October 30, 2015

The NYCRR Digital Archive is up and running!

After three years of concerted effort the Appellate Division Law Library, the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University of Buffalo Law School, and the State Supreme Court Law Library in Buffalo are pleased to announce the "greatest thing since sliced bread" is now available free online.

The New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) is where you would find environmental rules about car emissions or the guidelines for what a stop sign should look like. Like most law, the NYCRR is constantly changing. Although it is easy to find the current version, finding past versions was very difficult. If you needed to know what regulations governed the mortgage you took out in 1991, your only option was to travel to one of the few libraries that kept the old print versions and sift through hundreds of binders until you found what you were looking for. The process could take hours, even days to complete.

This is no longer the case, thanks to the NYCRR Digital Archive. This free online database allows anyone to search through past versions of rules and regulations that were in effect from 1945-2001.

If you need help using the database, please call our reference desk at 585-530-3251.

October 27, 2015

Salem Witch Trials

The Daily Record today featured a review by Christine Bowersox, Collection Management Librarian at Harris Beach, of resources on the Salem Witch Trials. That piqued our curiosity: did we own any of the works on her list? We do have one, "Trials for Witchcraft Before the Special Court of Oyer and Terminer." It's in Volume 1 of American Criminal Trials, in our Rare Book Room. You can find a free electronic version of American Criminal Trials in the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

We also have books on the subject from two excellent series:
The Salem witchcraft trials : a legal history
from the series Landmark law cases & American society
Narratives of the witchcraft cases, 1648-1706
from the series Notable Trials Library.

Also worth mentioning is the University of Virginia's Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, an impressive collection of primary sources, historical maps, and contemporary commentary.

October 14, 2015

Villain or victim?

The Wolf: villain or victim?
The Three Pigs: innocent or at fault?
The Jurors, Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty: solid citizens or characters with a past?

RAPA Family Theatre promises fun-filled proceedings in The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, running October 23 through November 1. By the author of The Trial of Goldilocks.

For details, please visit the website of the Kodak Center for Performing Arts.