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Bright Young Librarians: Marie Elia

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Bright Young Librarians: Marie Elia

The website for Fine Books & Collections magazine currently features an interview with our own Marie Elia as part of their Bright Young Librarians series:

http://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine_books_blog/2014/08/bright-young-librarians-marie-elia.phtml

Here’s an excerpt:

Thoughts on the future of special collections / rare book librarianship?

I think special collections are inherently interdisciplinary; even a collection with the narrowest collecting policy will appeal to interest outside the scope. To continue to broaden our relevance, we have to explore our capacity to serve unexpected needs and to inspire new inquiry. As a processing archivist, I think I do this by creating rich documentation for collections so that people can find our materials through multiple access points. In addition to traditional exhibitions and outreach, I think good cataloging and sharing of resources will be the best way to bring our collections to new users. 

Congratulations, Marie!

Larry Eigner’s Typewriter Featured In AtBuffalo

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Larry Eigner’s 1940s Royal Portable Junior Typewriter. Photo by Doug Levere.

Larry Eigner’s typewriter, donated to the Poetry Collection in 2011 by Richard Eigner, is featured in the Summer 2014 “Objectology” section of AtBuffalo.

In addition to the typewriter, the Poetry Collection holds virtually all of Eigner’s publications and a large selection of the poet’s manuscripts and letters.

Dylan Thomas Digital Collection

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We are happy to announce a new Dylan Thomas Digital Collection.

Born in Swansea, Wales, Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century and also the author of numerous short stories, radio scripts, and plays. His publications include The Map of Love (1939), Portrait of the Artist As a Young Dog (1940), Deaths and Entrances (1946), Collected Poems, 1934-1952 (1952), The Doctor and the Devils (1953) and Under Milk Wood (1954).

The Dylan Thomas Collection contains five holograph poetry notebooks (1930-1951); a prose notebook of ten short stories (1933-1934); holograph and typed manuscripts, many with corrections, for such works as The Doctor and the Devils (1953); a film script of Life in a Girl’s Reform School; corrected or fragmentary versions of over a dozen individual poems including “Do not go gentle into that good night,” “Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait” and “Fern Hill”; approximately 81 items of correspondence including Thomas’ letters to Henry Treece, Trevor Hughes, Donald Taylor and Pamela Hansford Johnson (Lady Snow); three diaries of Pamela Hansford Johnson (Lady Snow) 1933-1935; and two 1953 portraits of Thomas painted by Gordon Stuart.

The ten photographs featured here are from Thomas’s trip to New York shortly before his death on November 9, 1953. These images are also available for sale on the UB Libraries store.

Announcing the Harry Jacobus Collection

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Harry-JacobusThe Poetry Collection is happy to announce the opening for research of a new Harry Jacobus Collection, selections of which are also available as a digital collection.

Harry Jacobus was deeply involved in the San Francisco Abstract Expressionism movement of the early 1950s. After serving in World War II, he moved to California, enrolling first at the Oakland School of Arts and Crafts and later The California School of Fine Arts, where he studied with Clyfford Still and David Park. He also met fellow student Jess, and in turn Robert Duncan. Together, they opened the King Ubu Gallery in December 1952, which quickly—though briefly—became the center of the avant garde art, music, and poetry scene in San Francisco. The King Ubu Gallery hosted exhibitions by artists such as Elmer Bischoff, David Park, Hassel Smith, Jess, Lyn Brockway, Roy De Forest, and Deborah Remington, as well as poetry readings and performances.

During the 50s and 60s, Jacobus traveled through Europe, particularly Hydra, Greece, as well as Mexico. Back in California, he lived at the “Ghost House” on Franklin Street and later in Stinson Beach, always remaining close to Duncan and Jess, physically as well as artistically. Jacobus was profoundly influenced by Duncan and Jess’s ideas about imagination, as well as by French Modern painters, particularly les Fauves. Artists and critics often focus on the romanticism, color, and light of Jacobus’s paintings. Duncan called him “a painter in a mixed light,” noting that his work “is an intimation of the beauty around us as it is within us.”

A full finding aid is forthcoming. In the meanwhile, please contact lpo-poetry@buffalo.edu with any questions or research queries.


 

Libraries Honor Student Award Winners

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On April 16th, recipients of the 2014 Writing Awards and the Undergraduate Research Prize were honored at a reception in the Special Collections Reading Room. The Awards are sponsored by the University Libraries and the UB English Department. Congratulations to the following individuals:

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The Friends of the University Libraries Undergraduate Poetry Prize
Lexa Hunt
Honorable Mention: Chase Conatser


The Academy of American Poets Prize
Lexa Hunt


The Dan Liberthson Poetry Prize Graduate Student Prize
Alison Fraser


Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research
Lee Swaydis


The Arthur Axlerod Memorial Award
Jamie Gugino and Susan Seep
Honorable Mentions: Chase Conatser and Lexa Hunt


The Scribblers Prize
Kelly Schucker


The Albert Cook, Mac Hammond and John Logan Prize
Chase Conatser
Max Crinnin
Susan Seep
Honorable Mention: George Mitchell


The English Department Essay Contest
Sushmita Sircar
Honorable Mention: Holly Danielle Domney


The Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize
Alex Thayer


The English Department Prize in Creative Non-Fiction
Angelina Bruno
Honorable Mention: Kelly Schucker


The George Knight Houpt Prize
Elizabeth Teebagy


Composition Program’s Student Prizes
First: Alyssa Nobel
Second: Mahwish Khan
Third: Katrina Cropo and Emily Butera
Honorable Mention: Chad Cooper


Composition Program’s Syllabus Prizes
Andi Coulter
Honorable Mentions: Shubhangi Garg and John Rendeiro


Judges: Dave Alff, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Douglas Basford, Gil Bitely, Barbara Bono, Marie Elia, Judith Goldman, James Holstun, Karen Mac Cormack, Carine Mardorossian, James Maynard, Steve McCaffery, Amanda McLaughlin, Edric Mesmer, Kyungran Park, and Andrew Stott