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Current & Past Exhibitions

 

Olin and Uris Libraries present regular exhibitions and displays throughout the year. Olin displays are outside the Map & Geospatial unit (level B), opposite the circulation desk (level 1), and outside the periodicals reading room (level 1). In Uris Library, exhibition cases are in the upper lobby and on the gallery level.


Current exhibitions

Understanding the Middle East Banner Image

 

Selections from the Barazangi Map Collection | Understanding the Middle East through Geologic Movement
Olin Library, Level B

This exhibit features maps donated by Professor Muawia Barazangi, emeritus professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.  The maps and images explore how plate tectonics created, and shaped the geography of the Middle East, and how that geologic history resulted in the region’s status as both an oil & gas rich region, and an epicenter of natural disasters. This favorable natural history also made it possible for the development of earliest and most advanced civilization on earth.

Professor Barazangi joined Cornell University at the end of 1971, and served in 1978-1980 as professor and chairman of the Department of Geophysics at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His interests are seismology, tectonics and lithospheric structure, especially in the Middle East and Morocco. 

Barazangi’s donated maps can be found in the Olin Library Map Room His papers are located in the University Archives in Kroch Library’s Rare & Manuscript Collections, and for more details please visit his website at http://atlas.geo.cornell.edu/ .

 


Notes from Cornell Typewriters

From May to September 2018, Library users were invited to record their thoughts on vintage typewriters set up in Olin and Uris libraries.

The 1973 Smith-Corona Portable Typewriter
on loan from librarian Fred Muratori, was outside Libe Cafe in Olin. Inspired by "Notes from a Public Typewriter," the typewriters allowed Cornellians to connect with each other and the past.  If someone had already typed on a page, users were invited to leave some space and continue with their own narratives, adding pages as needed. The Library has archived these sheets of paper.

The LC-Smith Typewriter
1915-25 L.C. Smith & Bros., owned by Mann Library, was in the Uris lobby. Inspired by "Notes from a Public Typewriter," the typewriters allowed Cornellians to connect with each other and the past.  If someone had already typed on a page, users were invited to leave some space and continue with their own narratives, adding pages as needed. The Library has archived these sheets of paper.

 


Previous Exhibitions