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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Volume 25 Number 15 December 14, 2003

Libraries Respond Generously
To Charities Campaign

The 2004 New Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign in the New Brunswick Libraries is now completed. This year almost 27% of the New Brunswick Libraries community pledged more than $8,100 to the Campaign. The majority of those participating in the Campaign pledged funds by payroll deduction, which will begin with the first paycheck of 2004.

Contributions to the New Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign support the many, diverse organizations in New Jersey committed to helping people and communities experiencing a variety of devastating needs. Thanks to Marilyn Wilt, Campaign Coordinator for the Libraries, and her Campaign Solicitors: Janie Fultz, Peter Anderson, Matt Spaventa, Jill Morrow, Sandy Bodner, Lucye Millerand, Dave Kuzma, Lisheng Chen, and Chad Mills.

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University Librarian Elected
To National Leadership Roles

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We are pleased to report that University Librarian Marianne Gaunt was elected to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Associated of Research Libraries (ARL), at their fall 2003 meeting.

ARL is a not-for-profit membership organization comprising the leading research libraries in North America. Its mission is to shape and influence forces affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly communication. ARL programs and services promote equitable access to and effective use of recorded knowledge in support of teaching, research, scholarship, and community service.

Marianne was also recently appointed to serve as a member of the Early English Books Online (EEBO) partnership's governing board. Launched in 1999 as a joint effort between the University of Michigan, Oxford University and ProQuest Information and Learning, the EEBO partnership allows participating libraries to help shape this full-text archive. Partnership is open to libraries that purchase Early English Books Online (EEBO). For members, over 3,000 encoded texts are now fully searchable within EEBO as well as from custom interfaces designed by participating institutions.

It's gratifying to see our leader's skills, experience, and perspective recognized on a national level - not once but twice. Congratulations, Marianne!

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Save The Dates:
Exhibition and Bishop Lecture
On Images of Robinson Crusoe

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  Frontispiece by Clark and Pine in The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner. The Third Edition. London: W. Taylor, 1719.

In spring 2004, Special Collections and University Archives will host an exhibition of illustrated editions of Daniel Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe, together with still photographs, posters, and videos of cinematic adaptations of the story. The exhibition, titled "Picturing the First Castaway: The Illustration of Robinson Crusoe, 1719-1950" draws on the holdings of the Rutgers University Libraries, as well as the personal collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sill, chair of the Department of English at the Rutgers campus in Camden.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, Dr. Sill will deliver the nineteenth annual Louis Faugères III Bishop Lecture, "Castaway, Colonialist, or Childhood Hero: The Many Images of Robinson Crusoe," Monday, February 23 at 5 p.m. in the Scholarly Communications Center. Dr. Sill will discuss some of the ways that book illustrators of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries have presented the Robinson Crusoe myth and how their images have shaped the reception of the novel by generations of readers. The lecture will be followed by a reception in Special Collections and University Archives.

From the first edition of the novel in 1719, which featured a frontispiece in which Robinson Crusoe was pictured in his goatskin suit and cap, with a sword and two guns and a ship foundering in the background, the figure of this adventurer has attracted the talents of scores of book illustrators, from Thomas Stothard and George Cruikshank to N. C. Wyeth and Lynd Ward. Robinson Crusoe has appeared in their work as a man in the natural world, an explorer, a religious penitent, a conqueror, a Darwinian survivor, an existentialist, and finally as a FedEx employee. Along the way his image served as a model for ideologies of individualism, colonialism, and democracy, all platforms on which boys and girls were encouraged to base their aspirations for selfhood. The novel eventually became a staple of children's literature, with a corresponding domestication of Crusoe and Friday, his companion.

This exhibition and public program is made possible by grants from the Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition will run through June 2004.

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Raw Data

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  Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick greets Vice President George H. W. Bush in the Oval Office, as President Ronald Reagan looks on. Photo from Special Collections and University Archives.

In the 2002-2003 academic year, a number of new publications included materials from Special Collections and University Archives. A few of these publications were:

  • A history textbook for children, in press by Weldon Own Education of New Zealand (images from the Roebling collection);
  • Her Way by Amy Schapiro, a book about Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick published by the Rutgers University Press (papers and images from the Millicent Fenwick collection);
  • Adventurers, Ironworkers, and America's Industrious Revolution by John Bezis-Selfa, published by Cornell University Press (materials from the papers and records of Robert Morris, the Taylor family, and Hibernia Iron Works).

Materials from Special Collections were also featured in exhibitions run by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the New Jersey State Museum, the Monmouth County Archives, the National Great Rivers Museum in Missouri, the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association, and other institutions.

In 2002-2003 Special Collections received the letters of New Jersey resident George Bulloch, written while he served in the US Army during World War I, and the records of the Asian American Political Coalition of New Jersey. They also received the papers of Harold R. Sims, a former Johnson & Johnson vice president for corporate affairs who served as the acting director of the Urban League (1971-1972) and a board member of the Martin Luther King Center.

Special Collections and University Archives annual report, 2002-2003

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The Agenda Archive

Contributors for this issue were Ron Becker, David Kuzma, Fernanda Perrone, and Marilyn Wilt. Contributions for future issues of The Agenda should be sent to Harry Glazer, editor of The Agenda, at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu.