Saturday, June 28, 2014

CENTRAL NY ONLINE GENEALOGY RESOURCES: Syracuse University







his is the fourth installment in my five-part series on online genealogy resources in Central New York. For a definition of “Central New York” see http://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/c/cny_local_hist.htm. Syracuse University is located in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

You can easily spend hours on the Syracuse University website.  Each time I explore it, I find something else. Here are some of my discoveries:

Syracuse University’s Digital Collections

The digital collections can be accessed at:  http://library.syr.edu/find/type/digilib.php. Not all of the links are accessible to people who are not students, staff or faculty. While there are many links to digital collections, I found the following to be the most relevant to the family historian/genealogist:

Oneida Community Collection Here you will find numerous links to information about this fascinating community that lived in Central New York during the 19th century.  Be sure to check out the References Page.

Syracuse University Archives
http://archives.syr.edu

The Syracuse University Archives has many sections. These are the ones I think might be helpful to the family historian/genealogist:



Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives.  Thirty-five Syracuse University students studying abroad were killed during this tragic event. (1)  There are live links to profiles about many of the victims. Hopefully, you will not have an ancestor who was on that flight. It will truly make you cry to read about the bright young students who perished.

Archives Exhibitions
There are numerous links here to the history of dances at Syracuse University, women students in the 19th century, sports history and Syracuse University publications. One I found of particular interest was "Changing Women's Fashion": A Look at Coeds' Clothing on SU's Campus from Pre-1900s-1950s
You will find photographs, dates and descriptions of what female students wore in years past.  This site might help you date an old photograph in your own collection.

Collections and Personal Papers:

Here you will find a number of live links containing biographical information on alumni, such as the
  
Chancellors Papers. Alexander Winchell, Erastus Haven, Charles Sims and James Roscoe Day have live links to biographical information. (2)

Many of these entries have live links to biographical information and/or dates and their academic department. See, for example, see the Huston Smith Papers.

There are live links here to two trustees:  John Dustin Archbold and Jesse Truesdell Peck. (3)


Special Collections Finding Aids

When I searched in this collection for “family papers” I got many hits, such as:

This site actually has links to family trees.

If you search for “genealogical” you will get:

While these are just finding aids, they still can give you valuable information for further research. A search for “family history” gave me 132 hits.  Experiment with searches and see what you find.

If something on the Syracuse University website is of interest, you may want to Ask the Archivist.

Thank you, Syracuse University, for having so much valuable information available online!



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Victorian Decorative Letters, 1999.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1100 Pictorial Symbols, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1268 Old-Time Cuts and Ornaments, 2006.

CITATION SOURCES:

(1) Syracuse University Pan Am Flight 103 / Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives, copyright 2010, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (http://archives.syr.edu/panam: accessed 19 Jun 2014).

(2) Chancellors Papers, Collections and Personal Papers, Syracuse University Archives, copyright 2010, Syracuse, University, Syracuse, New York (http://archives.syr.edu/collections/chancellors: accessed 10 Jun 2014).

(3) Collections and Personal Papers, Trustee Papers, Syracuse University Archives, copyright 2010, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (http://archives.syr.edu/collections/trustee: accessed 19 Jun 2014).


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