September 26, 2012

UAlbany Video of Dewey Library

Recently the Dewey Graduate Library was the subject of the University at Albany NewsCenter Video of the Day. Take some time to watch this brief video and learn a little bit about the history of our facility!

August 28, 2012

Library Tours Available

Are you new to the downtown campus, or if not, would you like to better familiarize yourself with the resources and services at the Dewey Library? Consider taking an Orientation Tour. These tours will help you become familiar with library resources, materials, services, and equipment. You will gain a basic understanding of where everything is located in the library and find out how to get help when you need it.

The following tours are being held this week:
Wednesay 8/29: 4:00 pm
Thursday 8/30: 1:00 pm

If you’d like to sign up for a tour or instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691. We hope to see you there!

June 27, 2011

Class of 1956 Holds Reunion in Dewey

The Dewey Library recently hosted the Class of 1956 for their reunion dinner. Here are a few photos from the event.

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Study tables were cleared to make way for dining and socializing.

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Yearbooks and other memorabilia were on hand to help with the trip down memory lane.

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The attendees of the Class of 1956 Reunion.

Photo credit: Lindsay VanBerkom

August 20, 2009

History of Dewey Part IV -- The Closing and Rebirth of Hawley Hall/Dewey Graduate Library

(For the early history of the Hawley Building and Dewey Library see our earlier blogs on June 11, 2009, July 8, 2009, and July 20, 2009.)

From 1933 to 1951, the upstairs of the Hawley building contained the library, and the downstairs was the student commons. In 1951, the basement became a second reading room and reserve area. As the library increased its collection through the years, they came to be stored downstairs as well. However, in 1966, the uptown campus was built, with a large new library building, and the Hawley library was abandoned. The building may have been used by the Milne School. At this time, library materials supporting the School of Social Welfare and the School of Criminal Justice were located at Alumni Quadrangle.

In 1979, the Schools of Criminal Justice, Social Welfare and Library Science were downtown, but the School of Public Policy was not. At this time a library was established in Hawley Hall to serve these programs In 1982 the School of Public Affairs and Policy was brought downtown and the Rockefeller College was created to include all downtown programs. The library was named the Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy.

In September 1988, the library was named after Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Warren Ilchman who was Provost, and the founder of Rockefeller College wanted to rename all of the buildings on the downtown campus for notable New York State politicians. However, this initiative was largely unsuccessful – none of the buildings were renamed, only the Library. This is why the “Dewey Library��? is located in “Hawley Hall". Although the official name of the library remains the Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy, it has more commonly been called the Dewey Graduate Library since 2001. In fact, the current library stationery reflects this parlance.

Today the Dewey Library boasts a collection of over 135,000 items, including books, journal subscriptions, microfilm, videos and software. Last year, the Information Commons was expanded by 16 computer workstations – terminals were added in the downstairs Quiet Study and Group Study areas. The Dewey Graduate Library seeks to keep abreast of the ever changing needs of the downtown campus community. As always, we hope that you will give us feedback -- let us know how we’re doing – what could we be doing to better serve you? Feel free to comment on this blog below, stop by, e-mail us, or call 442-3691.

Blog post created by Elaine Bergman with significant content provided by Geoff Williams

July 20, 2009

History of Dewey III

Here are some 1950 scenes from Hawley Hall, now home to the Dewey Library. The basement of Hawley was used at that time for social events.

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Here is the chorus singing on the balcony, where the mezzanine classroom is now located.

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The basement was often used as a gym and recreational area, as evidenced by the ping pong tournament shown here.

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Dances were also held at Hawley, here is a lunch time dance

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This event was called the Pan-Amigos Dance.

Images furnished by the Special Collections department

July 8, 2009

History of the Dewey Library II: The Van Ingen Murals

Visitors to the Dewey Graduate Library are often struck by the expansive murals covering the walls of the Dewey Library. Have you ever wondered where they came from, who painted them, the subjects depicted?

The murals were created by William Brantley Van Ingen, an artist who worked in stained glass as well painting many murals. Van Ingen, a Pennsylvania native, was based in New York City and painted murals for many public buildings, including the Library of Congress, the state Capitol buildings in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. He is most well known for painting the murals in the Panama Canal Administration Building.

The Dewey Library murals were created in 1937 and 1938, funded by the Works Progress Administration, a “New Deal��? program instituted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help pull the country out of the Great Depression. The murals cover over 4,500 square feet, and depict notable moments in the history of New York State as well as the teacher’s college which later became our University.

For more detail about the history of the murals, and the scenes depicted in them, check out our online tour. (You may need to update your Adobe FlashPlayer to see the tour.)

More information about William Brantley Van Ingen can be found at the Pennsylvania Capital Preservation Committee web site.

June 11, 2009

History of Dewey Library – Part I

This summer, we are running a series of posts and photographs tracing the history of the Hawley Building and the creation of the Dewey Library. Have you ever wondered why our building is called Hawley Hall and yet it houses the Dewey Library? Would you like to know more about the beautiful murals and stained glass windows of our building? Did you know that the Hawley building had other uses before it was a library? We will answer these questions and more in our series this summer.

Early Uses of Hawley Hall

Hawley Hall was first created as an auditorium, and was used for that purpose until Page Hall was opened in 1929. Weekly assemblies were held in the auditorium for all students to attend. The basement of Hawley Hall, where our circulating books and quiet study are now located, was a gymnasium. The library was located in the Administration Building (later named Draper Hall). It was a sparse collection and the room only seated 60 people.

According to Geoffrey Williams, our University Archivist, a college faculty member was a frequent luncheon guest at the Executive Mansion when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was governor. This faculty member would help Franklin and Eleanor practice their French. At some point the faculty member mentioned to the Roosevelts that the college needed a new library. Possibly as a result of these discussions, a request for funding to expand the library, made by college president Brubacher was approved and in 1933, Hawley library was opened. The upstairs was essentially a large study hall with books lining the walls. The downstairs gymnasium had become the Student Commons, where dances were held. The mezzanine, where the Dewey Classroom is now located, was where student groups held their meetings. The lower level became a second reading room for the library in 1951.

In 1966, the new Uptown campus was built, and the Hawley library was abandoned, although it may have been used for various purposes by the Milne School. The library materials for the newly created School of Social Welfare and School of Criminal Justice were located up the road at Alumni Quad. In 1979, the downtown campus programs (Criminal Justice, Social Welfare, Public Administration and Policy, and later Library Science) were organized into the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and the library was reinstituted in Hawley as the Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy to meet the needs of the downtown campus programs.

Next week…. Where did the name “DEWEY��? come from? Hint… it’s not related to the Dewey Decimal System!

Blog post written by Elaine Bergman with significant content from Geoffrey Williams.

February 20, 2009

The Van Ingen Murals at Dewey

While compiling items for our new display on FDR, we decided to find more information about William B. Van Ingen, painter of the murals adorning the walls of the Dewey Library of Hawley Hall. I personally had a chance to talk with Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives here at the University at Albany. Here’s what he found out while researching our archives for display material:

The Hawley Murals were painted and installed in 1935-1938 as a U.S. Works
Projects Administration project by William B. Van Ingen. The WPA's
Federal Project Number One, known as Federal One, was the largest and
most important of Roosevelt's New Deal cultural programs. Prior to the
Hawley murals, Van Ingen was commissioned by the U.S. Government to
paint murals in the Panama Canal Administration Building in completed in
1915. He also received commissions to paint murals in the Library of
Congress, the Pennsylvania State Capitol, the New Jersey State Capitol,
the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, and Federal buildings in Chicago and

Brian also mentioned about the items Special Collections houses right in the archives:

We have very few items from the period that the murals were being
created and installed, except for a few articles in the student
newspaper (which reported some incorrect information) and a 1945 letter
from Van Ingen to the Library Director Mary E. Cobb describing his ideas
for the murals. We have considerably more material on the 1974
restoration of the murals including images of the murals and people
restoring them.

To research our archives on this or other topics, visit the Special Collections homepage for more information. Don’t forget to check out their blog as well!

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

February 5, 2008

New Look and Features to Social Welfare and Criminal Justice Subject Guides

LIbrarians who are Subject Specialsts here at UAlbany have created online guides, to help you get the "lay of the land" with regard to key library resources for your academic discipline. These guides are found on the sidebar of our Dewey pages, under the heading: My Research Subject . You will also find them in the pull-down menu of the UA Libraries' main page .

Bibliographer (also the Head of Dewey) Mary Jane Brustman has updated the Subject Guides for Social Welfare and Criminal Justice.

The guides now include information about resources relevant resources in our Special Collections Department. For example, Special Collections has an archive of materials from Neighborhood and Community Associations, which may be useful for Social Welfare researchers; and The National Death Penalty Archive, of interest to some Criminal Justice researchers.

In addition to a slightly redesigned format (e.g., the guides now display an image of a recently published work by departmental faculty), the Social Welfare and Criminal Justice Subject Guides also have a "mini-update" at the bottom listing upcoming classes and library events that pertain to the subject.

We hope you'll take a look at the Subject Guides and provide us wiith feedback -- how helpful are these guides? What can we do to make them more useful? Our purpose is to make the library easier for you to use, so we welcome your opinions.