The Stephan Archives on Alumni Weekend

Coming to campus on Alumni Weekend, May 1-3, 2014? Check out what is going on in the Stephan Archives as part of your visit!

In the Bunn Library

Lawrenceville Lux Mentis Lux Orbis

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From the Lamp of Knowledge in our School Seal to the solar energy which fuels our core campus, fire continually influences life at Lawrenceville! Join your classmates in The Stephan Archives to explore the School’s historic relationship with this element and view never-before-seen artifacts. Lawrenceville Lux Mentis Lux Orbis is on display in the Archives Reading Room during regular library hours beginning on May 2, 2014.

Life in Old Lower

OldLower5501Due to popular demand, the Life in Old Lower exhibit, first displayed during Alumni Weekend 2011, will be on display again in the Bunn Library for Alumni Weekend 2014. The exhibit features a life-size reconstructed Old Lower cubicle, decorated as it would have been in 1965. Located in the Main Lobby of the Bunn Library. For more background on how the exhibit was designed and implemented, check out this Fall 2011 Lawrentian article on Old Lower.

School Presidents of the Major Reunion Years

1909 GatesPortraits of the School Presidents from the classes ending in 4s and 9s will be on display in the exhibit case located on the upper level of the Bunn Library.

In the Fathers Building

Through the Lens: The Photography of Edward Arthur Robbins H’68 ’69 ’71 ’11

robbins in pop hallThe Stephan Archives staff worked in tandem with the Office of the CFO to showcase photographic highlights from retired Classics Master Ed Robbins’ portfolio in Through the Lens: The Photography of Edward Arthur Robbins H’68 ’69 ’71 ’11 for the dedication of the renovated Fathers BuildingTravel enthusiasts will be delighted to see 78 enlarged full-color images mounted on the first and second floor of the building which feature contemporary scenes from Robbins’ ventures to Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, England, France, the Galapagos Islands, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Vietnam, and the United States. The Stephan Archives has accessioned a complete copy of Robbins’ portfolio for researchers which, along with the exhibit, can be accessed by the community during regular school hours.

Other Events

Historic Walking Tour and Archives Open House

Join Archivist Jacqueline Haun on a walking tour of the historic Lawrenceville School campus. The walking tour will be followed by an opportunity to see the archives storage and exhibit spaces. This event will take place on Saturday, May 3, from 2-4 p.m. While visiting the Stephan Archives, check out our demo of the newly digitized Lawrenceville Alumni Bulletin. Our digital archives can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection at digitalarchives.lawrenceville.org.

Exhibition Debut for Pop Hall

by Sarah Mezzino

When it came time to renovate Pop Hall, Philadelphia-based architecture firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and donors Sue and Mortimer B. Fuller III ’60 P’89 ‘01, had a distinct vision for the interior of the building. The lower level would mimic the designs BCJ had created for Apple Stores nation-wide but the upper two floors would have Smithsonian worthy gallery-walls. By the spring of 2013, 16,752 square feet of wall space had been converted to host an exhibition on a scale never before seen at Lawrenceville…and I was charged with the task of filling it with something aesthetically pleasing yet relevant to both the student body and the educational purpose of the building.

The prospect of creating a display of this magnitude was daunting. What could and should be placed on the walls? Chair of the Language Department, Helena Cunningham P’14, suggested that I use former Classics Master, Edward Robbins’ H’68 ’69 ’71 ’11 travel photography. Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Wes Brooks ’71 P’03 ’05, set up a meeting with Ed this past May to see if he would be willing to share his images with the School for an exhibition. Ed was thrilled that Lawrenceville would consider showcasing his work in the building where he taught for 48 years! Over the course of the next four weeks, he gave me copies of his entire portfolio which included nearly 15,000 images from across six continents taken over the span of four decades. Ed’s work not only embodied the multicultural educational focus of the faculty in Pop Hall but several images were contemporary subjects to which the student body could easily relate.

Even though I now had a body of artwork with which I could construct an exhibit, the fundamental question of how the display should be organized loomed ahead.  Practical needs, however, took immediate precedence. As Project Archivist, Casey Babcock, retrieved and converted 7,000 digital images from Ed’s personal computer hard drives, I scoured hundreds of sheets of 35mm slides with a desk lamp for gallery worthy photographs with saturated colors, visible textures, and directional focal points. (When Casey’s work ended, I applied the same refined search to Ed’s digital images.) I narrowed down Ed’s portfolio of 15,000 images to a working group of 300 which I then shared with my colleague, Designer & Large Format Display Specialist, Christopher Saghy, at Kohn Creative. Chris and I then began the process of creating a digital layout of each of the 18 walls slated for the show. The digital layout allowed me to visually see how I could organize the exhibit through color, texture & shape even though the images had unrelated subject matters. It also allowed me to measure cable lengths for the School’s new gallery rail system by Arakawa. After several weeks of planning, Chris and I settled on 78 images which he then printed onto gatorboard and painstakingly wrapped for transport to Lawrenceville.

Athletic bus driver, Dave Larson, and I retrieved the 78 printed images from Kohn Creative’s office in Maryland on October 3, 2013. Exhibition installation took place over the course of the next week. Each Arakawa gripper and cable had to be placed by hand onto the gatorboard prints. Archives Assistant, Maureen Kane, Associate Curator of the Hutchins Gallery, Lisa Giberson, Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Wes Brooks ‘ 71 P’03 ’05, his wife Kate, and Ed Robbins generously aided this endeavor. The exhibit debuted on Thursday, October 10th for the official dedication of the building. Students and faculty alike have marveled at Ed’s work and appreciate the scenes he has captured with his camera that depict cultures which they are academically exploring. Through the Lens: The Photography of Edward Arthur Robbins H’68 ’69 ’71 ’11 will be on display in the Fathers Building for the remaining academic year and is open to the community. Please come and visit!

robbins in pop hall

The Stephan Archives on Alumni Weekend

Coming to campus on Alumni Weekend, May 2-4, 2013? Check out what is going on in the Stephan Archives as part of your visit!

Exhibits

Life in Old Lower

OldLower5501Due to popular demand, the Life in Old Lower exhibit, first displayed during Alumni Weekend 2011, will be on display again in the Bunn Library for Alumni Weekend 2013 and continuing through Memorial Day (May 27.) The exhibit features a life-size reconstructed Old Lower cubicle, decorated as it would have been in 1965. Located in the Main Lobby of the Bunn Library.

Now You’re Cooking!: The History of Dining at Lawrenceville

Cooking display caseThe Stephan Archives are celebrating nearly two centuries of culinary excellence in “Now You’re Cooking! The History of Dining at Lawrenceville,” currently on display in the Stephan Archives reading room during regular library hours. Nearly 50 items will be on exhibit, including a century-old Tiffany & Co. tea set, locally produced china, a colonial-era glass bottle, and even a recently retired plastic cafeteria tray. Foodies will be especially fascinated by the Calliopean Society banquet menus, which date back to 1893 and feature such delights as terrapin soup, frozen nesselrode pudding, and consommé pritaniere.  Through October 2013.

Celebrating 25 Years of Coeducation at Lawrenceville

1985 Lawrentian coverA visual timeline of the history of women on Lawrenceville’s campus before and after coeducation, Lawrenceville female “firsts,” and the story of the historic 1985 decision to accept female students.  Located in the display cases in the Main Lobby and on the second floor of the Bunn Library, through July 1.

School Presidents of the Major Reunion Years

1888 WintonA rotating slide show featuring the School Presidents from the classes ending in 3s and 8s, located in the Archives Reading Room of the Stephan Archives. Through May 27.

In the Hutchins Gallery, Gruss Center of Visual Arts

“From His Friend – Abraham Lincoln”

Lucy Harmon McPherson001An exhibit of the School’s collection of Lincolnalia, including a lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair in a mourning locket, a copy of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, and other memorabilia from the family of Lucy Harmon McPherson, wife of Lawrenceville Head Master Simon J. McPherson. Only available through Alumni Weekend.

Other Events

Archives Open House

An opportunity to see the new archives storage and exhibit spaces will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 2- 4 p.m. While visiting the renovated space, check out our demo of the newly digitized historical Lawrence at digitalarchives.lawrenceville.org.

New exhibit on display: Now You’re Cooking! The History of Dining at Lawrenceville

High school dining services are often, well, roasted for the selections they serve up. Not so at Lawrenceville! The School’s Stephan Archives, housed in the Bunn Library, are celebrating nearly two centuries of culinary excellence in “Now You’re Cooking! The History of Dining at Lawrenceville,” on display beginning October 26, during regular library hours. Nearly 50 items will be on exhibit, including a century-old Tiffany & Co. tea set, locally produced china, and even a recently retired plastic cafeteria tray.

While most of the items were housed in the Archives, other treasures have been unearthed in unexpected locations. Members of the School’s Buildings and Grounds staff found a colonial-era glass bottle and a circa 1860 flask hidden in a wall at Belknap House (now a faculty residence), a former tavern.

Read more: http://www.lawrenceville.org/about/news/news_detail.asp?id=952A?dup=0

UPDATE: For more on the exhibit and the special dining hall menu created around it, check out this article from the Spring 2013 Lawrentian.

Alumni Weekend 2012

If you will be on campus for Alumni Weekend (May 4-6) 2012, be sure to check out the events related to the new Stephan Archives!

Bunn Library Exhibits

Life in Lower: The Exhibition 

A full-scale replica of an Old Lower cubicle furnished as it would have beenin the mid-1960s. Join your classmates to explore this multimedia interactivedisplay in the Bunn Library’s Lobby detailing the history of the Alumni War Memorial Building and the many people who used to reside in its halls. Friday, May 4,  7:45 am to 9 pm; Saturday, May 5, 8 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, May 6, 1 pm to 9:50 pm.

On Down the Field: Kicking Off the Stephan Archives

Even before the Civil War, the Circle Houses, and The Jigger Shop, the game of football enthralled the hearts of young men and sports enthusiasts at The Lawrenceville School.  Come explore the Stephan Archives’ vast collection of football memorabilia spanning more than a century and a half and read about the achievements and contributions that our skilled alumni, faculty, and staff have made to the game.  On display in The Stephan Archives’ Heely Reading Room (Lower Level) Friday, May 4,  7:45 am to 9 pm; Saturday, May 5, 8 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, May 6, 1 pm to 9:50 pm.

Lawrenceville School Presidents: The Major Reunion Years (‘2s and ‘7s)

Photographs of the School Presidents for all classes ending in ‘2s and ‘7s from 1887 to the present, on display in The Stephan Archives’ Heely Reading Room on the projection screens Friday, May 4,  7:45 am to 9 pm; Saturday, May 5, 8 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, May 6, 1 pm to 9:50 pm.

F.M. Kirby Science Center Exhibit

Aldo Leopold: Ecology Pioneer

Complex and evolutionary, Aldo Leopold (Lawrenceville Class of 1905) challenged 19th-century scientific scholarship and developed the field of wildlife management and conservation.  Aldo Leopold: Ecology Pioneer  explores Leopold’s career as one of the nation’s leading environmentalists – and the story of how the foundation for that legacy was laid at The Lawrenceville School.  On display in the F.M. Kirby Science Center’s first floor lounge Friday, May 4,  8 am to 4 pm: and Saturday, May 5, 8 am to 4 pm.

Hutchins Gallery Exhibit

An Education Revelation: A Celebration of 75 Years of Harkness Teaching

Edward Stephen Harkness’ quiet and modest demeanor contrasted sharply with his expansive philanthropic acts.  By his death in 1940, Harkness’ generosity had greatly influenced the fields of medicine, health care, Egyptology, wildlife preservation, the cultivation of British culture and history, transportation, and most notably, education.  Join your classmates and learn about this extraordinary transformation in education that began with Edward’s personal experiences and led to the inception of Harkness Teaching at Lawrenceville.  On display in the Hutchins Gallery Rotunda Friday, May 4,from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 5, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Events

Archives Open House Event

Unable to attend last October’s dedication of the Stephan Archives? Come check out the new archives space, including the Heely Reading Room and our state-of-the-art, climate-controlled storage.  Behind-the-scenes tours available. Saturday, May 5, 2-4 pm in the Heely Reading Room of the Stephan Archives on the Lower Level of the Bunn Library.