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Fine and Rare II: Inside CMU Libraries' Special Collections

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Fine and Rare II: Inside CMU Libraries' Special Collections

In this themed installment of Fine & Rare, Curator of Special Collections Dr. Sam Lemley shares a number of rare and early printed editions of works by well known composers, including Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms. Music played a surprisingly important role in the early history of the Libraries' Special Collections — the University's repository for rare books, manuscripts, and early calculating devices and cryptographic machines. Join Sam in revisiting this story and learn about some of the Libraries' musical rarities.

This is a virtual event. Please register to attend. 

Thursday, December 7, 2023
6:30 pm EST


Meet our Speakers:

Mary Ellen Poole, Ph.D.
Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Mary Ellen Poole, Ph.D., is the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts (CFA). She also holds a faculty appointment as professor of music. She joined Carnegie Mellon University and CFA on August 1, 2021.

Dr. Poole is a musicologist who most recently served as the director of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, a post she held since June 2014. She also served as a faculty member in the Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair in Music and professor of musicology.

Under Dr. Poole’s leadership, the Butler School of Music attracted world-renowned faculty; expanded its donor base and funded facility updates; and led and facilitated community conversations promoting and diversity, equity and inclusion. Throughout her career, she consistently advocated for increased performance opportunities for student ensembles.

Prior to her post at Butler, Dr. Poole served as the dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a decade. There, she increased enrollment, recruited exceptional faculty and supervised construction of an $80 million facility in the city’s arts district. As a musicologist, her research has focused on fin-de-siècle Paris: cabaret chansons and chansonniers, music as political propaganda during the Radical Republic and the ideology of teaching music to the working class.

Dr. Poole was selected as the 13th dean of CFA in summer 2021 by a cross-sectional committee of CFA faculty, staff and students.

Ignacio Arana 


Samuel Lemley
Curator of Special Collections

Sam Lemley administers research, acquisitions, interpretation, and instruction in Special Collections, CMU's repository for rare books, manuscripts, and early scientific instruments and calculating machines. Lemley holds a PhD in English Literature and an MLIS with a certificate of concentration in rare book and special collections librarianship. Lemley has held research fellowships at the Houghton Library, Princeton University Library, the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, and Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

Ignacio Arana 
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