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Last Updated: Nov 25, 2014 URL: http://libguides.csufresno.edu/librarynews Print Guide

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Tower of Jewels

Tower of Jewels

Check out the new display on the Tower of Jewels and Novagems from the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition in the foyer of the Special Collections Research Center in 4, south. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the exposition. In celebration, Don Larson and noted Tower of Jewels and Novagem expert, Jay Stevens, put together a unique exhibit with a handmade backdrop created especially for the case by Stevens. 

“The Tower of Jewels was the 435-foot tall centerpiece building . . .. [T]he primary outstanding feature of the building was how it was liberally decorated with 102,000 Novagems—faceted cut glass “jewels” that hung over the building’s surface. Made in Bohemia, the Novagems came in several colors and were mounted on brass hangers with a small mirror behind them to further increase their reflecting. As these jewels freely hung from the sides of the building, the breezes would make them independently sway, causing the building to shimmer in a way that people say was impossible to describe unless one saw it in person. This effect was further increased at nighttime when an assortment of 54 searchlights hidden around the tower were pointed towards it, creating a spectacular sparkling impression.” from http://www.sanfranciscomemories.com/ppie/TowerOfJewels.html by Zoe Heimdal

An added feature is a specially designed, limited-edition, blown glass ornament depicting the Tower of Jewels. Created by Landmark Ornaments and hand painted in Poland, only 300 of these ornaments were made, privately commissioned by Don Larson. Each is numbered and boxed with an information card. Larson will sign each ornament sold. Proceeds will benefit the Don Larson World’s Fair Endowment fund in Special Collections. Call (559) 278.2595 for more information.

 

1964 World's Fair Model

1964 New York World’s Fair Model on Display

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, a scale model of the fair is on display in the foyer of the Special Collections Research Center (4th floor, south) until the end of the year. Only eight of these models were made to promote the Fair, traveling across the country prior to the Fair's opening. It’s reported that one of them was displayed at the top of the Empire State building and at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. If you’ve seen the movie "Men in Black" with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, you might recognize the three tall towers (part of the New York state building) as a prominent part of the movie. Come see a very rare piece of world’s fair history!

 

Rollin Pickford Exhibitions

Rollin Pickford Exhibitions Open October 18 in the Library

“Rollin Pickford: An Artist and His Collectors,” will be on view from October 18, 2014, through January 16, 2015. Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery, 2nd floor, North Wing:

An accompanying exhibition, “From the Rollin Pickford Collection in the Henry Madden Library,” also will be on display the same dates as the Rollin Pickford” exhibition. Pete P. Peters Gallery, 3rd floor, North Wing (immediately above the Ellipse Gallery).

These are free exhibitions open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.

The Library (and its galleries) will be closed Thursday--Saturday, Nov. 27--29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Library's hours of opening are found here: http://libguides.csufresno.edu/library_hours

See also: http://www.rollinpickfordfresnostate.com/

 

The Library's 5th Anniversary

The Henry Madden Library’s 5th Anniversary

Five years ago, on February 20, 2009, the “new” Henry Madden Library opened for business — with no permanent furniture. In the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression, state expenditures had been frozen. We had a grand new building, but no furniture, so the Library opened with borrowed folding tables and chairs. Over time furniture arrived, and thanks to the $10 million donation from Table Mountain Rancheria, we were able to purchase custom finishing on much of that furniture. With a basket motif and other Native American designs, the Library was transformed.

A wide range of amenities was designed to meet the varying needs of library users: individual and group study rooms; classrooms for library instruction; meeting rooms; large event rooms; tables with power for plugging in laptops; and service desks on every floor.

The Library has become a major venue for exhibitions and events, bringing many people to Fresno State who might not have visited otherwise to view Indian basketry and original Ansel Adams photographs; samurai armor; carousel horses; Little Golden Books; Alice in Wonderland; and Valley Firsts.

Based on previous gate counts (traffic into the building), we anticipate over 1.4 million people will have used the Library during the course of the 2013/2014 academic year — not bad for being only five years old.

Events over the past 5 years are highlighted here: https://sites.google.com/site/henrymaddenlibrary5th/home

 

News from our Special Collections

The Library’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) on the 4th floor, South Wing, houses one of the largest World’s Fairs collections in the world: the Donald G. Larson Collection of International Expositions and Fairs. The collection is being digitized by Adam Matthew, a digital publisher of unique primary source collections. Larson’s impressive collection, donated to Fresno State in 1972, dates to 1940. It is an extensive and varied agglomeration of documents, pamphlets, photographs, and memorabilia covering a huge number of fairs from 1851 on, even fairs that were planned but never held.

Fresno State yearbooks from 1911 to 1991 and the student newspaper, The Collegian, are now online. The collection of yearbooks stands as a treasure trove of photographs, information, and memories. A set is in the Library’s main stacks available for checkout, and another is in the SCRC for in-house use. The Collegian is the student-run newspaper and operates as a laboratory classroom for students interested in journalism. The Library has a complete collection of The Collegian dating to 1922 on microfilm; 1922-1998 have been digitized.

Relocation of Japanese Americans During World War II is an online exhibit in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of Executive Order 9066 signed by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. The Order authorized the forced relocation of mostly Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II to assembly centers and then, later, to internment camps throughout the United States. https://sites.google.com/site/tomoexhibit2014/home

“The Book Arts, or The Art of the Book, Being a Sampling from the Middle Ages through the Present.” This exhibit explores ways in which books have been constructed over the centuries and the component parts and concepts important in book making. It also showcases books as art in and of themselves. A companion piece of the exhibit is the oldest book in the Madden Library, printed in 1474.

 
 

Future Events

October 18, 2014 through January 16, 2015
Two free exhibitions in the Library: “Rollin Pickford: An Artist and His Collectors,” and "From the Rollin Pickford Collection in the Henry Madden Library."