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When Ansel Adams came to Rochester

When Ansel Adams came to Rochester

August 24, 2016

As the National Park Service turns 100, many remember photographer Ansel Adams for his iconic images of the American West and Yosemite. But when Adams was hired to photograph the University campus in 1952, he was not yet America’s most well-known photographer.

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19th-century cyclist captures views of Rochester

19th-century cyclist captures views of Rochester

August 1, 2016

Bike culture in Victorian Rochester has been beautifully captured in the May Bragdon Diaries Project, an online resource curated and hosted by River Campus Libraries.

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New book brings shadow into the light

New book brings shadow into the light

July 22, 2016

A new book, edited by Kenneth Gross and compiled from lectures by the late John Hollander, traces shadow’s literary history from ancient to modern times.

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Political junkies can feast on Democratic Party campaign mementos

Political junkies can feast on Democratic Party campaign mementos

July 22, 2016

Buttons, bumper stickers, photographs, and video footage ranging from the era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt through John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton, housed in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, bring historical political campaigns to life.

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Come on baby, (re)light my fire

Come on baby, (re)light my fire

July 20, 2016

New research indicates that there are ways that couples can sustain—or relight—their passion. The study suggests that when men and women perceive their partners as responsive, they feel special and think of their partner as a valuable mate, which in turn boosts sexual desirability.

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Dewey Papers bring past GOP conventions to life

Dewey Papers bring past GOP conventions to life

July 15, 2016

Thomas Dewey was never president of the United States—no matter what the headlines said. His letters, photographs, recordings, and campaign buttons are available to the public for research in the department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation.

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Three things you didn’t know about the American Revolution

Three things you didn’t know about the American Revolution

July 1, 2016

America typically celebrates the 4th of July as a unifying victory for the country, but the road to independence was more divisive and violent than most people realize, according to historian Thomas Slaughter.

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Frederick Douglass delivered ‘best Fourth of July speech in American history’ in Rochester

Frederick Douglass delivered ‘best Fourth of July speech in American history’ in Rochester

June 30, 2016

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” Frederick Douglass delivered his rousing oration on July 5th at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. An original printing of the speech has been digitized by Rare Books and Special Collections and can be read online.

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