Archivist Dave Obringer is exhibiting collections of notable Edinboro citizens and faculty:
- Ruth Martin Harris 1936-1955, Dean of Women at Edinboro for 6 years and a member of the English Department. This exhibit includes items used by educators of the day, her grade book and other memorabilia. - Elwood Williams 1970-1987, was a member of the faculty in Drama and English. This case includes audition records, and an alphabetical index of the details of plays. - The J. Hopkin Collection includes many photographs depicting the normal school years. - The Lawrence V. Kupper Photograph Collection of 1864-1957 including the town of Edinboro and the university. - An exhibit of photos from the 1950s conveying the enthusiasm of youth for homecoming activities and includes parade floats and football.
Cynthia Kebr, Art History student, has organized an exhibit of Himalayan art from the Barbato Collection. This exhibit is in the archives art gallery.
The Baron-Forness Library has recently acquired a new electronic resource called ProQuest Digital Microfilm. This resource allows library users to access via the the library website full page images of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post from 2008 to the present. User can access ProQuest Digital Microfilm by going to the Library home page, and then clicking on the link that reads "All E-Resources A-Z."
To celebrate Spring and Earth Day, members of the Baron-Forness Library Butterfly Garden Committee have been busy spreading soil and weeding our garden in front of the library. Soon to be added are more shrubs, perennials and annuals that are attractive to butterflies either for their nectar or as food for larva. Plants are donated by our gardeners. Butterflies are beautiful pollinators that are losing habitat with the American emphasis on grass lawns. Anyone interested in creating a Butterfly garden should check out resources on the topic available at the Baron-Forness Library or Erie County Library or talk to one of our committee members.
The Baron-Forness library recently completed a five-year project to catalog its collection of Early English Books on microfilm.
Nearly every English book published from the invention of printing to 1700 is in this collection. Included are the earliest editions of such classics as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, original versions of royal statutes and proclamations, military, religious, legal, parliamentary, and other public documents, numerous early English ballads and carols, and sermons, homilies, and the Book of Common Prayer.
Early English Books contains works by such authors as Malory, Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, and Galileo. The collection also includes musical exercises by Henry Purcell, novels by Aphra Behn, and pamphlets, almanacs, calendars, and many other primary resources.
The Early English Books series is based on A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland, and of English Books Printed Abroad 1475-1640, by Alfred Pollard and Gilbert Redgrave, and Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 by Donald Wing. It contains more than 45,000 titles on 2,500 reels of microfilm, comprising millions of pages. Each reel of film contains several works. Titles found in PILOT have the reel number and position on the reel at the end of the call number.
The reels require a microfilm reader to view, which is located along with the film in the Microforms Room on the first floor. The equipment is not difficult to use, but if you have any problems locating or using the equipment, feel free to ask a member of the library faculty or staff.
The library obtained funding to pay for some of the records last year from part of a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act awarded through the State Library of Pennsylvania.
TheUniversity Book Discussion Group will hold its next meeting on September 20 at 6:45 pm in room 715 of the Baron-Forness Library. The group has selected the book, Red Dust, by Gillian Slovo, to discuss at the meeting. All are welcome to attend. Red Dust is a novel written by South African-born Gillian Slovo that is structured around the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the fictional town Smitsrivier and also addresses the question of truth.
In post-apartheid South Africa, retired anti-apartheid activist and lawyer Ben Hoffman cannot turn down James Sizela's wish to use the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing of local ex-police officer Dirk Hendricks to find out what happened to James's son Steve who has been missing since the mid-1980s confrontation between white state authorities and the black African National Congress (ANC). But Ben knows he cannot accept this case alone as he is ill
and his powers are waning. He calls his former student, New York prosecutor Sarah Barcant to return to South Africa to help him with the amnesty hearing. They hope that the questioning of MP Alex Mpondo, a torture victim of Dirk and comrade of Steve, in connection with the TRC's full disclosure law will enable them to get hold of Pieter Muller, Smitsrivier's former police boss, whom they think killed Steve Sizela. Intended to reconcile South Africans with the violent chapter of their country's past the hearings turn out to open up old and create new wounds making the characters face the truth or their ideas of it.