Smith (D-Georgia) and Asbury Lever (D-South Carolina) sponsored legislation to enhance the nation’s land-grant university system created under the Morrill Act in 1862. Signed into law on May 8, the Smith-Lever Act established the cooperative extension system. The system partnered federal, state and county governments with land-grant institutions, such as Penn State, to translate and share scientific information with farmers, and in communities across the country and the commonwealth.

The Agricultural Train (1908)

Historically, Penn State had been providing lectures and publications at farmers’ institutes, at Farmers’ Week and through agricultural trains as far back as 1870. In 1892, it launched the nation’s first correspondence courses in agriculture and two years prior to the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, Penn State funded the first county agents in Blair, Butler, Mercer, Montgomery and Washington counties.

Ag Extension Tech was often at the forefront, providing farmers with the very latest in developments straight from University resources.

By 1921, 62 of the 67 Pennsylvania counties had full-time agents whose efforts were centralized through the College of Agriculture. The agents provided technical information, results from the experiment station, supervised experimental plantings, judged at local fairs, organized 4-H youth groups and provided various types of practical instruction through workshops, courses and institutes across the commonwealth.

The exhibit features archival materials documenting the revolution in practical advances spawned by the Smith-Lever Act and Penn State Extension, including demonstration methods, 4-H, early inventions and technology, home economics, trips and camps such as Club Week and Young Farmers Week, forestry improvements, nutrition and environmental progress. Access to actual archival documents from Cooperative Extension agents is available.

The bulk of the archival collection contains county agent narrative and statistical annual reports of activities back to 1912, extension service publications, correspondence, photographs, land use surveys, youth programming, and financial records related to agricultural and home economics management. The reports are arranged alphabetically by county and within each county the reports are delineated chronologically.

Additional information about the Smith-Lever Act and the 100th anniversary of Penn State Extension is available.

For additional information about this exhibit, collections related to Penn State Extension 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

Friday, June 13, 2014

Penn State Presidents: Leaders, Innovators and Visionaries

President Atherton in his study

“Penn State Presidents: Leaders, Innovators and Visionaries,” an exhibit, is on display from June 2 through Sept. 15 in Robb Hall, Hintz Alumni Center, University Park.

From the earliest days of Evan Pugh’s tenure as president of the fledgling Agricultural College of Pennsylvania through the pioneering days of the newly appointed President Eric Barron, Penn State’s presidents have been challenged to envision a future featuring academic excellence, superior research, outstanding service to the community and superb opportunities for the institution’s student body.

The presidents highlighted in this exhibit provided vision during difficult times, and innovation across decades, and they led the institution toward new heights of achievements. (Read more about visionary presidents of Penn State.)

The exhibit, curated by the Penn State University Archives, features photographs, document reproductions and biographical statements for all 18 presidents and the three designated as acting presidents:

Evan Pugh, 1859–1864
William Henry Allen, 1864–1866
John Fraser, 1866–1868
Thomas Henry Burrowes, 1868–1871
James Calder, 1871–1880
Joseph Shortlidge, 1880–1881
James McKee, 1881–1882 Acting
George Atherton, 1882–1906
James Beaver, 1906–1908 Acting
Edwin Erle Sparks, 1908–1920
John Martin Thomas, 1921–1925
Ralph Dorn Hetzel, 1927–1947
James Milholland, 1847–1950 Acting
Milton Eisenhower, 1950–1956
Eric Walker, 1956–1970
John Oswald, 1970–1983
Bryce Jordan, 1983–1990
Joab Thomas, 1990–1995
Graham Spanier, 1995–2011
Rodney Erickson, 2011–2014
Eric Barron, 2014

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Jackie R. Esposito, University Archivist, at or 814-863-3791.

Can't make it to campus? See our Flickr gallery of the exhibit here!

Monday, June 9, 2014

New Finding Aids Published

Our archival processors had a busy spring. Here are the latest new and updated finding aids for some of our collections:
HCLA 1648 Mary Gyla McDowell 100th Volunteer Infantry Regiment papers - This collection consists of diaries, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, pamphlets, pencil sketches and photographs, memoirs and Veterans' society records of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment. It also includes many manuscript drafts and transcripts of war time correspondence written by Mary McDowell.

HCLA 1783 Henry Shoemaker papers - Henry W. Shoemaker, born in 1880, was an author, banker, newspaper columnist, newspaper publisher, diplomat, archivist, civil servant, and collector of Pennsylvania folklore. The collection consists of correspondence, ephemera, publications, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting Shoemaker's professional and family life and personal interests.

RBM 2385 Sir Edward Maufe architectural papers - Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe (1883-1974) was first principal architect for the United Kingdom from 1943 to 1969, noted for churches, cathedrals, and various war memorials. This collection consists of architectural drawings, blueprints, and pencil sketches as well as business records from English architect Sir Edward Maufe.

RBM 9526 Michael Dummett papers - Michael Dummett was a philosopher and advocate for racial justice who worked extensively on issues related to immigration. This collection includes materials related to his academic interests in philosophy and voting procedures and to his personal passions for electoral reform and racial equality.

RBM 9555 Wanda Gag papers - Artist/illustrator, translator and author Wanda Gág (1893-1946) created picture books that integrated a dynamic visual style and vitality with the stories. This collection consists of materials related to the book Tales from Grimm for which Gág translated, interpreted, and illustrated stories from Grimm.

PSUA 84 Bernard Asbell papers - Bernard Asbell was an associate professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University teaching nonfiction writing from 1984 until his retirement in 1992. He was the author of twelve books, most notably The Pill: A Biography of the Drug That Changed the World (1995) and Paterno: By the Book (1991). This collection of papers from Bernard Asbell documents his work as an author and includes manuscripts, notes, information files and audiotapes.

PSUA 141 A.E. Bye papers - Arthur Edwin Bye, Jr. received a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the Pennsylvania State University in 1942. One of his earliest projects was designing a woodland landscape for the Reisley house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pleasantville, NY. Mr. Bye published several books, most notably Art into Landscape, Landscape into Art, filled with photographs, many of his own works, framing landscaped views both natural and man made that he thought successful. This collection of the papers of Arthur Edwin Bye, Jr. includes architectural drawings, articles, correspondence, plans, prints, brochures, invoices, contracts, reports, and photographs. [Still being processed by intern, updated finding aid simply reflects incorporation of recent accretions]

PSUA 149 Clarence Ray Carpenter papers - C. Ray Carpenter was research professor of psychology and anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1940-1970, and University of Georgia, 1970-1974. He studied primate behavior, produced primate films and videotapes, and researched communication processes.

PSUA 470 Ivan Illich audiotapes - Ivan Illich spent fall semesters in residence as a visiting faculty for Penn State's Science, Technology and Society Program from 1986 to 1996. He published a series of books treating a range of topics from gender to water to literacy during his Penn State years. This collection of the visiting faculty and social historian Ivan Illich consists of 24 audiotapes of his lectures from the 1970s, primarily about the institutionalization of education.

PSUA 478 Baseball records - The first organized Penn State baseball team played in 1875; the team was established in 1893, and a permanent coach hired in 1903. This collection includes media guides, statistics, newspaper clippings, photographs, and artifacts.

PSUA 1111 Pennsylvania State University at Erie records - Pennsylvania State University at Erie began in 1948 as The Behrend Center of Penn State, offering the first year of college courses. In 1959, it became The Behrend Campus of Penn State, and in 1973, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, granting four-year and graduate degrees. This collection includes personnel files, continuing education course materials, records of Provost and Dean John M. Lilley's administration, the School of Science, and faculty organizations.

PSUA 1281 Ben Franklin Technology Center of Central and Northern Pennsylvania records - The first PSU-affiliated Ben Franklin Technology Center, established in 1982 as the Advanced Technology Center of Central and Northern Pennsylvania, is an investment program providing financial resources for projects to develop new products, processes, and jobs with the mission of drawing investment capital to Pennsylvania. It later was renamed the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Central and Northern Pennsylvania. The Ben Franklin Technology Center records document its administrative activities, including project summaries for technology transfers; correspondence, primarily as agreements between partners; and financial proceedings from the 1990s.

PSUA 1292 Intellectual Property Office records - The Intellectual Property Office is a unit of the Research and Technology Transfer Organization in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research. It is responsible for managing, protecting, and licensing the intellectual property of faculty, graduate students, and staff at all Penn State University locations. The records of the Intellectual Property Office consist primarily of patent files, invention disclosures, agreements, and correspondence.

PSUA 1392 Office of Student Activities records - This collection primarily documents the allocation of student activity fees to various student organizations and events at The Pennsylvania State University. Materials include annual financial reports from student organizations, files for active and defunct student organizations, and correspondence and publications about student government, housing issues, and events, with a few photographs and t-shirts. An Office of Student Activities was active before World War II. It had as one of its primary functions the oversight of funds for student organizations and events. In 1997, it became a subordinate body of the Office of Union and Student Activities (USA).

PSUA 1410 Theta Chi, Omega Chapter records - Theta Chi, Omega chapter, was founded at Penn State College as a men's social fraternity in 1919. The collection contains a history of the Omega chapter of Theta Chi fraternity; a petition to become a chapter; newsletters (1991-2009); photographs of the Penn State campus, groups and individuals, and the fraternity; a 1919 signature book, rattle, and a picture and memento book; a drawing of the fraternity house (1990); and papers of two fraternity members.

PSUA 6421 Penn State Altoona records - Penn State Altoona traces it's history back to 1929 when Penn State College (now Penn State University) began offering technical evening classes in Altoona. This collection contains administrative records for Penn State Altoona. These materials include personnel files, legal file, records from the Chancellor's office, and other records related to the administration of Penn State Altoona.

PSUA 8488 Women's Ice Hockey records - The Penn State women's hockey team was founded as a club program in 1996 and soon became a varsity team. The team began competing at the NCAA Division I level in 2012. This collection consists of clippings, articles, press releases, and moving image recordings related to the women's ice hockey team.

PSUA 9551 Charles F. Beatty, Jr. papers - This collection consists of papers, certificates, photos, and artifacts during Charles Beatty's time as a student and football player at Penn State.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Construction Alert!

Visitors to the Special Collections Library will noticed lots of fences and construction around the Library with crosswalks and building access points changing over the summer. The Library is posting regular construction and renovation updates on the main Library blog. Please check it out before your visit.

Our hours of access remain the same, but road closures may delay offsite retrievals Please check with us in advance of your visit so we can make sure we have the collections you need available.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sister Joan Chittister Archive Dedicated at Mercyhurst

This past Wednesday, Jackie Esposito (University Archivist), Tim Pyatt (Head of Special Collections), Robyn Dyke (Records Management/PSUA), Nicole Hendrix (Library Development Director), and Jane Ingold (Penn State Behrend Reference Librarian/Archivist) attended the dedication of the Sister Joan Chittister Archive at Mercyhurst University. It was a momentous occasion that celebrated the culmination of hard work, dedication, and collaboration in creating a truly amazing collection. We at Special Collections are honored and excited to make Sister Joan's collection accessible to the public and preserve it for future generations.

We would like to thank Erie TV News and the Erie Times News for their coverage of the event and permission to post their videos on our blog. You can find video clips of Sister Joan and the dedication of the Archive at Mercyhurst University here and here. Additional pictures from the event are also available on the Benedictine Sisters of Erie website here. Below, you will find the text from Jackie's speech at the ceremony, which beautifully illustrates the contributions, struggles, and the lasting legacy of Sister Joan, a truly amazing woman.

Dedication of Joan Chittister Room, Mercyhurst University
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Presented by Jackie Esposito

It is my pleasure and privilege to address you this afternoon to honor Sr. Joan Chittister and her contributions to Mercyhurst University, Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Penn State University, and, perhaps most importantly, to the archival traditions of women nationally and internationally.
Sr. Joan has made numerous bold and courageous choices over the course of her life. Each choice bracketed by challenges and obstacles to be overcome. She has faced head on many battles over which she emerged victorious. But, perhaps, no action of Joan’s was quite as courageous or forward thinking as consciously and deliberately establishing research centers that document her activities as a writer, a social scientist, a theologian, and as a woman. This seemingly fearless act defies tradition and patterns of historical knowledge development. For hundreds of years, history ignored or deliberately censored the role of women and their contributions to society. Historical accounts treated women as invisible to the event surrounding them or, more likely, treated them as completely and totally non-existent. Women’s lives and narratives were unheard. Their voices were silenced.
Joan Chittister evaluated her personal contributions to society, reviewed her own history, and scanned the horizons of documentary evidence. The vision she saw was lacking in voices which she recognized as resonating her experiences, documenting the cries she had heard around the world, and, most significantly, preserving for all time the everyday lives of women. Joan stood back and decided this void had to be filled and it needed to be filled deliberately, professionally, academically, and with careful thought and planning. Joan’s desire to change the landscape of history, archival services, and personal documentation has resulted in the treasures we celebrate today.
By creating research centers at the Mount, Mercyhurst and Penn State, Joan Chittister has challenged the historical record to explain the narratives she has witnessed, to listen to the voices she has heard, to validate the experiences of women across five continents, and to honestly acknowledge that these women represent realities that must be recognized, cherished, and valued in a manner no less important than the great words of the great men vaulted in archives, museums and libraries internationally.
At an archival conference held here in Erie last year, Joan entreated the attendees to value their vocation by recognizing that “it is a matter of going where our talents, our interests, our excitement, our gifts, our skills lure us and lead us rather than struggling to go where prestige or status or power or money are our only real goals…” Without archival collections documenting the lives of women, there are no role models to follow, no leaders to emulate, no seers to open our eyes to what is possible, no traditions to follow.
The Joan Chittister Research Center at Mount St. Benedict Monastery establishes for visitors a place of peace and comfort to follow the footsteps of a woman who served a “good, holy and devoted life” within a ministry of God and in a sense of religion.
The Mercyhurst University Center establishes a sanctuary for undergraduate students to explore their own personal futures by questioning the various trends of times, recognizing social change and the engines that drove it, defining sweeping transformations, and acknowledging epochal undertakings for their soundness.
Penn State University’s Joan Chittister Collection establishes a formal repository for the various formats and creations documenting Joan’s long and distinguished career. Highlighting her correspondence, writings, broadcasts, speeches, and public policy statements, the Penn State collection is open to researchers worldwide to investigate the course of one woman’s life and the impact this life had on the thousands of people she came into contact with over the course of her varied and successful career.
As Joan has stated, “without archivists a society loses its history, whole peoples are made invisible. The world ignores the richness of difference, the lessons of social change, the paths that were tried and failed, the paths that were trodden over, the paths that were never tried at all. And great ideas are lost in cobwebs of time.” If Joan is correct and archivists are “the real keepers of a culture,” they cannot do their jobs without collaborating with courageous creators of the record. In this case, Sr. Joan Chittister.
So I ask each of you here today to contemplate two archival realities. The first is positioned solidly in the decision of Sr. Joan to preserve her heritage, to document her activities, to recognize that voices need to be heard and narratives need to be shared. The monumental work of creating the Chittister Collection has fallen onto many shoulders, has taken numerous hours, and required enormous prescience and patience. Without the day-to-day development of her documentary heritage strategy we would not be here today. My personal and professional gratitude is extended to the many hands and hearts who have developed and preserved this collection.
Second, let’s take a moment to recognize and acknowledge the leaders of the three research centers for their dedication and perspective. The Mount, Mercyhurst and Penn State have each taken on their individual responsibility to maintain and provide access to this collection in perpetuity. I don’t say the word perpetuity lightly because it assumes a commitment for generations to come. It also provides those generations with history that otherwise would be lost. These administrative decisions require significant resources and a commitment for the future that recognizes the value and need to document this particular history, to bring the voices to life once again, and to stand at the crossroads and welcome the challenges with open arms. Congratulations to the leaders who stood at the precipice and said yes to the future of knowledge for tomorrow. Well done.
I will close my remarks with a quote from the feminist author bell hooks which envelopes the concepts and ideas we have discussed so far. Hooks has stated, ”…education is and should be a place where there is a sense of struggle, where there is visible acknowledgment of the union of theory and practice, where we work together as teachers and students to overcome the estrangement and alienation that have become so much the norm…” For all of us here today, let us allow the Chittister Collection, the Chittister Research Centers, and the Chittister legacy be writ large as the opening of the doors to the sounds of joyous voices and narratives of human beings, particularly women, here in Erie, Pa., throughout the nation, across the world, and, perhaps one day, through the universe.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Finding Aids (special edition)

An announcement from our Collections Manager
Matt Francis

 Welcome to a very special edition of the "New/Updated Finding Aids" emails.  While we are continuing to crank out new finding aids, I want to take a moment to highlight six recent finding aids that all involve "something new" for our Special Collections Library.
Finding Aid for a Hybrid Collection (analog and born-digital):

As everyone is already aware we are beginning to receive more and more born-digital records along with traditional analog materials.  With this in mind we have recently published a finding aid that arranges and describes analog materials along with web-captured and fixed media born-digital records.  All of the materials are intellectually integrated together, so for example there is a publication series that contains digital and analog materials, as opposed to creating separate analog and born-digital series which would both contain publications.  I am hoping that this finding aid will serve as a useful example for future hybrid collection work. 

PSUA 8428 Pennsylvania College of Technology records - Located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, providing applied technology education. Penn College became an affiliate of the university in 1989, after establishing a national reputation for education supporting workforce development, first as a technical institute and later as a community college.

Directly linking from inventory description to digital surrogates:

Somewhat related to the above finding aid, we have republished the Thomas Benson papers finding aid so that it not only contains description for 30 linear feet of new materials, but also provides direct links to digitized materials from the inventory.  These links should increase use of materials (via remote users), help preserve the original items, and save on staff retrieval time.  I am hoping that as we increase our project digitization work that we will begin producing more finding aids such as this.

PSUA 6352 Thomas Benson papersThis collection contains materials from former Pennsylvania State University professor Thomas Benson, and document his academic work on political rhetoric, film criticism, rhetorical theory, freedom of speech, nonverbal communication, and the rhetoric of contemporary conflict. Of interest, the collection includes a large set of protest posters from the late 1960s and 1970s.

PSU Fayette - Coal & Coke Heritage Center Finding Aids now available:

Thanks to Julie's hard work down at Fayette, we now have three EAD finding aids published for three collections at the Coal & Coke Heritage Center.  The finding aids are discoverable through our finding aid portal (both the google search bar and the a-z> list), and contain data informing users that the collections are housed at Fayette.  To my knowledge this is the first time that we have integrated EAD finding aids from one of our other geographic locations into our web infrastructure, and we all owe Julie a big thank you for her processing work on these collections!

CCHC 1 USX Corporation records The USX Corporation records were given to the Coal and Coke Heritage Center upon the closure of a local USX office. Most of the materials include the name of the Corporation's partner: H.C. Frick Company. And, some items may include the Corporation's previous and current name: U.S. Steel. The collection spans the company's activities from 1840-1983.

CCHC 4 John A. Enman papersThe collection consists of three series, Collectibles; Research materials; and Writing and Publications. As the collection consists of both materials generated by Dr. Enman and resources used to research his work, it contains items dated from 1884 through 2013.

CCHC 5 Reid Moser photographsThe collection is comprised of 154 photographs taken between 1942 and 1945. They document construction and structural changes at Dearth Mine, Juniata, Leisenring #1, Leisenring #2, Leisenring #3, Robena, Shoaf, and Trotter Water Company Plant A.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 Research Travel Awards Winners

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library
2014 Research Travel Awards

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library on the University Park campus of Penn State is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 travel awards.

Dorothy Foehr Huck Research Travel Awards were given to two outstanding proposals:
  • Georgia Aquilar, Ph.D. and architect at the University of Naples "Federico II" for use of the A.E. Bye and Francis Ferguson Papers in her proposed book on natural evolutive logics as strategic principles for designing landscapes and architectures.
  • Professor David Frank at the University of Oregon for his proposed research in the Robert Oliver Papers for his project, “Ghostwriting South Korea: Syngman Rhee, Robert Oliver, and the Symbolic Construction of the Cold War,” as well as research in the Kenneth Burke Papers.
Helen F. Faust Women Writers Research Travel Awards were given to two scholars:
  • Professor Lucinda Damon-Bach of Salem State University in Massachusetts for research in multiple literary collections for her ongoing project of a complete inventory, transcriptions, and likely digital project of Catherine Marie Sedgwick's letters.
  • Professor Alan S. Kornspan of Akron University for work in the papers of Penn State Professor Dorothy V. Harris for his project on her seminal role in the field of sport psychology.
The Albert M. Petska Eighth Air Force Archives Research Travel Award was given to:
  • Richard Muller, Professor of Military History, United States Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, for his in-depth research on the 452nd heavy bombardment group of the Eighth Air Force during and after World War II.

These awards are offered annually to any scholar using materials in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library and living more than 100 miles outside of University Park, Pennsylvania.