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The M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives:  A Treasure Trove of Social Justice Resources

June 2, 2010



From left, Brian Keough (head of Special Collections), award winner Eugenia Kim, and sponsoring professor Dr. Donghee Sinn.

From left, Brian Keough, head of Special Collections, award winner Eugenia Kim, and sponsoring professor Dr. Donghee Sinn. (Photo Anna Z. Radkowski-Lee) 

Eugenia Kim, first-year student in the Master of Science in Information Science program, of Portland, Ore., is digitizing the collection of Patricia Stocking Brown papers in the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives located in the Science Library.  Kim also plans on creating an exhibit to demonstrate how feminism can be expressed through educational methods. This project, based upon the work of Patricia Stocking Brown who was a historian of early women scientists, highlights womenís accomplishments and explains how working with their husbands affected their careers. 

Kim recently won an award from the Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in University Libraries. Her sponsoring professor was Assistant Professor of Information Studies Donghee Sinn. Dr. Sinn is a leading expert on the 1950 massacre of Korean war refugees at No Gun Ri.

Patricia Stocking Brown was the wife of Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology Emeritus Stephen C. Brown. She taught biology, women's studies, and minorities' studies at Siena College for 35 years, and died in 2004 of metastatic breast cancer. The awards were created to promote student interest in and use of primary materials that are housed in the UAlbany Libraries' Special Collections and Archives and related to the study of social justice.

The departments of Womenís Studies, Biological Sciences, and Special Collections and Archives are co-sponsors.

According to Bonnie B. Spanier, a co-founder of the award, the Special Collections and Archives are "a goldmine for researchers," and are where primary materials document social justice activism in New York State. Spanier, who retired in 2008, is associate professor emerita of Women's Studies.


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