March 16th, 2020

From Special Collections/University Archives: The History of Dana Engineering

In my latest installment, I thought it would be interesting to focus on the physical campus: What was different? What buildings were new? What did the campus look like? Many buildings that are familiar to us today were in fact part of campus in 1920, such as the President’s House, Bucknell Hall, and the Carnegie building, among others. However, many of the buildings we are familiar with either looked very different or did not exist on campus in 1920. The Engineering building, for example, began construction in 1921. The original building itself has gone under multiple renovations, and its history […]

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March 1st, 2020

From Special Collections/University Archives: 100 Years Ago: — Suffrage and Lewis & Mary Theiss

Looking back at life 100 years ago can be shocking, especially considering how far we have come and how much farther we have to go. This upcoming summer, for example, marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment that granted women the right to vote. This was a huge step in providing equality between the sexes, and was a pivotal time for suffrage movements. Leading up to this legislature, many women across the country were striving to make their voices heard, and Bucknell graduates Lewis and Mary Theiss heard them. In writing for the Pictorial Review, a magazine of the […]

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February 23rd, 2020

From Special Collections/University Archives: 100 Years Ago — Freshmen Rule(s)

The word Freshmen, or “First Year Student” in today’s terminology, conjures up many memories, both good and bad, for anyone who was or is one. As part of the series about looking back at Bucknell 100 years ago, I found some interesting documents about rules for freshmen from the 1920’s that were created by sophomore students. It was a longstanding tradition that the upperclassmen would create these rules for the incoming class. While there were rules for all students on campus, every year the upperclassmen could enforce the freshmen’s rules at their own discretion, separate from the campus itself. Found […]

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February 10th, 2020

From Special Collections/University Archives: 100 Years Ago –Student Life in the 1920s

It seems hard to believe that the decade coined “The Roaring Twenties” began exactly a century ago. When one thinks of this time period, scenes of opulence from The Great Gatsby, images of flappers, bootlegging gangsters, and hallmarks of economic boom all come to mind. In the first part of a series focusing on the 100 year anniversary of a decade that still captures the imagination of filmmakers and creative minds, I will be highlighting different aspects of Bucknell life and influences during this time. One of the first questions that I thought of was: How did students live at […]

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February 4th, 2020

Introducing Grace Monroe M’21: Special Collections/University Archives Blogger!

Hello to all readers, scholars, community members, and any lovers of history and literature!  My name is Grace Monroe, the new Special Collections/University Archives blogger. I am a first-year Masters student in English and Literary Studies, which is, of course, where I found my love of writing, reading, and history. I received my undergraduate degree at Lock Haven University where I majored in English Secondary Education. However, I felt that I wanted more from my education before entering the workforce, so I found the great Master’s program here at Bucknell. I also have the opportunity to work in the library […]

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January 31st, 2020

Ask L&IT: our online knowledgebase

Do you need to know how to use Follow-Me printing? Need to know what software the computer labs have? Need to know how Duo authentication works? The answers to these and hundreds of other technology questions can be found in Ask L&IT, our online knowledgebase. Check it out today! Of course, you can always stop by the Tech Desk in the Bertrand Library, call 570-577-7777, and email techdesk@bucknell.edu for help!

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January 31st, 2020

Chat with Bertrand Library!

Did you know that you can ask short research and factual questions by chatting with the Bertrand Librarians? Visit any of the library’s Research by Subject Guides and use the chat box on the various subject pages to ask questions about library holdings and resources! Here’s a sample image of a chat box. Notice that there a button right above the chat box that you can click to schedule an in-depth research appointment with a librarian! Questions: email library@bucknell.edu, or stop by the Research Help Area on the main level of Bertrand Library!

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January 31st, 2020

Faculty summer research project grants

Library & Information Technology Summer Research Projects grants support faculty interested in utilizing digital tools and methods to further their research. These grants are aligned with the University’s digital scholarship initiative, whereby research is enhanced, extended, or reconsidered through application of technology and furthers the goal of engaging students in digital scholarship outside of the classroom. Grants provide student summer funding and a stipend for the faculty member. To learn more about the Summer Research Project (SRP) grants, and view examples from previous years, visit the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship website. Applicants are expected to discuss their proposal with a […]

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January 31st, 2020

Featured database: Newspapers.com

Newspapers.com (Library Edition) is an extensive database that provides online access to 4,000+ historical newspapers. Dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s, Newspapers.com contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Access Newspapers.com from the A-Z- database list. Questions? Contact Benjamin Hoover, subject specialist for News Sources.

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January 31st, 2020

New exhibit: beyond the classroom: student organizations and activities

Special Collections/University Archives’ spring exhibit, Beyond the Classroom: Student Organizations and Activities, is available from January through May 2020 on Lower Level 1 of the Bertrand Library.  The exhibit includes photographs, posters, documents, and publications from University Archives that represent and tell the story of Bucknell student organizations and activities throughout the University’s history. From promoting awareness of culture and identity to participating in creative outlets, the exhibit demonstrates the breadth of opportunities that have been available to Bucknell students.

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