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Constitution Day, September 17, 2015

Posted by: on September 3, 2015   |Comments (0)|Philbuzz

Plan a visit to the Phillips Memorial Library.  The Men’s 2015 Hockey Championship display has been dismantled and replaced with an awesome exhibit highlighting the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the supreme law of the land in the United States.     Constitution_DD_2_

Discover some fascinating facts about The Virginia Plan, The New Jersey Plan and the Great Compromise. Imagine yourself as William Paterson or James Madison drafting proposals to revise the Articles of Confederation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about these historic documents because the exhibit closes September 30, 2015.

 

Don’t leave just yet!!  Welcome class of 2019!!  Let your feet guide you to the display cases around the “pit” and view photographs of previous freshmen classes, programs, flyers and an original beanie from 1967.   The memorabilia was provided by the Providence College Special and Archival Collections.   Freshmen_Then_and_Now_BBB

Last but not least, please take a moment to learn of the munificence of  Mr. Arthur Ryan ’63 and his wife, Patricia Ryan. We honor Mr. Ryan, a member of the Board of Trustees (1995-2011), businessman and philanthropist, with the creation of this display, which speaks volumes of his generosity and love for Providence College. For example, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan established the Arthur F. Ryan Family Scholarship Fund, pledged $1 million dollars to the construction of the Ryan Concert and Lecture Hall in the Smith Center for the Arts and a $5 million dollar donation towards the renovation of Dore Hall for the new School of Business.

Arthur_Patricia_Ryan “If you’re a student going to the Ryan Center every day, you’re going to know who Mr. Ryan is,” said Father Shanley.  “We’re saying, in a subtle way, aspire high.  You can become one of the top business people in the country.”

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A Christmas Celebration

Posted by: on December 11, 2014   |Comments (0)|Library
John V.. Brennan '59 Collection of White House Ornaments

John V.. Brennan ’59 Collection of White House Ornaments

The Library Display Committee is at it again!!  It’s all about displays, ’bout displays, no treble!!  Tis the season to exhibit the items found in Special and Archival Collections. Located in the library foyer on the left side as you walk in,  photographs from past Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols provide the backdrop for A Christmas Celebration!

Please take a moment to enjoy the White House ornaments from the John V. Brennan ’59 Collection artfully arranged as a Christmas tree along with various Christmas cards from past Providence College presidents.

Read about Warren Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-1923) and the 2014 ornament…interesting facts!

Be safe in your travels and enjoy this holiday season!

 

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Rebecca Ramos Natural History Book Collection

Posted by: on October 8, 2014   |Comments (0)|Announcements

Special Collections has a new and exciting exhibit that will appeal to nature lovers; The Rebecca Ramos Natural History Book Collection.   Within the display cases are a few samples of the nearly one hundred titles in the collection of lovely illustrations of America’s 19th century nature artists, for example, The Birds of New England author Edward A. Samuels and Beautiful Butterflies author H. G. Adams, published in 1870.

The display, which is open to the public,  is located next to the “pit”on the first floor in the Phillips Memorial Library.

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The Social Art of John J. Fawcett and Frank B. Lanning

Posted by: on March 19, 2014   |Comments (0)|Announcements

As you scurry through the library to get to your next class or to find a quiet corner to study, slow down and take note of the newest display in the library foyer; John J. Fawcett, editorial cartoonist for the Providence Evening Bulletin and Frank B. Lanning, illustrator for the Providence Journal-Bulletin.

In 1970, John J. Fawcett, (on your left as you enter the Library) known for his satire of national and local issues relevant during his years as a newspaper illustrator, donated his drawings to Providence College.  The collection includes over 500 originals.  His editorial drawings consist of hot button items either on the political scene or social issues that are all too common today!  Rhode Islanders then and now are at the mercy of street potholes, a bane to our existence! Fawcett took up the banner of safety ratings of vehicles and the deadly combination of drinking and driving, a social issue that sadly continues today.

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“They’ve Got to Be All Filled By Wednesday-  Company’s Coming”- July 14, 1969

 

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             “Bottle Neck”                 January 7, 1967

Fawcett joined the Providence Bulletin in 1938 and won many awards during his career including four National Brotherhood Awards from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, which were given for his “outstanding treatment of human relations themes.”   A finding aid for the Fawcett collection listing the inventory of illustrations is available online: http://library.providence.edu/spcol/fa/xml/rppc_fawcett.xml

 

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Rev. Aloysius Begley, O.P.

To view the Lanning illustrations, turn around and take four steps to the other side of the foyer, and voilà, the Frank B. Lanning Collection!!  Lanning’s illustrations covered all Rhode Island collegiate sports through easy recognition of team mascots or his focus on Providence College Basketball and Hockey coaches as in his tribute to Rev. Aloysius Begley, O.P., Athletic Director (1940-1971) and various Providence College Presidents.   The Lanning Collection consists of approximately 80 prints. Additional illustrations can be viewed at:  http://library.providence.edu/spcol/fra_lan/lanning.html.

 

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For those of us unskilled in basketball, look at Friar Boy as he demonstrates the proper technique taking a shot at the net.

Thanks, Friar Boy!

Enjoy these illustrations for their awesomeness!!

 

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The Winter Days of Providence College

Posted by: on December 12, 2013   |Comments (0)|Events

The first day of winter is just around the corner and though it has been rather brisk with some nasty weather thrown in, the library is a great place to be!  Kick off your shoes, relax and snuggle with a good book in the “pit” as you breathe a sigh of relief, for you are that student that has completed your exams and looking forward to the winter break and the festivities of the holidays.  Perhaps anticipating traveling a distance to join your relatives or the family gathering at your home as all are anxiously awaiting the Christmas Goose, Figgy Pudding and Tiny Tim!

All that aside; in celebration of winter and the Christmas/New Year season, the Library has a new display in the foyer.  Stop, Look and Listen…ya, I said it!!  Please make it one of your stops today or when you return to school; adjusting to your busy days of hustle and bustle of new courses, new students, new Professors, and take that moment to peruse the amazing photos of students from previous years having a rousing good snowball fight or shoveling the snow away from their cars to make a quick get-away in their Ford Pintos and VW Beetles!!

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Let the warm and fuzzy memories of childhood take you back to the days of frolicking in the snow, building snow forts, creating snow angels and your brother shoving snow down your back…maybe your brother, not mine! Or snowstorms from previous years, which brings to mind, last year’s nor’easter, Nemo, which bombarded the northeast with large accumulations of snow.  The storm hit Rhode Island on Feb. 9, 2013, dumping up to two feet of snow. Classes were cancelled and students enjoyed a weekend free for sledding, snowball fights and building snowmen. Student volunteers shoveled out St. Pius Church and homes on Eaton, Pembroke and Radcliffe. Good for the community and good for you!

Blog_in_Wordpress_Dec_16_2013_E_ (1)Or be dazzled by our brilliant display of beautiful Christmas ornaments hand selected by a committee of craftsmen and dedicated library staff and randomly chosen from the John V. Brennan ’59 Collection, one of many Special Collections tucked away in the Providence College Special and Archival Collections Department.  Take a close look, no closer, seriously, to examine the holiday trinkets in this exhibit. The word is, no not The Bird, but rumor has it that while staring at these beautiful decorations, unsuspecting library patrons, have been known to develope an overwhelming, hypnotic effect causing one to experience symptoms of shock and awe…please close your eyes, click your heels three times and step away from the exhibit.Blog_in_Wordpress_Dec_16_2013_D_ (1)

Don’t you fret none, this exhibit will be on display when you return from your winter break.

Have a healthy and Merry Christmas! Be responsible, stay warm and safe, and enjoy the New Year with family and friends.   I know I will…

We will be waiting with baited breath for your return on the 21st.

 

 

 

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