Resources in History

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College is home to a broad assortment of books, scholarly journals, national and international databases, and other print and electronic media related to the study of history and is available to students throughout the year. The hotspot of the library is the Academic Resource Center (ARC) with chic café-style seating and every modern technological amenity in the book. It houses the Writing Resource Center, Quantitative Resource Center, Language Resource Center, Educational Technology Services and an open-use computer lab. The ARC provides state-of-the-art technology and plenty of room for library patrons to study and collaborate. Cook Library also holds the Dr. Helen N. Fagin Holocaust Collection, a collection of materials related to the Holocaust, genocide and humanitarian studies. The Fagin room can be reserved for occasional small meetings connected with the collection.

Of particular interest to students interested in medieval and Renaissance history, in recent years the library has received a number of manuscript leaves dating from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries, including a sixteenth-century manuscript prayer book, thanks to the generosity of Lawrence Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle of Longboat Key, Florida.

In addition to the library and its collections, students studying history and other disciplines within the social sciences at New College have access to a dedicated Social Sciences Research Laboratory in our new Academic Center. The lab features state-of-the-art computer equipment and resources that are helpful for student research in the field.

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Started in 1976, the Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies draws top scholars from around the world to campus every two years. Encompassing European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, and religion from the fourth to the 17th centuries, the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope makes it a good fit for students doing interdisciplinary work, and it is recognized internationally as one of the preeminent venues for researchers working in Italian medieval and Renaissance studies. Students have the opportunity to meet one on one with the scholars and attend the conference presentations.

Each February at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library on campus, the New College community celebrates Black History Month with an African American Read-In,  a sort of reading marathon for history and literature lovers. In addition to students, faculty and staff reading aloud from works of historical significance, the event draws authors and scholars from throughout the area and across the country.  The African-American Read-In is part of a national event in conjunction with Black History Month, endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association.

The greater Sarasota and Bradenton communities are also home to an assortment of museums, historical settlements and ruins, and other activities and events that are popular among students studying history at the College. Most notable among these are the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, located next door to campus and offering free admission to students, and Spanish Point Historical Park, located about 20 minutes south of our campus.

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The Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies draws top scholars in history, literature, art history, philosophy and other fields from around the world. Students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the scholars and attend conference presentations for free.

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