January 2002 Volume 12, Number 1
Issued quarterly by the Friends of the New York State Newspaper Project
(October) Laura Zelasnic joined the NYS Newspaper Project as Project Cataloger. In addition to being an archivist, an author, and one-time Lemelson Center Intern at the National Museum of American History, Laura's prior experience includes cataloging historic newspapers at the US Department of Labor.
(October) Heather Hochstatter, Preservation Coordinator, and Jeff Sohn, Project Coordinator, conducted a tour of the Project's collation/preservation center as part of the New York Library Association's 2001 annual conference.
(November) Eric Sazer began work as a Collation Assistant. Eric is one of six collators under Heather's supervision.
(October -December) NYC-based Project Catalogers Kim Wobick and Laura Zelasnic continued or completed the surveying and cataloging of newspaper collections at the following institutions:
Huntington Free Library; City Island Historical Society; Hostos Community College; Bronx Historical Society; Alliance Francais; Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library; Roosevelt Island Historical Society; Marymount College; Charles Dawson
History Center; Harrison Public Library; Concordia College; Bronxville Public Library; Tuchahoe Public Library; Leo Baeck Institute (Center for Jewish History); Fordham University; Lehman College; NYU's Taminet Collection, The Historical Society, Inc. Serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown; NYPL branch libraries in Baychester and in Roosevelt Island; and the publishing offices of Co-op City Times and Norwood New.
A meeting of the Friends Group was held on October 23, 2001. The special guest speaker was John de Rosier, Times Union editorial cartoonist.
The November 27, 2001, Friends meeting was cancelled.
(November) A donated copy of The Constellation was added to the Library's collection. This famous single-issue paper, dated July 4, 1859, is considered to be the "largest newspaper in the world." It is now one of two copies held by the State Library.
20,773 Newspapers cataloged
9,623 Of these were published in NYS
2,864,384 Pages microfilmed
Safety Council Call For Observance of Umbrella Etiquette
A call for general observance of umbrella etiquette was sounded today by the Greater New York Safety Council.
"Bad weather creates enough hazards for pedestrians and motorist at this time of year without having them compounded by people who are careless in their handling of umbrellas," said Dr. Norvin C. Kiefer, council present.
"Rainy and snowy days require a special kind of good manners," he said. "An open umbrella should be held in such a way that the user can see ahead and avoid bumping into other people, or into autos for that matter. The closed umbrella should be carried so that it will not jab others. This is particularly important on subway stairs."
Dr. Kiefer pointed out that many of the rules of etiquette resulted from the formalizing of safety habits. It is considered a breach of good manners to have a spoon in a cup, for instance, because spoons in cups resulted in eye injuries and resulted in spillage of hot liquids.
- Taken from the Coney Island Times March 2, 1957