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January 03, 2012

2011 Views in Review

As the calendar page turns from 2011 to 2012 we would like to share more updates and interesting developments related to a few of last year’s topics:

Our August post on the survey of Special Collections World War I resources contained a reference to the Thomas Slavin gift of 50 images taken by commercial photographers Underwood & Underwood for distribution to news-bureaus during that era. The gift, noted then as "in process" has recently been added to Digital Case as The Underwood & Underwood. WWI Photographs.

"Disabled Heroes Being Taught New Trades." circa 1919 From the Underwood & Underwood Collection of World War I Photographs. Gift of Thomas Slavin

When we wrote about the collections in the Case Archive of Contemporary Science and Technology in September we could not foresee the events that would unfold bringing staff members into closer connection with History of Science and Technology groups meeting in Cleveland last fall. An invitation extended by NASA Chief Archivist Jane Odom presented an opportunity to archivists Helen Conger {University Archives) and Nora Blackman (Special Collections) to speak at the NASA Annual History Meeting on November 1st at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland on our holdings related to T. Keith Glennan, President of CIT (1947-1966) and first NASA Administrator (1958-1961), and the Case Archive.

A second invitation was extended by Atsushi Akera (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chair of the Engineering Education Working Group of The Prometheans - The Society for the History of Technology’s engineering SIG) to attend the November 5th session: Reexamining the Origins of the History of Technology at Case at the SHOT Annual Meeting.

The session featured the following papers, which underscored the value of our primary sources in the field of Engineering Education:

Bruce Seely (Michigan Technological University): Mel Kranzberg and SHOT’s Creation Story: “And How Does One Go About Forming a New Scholarly Society?”
Atsushi Akera (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute): Implementing Liberal-Professional Education at Case Institute of Technology
Robert C. Post (National Museum of American History): Mel Kranzberg’s Return to Ithaca

Lastly, in October we wrote about Octavofest activities in Special Collections. If you haven’t seen the results of the juried art competition be sure to read about the winners and view their submissions

Posted by exo2 at January 3, 2012 04:00 PM

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