Category Archives: Special Collections

Wizard of Oz

And you thought there were only lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) in the land of Oz! In all there are actually 43 books in the series outlining adventures in the Emerald City; 14 written by L. Frank Baum, the … Continue reading

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English Paneling

A wealthy English family, centuries ago, dined in a carved and paneled oak room, warmed by a chimney decorated with carved vine leaves and grapes. Today much of the room remains — not in Essex County, England, but in Alfred, … Continue reading

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Mark Twain Engraving

The Howells-Frechette Collection at Alfred University is an extensive collection of letters and memorabilia from aremarkable family. The material details the social, literary, artistic, and political life in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States and Canada … Continue reading

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Radiotelegram

Long before email and cellphones, people were able to communicate wirelessly over long distances. This radiotelegram was sent April 1, 1929 to Evelyn Openhym, AU1923, by her husband George. Evelyn was on the Cunard Line steamship, Berengaria. The message says … Continue reading

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Salt cellars

Here’s a few more items from bygone days: salt cellars. Today we’re used to reaching for the salt shaker, knowing that salt is cheap and readily available. The history of salt can be an interesting way to learn about our … Continue reading

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Cigarette card “quilt”

Most of us are familiar with the concept of collecting baseball cards, but how many would think that at one time folks used to collect various “cards” from cigarette packages? Cigarette companies used them as a form of marketing, much … Continue reading

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Stone Pipe

This stone pipe was collected from the Cornplanter/Kinzua Region of Warren County, PA (which is now underwater at the Allegheny Reservoir, north of the Kinzua Dam). Cornplanter (1750-1836) was a prominent Seneca chief. The pipe was donated to the University … Continue reading

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The Golden Lily Shoe

These shoes are part of a foreign shoe collection housed in the Archives & Special Collections. The collection was part of the Steinheim Museum collection at Alfred University. The Golden Lily is the name for shoes made for foot binding … Continue reading

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