Season's Greetings from the River Campus Libraries
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Happy Holidays from Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac

2016 was a busy and eventful year at River Campus Libraries and in the world in general. We are proud of our achievements and are looking forward to many more exciting developments in the year ahead of us. The completion of Evans Lam Square last fall serves as an example of our ongoing effort to create a welcoming atmosphere and a sense of belonging through the spaces we design and the programs we offer in them, and we will continue to invite diverse audiences to the iZone, whose construction will begin in May 2017. Read more

Working with Rare Materials to Commemorate Cervantes' 400th Anniversary

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collection, and Preservation (RBSCP) holds an extensive collection of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote editions, ranging from the 17th to the 20th century. To mark the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ death this year, RBSCP and River Campus Libraries partnered with Ryan Prendergast, Associate Professor of Spanish, who taught a course on Don Quixote this past fall. Read more
Digital Partnership: Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly at 50

The University of Rochester has been an important supporter of William Blake scholarship by providing a home to Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly (BIQ), the leading academic journal for Blake studies. Having started as a newsletter in 1967, BIQ will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. Read more
Rethinking Space and Art: Evelyne LeBlanc-Roberge's Entrances Installation

Visitors to Rush Rhees Library may have noticed a sudden increase in the number of doors along the hallway by Gleason Library. No, these doors are not the result of the construction projects that took place over this past spring and summer. Despite their realistic appearance, these doors are not even actual doors. Rather, they are part of Entrances, an installation by Evelyne LeBlanc-Roberge, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, on display in the Ground Floor Gallery through April 2017. Read more
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A Holiday Treat from Our Special Collections
In celebration of the holiday season, we are happy to share an item from the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation’s extensive publishers’ bindings collection. The image above is the cover of Henry Van Dyke’s Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land: Impressions of Travel in Body and Spirit, published in 1908. This blue cloth binding, vividly stamped in green, pink, yellow, and gold, includes stylized poinsettias and pomegranates in the design. Though unsigned, this cover is attributed to one of the era’s most well-known and beloved designers, Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Armstrong’s use of stylized vine, plant, and flower imagery in bold and symmetrical designs are unmistakable. Armstrong most often signed each of her book covers with her initials, MA, slightly overlapping. To learn more about our publishers’ bindings collection, visit here
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