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Behind the scenes Archive and Special Collection showcase
The SUNY Potsdam College Archives and Special Collections will hold a showcase, “The Archives Behind the Scenes,” hosted by College Archivist Jane Subramanian on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. in the Crumb Library, room 234. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the recent renovations to the main archives room and have a chance to see the “secret” basement storage room. Various donated items new to the collection will be highlighted as well. Subramanian feels the archive is very important to the College and its students. “SUNY Potsdam is the oldest unit within the State University of New York system. We trace our roots to the St. Lawrence Academy, which was established in 1816. The materials housed in the College Archives and Special Collections document the history of the College, and important elements in the College’s history,” said Subramanian. The collections are used by outside researchers, SUNY Potsdam faculty in their research, campus departments and offices as they need assistance in documenting their own areas, students doing research and projects for their coursework and alumni. Subramanian noted many of the items in the archive are especially fascinating. Visitors can expect to see information about the president’s house; correspondence between former President Frederick Crumb and his wife during World War II; a manuscript musical score of a Stockhausen work premiered in the United States by Crane's Collegiate Singers in Buffalo and countless other items. Not included in the archive showroom are a number of relics that will be examined in the “secret” basement storage room. One sneak peek will include regalia worn by former President Thomas Barrington. Subramanian is a member of SUNY Potsdam’s Class of 1972 and has been a Member of the SUNY Potsdam faculty for more than 35 years. She manages the College archives and special collections of the library, teaches, provides reference service and serves as a library mentor for honors students, a program she was instrumental in creating. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.