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18th Century Lockwood Family Papers Restored

In 2017, Special Collections announced the acquisition of an important local history collection: papers of Eversley Childs (1867-1953) and family members who resided on Long Island, in New York City, and in Greenwich, CT. A segment of the collection, Lockwood family

Posted in History, Preservation, Special Collections & University Archives

Libraries Colloquium Event “Unscattered Leaves” Caps Year-Long Medieval Manuscript Digitization Project

On April 19, 2018, the Special Collections Seminar Room in the Melville Library was standing-room-only when Stony Brook University Libraries welcomed students, faculty, staff, and community members to “Unscattered Leaves: Digitization of the Otto F. Ege Manuscripts.” The event, a special edition of the Libraries’ monthly Colloquium Series, was the culmination of the project and marked the official public launch of the new digital collection “Otto F. Ege: Fifty Original Leaves From Medieval Manuscripts.”

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How to make a Tiny Book Workshop a Success

On October 20th, the Preservation Department’s Bookbinder/Preservation Technician, Arielle Hessler, hosted How to Make a Tiny Book.  The event and room were filled to capacity as interested campus community members learned the in-and-outs of making a tiny book; the series is

Posted in Library Outreach, Preservation

How to Make a Tiny Book Workshop

Workshop Description:  On October 20th, Arielle Hessler, Preservation Technician/Bookbinder, will be hosting the popular How to Make a Tiny Book Workshop within the University Libraries’ Preservation Department. The workshop explores the blending of book as art with an introduction to practical bookbinding

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Creating Chapbooks

Many thanks to Arielle Hessler of the SBU Libraries Preservation Department for her workshop on How to Make a Chapbook held at the Southampton campus library on September 27th. Chapbooks are the literary DIY project of choice and the results,

Posted in Art, Books, Preservation, Southampton

How to Make a Chapbook

SBU Libraries’ Preservation Department will be out in Southampton on Wednesday, September 27th, teaching students how to assemble their own chapbooks. Chapbooks are handmade, bound collections of writings.  They have a storied history, having served as conveyors of everything from

Posted in Preservation, Southampton, Writing and Literature

The Music Library’s Reel-to-Reel Recordings

The Music Library’s reel-to-reel recordings represent the early history of the University’s Music Department.  For several decades, faculty and student recitals, symphony, chamber music and choral concerts were recorded directly to the reels, and archived in the Music Library.  Among

Posted in About Us, Arts & Humanities, Digital Collections, Digital Humanities, Melville Library, Music, Music Library, Preservation

Tiny Book Making in the SBU Preservation Department

On April 12th, Arielle Hessler, SBU Bookbinder and Preservation Technician, hosted a tiny book making event in the library’s Preservation Department. Participants learned the basics of bookbinding by making fully functional, 3-inch tall mini books! There were a variety of felt and

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The Art of the Book Presentation Recap

University Libraries Bookbinder Arielle Hessler presented The Art of the Book: Non-adhesive Bindings for the April installment of the University Libraries Colloquium Series last Thursday. The presentation focused on bookbinding styles from different parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe, and their cultural

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Bookbinding with the Preservation Department

The SBU Libraries Preservation Department just wrapped up a series of new bookbinding workshops on campus. Arielle Hessler, Preservation Technician and Bookbinder, taught campus students, faculty and staff how to make leather and felt tiny book keychains and necklaces. Each

Posted in Events, Library Outreach, Melville Library, Preservation