Call for Participants: Collaborative Research Seminar on Archives and Special Collections

The Collaborative Research Seminar on Archives and Special Collections is a two-part seminar for graduate students, faculty, and staff at The Graduate Center, hosted in concert with the Graduate Center Library and The New York Public Library. Through discussions, presentations, and hands-on archival work, we will develop research methods that engage the resources of both CUNY and NYPL in order to participate in our own special collections and archival research. Sponsored by the Graduate Center Library and The New York Public Library, with support from the Early Research Initiative, The Center for the Humanities, and Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative.

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Call for Participants

Application Deadline: February 27th, 2017, 11:59pm.

Please apply through the online form and see the seminar website for more details.

Through discussions, presentations, and hands-on archival activities, this two-part seminar provides space for Graduate Center students, faculty, and staff to engage the praxis of incorporating archival and special collections research into their work. Together, we will develop research methods that unite the resources of both the Graduate Center Library and the archival and special collections holdings of the New York Public Library.

Who: Students of all levels, faculty, and staff of The Graduate Center are invited to participate. We encourage all interested disciplines to apply.

When / Where: The seminar will occur over the course of two sessions:

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
5:45pm – 8:00pm
at The Graduate Center Library

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
5:45pm – 8:00pm
at The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Why: Together as archivists, librarians, curators, students, faculty, and staff of both The Graduate Center and The New York Public Library, we will work to foster a community of primary-source research practice across our institutions. We will collectively consider how both sides of the reference desk can collaborate to promote preservation and access for the materials that hold our stories, histories, and traces.

How: We hope you will join us in the first iteration of this joint seminar! To indicate your interest, please complete our brief form. We will be in touch no later than mid-March to confirm participation.

We welcome questions directed to the seminar’s coordinator, Mary Catherine Kinniburgh, at mckinniburgh [at] gmail [dot] com.

About the Author

Profile photo of Alycia Sellie Alycia Sellie is the Associate Librarian for Collections at the Graduate Center Library.