Monday, November 14, 2011

Max Beerbohm Gift Collection

The Archives & Special Collections has recently added 127 titles relating to the career of noted English author and caricaturist Sir Max Beerbohm. The extensive gift was the personal collection of F&M emeritus professor Ira Grushow, a noted Beerbohm scholar. Dr. Grushow had carefully assembled the titles over a lifetime of scholarly inquiry, and wanted them to remain a cohesive unit. The titles represent a significant addition to the previously established Ira Grushow Collection, MS 58. A complete finding aid for the expanded collection can be found at the following link -

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Minoru Yamasaki Exhibit

“Minoru Yamasaki – World Class Architect” is an exhibition designed to celebrate the life and work of American architect Minoru Yamasaki. Best known for his design of the World Trade Center in New York City, Yamasaki was one of the preeminent architects of the "New Formalism" style, blending elements of classicism with modernist designs. In 1973, Franklin & Marshall College commissioned Yamasaki & Associates to design a new college center. Situated in the center of campus, the new College Center opened in the spring of 1976, bringing student services together under a modern, two-story skylit atrium.

The exhibit will run through January 31, 2012. Enjoy, and please post your comments!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

New Home for Archives & Special Collections

Over the winter break, the Archives & Special Collections relocated to the first floor of Martin Library of the Sciences. Please see the F&M Diplomat online article at for more details!

New College History Published!

A new history of Franklin & Marshall College was published this past fall by Penn State University Press. Researched and authored by historian Sally F. Griffith, Liberalizing the Mind: Two Centuries of Liberal Eduction at Franklin & Marshall College represents the first comprehensive examination of the college's history in over fifty years.

(Teaser from PSU Press)
With its roots in the German Reformed denomination of Protestantism, Franklin & Marshall College has the distinction of being the first institution of higher learning in America founded (in 1787) for the purpose of educating students of German ethnic background. Liberalizing the Mind is a comprehensive narrative history of Franklin & Marshall College’s transformation from that tiny classical college for German American students into one of the nation’s preeminent liberal arts institutions. It combines analysis of historical context and institutional development with richly detailed accounts of dramatic periods such as the Civil War and the rebellious 1960s. 512 pages | 5 illustrations | 7 x 10 | 2010 | ISBN 978-0-271-03723-3 | cloth: $64.95

Sally F. Griffith is an independent scholar. Among her previous publications are Home Town News: William Allen White and the Emporia Gazette (1989), an edition of The Autobiography of William Allen White (1990), and Serving History in a Changing World: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania in the Twentieth Century (2002).