The Archives and Special Collections, located in the James A. Cannavino Library, holds research and primary resource materials. The strength and focus of our collections are in areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the Marist Community.
The Lowell Thomas Papers encompasses a wide range of materials documenting the life, family, and professional career of Lowell Thomas. These materials include correspondence, administrative and financial documents, manuscripts, printed materials, photographic materials, motion picture films, audio recordings, and memorabilia.
Peter Bekker Sr. entered the air force in 1944 and became involved in the Far East Network (FEN), an internal radio and television programming station for the U.S. Military. Over the course of 1944 and 1945, Senior toured Europe with his platoon, documenting the destruction of the war for the FEN. After World War II, Bekker continued his work for the FEN. Over the course of his time in the military, and rose to the rank of Major.mWhile enlisted, Bekker Sr. and his wife had two sons, Peter Bekker Jr. and Fred Bekker. Junior grew up to become a radio personality himself. Junior wrote, produced, and hosted “On Record” and hosted “Between the Lines”. In the 1990s Junior transitioned his focus and began writing and publishing for magazines on computers. Junior opened a small consulting company, Computer Management Advice, where he helped develop client facing websites, continued to write articles promoting new technologies, and began to write technical manuals for software and hardware. Junior continued this work until the early 2000s. This collection contains materials from both Peter Bekker Sr. and Peter Bekker Jr. These materials encompass both Senior’s and Junior’s careers, and highlight key facets of their professions. The highlight of Junior’s materials is the 163 Open Reel Tapes and the hundreds of cassettes from his radio career.
The 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Collection, c. 1901-2009, contains materials and souvenirs associated with the commemorative celebration. The Hudson-Fulton Celebration commemorated the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s first successful commercial application of the paddle steamboat. The collection was created by Allen Fink and Susan Bette Fink (nee Budson). They devoted years to researching and collecting Hudson-Fulton Celebration items to create a comprehensive collection of materials telling the event's story.
The Hudson River Valley Commission was a New York State Agency, established by the Legislature in 1966, to coordinate planning along the Hudson River and to encourage the balanced development of the Valley’s land and resources. The HRVC collection consists of testimony, exhibits, legal briefs, opinions & orders, publicity materials, and stenographer’s reports concerning the Storm King decision.
Rick Whitesell turned a childhood passion into a diverse musical career. His love of music led him to assemble a collection of records, or more appropriately, a collection of music, spanning five decades, dating back to the late 1920s. The collection consists of over 3,500 records and follows the development of music for more than fifty years. Also included in the collection are issues of "Goldmine" magazine, where Rick served as an editor and feature writer, as well as some audio and video tapes containing interviews and performances.
Postcard production and popularity in the U.S. erupted in the 1890s and early 1900s. This is demonstrated in the collection, with a majority of the postcards hailing from the first half of the twentieth century. Postcards served as a fast and easy way to communicate with peers and loved ones at the time.This collection consists of postcards and some flyers from the Hudson Valley region of New York with most depicting places and things in Poughkeepsie, New York. The collection includes both blank and used postal cards, the bulk of which are from the first half of the twentieth century (1904-1944). Undated postcards in the collection are also presumably from the twentieth century.
The McCann Postcard Collection consists of a series of postcards from the friends and family of the McCann’s around the world from the years 1901- 1908 as well as a book on a car’s transcontinental journey.
The Coffin Family Papers contains bills, promissory notes, receipts, account ledgers, bonds, deeds and other documents relating to the business and personal transactions of Robert Coffin of Dutchess County, NY.
Geraldine Geller, 1987 Marist alumni, took an interest in the ephemera of fashion and collected various paper advertisements and articles from newspapers and magazines. The collection consists of advertisements and articles from 1920s, 1930s and 1940s Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. There are also various newspaper clippings from the 1940s and 1950s of historical interest.