Happy Hallowe’en!

Stumped about what costume to wear?

Try a gypsy, witch, clown, or butterfly! This newspaper spread comes from the October 25, 1914 issue of the Philadelphia Press.


The clipping was found in the Alumnae Scrapbook, located in the College archives and features art by Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College) students.

Cooper Hewitt Museum Digital Collection


The Smithsonian design museum, the Cooper Hewitt has made a large chunk of its collection accessible to internet browsers. After a year long digitization project, approximately 200,000 objects from the museum are now available online.

Pieces from nearly 300 years of historic and contemporary design can be researched and viewed through this new portal: https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/

Users of this new database do not have to be confined to searching only by the usual keyword/subject/author/title queries. Instead, one can explore the collection for COLOR, PERIODS, collection HIGHLIGHTS, TAGS, and TYPES.

Many examples of American design can be viewed through this website, including textiles, drawings, posters, buttons, wallpapers, and many other pieces of ephemera.
For more information and to look around yourself, visit the website.






Photo: Matt Flynn







MATCHSAFE (USA), 1905–15


*All images and information taken from the Cooper Hewitt website: http://www.cooperhewitt.org.

Welcome back!

Fall 2016 Hours and Labor Day Weekend.

Welcome back to campus Moore College community!


Below are Connelly Library’s Fall Semester hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 AM – 10 PM
  • Friday – 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Saturday – 8.30 AM – 4.30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

***In observance of Labor Day, we will be closed Saturday (9/3) through Monday (9/5). Normal semester hours will resume at 8am on Tuesday (9/6).

Wishing everyone a productive and knowledge-filled school year!

Journal of the Month: World of Interiors

Journal of the Month: World of Interiors

Come check out the library’s newest publication, World of Interiors! This monthly magazine has been in print for over thirty years, and features articles primarily on interior design.   Based in London, this magazine is chockful of inspirational pictures and editorials.  So get motivated for your interior design theses and check it out at the Connelly Library.



Happy 4th of July!

Connelly Library will be closed Saturday 2 July – Tuesday 5 July for the holiday. Normal summer hours will resume Wednesday 6 July at 8 am.
Have a fun and safe 4th of July!



Portrait of John Sartain from the Archives

Did you know that Connelly Library’s archives houses a collection of artwork?

One piece is an ink portrait of a young John Sartain by George Richmond drawn in 1928. Richmond was a preeminent Victoria portraitist, educated at the Royal Academy of the Arts and notable for for capturing likenesses of Charlotte Bronte, William Blake, and Charles Darwin (Clark 2014).


The painting includes the following transcription:

“It seems like parting with an old friend again to send this drawing to you, drawn more than half a century ago in your happy little room in Half Moon Street. 
April 15th, 1828
1883 Geo. Richmond


Drawn from life, by Geo. Richmond, R.A. in 1828.”

John Sartain was the patriarch of a family of Philadelphia artists. He came to Philadelphia from London to pursue a career in engraving, but soon became known for painting, publishing, and supporting various arts and cultural institutions in the city.  His daughter Emily Sartain was the principal of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art & Design) from  1886-1920. She was a great champion of the women’s art movement (Martinez 2000).
For more information about the Sartain family, check out Philadelphia’s Cultural Landscapes: The Sartain Family Legacy by Katherine Martinez, available at Connelly Library.

Clark, Elly. “About.” The George Richmond Portrait Project. 2010-2014. Accessed June 27, 2016. http://georgerichmondproject.com/about/.
Martinez, Katherine. Philadelphia Cultural Landscapes: The Sartain Family Legacy. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2000.



Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Attention Moore College Community:

Connelly library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Friday 27 May through Monday 30 May, 2016.
Normal summer hours will resume 31 Tuesday at 8 AM.ar129142600340849

Connelly Library Summer Hours


Journal of the Month: Metropolitan Museum of Art

So you weren’t able to attend the 2016 Met Gala?  Pretend you were there by browsing the most recent issue of the Met’s quarterly bulletin.  The current issue focuses on the art of Joseph William Turner, known for his seascapes.  The Metropolitan will exhibit his artworks, some of which are rarely seen together, through August 7th.  Some back issues are available for free via the Met’s website;  all are available in the journals section of the Library.

“Turner’s Whaling Pictures”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 73, no. 4 (Spring, 2016)


Welcome Elizabeth!

0.jpgPlease welcome Elizabeth Becker to Connelly Library! She joined us on April 5, 2016 in the role of Senior Library Assistant.  Elizabeth studied at Gettysburg College, earning a BA in English and Political Science. She also holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in New Jersey. While at Rutgers, she worked in the Douglass Library (which houses the University’s primary collections of women’s studies, theater and visual arts, and the music library) as a Graduate Research Assistant.

Elizabeth comes to us most recently from Community College of Philadelphia working at the circulation desk as a Learning Resources Assistant. Prior to that, she worked in a public library where she enjoyed looking at the illustrations in children’s books.
Aside from libraries, Elizabeth is an avid reader, runner, and loves exploring Philly.

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