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A drawing of a butterfly by Vladimir Nabokov

Events celebrate Nabokov as butterfly scientist

Jose Beduya and Kathy Hovis
March 1, 2024

A giant of 20th century literature known for such novels as Lolita and Pale Fire, Russian émigré and former Cornell professor Vladimir Nabokov was also …

Students at the Cornell Insect Collection

Class explores Nabokov as writer and ‘butterfly man’

Kathy Hovis
December 14, 2023

Here’s how the well-known story goes: Vladimir Nabokov, professor of literature and soon-to-be-famous novelist, meets with a Cornell student who considers himself a budding writer. …

Plate glass negative (made positive) of Filipino family during the U.S. occupation of the Philippines, circa 1900

Digitized images illuminate U.S. colonial period in the Philippines

Jose Beduya
Dec. 21, 2023

A scientific explorer for the United States Department of Agriculture, Gerow D. Brill (Class of 1888) traveled across the Philippines in 1902 and photographed placid …

Architectural rendering of renovated Olin Library space

Services to continue during Olin Library renovations

Jose Beduya
December 1, 2023

By 2025, a major renovation is set to transform the iconic 62-year-old Olin Library into a “crossroads of learning and discovery on the Arts Quad,” …

Image of two hands mending a small tear in a Persian manuscript of medical illustrations from 1661.

The Conservation Lab: Preserving the future of research and discovery

Jose Beduya
September 17, 2023

In the past few months, Cornell University Library’s Conservation team has been drawing crowds. They prepared archival materials for a major exhibit celebrating the life …

Students at the Triangle Fire commemoration

Remembering the Triangle

Mary Catt
Nov. 9, 2023

Steps from where dozens of young immigrant Jewish and Italian women leaped to their deaths when a fire erupted in the locked sweatshop where they …

A student holding military veteran memorabilia

Cornell’s military veterans share their histories

Holly Hartigan
Nov. 8. 2023

All of Cornell’s military veterans have stories to tell, but no two are exactly alike. Christopher Mahn ’24, a Navy veteran, has been exploring those …

Poster for DJ event

Hip-hop DJs share stories and history, Nov. 10 and 11

Jose Beduya
Nov. 6, 2023

Nov. 10 and 11, the Cornell Hip Hop Collection is hosting roundtable discussions with internationally renowned DJs as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of …

An image of people at an exhibit reception at the Mann Library Gallery

Science illustrators show beauty of symbiosis

Sept. 12, 2023

A new exhibit featuring works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Finger Lakes Chapter opened in the Mann Library Gallery on Sept. 4, with …

Book on table

Library publishes catalog on Jewish fables

October 17, 2023

In September 2023, Cornell University Library published the catalog Fables in Jewish Culture: The Jon A. Lindseth Collection, a comprehensive guide to the nearly 400 …

Annemarie Roelofs and Lindsay Cooper performing

Digitization program calls for proposals

Jose Beduya
September 21, 2023

Attention, Cornell faculty and post-A graduate students! Cornell University Library’s Grants Program for Digital Collections seeks proposals to identify and create digitized source materials that will …

Dr. Joyce Brothers on the set of

Talk, exhibit celebrate ‘mother of media psychology’

Jose Beduya
September 18, 2023

For five decades, American psychologist and media personality Joyce Brothers ’47 brought mental health issues into the public eye with charisma and lighthearted humor. Popularly …

A veterinary student tries out the self-checkout kiosk at the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library.

Self-checkout launched at library

Jose Beduya
September 18, 2023

Among several ways patrons can check out books and other materials from Cornell University Library, a new service offers another convenient option: letting them do …

Image of computer mouse and keyboard

Library gets grant to raise algorithmic literacy

Jose Beduya
September 11, 2023

Cornell University Library has been awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) to support a project aimed at creating open …

Woman viewing computer screen at Olin Library

Library expands video streaming resources

Jose Beduya
August 15, 2023

With nearly 100,000 newly added videos that Cornell students, faculty, and staff can stream directly on their devices, Cornell University Library has recently expanded visual …

Ben Ortiz stands next to a table where different hip-hop artifacts are strewn.

Display celebrates the 50th anniversary of hip-hop 

Jose Beduya
August 8, 2023

Spinning records in the early 1970s, Clive Campbell – popularly known as DJ Kool Herc – noticed a pattern: Dancers would always wait for the …

A picture of music student Thomas Feng and Hanna Kebbede sitting on the ground of the Debre Genet Ethiopian Orthodox church in Jerusalem.

Music student helps expand Ethiopian nun’s musical legacy

Jose Beduya
July 11, 2023

An enigmatic figure revered for her otherworldly music, Emahoy Tsege-Mariam Gebru gained a global cult following with the release of her piano album in 2006. …

From L - R: Nik Martin '25, Denise Green (associate professor of human centered design in the College of Human Ecology), and Green's advisee Dyese Matthews (doctoral candidate in garment design) admire the caftan owned by Andre Leon Talley and designed by Patience Torlowei in the Cornell Textile Collections. This caftan was designed by Nigerian designer Patience Torlowei and worn/owned by Andre Leon Talley. It was acquired by the Cornell Textile Collections, with assistance from the University's Rare and Manuscript Collections, in 2023.

Historic caftan augments a diverse fashion collection

Susan Kelley
June 14, 2023

In late January, Professor Denise Green and her colleague Catherine Blumenkamp received an email with remarkable news. The auction house Christie’s would be selling off …

Sally Field and Crystal Sutton

Exhibit celebrates union icon, power of collective

Amira Shimin ’25
May 12, 2023

A new exhibit tells the story of a North Carolina cotton mill worker and her pivotal role in sparking a labor-management standoff that inspired a …

Computer keyboard with

Cambridge UP: No charge for Cornell authors to publish Open Access

Peter McCracken
April 28, 2023

Faculty seeking to publish Open Access articles in Cambridge University Press’s 400+ journals can now do so without charge, thanks to an agreement between Cambridge …

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