Resolution J566-2013

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Friedsam Memorial Library at St. Bonaventure University



  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 21, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Fried-
sam Memorial Library at St.  Bonaventure University

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State  of  New  York  to
recognize  and acknowledge certain exemplary institutions that strive to
provide educational and cultural opportunities to benefit their communi-
ties within this great Empire State through increased access  to  educa-
tional resources; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body hereby commemorates the  75th
Anniversary  of the Friedsam Memorial Library at St. Bonaventure Univer-
sity; and
  WHEREAS, Colonel Michael Friedsam, a philanthropist committed  to  the
importance  of  education  established  a  foundation  dedicated  to his
ideals; after he passed away, the Friedsam Foundation donated the  funds
necessary  for  the  construction  of  a new library at St.  Bonaventure
University; and
  WHEREAS, St. Bonaventure's library needed a new building for its grow-
ing collection after spending 50 years in  Alumni  Hall;  groundbreaking
for the new library took place on May 21, 1937; and
  WHEREAS, Less than a year after beginning construction, 40,000 volumes
were  transferred  by  hand from Alumni Hall to the new building in only
eight hours by students and seminarians using a "Bucket Brigade" system;
Friedsam Memorial Library was dedicated on March 7, 1938; and
  WHEREAS, The building was built with a unique  and  beautiful  design,
one that is architecturally detailed and contains many important symbol-
ic  features; over the years the building has seen significant additions
and modernization, yet it still retains its original  aesthetic  beauty;
  WHEREAS,  Friedsam  Memorial  Library  is  the  home of the Franciscan
Institute and holds the most  important  collection  of  Franciscana  in
North America; and
  WHEREAS,  Construction  of  a  Rare  Books  Wing began in 2007 and was
completed in 2008; it houses 10,000 rare  books  and  manuscripts  using
state-of-the-art  environmental  controls  and  systems to protect these
valuable materials; and
  WHEREAS, The library offers a wide range of traditional and electronic
resources available to students,  faculty,  staff,  alumni,  and  guests
including  over  350,000  titles, 11,500 reference titles, and more than
35,000 electronic serials titles in their databases;  reference  librar-
ians  provide help in person, via email, over the phone and through text
messaging; the library also maintains a variety of  special  collections
and archived materials; and
  WHEREAS,  Friedsam  Memorial  Library  continues  to  be  an important
location on campus for research, study and socialization; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of  this  Legislative  Body  to  commemorate
milestones  in  the  histories  of certain exceptional libraries in this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  75th Anniversary of the Friedsam Memorial Library; and
be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Friedsam Memorial Library at St. Bonaventure University.


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