Library News Blog
ROGUES GALLERY: Forty Year Retrospective of Courtroom Art from Son of Sam to El Chapo
Curated by Larry E. Sullivan (Chief Librarian), Aggie Whelan Kenny, and Elizabeth Williams
On view November 30, 2017 to February 2, 2018
Location: Shiva Gallery, located just inside the 11th Avenue entrance to John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Address: 860 11th Avenue (between 58th & 59th St), New York, NY 10019.
The Shiva Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 10am – 6pm.
A large portion of the items on view are from the Richard Tomlinson Courtroom Drawings Collection, the Aggie Whelan Kenny Collection, and the Elizabeth Williams Collection, all housed in the Lloyd Sealy Library Special Collections.
Drawings in the promotional image are by Elizabeth Williams, Aggie Whelan Kenny, and Richard Tomlinson.
Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 4:53pm
The Graduate Studies office has long been offering workshops for graduate students on topics such as resume writing, statistics, and communication and leadership skills. Generally offered in the early evening to accommodate student schedules, these workshops are always appreciated by those who can fit them into their busy schedules, but too often they are not well attended. In an attempt to try to reach more students with the information they need to support their graduate level learning, Graduate Studies is now offering two of these workshops—Using Library Databases for Research and How to Write a Literature Review—via Blackboard. Students can register and take the workshops, which are divided into modules, at their convenience. Badges signifying skills and achievements can be earned for use in ePortfolios or to share with outside organizations.
A full complement of workshops are still offered in person at the start of each semester, and there are plans to add more online workshops in the future. You can register for these online workshops. For more information about how John Jay supports grad students, visit the Graduate Studies page.
Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 4:45pm
In preparation for our upcoming exhibit, “Rogues Gallery: Forty-Year Retrospective of Courtroom Art from Son of Sam to El Chapo” (Shiva Art Gallery, November 29 through February 2), I have been spending a lot of time with the Richard Tomlinson Collection of Courtroom Drawings. It strikes me that while many of us are familiar with courtroom drawings, we don’t know much about the process of courtroom artists.
As I reported previously in this newsletter (Spring 2012, p. 15), Richard Tomlinson worked as a courtroom artist for three decades. For quite a while, he worked covering New York City area trials full-time for Channel 5 WNEW news. He and other artists, working for other news outlets, would sit side by side, drawing boards in their laps at the front of the courtroom, surrounded by their art supplies, working quickly to capture all the action of the court proceedings within their allotted space on the courtroom bench. Richard Tomlinson was well known for drawing in a small, confined area with a few materials in his pocket and a pair of binoculars next to him; others spread out onto every free area on the bench and floor. At the end of the proceedings, courtroom artists ran outside to waiting news photographers and cameramen, who would immediately shoot the drawings in natural light on the sidewalk. Other times, artists lugged their drawings to Midtown newsrooms on the subway (or sometimes by a speeding cab), where editors shuffled through them looking for the best shot to illustrate breaking news stories. Now courtroom artists scan their drawings in their studios and email them to newsroom editors.
Courtroom artists employ a range of materials to capture all the color, actions, and emotions of court proceedings quickly. Sometimes the court appearance of defendants and witnesses is so brief that only a quick sketch can be accomplished, which is later colored in with details added from memory. The paper has to be the right size and texture to capture and hold the action as well as the drawing media, and it must stand up to possible rough handling. Everyone develops their own distinctive style, which could change over time, or with each trial. While pastels and charcoal can be messy and easily smudged, they are by far the most used medium because of their ease of use in rendering quick, colorful, and expressive drawings. Richard Tomlinson often did a charcoal sketch that he then filled in with colored oil crayon, pencils, or watercolor onto a thin, smooth—but very durable—vellum paper. Other artist materials include markers, pens, and gouache in any combination, all of which must correctly interface with the paper.
While courtroom artists are dwindling in number due to the widespread introduction of cameras in the courtroom, the Special Collections has a growing collection of courtroom art, launched by the Richard Tomlinson Collection and now supplemented with gifts of the Elizabeth Williams Collection and Aggie Kenny Collection. Portions of all these collections will be on exhibit in the Shiva Art Gallery exhibit, opening on November 29. Examples from these collections will also soon also appear in our Digital Collections.
A selection of resources on courtroom artists
Church, M.. (2006). The art of justice: An eyewitness view of thirty infamous trials Philadelphia, Pa.: Quirk. Reserve (3 day loan) NC953.8 .C47 A4 2006
Dengrove, I. L. (1990). My days in court: unique views of the famous and infamous by a court artist. New York: Morrow. Stacks NC 953.8 .D46 A2 1990
Hobman, P. (2015). Trial & image: Courtroom artists capture the colors and gestures of justice. ArtNews 115(2), 110-117.
Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (2017). Drawing justice: The art of courtroom drawing. Online exhibit.
Frost, Natasha. (August 2017). The dying art of courtroom illustration. Atlas Obscura Blog.
Williams, E.. (2014). The illustrated courtroom: 50 years of court art. Reserve (3 day loan) NC953.5 .U6 W54 2014
Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 4:32pm
Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of Between the World and Me (winner of the National Book Award), talked about books he recommended reading at a public event in 2015 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library).
Many of the books he mentioned are available here at the Lloyd Sealy Library, and all are available through CUNY libraries. They are listed here with their call numbers and/or links to their pages in OneSearch.
- Collected Essays by James Baldwin (in particular, "The Fire Next Time")
- Stacks PS 3552 .A45 A16 1998 (OneSearch record)
- The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life, His Own by David Carr
- Stacks HV5805 .C356 A3 2008 (OneSearch record)
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
Stacks E441 .B337 2014 (OneSearch record)
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War by James McPherson
Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960 by Arnold R. Hirsch
Stacks HD 7288.72 .U52 C454 1983 (OneSearch record)
Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America by Beryl Satter
Available at York College, Baruch College, and 9 other CUNY libraries (OneSearch record)
"Confederate States of America — Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union"
Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination That Changed America by Wil Haygood
Available at Hunter College, Baruch College, and 8 other CUNY libraries (OneSearch record)
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia by Edmund S. Morgan
Available at Queens College and other CUNY libraries (OneSearch record)
Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields
Available at BMCC and 3 other CUNY libraries (OneSearch record)
When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings
Stacks E185.86 .G49 1984 (OneSearch record)
Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign against Lynching by Paula J. Giddings
Stacks E185.97 .W55 G53 2008 (OneSearch record)
Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph
Available at Medgar Evers and 5 other CUNY libraries (OneSearch record)
August 22, 2017
Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 4:04pm
The Library now offers Apple and Android chargers as well as a surge protector, all available for 3-hour checkouts.
The iPhone/iPad (Lightning) and Android (Micro-USB) chargers are available at the Reserve Desk on the Library's lower level or the Reference Desk on the upper level.
Happy charging! ⚡
Related: Where can I plug in?
Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 4:02pm
The Lloyd Sealy Library launched an updated look for the website on August 7, 2017. We have refreshed the color scheme, improved mobile responsiveness, increased accessibility, and simplified the main search box. Once the semester is underway, you'll also see an interactive "Chat with a librarian" box on the homepage during chat reference hours.
A "Preview" site was available for public testing and feedback for two weeks prior to the launch. The website's new look was also tested for usability with 19 John Jay students in Spring 2017.
Think something's missing? Have a comment or critique? Let us know what you think! We value your comments:
About the search box: The biggest change is the search box on the home page. We have simplified this search box to make finding library materials even faster and easier using OneSearch, based on the data we collected in a usability study. All search options, including CUNY+, are still available. (More about OneSearch.)
Another important update: OneSearch also has a new look in time for Fall 2017, courtesy of CUNY's Office of Library Services. John Jay implemented the new user interface on August 21, 2017.
We value all feedback about the library website from library users! Feedback form (anonymous) »
Website contact: Robin Davis, Emerging Technologies & Online Learning Librarian, Library Web Committee chair
Posted Monday, August 7, 2017 - 10:34am
"Hot off the press!" Read the most recent reports from CQ Researcher featuring issues faced by the world today.
CQ Researcher explores a single hot issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social issues to environment, health, education, and science/technology. Reports on international topics such as torture, nationalization of energy resources, and peacekeeping around the world are also featured. We have access to coverage from 1923 to the present.
Hot topics in CQ Researcher
- Animal Rights
- Climate Change
- College Athletics
- Crime and Policing
- Death Penalty
- Drug Abuse
- Education Policy
- Free Trade
- Gun Control
- Health Care Reform
- International Affairs
- Internet and Technology
- LGBT Rights
- Marijuana Legalization
- Student Debt
July 24, 2017
Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 - 2:44pm
We are happy to present a new database: Foreign Policy magazine, covering 1970 to present and its website. FP focuses on leading global issues in national security, technology, markets, and energy & resources.
Screenshot of FP
Posted Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 11:23am
This archive contains manuscripts, books, broadsheets, and periodicals from 1790–1920. The collection covers Europe, North America, India and the Antipodes. It includes raw data about crime, its solutions, and the popular response.
Screenshot of database
Posted Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 11:20am
We have purchased an outstanding collection of streaming video content in which criminologists describe their research in a way that is accessible to undergraduates. We have Meda Chesney-Lind talking about feminist criminology and abortion law, Robert Agnew on general strain theory, Joan Petersilia, Terrie Moffitt and many other active researchers describing their work, and other core criminal justice ideas. Students can see and hear e.g. a forensic anthropologist explaining how she identifies victims at mass crime scenes. Racial disparities, crime mapping, research methods, transnational crime, and the criminal investigation process are some of the many topics covered. Some films take us inside forensics labs, correctional facilities, and court rooms. Others show case studies, and/or connect research to policy and practice. In a few of the shorter clips, people working within the criminal justice system talk about their careers.
We hope these virtual guest speakers will be memorable for students, and help them see connections between what they are learning and the practice of research.
The collection consists of over 120 hours of film, with lectures from the University of Essex, documentaries from Passion River, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Intelecom Learning, Twofour Tights, and interviews with researchers created by OHCP. All videos are tagged with a type label; lecture, tutorial, interview, documentary, video case, in practice, or key note. Each video and video segment in the collection has been assigned a persistent URL. Users can create their own clips with unique URLs for sharing with students via Blackboard, email, etc. Rolling text transcripts accompany each video. The videos are housed on the Sage Knowledge platform, which also includes reference book content from Sage and CQ Press. Users can conduct a single search across the platform to discover both video and text content; and some cross linking connects the two. We have purchased access to the collection in perpetuity.
Show a clip during class time, or assign as homework to reinforce the concepts introduced during the day! Flip the classroom and assign a video for students to watch at home before a class discussion or exercise. Or challenge students to find a relevant clip or screenshot to embed in their e-portfolio, PowerPoint or Prezi presentation.
Please see our Media guide for more about the Library's collections of documentaries, feature films, training films, and more, in streaming and DVD formats. Please contact the librarian responsible for media, Ellen Sexton, with questions, comments, acquisition suggestions.
Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 3:00pm