Information Update - Spring 2010

Special Collections News

    Special Collections gratefully acknowledges the recent donation by University alumnus Leon C. Petrus of An Ecclesiastical History, Antient and Modern, from the Birth of Christ to the Beginning of the Present Century by John Lawrence Mosheim, published in London by T. Cadell, 1782.

     Through the initiative of Professor Marion Farrell of the University of Scranton's Nursing Department, Special Collections is acquiring the records of the Community Medical Center's (CMC) School of Nursing. The School of Nursing was established in 1897 by CMC's predecessor, Hahnemann Hospital, and closed in 1994. In its 97 year history, the nursing school diploma program prepared more than 2000 women and men for the profession of registered nurse. The collection will prove valuable for research into the history of nursing education as well as for the social history of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

     The Heritage Room will feature the artwork of Ritsuko Sato of Kurashiki City Japan. Curator Kazuaki Kishimoto of the Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art stated "Sato's work is by no means subtle or predictable. Her often deformed motifs dynamically combine chaotic and random strokes with bright vibrant colors. The effects are almost childlike in their innocence, revealing Sato's unique impressions and interpretations of the world around her." The exhibit will run from February 8 through April 25.

     The "Scarce Books & Elegant Editions: Samuel Johnson & James Boswell, Selections from the Edward R. Leahy Collection" exhibit had a successful run featuring a well-attended opening reception and a well-received address by Edward Leahy. The exhibit, one of only a handful world-wide in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Johnson's birth, and its catalogue received international attention and a positive review by Johnson scholar Greg Clingham of Bucknell University in the Johnsonian News Letter. Dr. Clingham wrote about the exhibit: "It is accompanied by a beautiful twenty-page catalogue on glossy paper, featuring some fine illustrations of the exhibits, full bibliographic citations of all items on display, plus a detailed narrative by Mr. Knies about Johnson, Boswell and their times useful to both seasoned scholars and students...."Scarce Books and Elegant Editions" is a rich and unexpectedly illuminating experience - a must-see for Johnson and Boswell scholars and bibliographers."

Michael Knies,
Special Collections Librarian