Celebrating Rauner Special Collections Library

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April 01, 2024
an interior, wide-angle picture of Rauner Special Collections Library

photo credit Trustees of Dartmouth College | Eli Burakian

25 Years of Sparking Discovery

We’re celebrating Rauner Special Collections Library’s 25th anniversary and its community of researchers! 

Since opening its doors in the renovated Webster Hall in 1999, Rauner Library continues to make magic happen every day. Within its glorious spaces with lovely light and architectural features, many amazing moments and achievements have occurred. It’s a space where students and researchers have delved into Rauner Library’s rare and unique materials to make new discoveries. With those amazing moments and new discoveries in mind, we invite you to join us in marking this 25th anniversary.

What the Rauner Library archive is, and what it will continue to be for all who come to it, is a source of enlightenment, a permanent collection of what had seemed once irretrievably lost to the past, and a powerful reminder of the sanctity of shared experience--scandalous as it may be.

Regina Barreca '79
Morgan Swan left and Vi Welker right look over a book from Rauner Library stacks

from left Morgan Swan and Vi Welker

Kicking off on April 15, there will be a flurry of activity for you to join! 

Program highlights include an unmissable keynote speech by Regina Barreca ‘79, sessions devoted to student achievements - particularly from the Historical Accountability Student Research Program - and panel discussions highlighting fantastic research and teaching and their outcomes. Check our events listings to learn more about drop-in activities hosted by Book Arts Workshop, the Conservation Lab, Jones Media Center, and Digital by Dartmouth Libraries. You can also join special tours of Rauner Library’s collections. While there, why not type up a note on the typewriter Mario Puzo used to write The Godfather? Now, that’s an offer you can’t… oh, you know!

Be sure to RSVP to events that require registration, so you don't miss out! We will include links to those special events below. For the other interactive and hands-on events, simply drop by. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.

a research sits looking at an item from the archive with Elizabeth Shand

from left a guest researcher and Elizabeth Shand

Monday, April 15 

  • Panel Discussion: Research at Rauner with guest speakers Michelle Warren, Deborah King, and Jenny Lynn | Learn how Rauner Library has supported high-level research from faculty members who engaged in innovative projects that rely on materials stewarded by Rauner Special Collections Library. 10:45am - 12pm | The LINK, Berry 180, Baker-Berry Library | Join on Zoom
     
  • Catered Lunch Reception 12 - 1pm | The LINK, Berry 180 | RSVP 
     
  • Panel Discussion: Teaching at Rauner with guest speakers Sienna Craig, Ross Virginia, Julia Rabig, and Matthew Ritger | Hear faculty from four disciplines share their experiences using Rauner Special Collections Library to enhance their students’ classroom experiences. 1 - 2:15pm | The LINK, Berry 180, Baker-Berry Library | RSVP | Join on Zoom
a display case full archive items

Tuesday, April 16

  • Mario Puzo’s typewriter! Drop by Rauner Library’s Reading Room to write something novel. 9am - 5pm | Drop-In
     
  • Rauner Library’s “Highlights of the Collections” tour | Come see what’s so special about Special Collections. We’ll treat you to some of the coolest items in the collections and explain how they support research and teaching at Dartmouth. 10 - 10:50am | Rauner Room 109 | RSVP
     
  • Panel Discussion: Historical Accountability Student Research Program | During this panel, you'll hear from previous Historical Accountability Fellows who will share their experiences conducting archival research at Rauner. They'll also relate how their time in the Libraries impacted their life journey so far. Guest speakers include Anneliese Thomas '19, Cecilia King '23, and Kira Parrish-Penny '24. Founded in 2018, the Historical Accountability Student Research Program at the Dartmouth Library exists to aid Dartmouth in confronting and learning from its past. It offers Dartmouth students research opportunities to explore our collections and create original content based on primary sources. 12:10 - 1pm | The LINK, Berry 180, Baker-Berry Library | RSVP | Zoom option available; register to receive the invitation
     
  • Book Arts Workshop, “Parchment and Quill” | If you’ve been in the Rauner Special Collections Library, you probably saw the giant music book created with cow skins and calligraphy, right? Well, this afternoon, stop by the Book Arts Workshop to try writing with a quill pen and iron gall ink on parchment! You may find you have a knack for it! 12:30 - 2pm | Book Arts Room 21, Baker-Berry Library | Drop-In 
     
  • From Analog to Digital with the Jones Media Center | When scholars need to access analog media from Rauner’s collection, whether it be a VHS or Betamax tape or audio on a reel-to-reel, Media Collection and Preservation Librarian Noah Skogerboe is here for you! He uses old machinery in his lab to perform a high-fidelity digital capture for preservation and access to the content. Once digitized, Assistant Archivist for Digital Collections Kent Randell preserves the digital copy for posterity. Kent and Noah will discuss this process and have some exciting examples of out-of-date media. 2 - 2:50pm | Meet at Jones Media Center main desk, Baker-Berry Library | Drop-In
     
  • Rauner Library’s “Highlights of the Collections” tour | Come see what’s special about Special Collections. We’ll treat you to some of the coolest items in the collections and explain how they support research and teaching at Dartmouth. 3 - 3:50pm | Rauner Room 109 | RSVP
Daniel Lin digitizes an Egyptian comic book

Daniel Lin

Wednesday, April 17

  • Mario Puzo’s typewriter! Drop by Rauner Library’s Reading Room to write something novel. 9am - 5pm | Drop-In
     
  • Rauner Library’s “Highlights of the Collections” tour | Come see what’s so special about Special Collections. We’ll treat you to some of the coolest items in the collections and explain how they support research and teaching at Dartmouth. 10 - 10:50am | Rauner Room 109 | RSVP
     
  • From Analog to Digital with the Jones Media Center | When scholars need to access analog media from Rauner’s collection, whether it be a VHS or Betamax tape or audio on a reel-to-reel, Media Collection and Preservation Librarian Noah Skogerboe is here for you! He uses old machinery in his lab to perform a high-fidelity digital capture for preservation and access to the content. Once digitized, Assistant Archivist for Digital Collections Kent Randell preserves the digital copy for posterity. Kent and Noah will discuss this process and have some exciting examples of out-of-date media. 11 - 11:50am | Meet at Jones Media Center main desk, Baker-Berry Library | Drop-In
     
  • Preservation Services showcase | Come explore Dartmouth Libraries’ own book hospital—where the damaged and worn books from the general and special collections are brought back to life! During this drop-in session, you will see a wide variety of treatment examples that we perform in the lab, as well as some of the specialized equipment and materials used in the conservation process. As a bonus, you'll make a pamphlet keepsake to take away with you. 12 - 12:50pm | Meet on the East side of the Orozco Mural Room, Ground Level, Baker-Berry Library  | Drop-In
     
  • How A Physical Object Becomes A Digital One | Join the Digital by Dartmouth Library team to see how a manuscript from Rauner Library travels through our workflows to become an item in our digital collections. You’ll see the entire digitization process from idea to published collection, including curation and collection analysis, paper conservation, image capture and processing, and metadata creation. You’ll learn about Dartmouth Libraries’ role in the National Digital Newspaper Program. This Library of Congress initiative is digitizing millions of historical newspapers nationwide. You’ll also have a chance to get hands-on and transcribe documents and contribute to digital collections using From the Page, our crowd-sourcing platform. 2 - 2:50pm | Meet on the East side of the Orozco Mural Room, Ground Level, Baker-Berry Library  | Drop-In
     
  • Rauner Library’s “Highlights of the Collections” tour | Come see what’s special about Special Collections. We’ll treat you to some of the coolest items in the collections and explain how they support research and teaching at Dartmouth. 3 - 3:50pm | Rauner Room 109 | RSVP
     
  • Letterpress Title Page at Book Arts Workshop | Rauner Special Collections Library has an amazing collection of first-edition letterpress-printed books. It’s hard to pick just one to look at! But that’s what we’ve done. We’re highlighting one cool title page and “recreating” it in the Book Arts Workshop. Stop by to print your copy of our facsimile. 4:30 - 6:30pm | Book Arts Room 21, Baker-Berry Library | Drop-In 
Elizabeth Hadley scans an archive item with an ipad

Elizabeth Hadley

Thursday, April 18

  • Mario Puzo’s typewriter! Drop by Rauner Library’s Reading Room to write something novel. 9am - 5pm | Drop-In
     
  • Rauner Library’s “Highlights of the Collections” tour | Come see what’s so special about Special Collections. We’ll treat you to some of the coolest items in the collections and explain how they support research and teaching at Dartmouth. 10 - 10:50am | Rauner Room 109 | RSVP
     
  • Preservation Services showcase | Come explore Dartmouth Libraries’ own book hospital—where the damaged and worn books from the general and special collections are brought back to life! During this drop-in session, you will see a wide variety of treatment examples that we perform in the lab, as well as some of the specialized equipment and materials used in the conservation process. As a bonus, you'll make a pamphlet keepsake to take away with you.  12 - 12:50pm | Meet on the East side of the Orozco Mural Room, Ground Level, Baker Library | Drop-In
     
  • How A Physical Object Becomes A Digital One | Join the Digital by Dartmouth Library team to see how a manuscript from Rauner Library travels through our workflows to become an item in our digital collections. You’ll see the entire digitization process from idea to published collection, including curation and collection analysis, paper conservation, image capture and processing, and metadata creation. You’ll learn about Dartmouth Libraries’ role in the National Digital Newspaper Program. This Library of Congress initiative is digitizing millions of historical newspapers nationwide. You’ll also have a chance to get hands-on and transcribe documents and contribute to digital collections using From the Page, our crowd-sourcing platform. 2 - 2:50pm | Meet on the East side of the Orozco Mural Room, Ground Level, Baker Library | Drop-In
     
  • Rauner Library’s “Highlights of the Collections” tour | Come see what’s special about Special Collections. We’ll treat you to some of the coolest items in the collections and explain how they support research and teaching at Dartmouth. 3 - 3:50pm | Rauner Room 109 | RSVP
     
  • Closing Keynote "Whispering in the Archives: Secrets, Discoveries, and the Cheerful Sanctity of Shared Experience" by Regina Barreca '79 We flock to archives searching for secrets, treasures, and scandal, all while declaring with a straight face that what we’re really doing is “research.” Gossips, academics, historians, curiosity-seekers, we say we’re looking for context, but what we hope is to be the first to discover the authentic yet overlooked key point, or evidence of a crucial but missing detail, or to recognize a previously unmapped pattern revealing a new path to understanding. It is a contradictory experience--the sacred tinged with a kind of profane voyeurism.

    An archive as beautifully and thoughtfully assembled as the Rauner Library is something like a shrine, but it’s way better--and not only because it is newer. We are not pilgrims looking for proof that writers and artists existed--we don’t need a toe or an ear (although we might well have them). What the Rauner Library archive is, and what it will continue to be for all who come to it, is a source of enlightenment, a permanent collection of what had seemed once irretrievably lost to the past, and a powerful reminder of the sanctity of shared experience--scandalous as it may be. | 4:30 - 5:30pm | The LINK, Berry 180 | Join on Zoom
     

  • Celebratory Reception in the Class of 1965 Galleries | 5:45 - 6:45pm | Rauner Library 

Discover and explore just how Rauner Special Collections Library and its partners have helped spark discovery for students, faculty, and researchers here on campus and beyond for the past 25 years. Feel a touch of magic in one of the above-listed drop-in sessions or bookable events listed above. However you choose to participate, know that it’ll be an adventure—and we can’t wait to take you on it. 

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