As thousands of proud family members and friends stood and applauded the more than 6,400 Syracuse University students who had their degrees conferred inside the JMA Wireless Dome for this year’s Commencement ceremony, their thoughts were on celebrating this momentous…
Irina Savinetskaya Joins Special Collections Research Center as Early to Pre-20th Century Curator
Irina Savinetskaya has joined Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) as curator, early to pre-20th century, effective June 13. Prior to joining the Libraries, Savinetskaya was a cataloguer and researcher for Martayan Lan Rare Books, a leading rare books and manuscript dealer covering early printed books in all subjects from the 15th century to 1800. She was formerly curator for the Florence Fearrington Collection of Wunderkammer Books in New York. She holds master of arts and Ph.D. degrees in medieval studies from Central European University. Savinetskaya also was a CENDARI Transnational Fellow at the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and an E. Ph. Goldschmidt Fellow at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
Savinetskaya joins the curatorial unit within SCRC, where she will work collaboratively across SCRC, the Libraries and the University’s schools, colleges and units to further embed, interpret and advocate for the use of pre-20th century primary sources and collections within the university’s curriculum, student and faculty research, and interdisciplinary scholarship. Her curatorial duties will include creating exhibitions in SCRC’s spaces, supporting programming (including mini seminars), contributing interpretation to digital collections initiatives and teaching with special collections materials to enhance the student experience through active hands on learning. SCRC’s rich holdings in pre-20th century primary sources includes collection areas and notable holdings such as the library of Leopold Von Ranke, Antiquarian books, social reform and activism, religious and utopian communities, and science and medicine, all of which provide a significant base from which Savinetskaya will draw. In addition, she is also charged with implementing a reparative framework for collection development, description and primary source instruction to foster further representation of marginalized voices through seeking material and collecting evidence of individuals, groups and events underrepresented in the pre-20th century collections.