Digging around in the basements of buildings on campus is usually dirty work and this was no exception. The pile of material we looked at in Doyle’s storage area had been there for a long time and accumulated the appropriate layer of dust. We were looking for material that should be saved for the library or the archives and found interesting and useful bits of Bona’s history in those dark recesses of Doyle Hall. Stuck in the midst of it all was a piece of paper that became even more relevant Super Bowl Sunday.
Unrelated to anything else in the 30 cubic feet of files I discovered a note on Pittsburgh Steelers’ letterhead. It turned out to be from Steelers owner Art Rooney to our own Francis “Griff” Griffin. For those of you who don’t recognize the name Griff grew up across the street from campus and ended up working here for all but one of year of his career. Follow this link to a biographical piece on our web site about this Bonnie “lifer”. Of course, the bigger news this week was John “Jack” Butler’s selection for the Football Hall of Fame. Butler, and other Bonnie football players, are noted here on our football site.
There’s always a lot to do here in the archives at St. Bonaventure. This semester we’re processing a collection of Fred McCarthy’s papers. McCarthy was the creator of Brother Juniper, a character invented here at SBU during the 1940’s. The cartoon appeared in print from 1958 to 1989. We’re also cataloging our artifact collection, creating a list of the important dates in our athletic program’s history, working with the papers of a science fiction writer and a poet, and taking care of the day-to-day archival business.
Take a look at some earlier work on the McCarthy Collection here: http://web.sbu.edu/friedsam/archives/Juniper/juniper_index.htm
For an overview of our collections and web sites this is a good place to begin:
Monkey-fish, Feejee/Fiji Mermaid by any other name…
- By any name, it’s ugly.
Welcome to the SBU Archives’ blog. We’ll post here from time to time as items of interest pop up. The Monkey-fish caught my eye since we have one of its cousins here at SBU. The question is whether or not ours actually came from the P.T. Barnum collection. The paper trail is fuzzy but it does lead in that direction. One of the unsolvable mysteries in our history.