Music of the Italian Masters

Marking the Frank V. de Bellis Collection’s fiftieth anniversary, the J. Paul Leonard Library is producing an exhibit, Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion. The exhibit will highlight music holdings dating back to the 1450s including unique manuscripts and unpublished works of the Neapolitan school, first editions of Baroque chamber music, instrumental and vocal music, opera scores and libretti, along with antique instruments and sound recordings of the twentieth century. The exhibit will feature a short video of SF State faculty member Dr. Victoria Neve performing works by Muzio Clementi (1652-1832) on a historic Clementi forte piano manufactured in 1808.

We invite the public to explore the Collection’s rich resources. The exhibit, Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion, was produced with generous support from the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library.

Library Room 462
Hours: Monday – Friday, 1– 5 pm., or by appointment

Add comment March 3rd, 2014

Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism

Labor Archives and Research Center’s 28th Anniversary Program

Friday February 28th at 6:30pm

Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism: District 65 and the fight for economic equality for low wage workers in the 1930s-1950s

Guest Speaker: Lisa Phillips, Indiana State University

Organizing update by Jobs with Justice

Music by Vukani Mawethu Choir

Location: ILWU, Ship Clerk’s Local 34, 4 Berry Street (at 2nd and King) on the Embarcadero next to Giant’s Stadium

Light refreshments at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm

Historian Lisa Phillips will discuss her new book, A Renegade Union – Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism which explores the story of New York’s District 65 union. Dedicated to organizing workers from diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, many of whom were considered “unorganizable” by other unions, the progressive New York City–based labor union District 65 counted among its 30,000 members retail clerks, office workers, warehouse workers, and wholesale workers. In this book, Lisa Phillips presents a distinctive study of District 65 and its efforts to secure economic equality for minority workers in sales and processing jobs in small, low-end shops and warehouses throughout the city. Phillips shows how organizers fought tirelessly to achieve better hours and higher wages for “unskilled,” unrepresented workers and to destigmatize the kind of work they performed.

Add comment February 20th, 2014

Annual Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies – Alison Kafer

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 4-6 pm
Location: J. Paul Leonard Library, 4th floor, “Special collections” room
Sponsor: Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
Contact: Emily Beitiks
Phone: 415-405-3528
The 2014 Annual Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies: Alison Kafer
“Crip Relations: Critical Disability Studies Now”

If disability is largely experienced in relation – to other people, to buildings, and other structures, to histories and practices – how might we understand the many complex relations with feminist, queer, or critical race and ethnic studies?

Alison Kafer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Feminist Studies program at Southwestern University, where she also teaches courses in the Environmental Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies programs. She is the author of Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana UP, 2013) and is currently co-editing (with Michelle Jarman) a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly on growing disability studies.

View the event flyer here!

We are eager to make this an accessible event!
Please refrain from wearing scented products so that people with chemical sensitivites may join us. For other accommodation requests, please contact Emily Beitiks by March 1, 2014: 415-405-3528 or

Add comment February 14th, 2014

Concert: “Cain: The First Homicide” – an oratorio by A. Scarlatti

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 07:30 PM – 09:40 PM
Location: Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building
Sponsor: College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Contact: Christine Brandes
Amazingly, the only manuscript source for this work is housed at SFSU. This performance will be presented by alumni of the CSU in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the deBellis Collection. Written for 6 soloists and strings, the performance will include English supertitles.

Add comment February 14th, 2014

Concert: “Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion”

Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
Time: 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Location: J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
Sponsor: J. Paul Leonard Library, College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Contact: J. Paul Leonard Library
Phone: (415) 338-1649
Music and a reception to launch the de Bellis collection exhibit “Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion.” The concert will feature students and piano Professor Victoria Neve performing works from the Collection. SF State’s ensemble group Ut, Re, Mi will perform 16th-century Magnificats by Giovanni Animuccia and a cycle of six songs by Fernando Paer written in 1804. Neve will also play a piece by Clementi on the Clementi Piano Forte.

Add comment February 14th, 2014

Winter Break Hours

The Library Building

Will be open:
Monday, December 23 8am – 5pm
Will be closed:
Tuesday, December 24 – Wednesday, Jan. 1
Will reopen:
Thursday, January 2 at 8am
Have a Happy Holiday!



Add comment December 19th, 2013

Final Stretch – Student Center Open 24 Hours

The Cesar Chavez Student Center – SFSU will be open late again this semester to provide an extended home during the last week of classes and final exams for studying, relaxation, and services.

~Extended Hours schedule:

Monday 12/9 – Friday 12/13
Open 24 hours

Saturday 12/14
Closes at 10pm

Sunday 12/15
Opens at 10am

Sunday 12/15 – Thursday 12/19
Open 24 hours

Friday 12/20
Closes at 10pm

Add comment December 11th, 2013

Thanksgiving Recess Week Hours

Monday, Nov. 25 – Wednesday, Nov. 27:
Leonard Library Open  8am – 5pm
Thursday, Nov. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 30:
Library Building Closed


Nov. 24 Sunday Research Commons, Study Commons Close at 10pm
Nov. 25-27 Mon. -
Leonard Library, Research Commons, Peets Open
8am – 5pm
Study Commons, Digital Media Studio Closed
Booksale Room Closed
Research Assistance by appt.
Nov. 28-29 Thu.-Fri. Leonard Library, Sutro Library Closed
Nov. 30 Saturday Leonard Library Closed
Dec. 1 Sunday Research Commons, Study Commons Reopen at 10am

Add comment November 22nd, 2013

Labor Archives and Research Center Exhibition

Striking Images – San Francisco State 1968
Featuring the photographs of Phiz Mezey
October 28 to December 20, 2013

Exhibit opening December 2, 2013 | 6:00 to 8:00pm

Student unrest at San Francisco State reached a boiling point in 1968 over such national issues as racial justice and the Vietnam War, resulting in a bitter student and faculty strike – the longest campus strike in United States history. Phiz Mezey’s striking photographs capture the tumult of events while focusing on the participants of this historic moment of change.


photograph by Phiz Mezey








Add comment November 6th, 2013

Video Camera Now Available for Check Out

HD Video Cameras with microphones, extra batteries and tripods now available for checkout from the Library.

1. HD Video Cameras Including Stereo-Microphone
*Panasonic HC-X920 HD Video Camera
*RODE Stereo Microphone

3. Battery Charger With Extra Battery
*Pearson Dual Battery Charger
*Panasonic Battery Pack VW-VBN260

2. Video Tripod
*Video Fluid Head Tripod
*Calumet CK9167 and CK9075

• SFSU Student ID Required To Checkout Video Camera/AV Equipment

• SD/SDHC Memory Card Required. Students will need to provide their own SD/SDHC Memory Card

• Allow 10-15 minutes for the check out/in process

• Pickup and return equipment in Digital Media Studio

• Reservations Available Up 2 Weeks in Advance

• Checkout Up To 3 days

• You are responsible for Camera/AV equipment

vid set

Add comment September 27th, 2013

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