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subpagepic While the Towson campus may be a bit quieter during the summer, the Special Collections and Archives Department of Cook Library will be abuzz with activity. The staff are undertaking a number of projects to improve access to the special collections at Cook Library.

Back issues of The Towerlight are now available online, but this summer, Archives staffer Armando Suarez will be working to improve catalog record details so that finding information within the particular issues is easier.

Cook Library is honored to be the recipient of a number of items from the Collection of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Project. This very special collection consists mainly of books formerly owned by victims of the Holocaust, but are now orphaned because their rightful owners cannot be found. Armando is also working to integrate these items into the library collection as they came to Cook Library a few years ago as part of the Baltimore Hebrew Institute Collection. These rare books will have enhanced notes added to their cataloging records to make them more accessible to users.

Intern Sarah Keller is hard at work creating finding aids for two unusual collections. The Griswold Collection contains postcards and related materials which focus on the 1936 Olympics, while the Kravitsky Collection showcases memorabilia from World War II Germany.

Archives Technician Emily Brown will be scanning and digitizing items from the Ehrlich Collection which features documents and artifacts once owned by former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich.

In addition some ongoing projects will get a boost of attention this summer. Begun under the auspices of Georgia Baker, Professor of Theatre Arts at Towson University from 1966-2009, The Historic Clothing Collection, contains articles of clothing for men, women, and children that date back to the early- to mid-1800s. This collection has already been scanned and digitized, but details in the catalog records for those items are being expanded.

The staff also will focus on processing and archiving documents from the TU Women's Athletic Association, a campus student organization, and Archives Associate Felicity Knox will be working to catalog and archive important documents from the Office of the Provost.

Additionally, the most recently received Master's theses and Doctoral dissertations by TU students are being readied for inclusion into the library collection.

The department is in the midst of gearing up for two big anniversaries: In 2015, Towson University will celebrate 100 years of residence at the Towson campus, and 2016 will mark the school's 150th anniversary. The staff in Archives will be busy making connections with people across campus and beyond to collect materials which will be used in displays commemorating these events.

If you have not stopped by the Special Collections Room on the fifth floor of Cook Library, these and many other treasures make it a worthwhile trip. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday 9 am-12 pm and 1pm-5 pm. If travel plans this summer are keeping you away from Towson, you can visit the Digital Collections page or check out the department's virtual presence through their blog, Acid Free. To catch the latest news, you can also like them on Facebook.

Written by Lisa Woznicki


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