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Turning the gears of an early modern search engine

Turning the gears of an early modern search engine

February 18, 2019

A collaboration between librarians and engineering students, the book wheel in Rossell Hope Robbins Library is a recreation of a 16th century design, solving the problem of needing access to multiple books at the same time.

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‘Drifting open eyed into insanity’

‘Drifting open eyed into insanity’

January 28, 2019

Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation has acquired a remarkable collection of 52 personal letters from author and early feminist reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who minces no words when it comes to motherhood, marriage, and depression.

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Waited 100 years for it? Listen here to the rediscovered Frederick Douglass ‘Farewell’ song

Waited 100 years for it? Listen here to the rediscovered Frederick Douglass ‘Farewell’ song

January 9, 2019

The rare song, scored for voice and piano, probably hasn’t been performed in more than a hundred years, with only two known copies of the sheet music in the world. The only known copy in America now resides at the University of Rochester.

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‘Lewis Henry Morgan at 200’ reintroduces a landmark scholar

‘Lewis Henry Morgan at 200’ reintroduces a landmark scholar

December 21, 2018

A new digital project and exhibitions on and off campus mark the bicentennial year of one of the founders of social and cultural anthropology.

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Tribute to Frederick Douglass in word and song

Tribute to Frederick Douglass in word and song

December 4, 2018

On December 3, 1847, the first issue of the North Star newspaper was published in the city of Rochester. One hundred and seventy one years later, the city again celebrated abolitionist, activist, author, and orator Frederick Douglass in an evening of words and song at Rochester’s Hochstein Hall. The Prophet of Freedom event include a performance by Eastman School of Music student Jonathan Rhodes ’20 of a song written for Douglass in 1847 that had not been performed in 100 years.

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‘Innovation is a muscle’ — 8 questions about the iZone

‘Innovation is a muscle’ — 8 questions about the iZone

November 29, 2018

Julia Maddox, director of the new Barbara J. Burger iZone at Rush Rhees Library, talks about what stops many would-be innovators, and how the iZone’s intentional design fosters creative thinking and actions.

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Digital scholars rescue lost Japanese film

Digital scholars rescue lost Japanese film

November 29, 2018

A 1929 Japanese silent film inspired by a classic O. Henry short story was long thought lost until Rochester researchers collaborated to bring it back to the big screen.

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Rediscovered song honoring Frederick Douglass to be performed for the first time in a century

Rediscovered song honoring Frederick Douglass to be performed for the first time in a century

November 14, 2018

Only two copies of “Farewell Song of Frederick Douglass” are known to exist—and one of them was acquired earlier this year by River Campus Libraries.

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‘I am content to be made known through this specimen of your art to all who may come after me’

‘I am content to be made known through this specimen of your art to all who may come after me’

June 27, 2018

In a letter recently acquired by River Campus Libraries, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass expresses his pleasure with a bust that can now be reproduced by anyone with a 3D printer.

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Hands-on AR/VR lab slated for Carlson Library

Hands-on AR/VR lab slated for Carlson Library

May 9, 2018

A new hands-on learning and research lab envisioned for the Carlson Science and Engineering Library will give students and faculty a place to explore augmented and virtual reality—regardless of their level of expertise.

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