Spring 2024 Art Exhibitions In New York

By: Amanda Lea Perez, Substitute Visual & Performing Arts-Art Librarian

Welcome back, Queens College Art Students! 

As the new Art Librarian at the Queens College Library for the spring semester, I look forward to assisting you with your art research needs! The Art Collection on the sixth floor of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal building contains printed books, exhibition catalogs, art pamphlets, periodicals, and rare books, as well as digital resources with access to ebooks and art-centric databases. Databases such as Artstor provide access to visual reproductions of many works of art, but part of the experience of being an art student requires seeing art in person, which is why we at the QCL have put together an art resource information board on the sixth floor, which highlights upcoming Art exhibitions in New York City. Additionally, we have provided information on how to acquire complimentary admission to New York Institutions. 

Complimentary Admission

CUNY Arts (with CUNY ID)
Cuny Arts provides students with free access to arts and cultural institutions like the Leslie-Lohan Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, Museum of the City of New York, MoMA, El Museo del Barrio, Whitney Museum of American Art, Poster House, and The Frick Collection

Culture Pass (with NYC Public Libraries)
CUNY students can also sign up for a public library card at Brooklyn, Queens, or NYPL, which provides access to museums via Culture Pass. Enter your library card number and four-digit pin, and students can reserve a pass online for a select day to visit museums such as the Brooklyn Museum, International Center of Photography, The Morgan Library & Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Chinese in America, Museum of the Moving Image, New Museum, The Noguchi Museum, Guggenheim Museum, and the Ukrainian Museum.

ID NYC
Using your ID NYC identification card allows you a one-year Membership for museums like the Drawing Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

FREE DAYS
Museums and cultural institutions in NYC also offer complimentary admission days. The American Folk Art Museum, the Bronx Museum of Art, the Sculpture Center, the Center for Book Arts, and the Grolier Club are always free! The Metropolitan Museum of Art is Pay What You Wish for New York Students. Cooper Hewitt is Pay What You Wish from 5 to 6 p.m. daily. Several museums throughout NYC offer free admission on Friday evenings, such as the Rubin Museum of Art and the New-York Historical Society

Spring 2024 Art Exhibitions

Bard Graduate Center Gallery (February 23 – July 7, 2024): Work by the 20th-century artist Sonia Delaunay will be on view at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery from February 23 – July 7, 2024.  Admission is free all day on the first Friday of each month. You can read about Sonia Delaunay at Queens College in the Art Stacks on Level 6

Brooklyn Museum (February 10 – July 7, 2024): The dynamic duo of New York musicians turned art collectors Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz will be exhibiting artwork from their personal collection at the Brooklyn Museum. Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gordon Parks, Lorna Simpson, and Kehinde Wiley will be on view from February 10 – July 7, 2024. Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month from 5–11 pm; free tickets are also available through Culture Pass. 

Cooper Hewitt (until August 11, 2024): Cooper Hewitt is exhibiting An Atlas of Es Devlin until August 11, 2024. Es Devlin is a contemporary visual artist and stage designer who crosses the boundaries into a variety of art mediums, including immersive projection-mapped sculptures. Es Devlin’s first monograph is available at Queens College Library, thanks to the generous donation through the Professor Libby Tannenbaum Memorial Endowed Fund for Art Library Acquisitions.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (February 25 – July 28, 2024):  After the closure of Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism and Manet/Degas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, spring will open with several exhibitions such as The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism (February 25 – July 28, 2024), and Weaving Abstraction in Ancient and Modern Art (March 5 – June 16, 2024)—the Metropolitan Museum of Art is always Pay-What-You-Wish for New York students.

Museum of Modern Art (March 31 – July 20, 2024): Work by the artist Käthe Kollwitz will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from March 31 to July 20, 2024. Books about Kollwitz can be found in the Art Stacks on Level 6. CUNY students receive free admission to MoMA. 

New Museum (until March 3, 2024): Contemporary artist Judy Chicago’s retrospective Herstory is on view at the New Museum until March 3, 2024. The Art Collection contains many books about Judy Chicago. Discounted tickets are available to CUNY students; free tickets are available on Culture Pass. 

Noguchi Museum (March 20 – July 28, 2024): A retrospective by the artist Toshiko Takaezu: Worlds Within will be displayed from March 20, 2024 – July 28, 2024, at the Noguchi Museum. Admission to the museum is free on the first Friday of every month.

MoMA PS1 (April 4  – September 2, 2024): The retrospective by the artist Pacita Abad is on view at MoMA PS1 from April 4 – September 2, 2024. Melissa Cody: Webbed Skies will also be on view until September 2, 2024. Thanks to the generous donation through the Professor Libby Tannenbaum Memorial Endowed Fund for Art Library Acquisitions, new monographs from Pacita Abad and Melissa Cody have been added to the Art Collection. CUNY students receive free admission to MoMA PS1. 

Ukrainian Museum (until April 7, 2024): Folkart by the Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko is on view at the Ukrainian Museum until April 7, 2024. Free admission to the Ukrainian Museum is available on Culture Pass. The exhibition catalog is available in the sixth-floor Art Collection.

Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library Art Collection wishes Queens College art students an inspiring spring semester; if you have any questions or need assistance while you navigate the Art World, stop by room 603.


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James J. Periconi Collection Research Fellows

This month, in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, the Library’s Special Collections and Archives welcomes two visiting fellows who will be conducting research with the James J. Periconi Collection of Italian-Language American Imprints. 

To meet the Fellows and learn about their research, please register for the luncheon on November 14.

2023 Inaugural Fellows 

Lindsey Kingston
Lindsey Kingston

Lindsey N. Kingston is an Associate Professor of International Human Rights at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She directs the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, which includes overseeing the undergraduate program in International Human Rights. Kingston edited Human Rights in Higher Education: Institutional, Classroom, and Community Approaches to Teaching Social Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Statelessness, Governance, and the Problem of Citizenship (Manchester University Press, 2021). She also authored the monograph Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2019), which won the International Studies Association’s 2020 Human Rights Best Book Award. She is an Italian-American dual national with advanced Italian language proficiency. 

Carmen Petruzzi
Carmen Petruzzi

Carmen Petruzzi is a postgraduate research fellow at the Department of Humanistic Studies at the University of Foggia. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature, a Master’s degree in Modern Philology, and another in Science of Education. In 2022, she passed the national competitive examination as a teacher of Italian and History at High School. She obtained her PhD in April 2019 at the University of Florence and immediately afterward she perfected her knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods in a one-year internship in New York between the summer of 2019 and the summer of 2020. She currently collaborates with Antonella Cagnolati, Full Professor of History of Education and Comparative Education at the University of Foggia. She has always been interested in migration with a specific focus on the effects on children’s life histories and projects. Since 2020 she has been working on the reconstruction of educational processes within the broader topic of the history of Italian emigration. Her research investigation intends to illuminate the lesser-known path of autonomy and independence achieved between the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly by the second generations who filled the educational gap between the parent’s generation and long-standing American residents. 

To learn more about the collection, you can browse titles in the CUNY OneSearch catalog or explore a curated website that includes images and essays. 


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Queens College Library Halloween Display

by: Gianna Fraccalvieri, QCL Information Assistant

Halloween Book Display
Queens College Library Halloween Display – Rosenthal 3rd fl.

As Tuesday, October 31st approaches, we invite you to stop by the main floor of the Queens College Library (Rosenthal 3rd floor) to view this year’s Halloween book display! If you are interested in learning more about the history of Halloween, horror fiction and film, and similar topics, please come in to browse the physical collection. You can also peruse related E-books online via OneSearch, explore our digital and streaming resources, and meet with a librarian to discuss more in-depth research questions.

Children’s Books

Additionally, a selection of Children’s books is available if you are looking to entertain the younger loved ones in your life with age-appropriate stories this Halloween. This collection is part of the Library’s cultural awareness book displays for October 2023, as well as our display for Italian American Heritage Month. Feel free to ask about the displays at the Information Desk.

Events

Upcoming Halloween-related events on campus include the screening of the Japanese horror film:

  • The Ring on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

The film will be shown in Queens Hall 120, presented by the Japanese Studies program. For more information, contact joshua.rogers@qc.cuny.edu.

Display and blog post created by Gianna Fraccalvieri, an Information Assistant at Queens College Library and MLS/MA student at Queens College GSLIS.


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Looking Back: 25 Years of Research from the TIME 2000 Mathematics Teacher-Preparation Program

TIME2000 Event Mathematics Teaching

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the TIME 2000 Program and the 20th anniversary of the annual TIME 2000 conference: “Celebrating Mathematics Teaching.” The conference, attended by hundreds of high school students and their math teachers, celebrates the joy of mathematics and promotes mathematics education as a rewarding career option. To commemorate this significant milestone, the Queens College Library has compiled a bibliography of research and reports related to the TIME 2000 program since its inception. 

Founded in 1997 by Queens College Professors Alice Artzt and Eleanor Armour Thomas with funding from the National Science Foundation, The Teaching Improvement through Mathematics Education (TIME) 2000 is a highly successful program at the Queens College School of Education dedicated to recruiting and training future mathematics teachers. One of TIME’s innovative features is that students progress through the program as a cohort, providing a valuable support network during their undergraduate experience and serving as the foundation for their future professional connections. On a monthly basis, TIME undergraduates participate in seminars covering topics such as educational technology and the relationship between mathematics and other fields of study.  

31 August 2014 “Study With the Best: TIME 2000” CUNY  TV 75 video  

In exchange for their scholarship, TIME 2000 undergraduates agree to teach for a minimum of two years in middle school or high school. TIME program graduates can be found in schools across the New York Metropolitan area. 

We invite you to explore the bibliography to gain a deeper understanding of how TIME 2000 has been an innovator in the field of teacher preparation. 

TIME 2000 Bibliography Marking the 25th Anniversary  

Books & Book Sections

Artzt, A. F., & Curcio, F. R. (Eds.). (2021). The inspirational untold stories of secondary mathematics teachers. Information Age Publishing, Inc. https://cuny-qc.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_QC/347ek8/alma9994477979706137
Artzt, A., & Sultan, A. (2007). Reforming Mathematics Teacher Preparation: Now is the TIME! In Issues in Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Mathematics (pp. 72–81). Russian State Pedagogical University Press.
Artzt, A., Curcio, F., & Sultan, A. (2023). Incorporating Learning-to-Teach Trajectories and Identity Development in a Model Undergraduate Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program. In AMTE Professional Book Series.
Artzt, A., Curcio, F., & Sultan, A. (2004). The Design and Implementation of an Innovative Four-year Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program. In Problems of Theory and Practice in Teaching Mathematics (pp. 61–71). Hertzen State Pedagogical University.
Artzt, A., Curcio, F., Sultan, A., & Wachter, T. (2003). Rethinking Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation. In Beyond the Boundaries: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Learning and Teaching (pp. 69–80). Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. https://cuny-qc.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_QC/347ek8/alma990047286620106137

Television

Piña, T. (2014). From Combat to Campus: Veterans at CUNY. CUNY TV. //www.cuny.tv/show/studywiththebest/PR2002512
Piña, T. (2014). The Best of Season 13. CUNY TV. //www.cuny.tv/show/studywiththebest/PR2002583

Journal Articles

Artzt, A., & Curcio, F. (2007). TIME 2000: A Mathematics Teaching Program. The Mathematics Teacher, 100(8). https://cuny-qc.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_QC/1osl74v/cdi_proquest_journals_204676136
Artzt, A. F., & Curcio, F. R. (2008). Recruiting and retaining secondary mathematics teachers: lessons learned from an innovative four-year undergraduate program. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 11(3), 243–251. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10857-008-9075-y
Artzt, A., & Sultan, A. (2003). Math Education and Math Faculty Collaboration in Building a Comprehensive H.S. Teacher Preparation Program. MER Newsletter, 15(2), 6–7, 14–15.
Artzt, A., & Sultan, A. (2003). An Innovative Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program. MER Mathematics and Education Reform Newsletter, 16(1), 1,-4–5, 10–11.
Artzt, A., Curcio, F., & Weinman, N. (2007). Teachers need to sell mathematics teaching: Reaching out to excellent high school students. NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership, 10(1), 4–7.
Artzt, A. F., Sultan, A., Curcio, F. R., & Gurl, T. (2012). A capstone mathematics course for prospective secondary mathematics teachers. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 15(3), 251–262. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10857-011-9189-5
Artzt, A., Curcio, F., & Weinman, N. (2006). Hosting a Conference for High School Students: An Innovative Recruitment Strategy. Urban Scholar.
Artzt, A. F., Curcio, F. R., & Sultan, A. (2013). Queens College: A Program for Math Teachers Requires a Complex Formula. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(7), 23–23. https://doi.org/10.1177/003172171309400707
Curcio, F., Artzt, A., & Porter, M. (2005). Providing Meaningful Fieldwork for Preservice Mathematics Teachers: A College-School Collaboration. The Mathematics Teacher, 98(9). https://cuny-qc.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_QC/1osl74v/cdi_proquest_journals_204638281
Curcio, F., Artzt, A., & Porter, M. (2006). Designing Innovative Fieldwork: Beyond the Theory-in-Practice Focus. Urban Scholar.
Sultan, A., & Artzt, A. (2003). Mathematicians Are from Mars, Math Educators Are from Venus: The Story of a Successful Collaboration. Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 52. https://community.ams.org/notices/200501/comm-artzt.pdf

Newspaper Articles

Bode, N. (2003, October 26). SOLVING A BIG PROBLEM College working to add math teachers. New York Daily News. https://queens.ezproxy.cuny.edu/login?url=https://www.proquest.com/newspapers/solving-big-problem-college-working-add-math/docview/305834069/se-2?accountid=13379
Hogwood, B. (2009, June 4). Students + cash = better teachers in classrooms. Queens Chronicle. https://www.qchron.com/news/queenswide/students-cash-better-teachers-in-classrooms/article_aa207824-c3f7-576e-b941-39cd05810d8c.html
Smith, K. (2020). Teamwork, mentoring secret to Queens College math ed program. NYSUT United. https://www.nysut.org/news/nysut-united/issues/2020/july/queens-college
Woodberry, W. (2004, December 5). MAKING MATH MERRY Program aims to attract “cool” students. New York Daily News, 1. https://queens.ezproxy.cuny.edu/login?url=https://www.proquest.com/newspapers/making-math-merry-program-aims-attract-cool/docview/305937350/se-2?accountid=13379

Visit the TIME 2000 Bibliography on Zotero


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Queens College Library – Librarian Vacancies Announcement (9/12/23) 

Seeking Candidates as Full-Time Substitute Librarians, and as Part-Time Adjunct Librarians 

Queens College Library (QCL) supports student success and faculty development through its resources, services, and spaces in accordance with the college’s educational mission. QCL seeks creative, collaborative, and user-centered librarians to support teaching and learning in the schools of Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Math & Natural Sciences. Our librarians will work with Library and College partners to improve services and outreach to students and faculty across academic departments. QCL encourages innovation in librarianship and expects librarians to possess strong interpersonal and creative skills, and the desire to develop new areas of expertise. 

As members of the Library Faculty, these public service positions will combine core librarianship and teaching responsibilities, such as research assistance and library instruction, with subject specialist and technology-based services to students and faculty.  

The Library and College embrace the diversity of the borough of Queens and welcomes such diversity in its students and personnel. QCL promotes a hybrid work schedule for full-timers (80% on-site, 20% remote), and all positions may include evenings and weekends. 

These positions are open until filled – review of applications begins September 18th. 

For details and to apply for a position, see our Employment page or these direct links: 

Questions about the positions or the hiring process can be addressed to james.mellone@qc.cuny.edu.


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QC Diversity Week Event: Let’s Talk About “IT”

Queens College Library
  • Title: Let’s Talk About “IT”- Race, Gender, Sexuality, Religion, Mental Health
  • Date: April 17, 2023
  • Time: 12:15pm – 1:30pm
  • Location: Rosenthal Library Level 3 Tanenbaum Space

It’s okay to not understand something. Sometimes we just need to sit down and talk about “it”. This workshop is designed to bring people together to discuss everyday issues and have uncomfortable conversations.

Set with the concept of speed dating, participants will be paired to have a timed one-on-one discussion on a variety of topics that include race, gender, sexuality, religion, mental health, and other topics, to ask each other questions so that they can learn about issues that they are unfamiliar with. This is an opportunity to talk, listen and learn about the differences that make us unique in our own ways.

Come join us as we get comfortable with being uncomfortable and let’s talk about “it”!


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National Poetry Month in the Archives: The Chapbook Collection Event

by: Kimiko Hahn, Distinguished Professor & Assistant Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation

Event: National Poetry Month in the Archives: The Chapbook Collection And the Launch of Award-Winning Chapbook Lest We All Get Clipped by Joseph Gross
Date & Time: April 24, 2023, 7pm
Location: Rosenthal Library’s Tannenbaum Room 300i

Lest We All Get Clipped by Joseph Gross

QC MFA alum Joseph Gross will read from his debut poetry chapbook Lest We All Get Clipped.  In this collection, he explores our innate divinity through both ecclesiastical and (extra)ordinary experiences. The poems wrestle with faith, expression, and urban life “because / in the city / there’s not much / distance between / ravage & ravish.” After the reading, fellow alum and publisher Peter Vanderberg will speak about how and why he started this press.

The Birdhouse Chapbook Prize is awarded to an alum from the MFA program and published by Ghostbird Press. Founder Peter Vanderberg, a poet and educator, was inspired by CUNY’s Chapbook festivals ten years ago and has been publishing for nearly as long. He recognized the importance of the chapbook as a format that often publishes a writer’s first collection, often presents theme-based work as well as texts that may be offbeat and/or experimental. Ghostbird publishes all genres and includes art alongside the texts. Their lineup includes early work by writers such as Rajiv Mohabir as well as an unusual hybrid collection by former New York State poet laureate Alicia Ostriker. Last year, Vanderberg generously donated all of the Ghostbird chapbooks to the QC Chapbook Archive and many will be on display.

ENG MFA Ghostbird Press Poster

The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation is a unique program that was founded nearly twenty years ago by professors in the English Dept. Students work closely with award-winning full-time faculty writers and benefit from taking classes that include cross-genre work. In such a way, the students get to know classmates outside their genre of focus and become adept in commenting on texts outside their genre of focus–whether poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or translation. And, speaking of literary translation, the QC MFA is one of two programs in the country that has a dedicated MFA track. Whether a student is from the United State or from another country, they feel at home in Queens, the most linguistically diverse place on the planet. Multivocal and multigenre and multifaceted are characteristic of this graduate creative writing program. The Birdhouse Chapbook reading is always a marvelous window into the community of alum, students, and professors.

This reading coincides with poet and QC professor Kimiko Hahn’s craft class “A Chapbook for Every Genre.” She will introduce the event.

Please join us in celebrating the launch of Ghostbird’s latest chapbook, Joseph Gross’ Lest We All Get Clipped.


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Art of the Announcement Exhibit

Queens College Library is excited to share a new exhibit Art of the Announcement on view now in the 3rd floor vitrines. Spanning 45 years, from 1932-1977, this exhibit features exhibition announcement cards and posters from leading century artists and galleries. Throughout the 20th century art gallery announcement cards and posters assumed a new prominence and graphic sophistication, offering artists a new level of professional control over their visual identities.

Announcement card for Surrealisme
Announcement card for Surrealisme at Julien Levy Gallery, design by Joseph Cornell, 1932.

Th exhibit includes examples of exhibitions covering the range of artistic production from painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and more. One highlight of the exhibition is the announcement card for the landmark 1932 exhibition Surrealisme at Julien Levy Gallery. This landmark exhibition is historically important for introducing the then nascent Surrealist Art movement to the United States. While the original cover image created by Joseph Cornell demonstrates the increasing involvement of artists in creating distinctive visual languages to promote their exhibitions.

Installation view at Queens College Library
Installation view of Art of the Announcement at Queens College Library

The exhibit marks the first time this historically rich collection of cards and posters has been on exhibit at Queens College Library.

Announcement poster for Cy Twombly’s exhibition
Announcement poster for Cy Twombly’s exhibition Nine Discourses on Commodus at Leo Castelli Gallery, 1964

The exhibit will be on view until August 24th, 2023, and was curated by Substitute Visual & Performing Arts Librarians, Assistant Professor Scott R. Davis.


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Women’s History Month in the Archives: Lucille Kyvallos Collection and Exhibit 

The library is pleased to announce that the papers of Queens College basketball legend Lucille Kyvallos are processed and available for research. Transferred to Special Collections and Archives last summer, the collection includes administrative, coaching, and teaching records; awards, photographs, and publications; and other materials that shine a light on the history of women’s college basketball from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. 

Madison Square Garden, Queens College vs Immaculata College Poster, 1973. Photo credit Richard Lee

Select items from the collection are on display in a library exhibit, Leaving it All on the Court: Queens College’s Lucille Kyvallos and her Iconic Legacy. Stop by Rosenthal to see photographs, trophies, awards, and primary documents from this extensive and multilayered collection. The exhibit opened March 1st in celebration of Women’s History Month but will remain on display through December of this year. The exhibit is located in the display cases in the Charles J. Tanenbaum room and adjacent lounge area on the 3rd floor. 

Lucille Kyvallos is a trailblazer of women’s basketball in collegiate sports. She was the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Queens College from 1968 through 1981, holding an overall record of 239-77. Kyvallos helped bring her team and the sport to the national stage: she coached the first women’s college basketball game played at Madison Square Garden in 1975 and led the 1977 US National Women’s Basketball Team at the World University Games to a silver medal, among other accomplishments. During her tenure, she worked tirelessly to promote women’s college basketball and bring it to a wider audience. 

Sarah Barlow-Ochshorn, a graduate Fellow from the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (GSLIS), processed the collection and curated the exhibit, thanks to generous funding from Lucille Kyvallos and the Department of Recreation and Athletics.   

Lucille Kyvallos playing for St. Demetrios, circa 1950s

“Getting to learn about Lucille and her impact on women’s collegiate basketball has been a joy. The materials in her collection reveal the perseverance, resilience, and teamwork that led to the success of the QC women’s basketball team in an era when women’s sports lacked adequate support and resources,” said Sarah.

Interested in learning more about Lucille Kyvallos and her collection? 

Access the finding aid for the Lucille Kyvallos Athletics Records and Papers now! To book a research appointment, please email qc.archives@qc.cuny.edu

View an oral history with Lucille Kyvallos, or download the transcript, on the Queens Memory portal.

Queens College Library begins cataloguing the Harry J. Psomiades Greek Studies Library collection

Librarian Carlo Minchillo and
Librarian Carlo Minchillo picks up the first batch of books from Director Gerasimus Katsan for processing.

The Queens College Greek Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies have joined efforts with the Queens College Library in an exciting cataloguing project that will make their collection of Byzantine and Modern Greek literature explorable throughout the CUNY library system. Since the Center’s founding in 1974, their Harry J. Psomiades Greek Studies Library has been building an extensive collection of books, journals, and scholarly publications that supports their academic initiatives as well as the country’s largest Greek community right here in Queens. After receiving a generous donation from an anonymous donor, the project was able to begin this spring semester.

It seems almost serendipitous that the cataloguing of these valuable items began just in time for March’s Greek-American History month. Director Gerasimus Katsan and Assistant Director Maria Athanasopoulou, who are overseeing the project, also manage the operations of the Greek Center and are committed to preserving and promoting the history of Greek language and culture. And as the liaison and subject specialist for the Greek Center, Librarian Carlo Minchillo understands the intrinsic value of the collection as a vital educational resource for academic research.

Assistant Neophytos Ioannou and Gerasimus Katsan
Assistant Neophytos Ioannou and Gerasimus Katsan helping pack books for processing.

With approximately 6,000 items to catalog, there are many moving parts and details for such a unique project that require special attention. Cataloguer Ronnie Gomez and his assistant Miguel Nunez will head the book processing part of the project. With half the collection in Greek and half in English, Ronnie and his team must be precise when creating the cataloguing records for these various items. After proposing the initiative in 2022, Carlo now oversees the coordination, logistics, and communication of the project. And finally, the assistant to the Greek Center, Neophytos Ioannou, was hired to help support the Greek Center and transport materials back and forth from the Center and the Library.

Greek Studies Book Call Numbers

Queens College Library Call Numbers

There are also files, special documents, and items that require assessment for permanent retention. This special skillset is best left to the expertise of the Head of Special Collections, Annie Tummino, and Archives Specialist, Caitlin Colban-Waldron, at Queens College Library. So when the Center identified materials in their collection that might meet the criteria for retention, Caitlin visited to determine if they hold historic value of interest to future researchers.

Caitlin Waldron
Caitlin Colban-Waldron visits the Greek Center to assess materials for possible retention.

The book processing is underway and there are items from the Greek Center Library that are now searchable through the library catalog! The location is listed as Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies (Jefferson Hall 302) and requests can be submitted by using your CUNY credentials. For research assistance, reach out to subject specialist, Carlo Minchillo, or visit the Reference Search office in room 344 on the main floor of the Queens College Library.