Information Update - Fall 2013

Two New Digital Collections Online

Two new digital collections
In preparation for the University’s 125th anniversary celebration, the Weinberg Memorial Library recentlypublished two new digital collections of materials from the University Archives.
Using Flickr, I compiled a “Campus History: Then & Now” photo set, which showcased buildings and features that had been, or still are, a part of our campus. I was also inspired by other users’ photos on Flickr and tried to recreate their “then and now” photos, in which they matched an old photo onto the current scenery. Through our “From the Archives” mystery photo sets, users are invited to name unidentified students featured in historic photographs.

The University of Scranton Basketball Collection (scranton.edu/library/basketball) includes more than 600 photographs and documents, dating from 1917 through 1979, relating to basketball at St. Thomas College and The University of Scranton. The collection includes team and player photographs, game programs, rosters, and selected newspaper clippings. Most of the material is from the 1920s-1950s, but we will be adding content from more recent years as digitization of University Archives materials continues.

The University of Scranton Commencement Programs collection (scranton.edu/library/commencement) features digitized programs from commencement exercises and related activities (like Class Night and Baccalaureate) held by St. Thomas College and The University of Scranton from the 1910s through the 1970s. The commencement programs generally list names, degrees, and awards received by that year’s graduating class, and some also include biographies of honorary degree recipients. We are still working on digitizing programs from the 1970s to the present, but due to privacy restrictions related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we are unable to provide public access to programs dated after August 1974 that include student names.
Don’t forget, of course, that the original photographs, documents, and programs from both collections are available in the Library’s University Archives and can be viewed by appointment.

Kristen Yarmey

 

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