Special Collections Grand Re-opening

The John M. Pfau Library Special Collections Department will hold its grand re-opening on Thursday, November 7, 2019.  The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in room PL-4009.  Come learn about the hidden gems in our Special Collections, which feature Inland region history, local community journals, children’s literature, comic books, antique postcards, pulp fiction, Japanese Internment Camp newspapers, and chronicles of life in underrepresented communities, among other materials.

Special guests include President Morales and Provost McMahan, who will each offer brief comments on the importance of special collections in teaching, research, and scholarship; Jamal Nassar, professor and dean emeritus of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, who will speak on building the Middle Eastern Studies Collection; Kirk Whisler, co-founder of Latino Literacy Now, who will discuss new literacy projects and the International Latino Book Awards; Richard Santillan, professor emeritus of ethnic and women’s studies at Cal Poly Pomona, who will trace the history of the Latino Baseball History Project; and former Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, who will talk about the Bridges that Carried Us Over Project, which illuminates African American contributions to the Inland region.

In addition, librarian Jill Vassilakos-Long, co-organizer of the event, will provide an overview of the history and content of the library’s Special Collections, including the Michael R. Burgess Speculative Fiction Collection, a sui generis body of work.

“We are excited about the grand re-opening of our Special Collections,” said Cesar Caballero, dean of the Pfau Library, who will open the celebration with welcome remarks.  “The materials in these extraordinary collections, so much of which has been generously gifted to the library, has enriched both student learning and faculty teaching; they have also inspired books, articles, paintings, and other creative works.  We invite everyone to join us in learning more about these archival treasures.”

A reception and open house will follow the program.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jill Vassilakos-Long at (909) 537-7541 or jvlong@csusb.edu.


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