Thanks to Maura A. Smale a librarian at NYC College of Technology for introducing me to the CUNY Libraries using DSpace hosted by the National Institute for
Technology in Liberal Education. Over a dozen CUNYs are hosting archival collections in the space which is filled with an unbelievable rich resource of the history of CUNY.
This post is the first of four that will feature a glimpse into the history of the construction of Brooklyn College, which I hadn’t known was partially funded by WPA money. Consequently, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in attendance at the cornerstone laying ceremony for the Brooklyn College Gymnasium, later renamed “Roosevelt Hall.”
In 1998, Brooklyn College workmen unearthed a previously unknown time capsule that was buried in the cornerstone on the day of this ceremony. The college created a wonderful exhibit about the cornerstone capsule, which includes an inventory of the contents.