Special Collections and Archives Open House
Sep 18, 2012
On Thursday, September 13th, approximately 50 people braved the wind and rain to visit the Special Collections and Archives in room 119 of the library and celebrate its recent opening. This group included students, faculty, staff and community members from Emporia.
Guests were invited to experience an exhibit showing various facets of the wide-ranging holdings of the Special Collections and Archives, including artwork from the May Massee Collection, artifacts and a sketchbook from Lyman B. Kellogg's papers, Beatrix Potter figurines from the library's previous Mary White Room, photographs from the Walter M. Andersen Collection, items from the Black Emporia Collection, and a display reflecting on the William Allen White papers.
Special Collections and Archives staff were available to introduce themselves and provide information about the workings of the department and how researchers gain access to the collections. A behind-the-scenes tour was also offered by Curator, Ashley Todd-Diaz, which invited atendees into the department's secure, climate controlled storage room. This room features 3 miles of moveable shelves that house the entirety of the collections on-site. As an added bonus, all guests had the opportunity to enter a drawing for a homemade cheesecake baked by the Curator.
In all, it was a great opportunity to share information about our resources and services with the ESU and Emporia communities and to meet new people! If you are interested in accessing our resources, our reading room is open Monday - Friday from 11-3pm. Please feel free to drop in!