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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 on Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans' Day), and Thursday--Saturday, Nov. 27--29 (Thanksgiving holiday).

The Library's hours of opening are found here:

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KNOW HOW Business Workshops

Business Wednesday Workshops

Learn more about the most valuable resources for business and economics student researchers. Each session includes a brief overview of the research process and tools, and ample time to do your own guided searching. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come!
Remaining research workshops will be held on the following Wednesdays:

Resources to help you market ideas globally

10/29 @ 5 p.m. CONSUMERS   
Demographic and psychographic info about today’s consumers

11/5 @ 4 p.m. ECONOMICS   
Up-to-date information and data on the current U.S. economy

11/19 @ 5 p.m. APA CITATION   
For business and economics research

Register today:

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend!


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:


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.

“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."