Entering the Space of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservations
RBSCP Reading Room Graduate Student Assistant Vincent Tanzil reflects on his first month in the dept.
New Ephemera Exhibit highlights the “Minor Transient Documents of Everyday Life”
RBSCP’s new exhibit examines ephemera, offering insights into what has been kept, and how it can be used today.
Poetry with Ukrainian Roots
RBSCP student assistant Veronica Cisneros discusses Ukrainian poets with ties to RBSCP's special collections.
Making the Community and the University Ever Better, in Review
The University's connection to the Rochester community goes back to its very beginnings
Poet, Professor, and International Spy: Joan V. Bondurant (1918-2006)
RBSCP student assistant Veronica Cisneros discusses the fascinating life and work of Joan Bondurant.
Jazz Rochester: Rochester’s Mid-Century Jazz Scene through the Lens of Paul Hoeffler
An exhibit that celebrates Rochester’s rich Jazz history through the camera lens of photographer, Paul Hoeffler.
The Cutler Lecture Centennial, In Review
The first Cutler Lecture was delivered in 1921 by former US President (and future US Supreme Court justice) William Howard Taft.
Thomas E. Dewey: Politician and Crimefighter
The Thomas E. Dewey papers at the University of Rochester consist of over 1,500 boxes and nearly 500 scrapbooks, audiovisual items, and objects.
Native American Heritage month
During Native American Heritage month, RBSCP highlights a historical yet conflicting figure in the Native American sphere
"While We Were Out: Building Special Collections while Working from Home!"
An exhibit which highlights some of the items that we acquired during the pandemic
Accessing the hive mind, in Review
The wooden sculpture of our Yellowjacket mascot sits quietly in a corner of Wilson Commons--it took a swarm of people to tell its story.
ExhiBits Series #6: A Single Item Tells a Story: Creating a Stir with Suffrage Cookbooks
RBSCP staff Autumn Haag and Jessica Lacher-Feldman discuss history of Suffrage cookbooks
Invisible Fires: LGBTQIA+ in the archives
**Content Warning** contains descriptions of violence and discrimination against women and LGBTQIA+ people, and reclaimed homophobic slurs.
ExhiBits Series #5: “Organize, Agitate, Participate: Meet Ruth Scott through her Papers,” with special guest Ruth Scott
An interview with teacher, author, politician, and activist Ruth Scott
Ruth Watanabe, Head of Sibley Library and Japanese-American Rochesterian (1916-2005)
"A pivotal person in American music librarianship..."
In her voice: Violence Against Women Act
A brief, personal recollection of a hard fought battle for legislation to protect women
ExhiBits Series #4: “Voices for Today and Tomorrow: The Murals of Brittany Williams,” with special guest, artist Brittany Williams
An interview with Rochester artist Brittany Williams commissioned to paint three murals for the RBSCP exhibit, We Want More and We Will Have It"
You Can Hear It Now, in Review
Winston Churchill, Edward R. Murrow, Muhammad Ali, and Barbara Jordan all spoke to audiences at the University. Were you there?
A Brief Exploration of the Rochester Poetry Society and its Members
Rochester is the home of the OLDEST poetry society in the upstate New York region.
Mollie Moon: A Real Voice
RBSCP Processing archivist Lev Earle discusses activist Mollie Moon for Women's History Month
ExhiBit Series #2: Three Generations of Giving: The Sibley and Watson Families
Marjorie Searl, Retired Chief Curator at the Memorial Art Gallery, reflects on the Sibley Watson families' philanthropy
'Fight for justice and equality'
The congresswoman fought for the legacy of the man who fought for the end of slavery, civil rights, and women's suffrage
Love is in the archives
Valentine's Day is around the corner. Find someone who looks at you the way Louise looks at Bob.
ExhiBit Series #1: Here’s Some More
New virtual series, “ExhiBits,” which has allowed us opportunities to take short but informative dives into aspects of our newest digital exhibit
Reading and writing
Louise knew you can't spell "National Literacy Week" without the help of a teacher.
The only photo--and pair of sunglasses--that could properly celebrate President-elect Biden's inauguration
New year, same materials
A glimpse into our archivist’s office and the work that goes into processing the Slaughter collection.
US Presidents at the UR, in Review
With the inauguration of Joseph Biden on January 20, 2021, the University of Rochester logs visits from eight former or future presidents.
An urban partnership
Slaughter and the Rochester Urban League were a formidable coalition for improving city living
More than a friendly face
In the spirit of 'Friendsgiving,' we get to know who Louise Slaughter was to her closest pals.
My old home in Fairport, NY
Although born and raised in Kentucky, the congresswoman made a home and name for herself in Monroe County
Veteran's Day, Louise Slaughter-style
Five years ago the congresswoman brought the spirit of the holiday to an elementary school
No Compromises on Diabetes
In honor of National Diabetes Month, we look at the congresswoman's fierce advocacy for research and prevention.
Celebrating (Halloween) at the cemetery
Almost 10 years ago Mt. Hope Cemetery underwent some improvements. The congresswoman stopped in to see them.
'Domestic violence is a national crime'
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Slaughter was one of its champions
Calling out cancer
Few in Congress were as active during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as Slaughter
The Beecher-Tilton Scandal
A shocking allegation of adultery between prominent supporters of the suffrage movement
Where active concern becomes concerned action
In 1921, 3-year-old Naomi Hooker and her family were targets of the Tulsa race massacre.
"Who were my deaf predecessors?", in Review
Corinna Hill, PhD student in history, sent in a newspaper clipping from 1921 that described six deaf students who attended the University together
ExhiBit Series #3: It's Earlier Than You Think -- Women at the University of Rochester, 1875-1925
1900 is the year that women were formally admitted as undergraduates to the University of Rochester, but their influence precedes that date.
The Margaret “Midge” Costanza Papers
RBSCP student assistant Katelyn Gibson discusses processing the manuscript collection of Midge Costanza
Investigating the Porter Family Collection: Detective Work, the Abolitionist Movement in Rochester, and Strong Family Ties
RBSCP student assistant Eleanor Lenoe reflects on her archival work with the collection of a Rochester family
Azariah Boody: Our Dandelion Fellow, in Review
Azariah Boody (1815-1885) is remembered (when we remember him) for donating the land for the University’s first campus.
Shedding Light on the University Mace, in Review
No Inauguration or Commencement would be complete without the presence of this symbol of the President's authority.
Born on this day: David Jayne Hill
David Jayne Hill was born in the same year as the University of Rochester, 1850, and would become its second president in 1889.
Celebrating International Archives Week with Chicago Dzviti
Highlighting photographic works of Chicago Dzviti, who documented Zimbabwean life and culture in the 1990s
Taking the Prize for Student Life Contributions, in Review
A question from Dean of Students Matthew Burns in the Spring 2019 issue of Rochester Review asked for the history of the Terry Prize, and others.
The Curious Case of the Rochester Sherlockians
RBSCP student assistant Katelyn Gibson discusses processing the Ruth R. Missal Collection of Sherlockiana & the Lewis Neisner Sherlockiana Collection
Lola Haskins’s Take on the Pastoral: How the Female Voice Both Disassembles and Constructs Fantasy
RBSCP student assistant Emilee Brecht discusses poet Lola Haskins for National Poetry Month.
Embedded in the Archives: The Rochester Immigrant Perspective
History Lecturer Molly Ball discusses University of Rochester's HIS252: Immigration in the Americas
“Bully rebles in sight”: A Rochesterian in the Civil War
RBSCP received a donation of materials that shines a light on one Rochester man’s experiences fighting in the American Civil War.
The University Portfolio, in Review
A group of 19th and early 20th century stocks and bonds sheds light on the University's early investments.
What do philately and duels have to do with the RBSCP reading room?
Early federal postage stamp on a 19th century letter about dueling
Pranks-giving, in Review
From ping-pong balls to bubble machines, pranks have long been a part of University of Rochester student life.
History meets Art in New RBSCP Acquisition: Frederick Douglass and Meleko Mokgosi
RBSCP acquires four pieces of contemporary by the internationally renowned artist Meleko Mokgosi
Douglass and Burns in New Bedford
Frederick Douglass’ personal copy of The Works of Robert Burns undertook a historic trip back to the town where it may have been purchased.
A Look into the City of Rochester's Past
A summation of major themes from the papers and personal experiences with Civil Rights leaders Dr. Walter Cooper and Constance Mitchell.
The Eastman Theatre Library, in Review
How does a library just vanish? Supplemental information for the Ask the Archivist column in the July-August issue of Rochester Review
The Political Gymnasium
William Henry Seward Project Archivist Alison Reynolds discusses a recent lithograph addition to our collections.
Harlan Ellison's A Boy and His Dog: A Matter for Debate
When the UR Cinema Group presented the film version of Harlan Ellison's "A Boy and His Dog" in January, 1977, it began an almost semester-long debate.
Baseball and Frank Zappa, in Review
A recent "Ask the Archivist" column posed questions about the early history of baseball at the University, and Zappa's performances in Rochester
"Poetry as a Homeland:" A Willing Book Collection
A condensed version of the winning essay and annotated bibliography submitted to the Book Collecting Contest by U of R student Erin O'Malley
Elizabeth Hollister Frost (1857-1958)
One in a series of five blog posts where you will learn a bit more about women in Rochester
A Look into Virginia Moscrip’s Life
One in a series of five blog posts where you will learn a bit more about women in Rochester
Searching for Ward's--and finding him
In 1860 a new professor joined the University--he was often absent from the classroom, but his impact has been as long-lasting as his fossils.
Valentine's Day Storytime
Science, Sex and Society in Victorian Britain class "speed-dates" contemporary books about love.
The Rochester Hello
Perhaps the most appropriate way to begin a blog and a new academic year is by highlighting one of our oldest and best traditions...
I Studied Abroad at Rochester
International students have been an integral part of the University of Rochester from its earliest days.
Collection Highlight: Votes for Women!
A Citizen's right to vote: United States vs. Susan B. Anthony
Collection Highlight: G.W. Baker's Pictorial Alphabet
During the 1700s, Charles M. de Lepee of France sought to provide a means of communication for those who were mute or deaf.
Collection Highlight: Bellavalle's Opusculum repertorii prognosticon
Firminus de Bellavalle, also known as Firmin de Beauval, was born in Picard (France) and flourished as an astrologer
Collection Highlight: Der Stachel der Liebe
This illustration is one of the earliest European woodcuts in an American library
Collection Highlight: Robinson's Robin Hood
Like the earliest Robin Hood plays, the Rochester Robin Hood is a local and amateur production, community-driven and community-producing.
Collection Highlight: Ritson's Robin Hood
Illustrated by the famous engraver Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), Ritson's Robin Hood sought to gather the materials of the tradition.
Collection Highlight: Francis Bacon's History of the Reigns of...
The History of Reading is a relatively new field that has generated an increasing number of followers, especially among those interested in reception.
Collection Highlight: Leonardo's Traitté de la Peintvre
Leonardo's Trattato was intended for an audience of young painters, as he himself states: "Quello che debbe imparar il giovanne."
Collection Highlight: Rosselli's Thesavrus Artificiosae Memoriae
During the Middle Ages the techniques described in mnemonic treatises were very popular, becoming an integral part of the training of theologians.
Collection Highlight: Cortés's Historia de Nueva-España...
Historians and the participants themselves agree that the conquest of Mexico took place in two well-defined stages.
Collection Highlight: Albumasar's Introductorium in astronomiam
The astrologer Abū Ma‘shar (Albumasar) was born in Balkh (now northern Afghanistan), a city with a long history of cultural diversity...
Collection Highlight: Celestinus III, Papal Bull
This papal bull, issued by Celestinus III on the 29th of March 1197, was written in Latin on parchment.
Collection Highlight: Huxley's Evidence as to Man's Place...
Our copy of Huxley's Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature was previously owned by the American anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881).
Collection Highlight: Varro's De Lingua Latina
Marcus Terentius Varro was born at Reate, a small town located north-east of Rome.
Collection Highlight: Virgil's L'opere...
The volume is richly illustrated with woodcuts placed at the beginning of each book within the Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid.
Collection Highlight: Darwin's On the Origin of Species
Our copy of this first edition is part of a comprehensive collection of books by and about Charles Darwin.
Collection Highlight: Arthur Tracy Lee
The Arthur Tracy Lee Papers include seventy images of Texas and other locations painted and drawn by Arthur Tracy Lee.
Collection Highlight: Wright's Raggvaglio della Solenne...
The Scottish portrait-painter, John Michael Wright, was appointed as steward to Castlemaine, probably because of his knowledge of Rome and Italian.
Collection Highlight: Chatterton's Poems, Supposed to Have Been Written at Bristol
For more than 2,500 years literary forgeries have been a common feature in the western intellectual tradition.
Collection Highlight: Sacchini's Leben...Patris Petri Canisij...
Our featured book is the first German translation of Francesco Sacchini's biography of the Jesuit father and theologian Peter Canisius (1521-1597).
Collection Highlight: Dryden's The Hind and the Panther
This volume was presented to the library by alumnus, bibliographer, and appraiser of rare books, Robert F. Metzdorf (1912-1975).
Collection Highlight: Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum
Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, belongs to a group of philosophical tracts that were published posthumously.
Collection Highlight: Dryden's Three Poems upon the Death of his Late Highness Oliver Lord Protector of England.
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland, died on 3 September and was buried on 23 November 1658.
Collection Highlight: Evelyn's De rerum natura
The frontispiece that opens Evelyn's translation of the first book of De rerum natura anticipates and summarizes the overall tone of Lucretius' poem.
Collection Highlight: Dryden's Amphitryon
Our copy was a gift by Augusta Laney Hoeing (1883-1972), in memory of her late husband Charles Hoeing, Dean of the College for Men Men (1914-1929)
Collection Highlight: Dryden's Ode, on the Death of ... Purcell
In the last five years of his life, Purcell composed music for a number of Dryden's plays, including Amphitryon (1690) and King Arthur (1691).
Collection Highlight: Dryden's Annus Mirabilis
Here are three issues of the first edition of Annus Mirabilis, of which our copy is the third.
Collection Highlight: Dryden's Works of Virgil
"We hope that Mr. Dryden will undertake to give us a Translation of Virgil; 'tis indeed a most difficult work..."
Collection Highlight: Phaedri's Fabularum Aesopiarum
The Dutch scholar Pieter Burman (1668-1741) published an edition of Phaedrus' Fables in an octavo format in Amsterdam in 1698.
Collection Highlight: Aelianus, Variae historiae libri, XIIII
Our copy belonged to Colonel Thomas Wildman (1787-1859), an officer during the Napoleonic Wars and a close friend of the poet Lord Byron (1788-1824).
Collection Highlight: Jackson's Caxton
William Caxton (ca. 1420-1491) was the first Englishman to be involved in the art of printing, which he introduced in England in 1476.
Collection Highlight: Baskerville's Sallust and Florus
The purchase of this book was made possible by the generosity of friends and family who contributed to create a fund in memory of Eugene Richner.
Collection Highlight: Rolewinck's Fasciculus Temporum
The Fasciculus Temporum is a compendium of both ecclesiastical and secular world history, from the biblical genesis to the 15th century.
Collection Highlight: Ptolemy's Geographia Universalis
The German cosmographer and scholar of Hebrew Sebastian Münster (1489-1552) published four editions of Ptolemy's Geography during his lifetime.
Collection Highlight: St Jerome's Omnivm opervm...
Johann Amerbach (c. 1443-1513) was Basle's leading editor, printer, and bookseller at the beginning of the sixteenth century.
Collection Highlight: Pope's Iliad of Homer
The production of the first edition of Pope’s translation of the Iliad was commercially pioneering.
Collection Highlight: Thucydides
Henri II Estienne was one of the most accomplished of a dynasty of learned publishers whose beginnings can be traced to the early 16th century.
Collection Highlight: Ovid's Metamorphosis
Our Collection Highlight is the 1632 folio edition of Sandys' translation, which would become the model for subsequent 17th century editions
Collection Highlight: Borges' Otras inquisiciones (1952)
Borges' Otras inquisiciones is a mature and ambitious book containing thirty-nine essays.
Collection Highlight: Juvenal
Our copy of D. Junii Juvenalis Satyrae et Auli Persii Flacci Satyrae, published by John Baskerville in 1761, is heavily annotated in Latin.
Collection Highlight: Papworth's Select Views of London
Papworth benefited from the commercial and industrial boom during the period following the end of the Napoleonic wars (1793-1815).
Collection Highlight: Chambers's Plans, Elevations...at Kew
Our collection highlight is a record of Chambers's designs of more than 20 building structures built at Kew Gardens between 1757 and 1762.
Collection Highlight: The workes of...Geoffrey Chaucer
This seventh edition of Chaucer’s complete works to a great extent reproduces the one that the scholar Thomas Speght (d.1621) had originally published
Collection Highlight: Homer. His Iliads Translated
The translator and publisher of this luxurious folio edition of the Iliad was the Scotsman John Ogilby (1600-1676).
Collection Highlight: Suetonius's Sexti Aurelij Victoris
Our volume opens with its editor Giovanni Battista Egnazio's dedicatory preface to Jean Grolier, the French bibliophile and diplomat.
Collection Highlight: The Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds
The editor of this work, Edmond Malone (1741-1812), is best known as a Shakespearean scholar and an accomplished biographer.
Collection Highlight: Pope Urban VIII's Poemata
This is only one out of thousands of bindings commissioned for the library of French historian, lawyer, and diplomat, Jacques-Auguste de Thou.
Collection Highlight: Langley's Principles of Gardening
New Principles of Gardening (1728) contains meticulous descriptions of how the principles of geometry can be applied to the design of gardens
Collection Highlight: Dante's La Comedia
Francesco Marcolini's courageous decision to print a heavily illustrated edition of La Commedia must be analyzed in the context of other editions.
Collection Highlight: Brunel's Zeichnungen...unter der Themse
Our collection highlight is a small guidebook describing the work-in-progress on the tunnel under the River Thames
Collection Highlight: Copernicus's De revolutionibus
Copernicus wrote De revolutionibus at the cathedral in Frauenburg (now Frombork) in the northernmost diocese in Poland.
Collection Highlight: Webber's The Hunter-Naturalist
This book should be seen as part of a wider ideological trend to mythologize the West: the newly explored land is portrayed in Eden-like scenes.
Collection Highlight: Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha
This title represents a significant landmark in the printing history of Cervantes' Don Quixote: the first deluxe edition of the novel
Elizabeth G. Holahan Gift
The Holahan gift to the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation
Collection Highlight: Robert Burns and Frederick Douglass
"This book was the first bought by me after my escape from slavery..."