A View into Residence Hall Life at Binghamton University

Dorm Exhibit

This exhibit explores the history of the residential communities and their unique traditions, events and activities. The exhibit is located in the Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives Department of Bartle Library and will be on display through the Fall semester. For additional information about the exhibit please contact the University Archivist at 777-6459 or

Bartle Library: Inspired by Nature | Fall 2014

Inspired by Nature

Nature has been the inspiration of many great works of art, literature, and poetry. Come to Binghamton University's Glenn G. Bartle Library and view some of these items on display. Featured is the nature photography of Binghamton University alumnus, Matthew A. Kull.  This collection of beautiful full-color images is composed of scenes captured at the Binghamton University Nature Preserve. Other works on display include book selections from the Bartle Library collections on art, poetry, and literature that feature nature as the theme. This Fall 2014 exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.


Science Library: The Art within Science | Fall 2014

Art within Science

The skilled artist’s hand has created works to both study and record scientific discovery and research for hundreds of years. This exhibit showcases the roles that visuals play in science, and celebrates the artistic merit of this imagery. Come and view scientist biographies in graphic novel format, stunning botanical illustrations, microphotography that could pass as abstract expressionist paintings, lush nature photography, and more. The exhibit is on the first floor of the Science Library, in the Information Commons.




Mapping the Stars: Maps of Outer Space at the Science Library | Spring 2014

Science Library Map poster

Come visit the Science Library and view Mapping the Stars. This exhibit features a comparison of sky atlas images through the ages, old and modern methods of stellar and solar system cartography, current exploration of Mars and the Moon, and maps you can use to discover the features of the night sky for yourself.

This exhibit will be on display during the Spring 2014 semester at the Science Library.





Fantastic Voyages: Maps and Cartography in Fiction | Spring 2014

Bartle Library Map poster

Many of us were introduced to maps from the books we read as children. Fantasy worlds, Milne's Winnie the Pooh or Tolkien's Hobbit, visually chronicle protagonists' adventures through detailed maps of expansive mountain ranges, over oceans, or just of the backyard. Maps are not exclusive to children's books, fantasy, or science fiction novels, however. Many modern novels, such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, include maps that are either based loosely on Earth's cartography, or that resemble a town or land which the novel parallels. These maps serve not only as guides, as a conventional map would serve, but as an additional narrative element that gives us a deeper breadth and depth of understanding. A character's inward journey is shaped by their physical one, and vice-versa.

The Spring 2014 exhibit Fantastic Voyages: Maps and Cartography in Fiction will be on view in the second floor of Bartle Library beginning in February 2014.


Tilly Losch

Tilly Losch was born in 1904 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. Tilly begin her career in dancing at the age of 15, dancing in the Vienna Ballet and at Burgtheater, until meeting Max Reinhardt in 1927 and Corky B. Cochran soon after, who helped expand her dancing and choreography to productions in the United States and Europe. Tilly danced with Fred Astaire on Broadway, and gained minor roles in films after moving to Hollywood, including The Garden of Allah (1936), The Good Earth (1937), and A Duel in the Sun (1946). In her time recovering from tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Switzerland, Tilly learned to paint, and was fairly successful in her art career, with many gallery showings and even having one painting being purchased by the Tate museum in London. Tilly was married twice; her second marriage was to Lord Henry George Alfred Marius Victor Herbert, the sixth earl of Carnarvon and owner of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), more affectionately known as "Porchey." They divorced in 1947, though remained amicable and in close contact for the next three decades. Shortly before her death in 1975, Tilly Losch donated her papers and paintings to the Binghamton University Libraries as it also houses the Max Reinhardt Archives. The collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, as well as legal documents, banking records, personal memorabilia, diaries, press clippings, photographic portraits, and publicity photos. The Tilly Losch Collection also includes a large number of loose sketches, sketchbooks, and over 500 of her paintings.

This exhibit includes personal memorabilia of Tilly Losch, including various pieces of correspondence and photographs, as well as several of her paintings and sketchbooks. Some of her notable acquaintances include Fred and Adele Astaire, Cecil Beaton, Marlon Brando, Winston Churchill, Cole Porter, and Orson Welles. The exhibit is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library, and can be viewed 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday throughout the summer.

Kenneth C. Lindsay: Binghamton University's Own Monuments Man

Monuments men

If you go to see The Monuments Men, the new film starring George Clooney , it may interest you to know that Binghamton University had its very own Monuments Man, the late Professor Kenneth C. Lindsay, founder of the Department of Art and Art History at Binghamton. Kenneth Lindsay arrived at Harpur College in 1951, but he did important work well before his arrival at Binghamton University. As a Monuments Man, he worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II. In the last year of the war, the Monuments Men tracked, located, and in the years that followed, returned more than five million artistic and cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis.

The Kenneth C. Lindsay exhibition is on view now outside of Special Collections, second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Learn more about Linsday's time as a Monuments Man on the Special Collections Blog.

You are here: Exploring the Southern Tier of NY with Special Collections

You Are Here PosterUsing maps, books and artifacts from Local History collections,

Special Collections takes the visitor on a journey around the Southern Tier. Highlighted are manufacturing, industry and cultural landmarks. You Are Here will be on display throughout the Spring 2014 semester and is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

East Asian Gifts: Selections from Special Collections | Fall 2013

East Asian Gifts poster

This exhibit features various gifts to Binghamton University and is a tribute to the generosity of our donors. Featured are works of calligraphy, scrolls, woodblock prints, and books.

East Asian Gifts will be on display throughout the Fall 2013 semester and is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

The Story of the Stone: East Asian Gardens at Binghamton University Libraries | Fall 2013

Story of the Stone poster

The gardens of Japan, China, and Korea have been admired as aesthetic marvels, botanical wonders, and architectural feats, displaying the wealth of private citizens, and beautifying the holy grounds of temples. On display at Bartle Library are East Asian Garden books and materials from the Libraries' collections. This exhibit is in honor of the 49th annual meeting of the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) here at Binghamton.

This exhibit runs through the Fall 2013 semester on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.

Aviation at the Science Library | Fall 2013

Aviation Poster

Discover the rich early history of Aviation through books and materials from the Science Library and Special Collections.  The exhibit focuses on early innovations and public perceptions of flight; the impact of female and African-American aviators on overcoming gender and racial barriers; and the influence of Edwin A. Link Jr. and Marion C. Link who had tremendous impact on training and flight simulation and donated thousands of items to Special Collections.

The exhibit runs through the Fall 2013 semester in the Information Commons of the Science Library.

Let's All Go to the Lobby: Lobby Cards in Binghamton University Libraries' Special Collections | Summer 2013

Lobby Cards in Special Collections

Lobby cards, were used to advertise a film, and were similar to posters but smaller, usually 11 in × 14 in. Lobby cards made their first appearance in the early 1910s but are generally no longer used in U.S. theaters and rarely produced for today's films. As the name suggests, these small posters were designed for display in a theater's lobby with the intention of luring patrons into the theater by showing glimpses of key scenes from the movie.

Let's All Go to the Lobby displays a number of lobby cards from Binghamton University Libraries' Special Collections. Graphic and colorful, this collection represents a wide variety of film genres. The exhibit provides a fascinating sample of lobby cards from the collection.

The exhibit is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Bartle Library and will be on display through the Summer. Special Collections is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Films Strike a Pose! The Bartle Library Cinema Collection | Summer 2013

Bartle Film poster

Binghamton University's cinema collection includes books, magazines and journals, DVDs, and yes, films. The history, theory, criticism, cinematography, and social and artistic impact of popular, documentary, and experimental films are explored in depth in the collection. DVD and VHS titles can be checked out at the Newcomb Reading Room Circulation Desk.

The cinema holdings have been greatly enhanced by several donations of Allan Rogg, a New York based private collector and bibliographer, to the Libraries starting in 2006. His gifts include over 9,000 monographs spanning over one hundred years (1893-2010). Most of the Allan Rogg Collection of Modern Cinema can be found in the Fine Arts Library Stacks. However, several limited editions and unique and fragile items are housed in Special Collections.

The Summer 2013 exhibition is in the Glenn G. Bartle Library on the second floor cases off the main stairway.

Math Made Forms: An exploration of Mathematical Models | Summer 2013

Mathmade Forms Poster

Come to the Science Library and see for yourself how math can be visualized through knitting, crochet, and origami. Mathematical models take three dimensional shape in the exhibit Math Made Forms: An Exploration of Mathematical Models. On display are various models depicting hyperbolic space and polyhedra. These models are handcrafted by Binghamton University Libraries' faculty and staff. Also featured are books and resources to help you learn more about these fascinating geometric shapes, as well as how to make your own.


The exhibit runs from June 11th - September 3rd, 2013. The exhibit is located in the display cases in the Science Library Information Commons.

Love & Sex In The Decameron | Spring 2013

Decameron Poster

To escape the Black Death ravaging  Florence, ten young people - seven women and three men - flee to the countryside where, to pass the time, each tells one tale per night for ten days. These one hundred novellas form The Decameron (ca. 1350-3) by Giovanni Boccaccio. The Decameron weaves a kaleidoscopic web of stories of love, vice, deception, wit, and tragedy; of lusty monks, traveling merchants, adulterous wives, lovesick suitors, and jealous lovers. The tales, meant to both instruct and delight, display Giovanni Boccaccio's passion for a tale well told.

This Library exhibit features reproductions from Boccaccio titles in Special Collections, books from the Bartle Library stacks, and images from our Digital Image Collections relating to the themes of "Love and Sex" illustrated in the Decameron. Visit the exhibition Love and Sex in the Decameron on the second floor of the Bartle Library, Jan 28th through Summer 2013.

This exhibition is in support of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Spring Conference Boccaccio at 700: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts, April 26-27, 2013.

Boccaccio's Plague and the Black Death | Sprimo 2013

Plague Poster

While you spend the semester avoiding the flu, come to the Science Library to read about the Plague! View our Boccaccio's Plague exhibit to learn about an illness so devastating it was termed "The Black Death." As a tribute to the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference in April, the Science Library views the plague through Boccaccio's The Decameron written in the mid-14th century in Italy. When did the plague break out? How far did it spread? What effect did it have on Religion? And what medical techniques were used to treat the stricken? Various texts answer these question and more, and will be on display from January 28 through May 19th.

This exhibition is in support of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Spring Conference Boccaccio at 700: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts, April 26-27, 2013.

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