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An unpublished biography of high-flying financial fraudster Charles Ponzi caught the eye of New York Times journalist Ralph Blumenthal, as he searched through the Lloyd Sealy Library's Special Collections. Blumenthal's article Lost manuscript unmasks details of original Ponzi has now been published in the New York Times. The mysterious manuscript was written by the man Ponzi hired to be his publicist, William McNasters - a spectacularly bad hiring decision, as McMasters decided to expose the criminal mastermind. Blumenthals's article has all the details...


Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 12:38pm


Reserve librarian Kathleen Collin's new book Watching what we eat has just been published! Kathleen will be reading this evening at Book Court in Brooklyn. "Collins scours the archives to show how cooking programs throughout the decades reflect America’s changing cultural mores. From James Beard to Rachael Ray, TV cooking hosts have brought this intimate brand of entertainment into the home, moving from educating the general public on the finer points of home economics to coaching us on developing our inner creativity."


Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 12:09pm


AtoZMapsOnline.com is the world's largest subscription-based database of proprietary, royalty-free world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps. New maps are added to the collection every month.

We have access through June 2009. If you like this database and think we should keep it beyond May, please let us know! Email Gretchen Gross, that's ggross at jjay dot cuny dot edu or post a comment below.


Posted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 10:02am


Litfinder contains the full text of literary works from over 80,000 authors, with broad coverage of canonical, contemporary, award-winning and emerging authors. In addition to the 6,000+ works of short fiction in LitFinder, major novels and works of drama are also included. Litfinder also includes a number of secondary materials, including: Biographical Essays, Topic Overviews, Work Overviews, and Images. We have access to Litfinder through August 2010.


Posted Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 4:15pm


We have just added Proquest Platinum to our list of databases. PQ Platinum is an index with full-text, of articles published in over 2,000 journals and magazines, plus some newspapers. It is similar in terms of coverage to the Academic Search Premier database on the EBSCOhost platform. General broad coverage, not discipline specific. New York State is paying for it, through the NOVELNY consortium. Another new comer is Grolier Online, a small database composed of Encyclopedia Americana and 2 other small reference works.


Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 11:20am


Image of gallows. Image of electric chair

Dr. Paige H. Gordier, Lloyd Sealy Library Fellow for spring 2009, will present her lecture Capital Murder Trials in the Late 1800s: A Reflection of Public Opinion on the Death Penalty. This presentation will focus on the capital murder trials which took place in the county of New York in the late 1800s. Trial transcripts and newspapers of the times were used to determine what crime, offender and victim related characteristics would most often result in a death sentence. Dr. Gordier's study also focuses on the influence of public opinion on the criminal trial process. Public opinion on capital punishment, immigration and the role of women are reflected in the trial process and in particular, in the jury selection process.

Please join us for this exciting event! Monday, March 30, 2009, Room 630T, at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture.


Posted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 2:24pm


In partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the library has arranged a short series of information literacy workshops for John Jay faculty. Click here for more information.


Posted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 3:26pm


Ron Arons is appearing in a panel discussion at the Tenement Museum on March 11 at 6:30 PM, entitled Jews behaving badly. Appearing with Ron Arons will be Rich Cohen and Rose Keefe, to discuss gangsters and other notorious law breakers. Their books include The Jews of Sing-Sing, Tough Jews and The Starker: Big Jack Zelig, the Becker-Rosenthal Case, and The Advent of the Jewish Gangster. More information about the event can be found here. Ron Arons is a scholar who has spent a lot of time in the John Jay Special Collections carrying out research for his recent book, The Jews of Sing Sing: Gotham gangsters and gonuvim (call no: Stacks - HV6194 .J4 A76 2008 ). Information about the book can be seen on Aron's website.


Posted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 3:18pm


The Chief Librarian Larry Sullivan and the Special Collections Librarian Ellen Belcher are making sure Broadway actors wear historically correct NYPD uniforms. The New York Times reports on how the Lloyd Sealy Library was able to help a West Side Story costume designer when other organizations could not. The NY Times article is here.
The Lloyd Sealy library is probably the only place in the world that holds such a variety of historical police manuals and handbooks which were produced for daily use within the departments and likely discarded after they became obsolete. Our special collections holds several general procedural manuals for the NYPD including those dating to 1929, 1940, 1949 and 1956 along with many historical manuals and handbooks from police departments worldwide.


Posted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 4:17pm


The catalog, CUNY+ has been experiencing significant problems during the first days of the spring semester. The university systems librarian has apologized for the state of affairs, and has assured us that the problem has been identified, and a fix to restore normal service is being applied. We expect the catalog to return to normal by the latest, Thursday 5 pm, January 29th. Until the catalog returns, we cannot identify with accuracy the call numbers, locations and circulating status of books in the library. UPDATE: CUNY+ is back. Service should now be normal according to the CUNY director of library systems. Here at John Jay it does seem slow, but working.


Posted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 9:52am


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