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Book Talk Featuring Author Charity Vogel – May 8th

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AngolaHorrorThe UB Libraries will host a book talk featuring local author, Charity Vogel, on Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Reading Room, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus.

Ms. Vogel, an award-winning journalist at The Buffalo News, will discuss her book, The Angola Horror: The 1867 Train Wreck that Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads (Cornell University Press, 2013).

Described as “history writing at its best” (Library Journal, 1 July 2013), the book tells the story of a tragic rail accident that took place just east of Angola, New York on December 18, 1867. Ms. Vogel delves into the lives of individuals caught up in the disaster, one of the deadliest railway accidents to that point in U.S. history, and sets her narrative against the broader context of the post–Civil War era.

The book talk is free and open to the public.

Join us for what promises to be a lively and informative presentation!


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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:


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

List of New Additions at the Libraries

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The Burglary (Book) by Betty MedsgerEach week, the UB Libraries provide an updated list of recently acquired material.  The New Additions list provides access to new titles added to the University Libraries.New books, journals, and government documents in all formats, including electronic, are included.

The list is refreshed each Monday with items remaining on the list for two weeks.

You can view the list from off the UB Libraries web site or directly at

We Have A Map For That…

UB Libraries’ Map CollectionWith over 320,000 maps and more than 500 atlases, the UB Libraries’ Map Collection is Western New York’s largest and most comprehensive collection of maps and related materials. Within New York State, the Libraries’ Map Collection ranks first in size among universities and colleges, second only to the New York Public Library for research collections.

A wide range of current and historic topographic maps for the U.S., Canada and the world, at scales ranging from 1:24,000 to 1:1,000,000, are available in the Map Collection. Thematic maps, illustrating features such as population, geology, landforms and water resources, are available for all parts of the world, and topographic maps from the 1940s-1960s reflect how borders changed during the 20th century.

The Map Collection is located in Room 316 on the 3rd floor of Capen Hall inside the Silverman Library and is open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Gifts of maps, atlases and other cartographic materials are always welcome, and anyone interested in donating materials can contact:

David J. Bertuca
Map Librarian
(716) 645-1332