This post is contributed by Sarah Breen, Library Associate, Special Collections Research Center.
A new finding aid for the Mitchell Bush Papers (http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/findingaids/mc00467) on veterinary medicine has recently been released. Dr. Mitchell Bush is a leader in the field of modern zoological medicine. He began his career working for the National Zoological Park at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in 1972. Beginning in 1994 he served as the Chief of Veterinary Services at the Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center. He holds a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and is a visiting scientist at Kruger National Park in South Africa. He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis in 1965.
This collection contains research and teaching notes, presentations and materials, journals and publications, correspondence, field studies, field notes, research projects, training materials, anesthesia records, digital media such as floppy disks, CD-ROMS and zip disks and film strips, videotapes and 35mm slides documenting medical studies, surgeries and wildlife in national and international settings.This collection spanning Dr. Bush’s as a pioneer of clinical practice and comparative medicine in zoological settings serves as a valuable resource to the veterinary medicine community. The finding aid to the collection can be viewed here (http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/findingaids/mc00467). If you have any questions, please contact the Special Collections Research Center(http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/scrc/request).
This post is contributed by Lori Harris, Project Archivist, Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Collections.
What comes to mind when you combine the Mistress of Darkness, a Hollywood media personality and a renowned visual artist? The short answer would be animal rights activism. However, a more in depth answer can be located within the Ron Scott Animal Rights Videotape Collection. Ron Scott was a retired Air Force pilot who also served in the New York State Air National Guard. During the 1980s and 1990s, Scott videotaped hundreds of hours of footage at conferences, demonstrations and protests related to animal rights. He also traveled extensively throughout both the United States and Europe videotaping and raising awareness regarding issues of cruelty toward animals and animal sanctuaries. Primarily consisting of moving images in a variety of formats such as VHS, Video 8, U-matics and open-reel tapes, the Ron Scott Animal Rights Videotape Collection provides both research and educational materials that highlight advocacy for the rights of a variety of animal species. Whether advocating for improved treatment of circus animals, or protesting against vivisection, the trajectory of this movement is highlighted through the support of known advocates such as Elvira (Mistress of Darkness), Regis Philbin (Hollywood media personality) and Andy Warhol (visual artist). Organizations represented in the collection include Argus Archives, the Animal Rights Network, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The collection is a rich resource of historical information captured through photographic and video imagery.
Photos by Vito Torelli
During the last few weeks, students enrolled in GD 203, History of Graphic Design, have been visiting the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) to study items from the rare book collections. The SCRC continues to work with more and more faculty members who seek to make use of the collections for their classes.
For Professor Deborah Littlejohn’s Graphic Design course, students have been asked to select an item from a pre-selected list and reflect on some questions which are subjective in nature:
- What is my first visual impression of the artifact?
- What is the physical nature of the artifact? Size, weight, binding, paper, etc.
- How do I sense the artifact?
- What about the physical nature of the artifact interests me?
- What is interesting about the design of this artifact? Typography, images, cover, layout, etc.
The students are then considering more objective questions:
- Why is this artifact in the collection? Why is it important enough to collect?
- What is this artifact valued for? (may be more than one thing) subject matter, author, design, age, writing, illustrations, printing, previous owners, where produced
- Is this artifact mentioned in books about the history of books and printing?
- How does this artifact fit in with history? Printing history, art/design history, history of a discipline, etc.
- Is this artifact an example of something special? A beginning, an end, etc.?
- Is this artifact part of the development of something?
- If there are important individuals involved in the making of this artifact – who are they?
- Is this artifact connected with any other artifact in the collection? In a series, by the same author? by the same designer? about the same subject? etc. Does this add to its importance?
The end result will be a paper that incorporates their findings. Some of the items that the students are examining that have proven to be especially popular include:
The Art of Illumination and Missal Painting by Henry Noel Humphreys. The author created this book as a manual for students to learn the technique of illumination. It contains splendid examples of high-quality chromolithographs, some of which were printed in fourteen different colors. It is an excellent example of Victorian binding using white leather and gold lining. http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU1086276
Peter Piper’s Practical Principles of Plain & Perfect Pronunciation by Paul A. Bennett. This book includes the work of forty-one designers, foremost among whom is Bruce Rogers, one of the most influential book designers of the early-twentieth century. The artists, designers, and printers were each given the task to produce one page in the volume independent of seeing the work of the other designers. The results of the project reveal great diversity of design. Rogers designed the title page and the ampersand page, which he printed on sandpaper. The binding, designed by W. A. Dwiggins, uses typography to illustrate the figure of Peter Piper. http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU347837
The birth, life and acts of King Arthur, of his noble Knights of the Round Table by Sir Thomas Malory (with designs by Aubrey Beardsley). This book, from 1909, includes illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley (1872-1898) was a leading English illustrator of the 1890s associated with the artistic movement known as Aestheticism. He was commissioned to design the book in 1893. Beardsley died several years later of tuberculosis; he was only 26. http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU399938
To learn more about Special Collections, go to: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/
Two recently inventoried collections with newly published finding aids are the records for North Carolina State University: A Narrative History and North Carolina State University: A Pictorial History.
Both books were commissioned by the Alumni Association to correspond with the University’s centennial anniversary in 1987 and reflect the transitions it had made from the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts to the modern North Carolina State University. Both books give a unique perspective into the history of the University. A Narrative History is written by historian Alice Elizabeth Reagan, and A Pictorial History is written by NCSU Department of History professors Murray Scott Down and Burton F. Beers.
For more information on this collection or to view the materials, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.
This year’s “Fall Special” at the Design Library was a success, drawing in keenly interested individuals who were eager to learn more about items in Special Collections relating to architecture, art and design, landscape architecture, and graphic design. Various faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates from the College of Design as well as other interested members of the community came to see some of the featured selections.
Dean Marvin Malecha attended the event (see above, middle photograph) and reviewed some of his preliminary drawings on napkins for “The Point,” the new Chancellor’s Residence that he designed. He reflected on the design process and how he worked to create the final, successful version of the home. Visitors were intrigued by the fact that he was able to use airline-issued cloth napkins to work through his early design concepts. These items created by Malecha and featured at this event are just a fraction of the materials that are available for study in his papers. The finding aid for the Marvin J. Malecha Papers can be found here: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/findingaids/mc00391
Visitors were also eager to learn more about the drawings selected for display that were created by Matthew Nowicki (1910-1950) for the Indian city of Chandigarh. Before the French architect Le Corbusier was assigned the large-scale project of designing the new capital city of Punjab, Matthew Nowicki (along with Albert Mayer) initially worked on the modernist design. Nowicki spent two months in India absorbing the local culture and developing a number of detailed sketches for structures to be built in Chandigarh. On his return from India to the United States, Nowicki was killed in a plane crash near Cairo. His premature death has been a true loss to modernist architecture. To view the Nowicki finding aid, go to: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/findingaids/mc00190
A number of guests also inquired about digitized architectural drawings in Special Collections. To view some of these digitized resources in Special Collections, go to the following link and begin searching by clicking on “Architecture”: http://d.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/
The NCSU Libraries now provides online access to the 1934 through 2001-2002 editions of the Pinetum, the student journal of the NC State College of Natural Resources (previously the School of Forestry and College of Forest Resources). Since 1934, the Pinetum has documented student life in the college and provided a forum for administrative messages to students. The early volumes, also available in print in the library, contain valuable documentation of the history of the college, its faculty and students, and student clubs and activities. Beginning with the 2006-2007 edition, the Pinetum has been published through the College of Natural Resources’ website.
The digital editions of the Pinetum are available as part of the NCSU Libraries’ Rare & Unique Digital Collections, which provides access to thousands of images, video and audio recordings, and text documenting NC State history. The university’s student yearbook, the Agromeck, and course catalogs are among the historical materials available through this website.
On Friday, August 23, more than 40 faculty, students, and staff members enjoyed the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) ”Show and Tell” event at the Natural Resources Library (NRL). The event featured materials from the SCRC that were of special interest to NRL patrons, including highlights from the Bruce J. Zobel Papers, the Carl Alwin Schenck Papers, and selected materials from the university archives. A sample volume from Romeyn B. Hough’s The American Woods 14-volume set from 1888-1910 was especially popular. The book features (very thinly sliced) radial, tangential, and transverse sections of 350 North American woods. The descriptions that accompany the three views cover each tree’s characteristics, growth habits, medicinal properties, and commercial possibilities. In the photograph above (in the lower right corner), the Curator of Collections is holding up one page from this book.
Given the high attendance at this event, another event will in all likelihood be scheduled at NRL for the following semester. To view these collections in person, please schedule an appointment at the SCRC by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.