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Preserving 170 Years of Jewish Memories in Buffalo

The Canisius College Archives Speaker Series present


The 2012-13 Canisius College Archives Speaker Series will present Chana Revell Kotzin, Ph. D. Community Archive Project Director, Jewish Buffalo Archives Project/Bureau of Jewish Education speaking about “Preserving 170 Years of Jewish Memories in Buffalo”,  Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in the Bouwhuis Library, 2nd Floor from 2:30-4 pm.


The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project (JBAP) seeks to create a comprehensive archive of Jewish institutional, organizational and group documentary holdings, as well as family materials in the Buffalo and Niagara area. Since 2007, Dr. Chana Revell Kotzin has overseen the project and secured archival donations from the oldest synagogues in Buffalo to the area’s longest running Jewish sleep-away summer camp, as well as a range of family donations and many other Jewish groups or initiatives.   She’s recorded a series of oral histories with a wide array of individuals that complements the documentary record.   Much of the work of the project has involved working with the University Archives of the University at Buffalo, who are partnering with the project to provide guidance, repository services and access services. To view the online project click here:


Dr. Chana Kotzin was born and educated in Britain, and initially followed a career in geological sciences including stints on various North Sea oilrigs. In 1994, she retrained as an historian and received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Southampton in the UK in 2000. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the ways in which European Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi anti-semitism were received in Britain during the 1930s. 


Dr. Kotzin has served as guest curator, scholarly advisor, and researcher for an exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, “Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore’s German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945”. She has researched and written oral histories for the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), an on-line resource for the history of Jewish women, with the aid of fellowships and grants from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Jewish Women’s Archives.  She has also researched and written about aspects of Jewish women’s history in the twentieth century, and has  published works in Shofar, The Journal of Holocaust Education, and Jewish History and Culture and has taught courses on Anglo-Jewish History and Modern Jewish History.


The Archives Speaker Series showcases scholars with a special understanding of archival research, based on their own experiences; and who have completed a book or other expression of scholarship reliant on archival research.


This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


For more information contact: Kathleen De Laney, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at 716-888-8421 or

Library’s YALT Program Recognized with Outstanding Program Award


The Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J. Library received the 2012 Outstanding Library or Library Program Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) on Wednesday, October 17 at its 46th Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 17, at the newly renovated Hotel @ The Lafayette.


This prestigious award was given for Outreach Programming and Services for Non-Traditional Students in the  Buffalo and Western New York Communities before an enthusiastic audience of colleagues at WNYLRCs 46th Annual Membership Meeting at the newly renovated Hotel @ The Lafayette .


The library was nominated for its work with YALT, a Day- Habilitation program located on the Canisius Campus.  Through an ongoing and growing solid support program in the library, young adults with developmental disabilities enrolled in People Inc.’s Young Adults Learning Transition (YALT) have an enhanced opportunity to experience life on a college campus while developing functional skills. The nominators cited the librarians and staff for developing personal relationships with these students, and creating additional programs to be supportive of their needs as well as and beyond attending to those of the Canisius students.


Since 2009, under the direction of your Canisius librarians, YALT students have engaged in a book club, creating library displays (see the display in the lower level), learning how to use databases to search for resources, and reading call numbers. Staff have worked with YALT students through the gamut of library services to provide tours of departments with an eye toward learning job skills, and encourage participation in library programming such as Banned Book Week, Seasons Readings, Black History Month and Archives Speaker Series, and become more fully engaged in local history tours. Their newest venture—composition of a graphic novel.


People Inc.’s Brandon Morrisey wrote in his nominating remarks: My students are not traditional college students--they have disabilities that would typically bar them from experiencing college. The students work on life skills such as: getting a job, becoming independent, moving out of their parents’ house, and obtaining a GED…Our presence on campus is largely the result of the exemplary role Canisius provides regarding inclusion, serving the community and promoting education. Specifically, the library has shown itself to be particularly supportive and beneficial to my students…My students choose to go to the library in their free time. This is due to the warm environment the staff provides. Their appreciation and love of libraries will be forever marked by the enthusiastic and welcoming attitude shown to them in the library. The staff’s willingness to create independent learning situations … will dramatically affect (students’) futures,(and) speaks to their dedication. The intimidation these students might feel elsewhere is absent in this friendly and supportive environment. Their efforts are awarding-winning level.


Mr. Morrisey lauded individual librarians and staff by name, and stressed the librarians and staff all know YALT students by name, and they know ours


Sheryl Knab, Executive Director of WNYLRC stated in her award announcement that among the principles upon which this award is based are “development of a program that touches the lives of individuals who frequently are underserved by the community at large” and “creation of an innovative program …that enhances the lives of the library’s constituents or reaches a diverse representation of the Western New York community.” The awards committee was suitably impressed by how the Outreach Programming fits the bill. “Judging from the supporting documentation from the participating YALT students, not only are they being reached, they are embracing all aspects of the library …you should be very proud that your library serves such a broad based constituency.”


Accepting the award for the Canisius College Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J. Library were Kristine E. Kasbohm, Library Director, Kathleen DeLaney, Archivist/Reference Librarian and YALT Library Program Coordinator  and Brandon Morrisey, Program Instructor, People,Inc.


What's Wrong With You? A Forum: Topics in Information, Censorship and Reason

The Canisius College Library’s Banned Book Week continues with a special forum on Thursday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s Instruction Room (Main Floor). This forum is free and open to the public. Students are welcome to attend as part of the Library’s Banned Book Week commemoration focused on “tolerance.”


Panelists include:

Daniel M. Di Landro, MLS, CA, archivist and special collections librarian at Buffalo State College, who will address issues of access, restriction and sensitivity to donor wishes related to two large archival collections at his institution. The Collection of Madeline Davis, when fully processed, will provide researchers insight into the birth of the LGBT movement and gender issues in Buffalo and western New York as reflected in a collection of assembled over more than 50 years. The Lester Glassner African American Experience Collection: Artifacts, Sheet Music, and Ephemera provides contextual insight to a collector and his process to collect a vast assortment of uniques artifacts, and other materials that capture attitude toward and promotion 19th through 20th century thought related to African-American’s.


Richard Reitsma, PhD assistant professor, department of modern languages, will present Banning Books, Trafficking and Cultural Censorship: Arizona and the Argument Against History and Diversity. He’ll examine recent controversial challenges to the Arizona and local school boards’ educational policies, their effect on Latino/Latina authors, and intellectual freedom.


Stephen Chanderbhan, PhD assistant professor, department of philosophy, will reflect on the motivations for the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, the Catholic Church’s list of banned books. The Index was an official element within the Church from the mid-16th century until its abolition in 1966. One of the aims of the Index was “to preserve the faith and morals of Catholics.” Chanderbhan will also touch on the monitum issued against Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and the public critique by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops against Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s book Quest for the Living God.

4th Annual Banned Book Week

Canisius College Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library hosts its 4th Annual Banned Book Week in coordination with the annual American Library Association (ALA) commemoration from Monday, October 1 – Friday, October 5, 2012.


The daily Read Out remains the feature of this week-long commemoration from 12:05 – 1:00p.m. College President, John J. Hurley opened this year’s Banned Book Week with a ceremonial Cutting of the Yellow Caution Tape on Monday, October 1st at 12:05 pm on the library’s first floor adjacent to the Vogt Gallery.


Banned Book Week celebrates intellectual freedom, including freedom to read, benefits of free and open access to information, and also draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books, currently and historically.


Canisius librarians use this week to encourage dialogue that supports freedom to access information, artistic expression, and tolerance.  By using the theme, TOLERANCE, the librarians emphasize their long-held professional ethic ---intellectual freedom for all. They join their colleagues throughout the U.S. in this annual commemoration, now in its 30th year. The first Banned Book Week was held in Chicago, and continues there in Bug House Square across from the Newbery Library where  speakers and readers address the crowd from old-fashioned soap boxes.  As a nod to our colleagues in Windy City, your Canisius Librarians have dubbed their Read-Out space, Bug House Square East.


The Read Out offers participants an opportunity to read aloud from classic books once censored, considered improper, or challenged for ideas (e.g., racism; politics; ethnicity; language; etc.)  Readers may participate in one or all five Read Outs. Readers may choose to select a short, evocative written piece that may have impacted their own attitude toward censorship or tolerance. Participants share their selection, usually with short remarks to place it in context. Please prepare a reading of no more than 5 minutes to allow for all participants to share.


A sign-up board for a specific time will be available on Friday, September 28 near the library service desk.


For ongoing updates to Canisius Banned Book Week click:


For ALA’s list of books and information click :


For more information contact: Kathleen DeLaney, Archivist/Reference Librarian at ext. 8421 or

Library Reception for Faculty Recognition Ceremony

On Friday September 14th the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library held the 10th Annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony and Reception on the 2nd floor of the library. Fifteen Canisius faculty members who were recently promoted, or granted tenure or emeritus status were recognized and presented a certificate of achievement by President John J. Hurley. Honorees were also invited to dedicate a book of his/her choice to the library’s main collection. The books are now on display in the library on the main floor.


Those faculty members who were promoted to full professors were Barbara Burns, PhD, adolescence education and Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, graduate education and leadership.


The faculty members awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor were Nancy M. Bailey, PhD, adolescence education; Richard A. Bailey, PhD, history; Michael J. Braunscheidel, PhD, management; Lorreine K. DiCamillo, EdD, adolescence education; Jonathan M. DiCicco, PhD, political science; Corinne M. Kindzierski, PhD, education; Phillip M. Sheridan, PhD, chemistry and biochemistry; and Anne Marie Tryjankowski, EdD, graduate education and leadership. 


The faculty recognized for achieving emeritus status were Peter J. Galie, PhD, political science; John E. Kelly, PhD, philosophy; Janice Schultz-Aldrich, PhD, philosophy; James Sylvis, PhD, kinesiology; and George Wenner, PhD, education.

New Article Search

The Library has a new interface for searching and finding articles. Search over 30 databases at once by clicking the "Articles" tab on the Library's home page or click on the "Articles" tab on the top left in the new catalog. After searching, select the most appropriate subject area. Within that subject area, librarians have selected relevant databases for your search.

You can still see the full list of all the databases we subscribe to here. Try it out and let us know what you think!


He's Back ...


The 23rd president of Canisius College, Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J. has returned to the College. And he’s taken up residence in the ALB Library.


Dr. Ellen O. Conley, Vice President for Student Affairs, whose avocations include sculpting, recently created a series of sculptures that include busts of well-known Canisius Jesuits. Among those, is Father Cooke. Thanks to Dr. Conley that sculpture is now properly displayed on the first floor of the college library after a brief “visit” last year. An unveiling took place on August 8, 2012.


Father Cooke used to joke that one of his biggest accomplishments was bringing Tim Hortons’ Café and Bake Shop to the library. A frequent visitor to the coffee shop, Father Cooke knew the well-worn path through the library to the inside door of Tim’s. Coffee cup in hand, he’d roam the library collections and regularly stop by the Service Desk with his selection of library materials, where he was also known to chat with staff about their reading habits, recommendations and updates to library offerings.


Now, it’s your turn. Come to the library, grab a cup of coffee from Tim’s, and sit by Dr. Conley’s gift to the College--the sculpture of Father Cooke. Be inspired and “go exploring” through our great collections.  The new academic year is underway with “boundless” opportunities.

Archives Speaker Series Showcases Larkin Company

Canisius College Archives Speaker Series presents its Spring offering, “Documenting Marketing History: Researching Buffalo’s Larkin Company” on Thursday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. Bouwhuis Library, 2nd floor.


Howard Stanger, PhD, professor of management and history, and Christine Schnaithmann MA, research and teaching assistant,  department of cultural history and theory, Humboldt-Universitat, Berlin, are featured speakers. Together they will offer a transatlantic examination of Buffalo's remarkable Larkin Company.

Stanger, a noted authority on labor history, will share his research about Buffalo’s once prominent Larkin Soap Manufacturing Company, including the development of its unique corporate culture and how it started the buying club-based marketing practices, almost a century before today’s big box stores picked up on the concept. Ms. Schnaithmann will share her investigation of the relationship between office organization and architecture using Frank Lloyd Wright's Larking Building as a case study.


Company founder, John D. Larkin counted among his employees Frank and Darwin D. Martin, whose 125 Jewett Parkway home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and Elbert Hubbard, who pioneered his own enterprising artisan community -The Roycrofters. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright also designed the Larkin Company’s innovative and gigantic office building, where today, a revitalized growing and vibrant manufacturing area -The Hydraulic District – is located on the edge of downtown Buffalo.


The Archives Speaker Series features scholars whose work is reliant on archival research, and who have produced an expression of scholarship based on that research. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Kathleen DeLaney, Archivist at or ext. 8421

Who IS Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S. J.?

His name is on the the building and this page. Your library is named for Rev. Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J., College Librarian  from 1935-55, and spent more than half his 52 years in the Jesuit order as College Librarian (now called Library Director).  Born in Buffalo in 1895, he began his Canisius career  just after the library moved from its original home in a second-floor classroom of Old Main to the first floor. Up until then, Jesuits had been living in those first floor rooms. They were relocated to the 3rd and 4th floors while Fr.Bouwhuis made order out of chaos.  He had "space limitations, no staff, poor furnishings, and non-existent  procedures of opertation." He was intent on making the library the focal point of campus life. One of his decisions ---to hire female staff ...undoubtedly helped. Canisius was still an all-male college. 

Father Bouwhuis died in 1967. When this building was rededicated in his memory in 1968, the late Rev. James M. Demske, 22nd president of the College, said, "He was the pattern of a great librarian... Fr. Bouwhuis was a lover of books, but he was no recluse...his love of libraries was in no way inconsistant with his love of people. He loved books precisely because he loved people." At the ceremony, the librarians were asked to consider the need of contributions from electronic media as part of education. We've considered. And as you read here, we continue to follow that suggestion. For more information on Canisius History visit the College Archives on the Library's 2nd floor, or click on:


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