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Open House in honor of Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives, Olin Memorial Library Wesleyan University, 252 Church Street, Middletown


Photo montage for veterans day


Join us for a Veterans Day open house in Special Collections & Archives.  On display will be materials related to the United States military and the home front from the Civil War through the present, with a focus on Wesleyan and Middletown history.  Highlights include contemporary veterans’ arts and literary projects, such as Combat Paper prints by Drew Cameron, who conducted a recent artist residency in Middletown.  Suzy Taraba, Director of Special Collections & Archives, and Leith Johnson, University Archivist, will be on hand to answer questions. All are welcome!

For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

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Don’t miss the Annual Library Book Sale!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

10 am – 4 pm

Lobby, Olin Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown, CT 06459

3500+ academic and popular books.  Most priced $1-$2.  Better books $5-$10+.

Strong in art, history, Russian history, psychology, religion, popular fiction, German and Russian language, some baseball.

SPECIALS SALE: Selected special books will be available for viewing and purchase from 12 noon – 1 pm and 3 – 4 pm in the Develin Room (2nd floor Olin), first come, first served. No shipping service available.

  • Text version of the Book Sale Specials list

  • Itemized Buchan list

  • Version of the Book Sales Specials list with photographs of some items.

Cash and checks accepted.

For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

Part of Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend festivities. 

Not able to make it on November 7? As usual, some of the remainder books will be available for sale in the lobby on Sunday, November 8 at $7 / box.

Thanks to the Wesleyan lacrosse team for helping us get ready for the sale!


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The Combat Paper Project

Artist Residency
Friday, September 25 – Monday, 28, 2015
(Full schedule below)


Drew Cameron, an Iraq war veteran, is co-founder of Combat Paper, a project in which veterans and the non-veteran community use traditional hand papermaking techniques to transform military uniforms into paper, prints, books, and art.  “All of our experiences are encoded within the material items we carry about. With clothing, and military uniforms, our personal geographies, memories, and accomplishments are carried in the woven threads. Through the hand papermaking process, the clothing is deconstructed, transformed, and altered into paper sheets that accentuate those individual and collective stories.”

Co-sponsored by Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Friends of the Wesleyan Library, and Center for the Arts.


Friday, Sept. 25 – Monday, Sept. 28
“New Works by Drew Cameron of Combat Paper”— exhibit case in Usdan University Center

 Saturday, Sept 26during Middletown Day / Military Service Appreciation Day

  •  1-3 pm: Interactive Demonstration – a demonstration of some steps of the papermaking process, including “breaking rag” using donated military uniforms and the portable paper mill — Under the tent by the football field.   Open to the public.
  • 4-7 pm: Interactive Workshop (breaking rag for papermaking) — Usdan, Room 108
    Open to the public (Posse Veteran Scholars*, other students and community veterans encouraged to come)’

Sunday, Sept. 27

  • 1-5 pm: Interactive Workshop (papermaking and stencil printing) – Usdan Multipurpose Room — Open to the public (Posse Veteran Scholars, other students and community veterans encouraged to come)’

Monday, Sept. 28

  • 4:15 pm: Artist Talk – “The Combat Paper Project” – Usdan 108 –Open to the public.
    In his talk, Drew Cameron will share the story of Combat Paper, the practice of hand papermaking and how this collaborative project has become an integral part of the emerging veteran artist movement.  This talk is the culmination the residency with Wesleyan’s Posse Veterans, other Wesleyan students, and community members.

For more information, please contact libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

* Posse Veteran Scholars: In an effort to dramatically increase the number of veterans it enrolls, Wesleyan is entering into a new partnership with The Posse Foundation, Inc.  Through its newest initiative, the Veterans Posse Program, the foundation identifies talented veterans who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees, and places them at top tier colleges and universities, where they receive four-year scholarships. Wesleyan is only the second institution to partner with Posse in this brand new initiative, and brought its first “posse” of 10 veterans to campus in fall 2014, with 10 more veterans entering in the fall of 2015.


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On Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 7:00 pm, Bethany Berger ’90 will give the annual Constitution Day lecture in Smith Reading Room, first floor Olin Memorial Library.  This free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.

Birthright Citizenship on Trial — Immigration and Indigeneity

Egged on by Donald Trump, the majority of Republican candidates have supported ending birthright citizenship.  This talk looks at this fourteenth amendment right, its constitutional origins, and the different things it meant for American Indians and immigrants.

See Berger quoted in a Washington Post article about birthright citizenship.


Bethany Berger '90

Professor Bethany Berger is the Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  She graduated from Wesleyan in 1990 with a major in Government, and from Yale Law School in 1996.  After law school, she became the director of the Native American Youth Law Project at DNA-Peoples Legal Services, which serves the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and later the Managing Attorney at Advocates for Children of New York.  She is a co-author and member of the Editorial Board of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, the foundational treatise in the field, and co-author of leading casebooks in American Indian Law and in Property Law.  Her articles on legal history, race, gender, and jurisdiction in federal Indian law have been cited in testimony to Congress and several briefs to the Supreme Court.  She has also served as a judge for the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and the University of Michigan.

For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

Read about digitization at Wesleyan’s libraries, the student e-book experience, a scrapbook begun in 1910 with fascinating details about campus life, a new book by a staff author, and more in the library’s  newsletter, Check It Out.

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Events in Special Collections & Archives

Free admission.  No registration required. For information contact SC&A at (860) 685-3864 or sca@wesleyan.edu.

Exhibition: Wes Meets East: The Freeman Asian Scholars Program at Twenty

Olin Library, East Corridor exhibit cases
Opening May 20, 2015

This exhibition commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the Freeman Asian Scholar Program, which has provided full scholarships for outstanding students from 11 countries and regions in East Asia to earn a bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan. Founded in 1995, by Houghton “Buck” Freeman ’43, Doreen Freeman, Hon. ’03, and Graeme Freeman ’77 in honor of Mansfield Freeman ’16, the program seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding between the United States and East Asia.


WESeminar: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Friday, May 22, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm
Davison Rare Book Room

Suzy Taraba, Director of Special Collections & Archives, will present highlights from Wesleyan’s rich and varied holdings of books about gardens and gardening.  Among those on display will be Thomas Hill’s The proffitable arte of gardening (1568), Henry Bacon’s early 20th century European landscape scrapbooks, and modern artists’ books with botanical themes.


Exhibition: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Olin Library, East Corridor exhibit cases
Opening summer 2015 – date to be announced

Harsh winters can end in spectacular flowers, live or in print.  This exhibition presents examples from Wesleyan’s superb collections of garden books of all varieties.


Related Events

WESeminar: Only Yesterday? Wesleyan in Sixties

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 9:30 am
Hansel Lecture Hall, Public Affairs Center (PAC 001)

Wesleyan’s sixties were a pivotal decade in its history. As in the 1870s and again during the World War I decade, a new definition of institutional identity began to emerge. Investment returns peaked in the sixties and quickly created unprecedented prosperity. African American enrollments and a return to coeducation contributed major elements of diversity to the student body. Campus architecture announced the arrival of a “little university.” Almost a half-century later, how can historical analysis help us understand why the major events of this transforming decade occurred and with what consequences?

Introduction: Jim Dresser ’63, Hon’13, P’93, Chairman Emeritus, Wesleyan Board of Trustees
Presenter: Dave Potts ’60 is a Harvard-trained historian of American higher education. In addition to his service as a professor of American history and dean of faculty at three liberal arts colleges, he has authored books, chapters, and articles on the histories of Harvard, Yale, and liberal arts colleges scattered throughout much of the nation. His prize-winning first volume on Wesleyan’s early history has just acquired a worthy successor, Wesleyan University, 1910-1970: Academic Ambition and Middle-Class America. (See flyer below.)

Note: Book signing will follow the WESeminar.


WESeminar: The Transition to Coeducation at Wesleyan: What has changed and what has stayed the same?

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11:00 am
Powell Family Cinema

Wesleyan’s return to coeducation beginning in 1968 changed the University forever.  At a time when the women’s movement was national news, many formerly all-male colleges and universities began to admit women.  Wesleyan’s experience both mirrored widespread trends and also presented a different approach.  By expanding the student body towards greater socio-economic and ethnic diversity while phasing in coeducation, Wesleyan grew dramatically in many directions at once.  A panel of faculty and alumni who lived through the early years of coeducation and some of whom are engaged in current research on the transition to coeducation at Wesleyan, will share their reflections on what happened then and how it made Wesleyan the institution it is today.  What has changed?  What has stayed the same?  Join us for a lively discussion about coeducation then and now.

Presenters: Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies; Phyllis Rose, Professor of English, Emerita; Paul Schwaber, Professor of Letters, Emeritus; and Elliot Daum ’70, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County, CA, exchange student at Connecticut College 1969.

Moderators: Diana Diamond ’70, Professor of Psychology, City University of New York; Weill Cornell Medical College, and Suzy Taraba ’77, Director of Special Collections & Archives.

Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:15 pm

Develin Room, 2nd floor Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street

Join us for a rare showing of Ed Ruscha’s iconic photo book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966, second printing 1971), extended to its full 27 foot length.  Alexa Burzinski ’15, who wrote her senior thesis about Ruscha’s work, will introduce this landmark of photographic Pop Art.


Ruscha Sunset cropped


Night Flying poster


“Heroes for All Time: Connecticut’s Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories” — A talk by Dione Longley ‘82

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 7:00 pm
Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown

Free and open to the public.

An exhibit of Civil War materials from Special Collections & Archives will be on view from 6:30-7:00 and 8:00-8:45 in the Davison Rare Book Room, 1st floor, Olin Library.


Heroes cover


Dione Longley will speak about Heroes for All Time, the book she co-authored with Buck Zaidel using soldiers’ letters and diaries and written accounts by nurses, doctors, soldiers’ families, and volunteers on the home front to vividly portray the war through their moving stories.  The book includes hundreds of outstanding period photographs, most previously unpublished.

Dione graduated from Wesleyan with a BA in American Studies in 1982.  She was director of the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown for 20 years.  Now a public historian and writer, she resides in Higganum with her husband and two daughters.

Heroes for All Time is available from Wesleyan University Press, and will also be for sale by Broad Street Books at the event.  If you would like us to reserve a book for you, please email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.



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