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New Leader in Special Collections

by Jill Dixon

Photo of Blythe Roveland-BrentonBlythe Roveland-Brenton ’83 has joined the Libraries team as head of Special Collections. She previously served as university archivist and associate dean of libraries at St. John’s University. Roveland-Brenton received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and German from Binghamton University. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a master’s degree in library science – with a concentration in archives/special collections – from St. John’s University.

Roveland-Brenton has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in anthropology, archaeology, sociology, and library and information science. She enjoys teaching and learning about the history of the book, and has attended several courses at the University of Virginia’s Rare Books School. She looks forward to collaborating with Binghamton faculty to introduce students to the research potential of the books, manuscripts and archival records held in Special Collections.

Her research interests include books as historical artifacts; portrayals of prehistoric people and world cultures in 19th- and early 20th-century children’s books; and undergraduate engagement with special collections and archives. Roveland-Brenton’s hobbies include visiting museums; book and ephemera collecting; collecting miniature books, 19th-century women’s scrapbooks and sketch albums; and traveling and visiting roadside attractions.

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Last Updated: 1/29/19