Library Contributions to Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice

The report of University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice can be read or downloaded from
The Library has contributed to the work of the Committee in these ways:

  • A digital repository of historical documents, prepared by the Center for Digital Initiatives:
  • A digital collection on the voyage of the slave ship Sally in 1764, the year of Brown’s founding: (also prepared by CDI).
  • A subscription to the journal Slavery and Abolition, including complete backfile
  • There is a small exhibition in the Rock lobby of documents from the collections of the Brown University Library that were examined by the Steering Committee as part of its research. The first case covers slavery in the context of Southeastern New England and contains pamphlets and broadsides from the Sidney S. Rider Collection and the Starred Books collection at the John Hay Library. The second case covers slavery and Brown University, and consists of documents from the Brown University Archives. Digital versions of many of these items are included in the online repository of historical documents listed above.
  • There is now a Slavery & Slave Trade page in the Library Resource Guide for American History. You can take a peek here:

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Library Electronic Resources Vendor Fair 10/25/06

Coming soon! The Second Annual Brown University Library Eresources Vendor Fair is on OCTOBER 25, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the LEUNG GALLERY at Faunce House.
ipodnano.jpgEnter to win PRIZES like an iPod, journal subscriptions, and more! Have a SNACK or some LUNCH. Talk with the vendors who provide many of the electronic resources the Library makes available to you. Librarians will be there to see that you eat, AND connect you with the right subject vendor.
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Creating With Abandon: Process in the Artist’s Books of Angela Lorenz

Angela Stone Lorenz is an American artist who has been living and producing artist’s books in Bologna, Italy since 1989. Lorenz received her B. A. from Brown University in 1987, concentrating in Art-Semiotics. She also studied Book Arts in the Graphics Department of the Rhode Island School of Design.
This exhibition of artist’s books and bookmaking process archives, drawn from the collections of the John Hay Library, Brown University, and the Artists Books Collection at the Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design will run from October 23 – December 2006.
Exhibition hours:
The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design
15 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
Monday – Thursday 9am to 7 pm; Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm; Sunday 11 am to 7 pm
The John Hay Library, Brown University
20 Prospect, Providence, RI
Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm
For more information see:
An opening reception with the artist is a Friends of the Library Event – Join the Friends!
Monday, October 23rd, 5-7pm
Archives + Special Collections Reading Room, 2nd floor of The Fleet Library at RISD
Signed catalogs will be available for purchase.
For driving or parking instructions, call 401-709-5923
*Please note: the John Hay venue closes at 5 pm on the day of the reception

Unspeakable Practices IV: Celebrating 25 Years of Conjunctions

A Friends of the Library Event – Join the Friends!
Thursday, October 5, 5:00-6:30 p.m., John Hay Library
Poetry Reading
Thursday, October 5, 8:00 p.m., Salomon Hall 101
John Ashbery, Ann Lauterbach, Robert Kelly and Peter Gizzi
For two and a half decades, Conjunctions has been at the vanguard of innovative fiction and poetry. First planned as a single volume, Conjunctions has remained committed to literature willing to take chances.
Conjunctions and Brown University have enjoyed a long association with many Brown faculty and graduates as frequent contributors. The John Hay Library is home to the Conjunctions archive including manuscripts, correspondence, original artwork and production records.
The Conjunctions Festival, which runs from October 5 – 7, offers readings and panels including more than a dozen writers, all open to the public. Expected participants include John Ashbery, John Barth, Mary Caponegro, Robert Coover, Rikki Ducornet, William Gass, Peter Gizzi, Shelley Jackson, Robert Kelly, Ann Lauterbach, Jonathan Lethem, Ben Marcus, Rick Moody, Bradford Morrow, Joyce Carol Oates, Joanna Scott, Peter Straub and John Edgar Wideman. For more information, see Literary Arts Program Events.
A major exhibit drawn from the Conjunctions archive will be available for viewing at the John Hay Library through October 13. The John Hay Library is open to the public, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Government Information Workshop at the Library

This workshop concentrates on the content, searching and retrieval of current and historical U.S. Federal, Rhode Island and United Nations government information. Learn how to search for information and statistics by subject, general resources, branch/organ of government and type of document.
These workshops are scheduled for Monday, October 30 from 3 – 5 pm and Thursday, November 9th from 5 – 7 pm. Please register at
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