Hiding in Plain Sight: Specialized Library Collections
Among the library’s collection are some specialized resources that you may not have taken note of. Some are special formats, some are special authors, some are thematic in nature. Sometimes it’s the things that are right there in front of you that are hardest to see, so let us introduce you:
DuBois Collection: The DuBois Collection is a selection of books that cover Africa and the African-American experience from a variety of perspectives, including history, culture, society, religion, art, and more. The items in the collection are part of the Alumni Library's circulating collection and can be found intershelved with the general collection in the stacks. You’ll notice these books by the DuBois spine label or you can set a DuBois Collection limit on your searching in the library catalog.
Krainis Collection of Early Music Scores: A gift from Bernard Krainis – noted recorder player and a founding member of New York Pro Musica Antiqua and the Aston Magna Foundation for Music, two pioneering ensembles for the performance of early music on period instruments – the Krainis Collection consists of several hundred scores, all representative of music from the Baroque period and earlier. This collection is located in the Reference Room adjacent to the library’s general collection of music scores.
Senior Theses: The senior thesis is not just an academic requirement for a Simon’s Rock Bachelor of Arts degree, it is work that adds to the world’s storehouse of knowledge. Senior thesis proposals beginning in academic year 1998-1999 as well as theses beginning in 2011 are available online, but are accessible only on campus. The library retains a print copy of every thesis submitted by seniors, housed in the Reference Room.
Simon's Rock Authors: The library collects as many alumni publications as possible, as well as books, CDs, and other items by faculty, staff and other Simon’s Rock-affiliated people. While we can’t hope to be comprehensive, we try to be representative. These items are interspersed among the circulating collections and can be found in the library’s catalog by searching for “Simon’s Rock Authors.”
Single Plays: This collection of several hundred plays published as single volumes supports the stage actors and directors among our faculty and students. You can browse them on the shelves on the lower level of the library at the base of the atrium stairs or you can set a Single Play limit on your search in the library catalog.
Not quite in plain sight, but noteworthy nonetheless:
Artist Books: This small but unique collection is made up of limited edition books by artists in a variety of interesting formats. Included among them are two limited edition books by Simon’s Rock alumni. Many of the books feature original prints and some are examples of printing onto unusual media. There is a record for each artist book in the library catalog, but they are in closed stacks and are non-circulating, so contact Brian Mikesell [email@example.com] to make an appointment.
College Archives: Also located in the library in the closed stacks area is the College Archives. A storehouse of all things related to Simon’s Rock from the earliest days to the present, contact Archivist Margaret Grant Cherin to make an appointment.
Social Movement Pamphlets: a collection of about 80 pamphlets from the 1920s-1950s related to communism, socialism, and labor in the U.S. There is a record for each pamphlet in the library catalog, but due to the physical nature of the material - they're relatively fragile and some are in poor condition - they're housed in Closed Stacks and are non-circulating. Contact Brian Mikesell [firstname.lastname@example.org] to make an appointment.