Knowledge Building – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

Knowledge Building
Temple University, Paley Library
1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, Pa.
Paley Library Hours

Knowledge Building explains—and through unique materials shows—how and why certain collections and collecting interests developed during Paley’s years as Temple University’s central library. It also introduces our library patrons to the rich resources found in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) today.

In the exhibition, Paley’s extensive archives of print and broadcast media provide an example of the archival imperative to “collect around” a specific subject, time period, or medium. Materials from three of Philadelphia’s four major newspapers and two of its largest television stations together offer a unique account of the region’s history, culture and concerns. They also serve as primary source documentation of larger national and international news
stories. This focused acquisition of 19th and 20th media resources has engendered one of the nation’s best collections on modern and contemporary urban history.


Knowledge Building also demonstrates how materials across collections can provide insights on a single topic. Take, for example, the display on religion in this exhibition. Here, materials from the Contemporary Culture collection, Rare Books division, Women in Religion collection and George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin collection coalesce, creating a broad overview of the topic. This overview is appropriate for a number of scholastic needs: comparative studies, incorporation into course work, or a general introduction to a topic. Through this example, we see how SCRC’s materials are collected to support scholarship and discovery.

Our collections also reflect the specific spirit, character and research interests at Temple. Examples in Knowledge Building include the Conwellana-Templana collection, which documents Temple history, and artist books and dance/music materials collected to support traditionally strong programs in the arts.

Other collections are developed to fill gaps in the cultural record, documenting and signifying the importance of histories and cultural movements not preserved elsewhere. Throughout Knowledge Building you will see materials from the Contemporary Culture Collection and the Urban Archives, two unique collections developed to ensure the preservation of subcultural and urban history, respectively.

Lantern Slide Salon at Wagner Free Institute of Science – October 10, 2013

Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon
Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Wagner Free Institute of Science will host its first-ever lantern slide salon highlighting the historic lantern slide collections of some of the region’s most significant cultural and educational institutions: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Independence Seaport Museum, Morris Arboretum, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Temple University Special Collections and Research Center, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.Predating the motion picture, lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs and courses. This salon will bring together some unique and rarely-seen images that depict a vast range of subjects: from the local—early engineering feats and turn-of-the century views of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods—to the international—the Spanish American War, Early 20th Century Japanese life, 1930s peace demonstrations in Berlin, the Jewish immigrant experience and more. The salon will be held in the Wagner’s unchanged Victorian lecture hall using an original lantern slide projector. Join us for a rare treat as we revive an old technology in order to see globally significant lantern slide collections drawn from the libraries and archives of Philadelphia’s most distinguished institutions.This program is part of the Global Philadelphia™ Exposition.RSVP:

Live from the Collections: Poetry Reading and Roundtable – October 1, 2013

Live from the Collections : Poetry with Lyn Lifshin, Daniel Scott Snelson and Elaine Terranova
Tuesday October 1, 3:00 PM

Moderated by Matthew Kalasky


Join Temple University Libraries for Live from the Collections, a recurring series focused on the materials in and collecting interests of Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The event will feature poetry readings by Lyn Lifshin, Elaine Terranova and Daniel Scott Snelson. Afterwards, the writers engage in a roundtable discussion on the process and archiving of poetry and incorporating the archival into the poetic. Moderated by Matthew Kalasky, Director of the Nicola Midnight St. Claire, a creative and critical force in Philadelphia.