Quietly Shaping History: John Bigelow's Influence on 19th Century Politics
This exhibit illustrates the extraordinary life of Union College alumnus John Bigelow (1817-1911, UC 1835) who played a pivotal role in shaping the Reconstruction Era, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era through his roles as an American author, diplomat, lawyer, philanthropist, and distinguished man of letters. Despite his remarkable contributions and impact on 19th-century world history, John Bigelow remains relatively unknown in popular historical narratives
This exhibit can be found in the Lally Reading Room, which is on the 1st floor of Schaffer Library, just behind the glass doors.
Selected photos from the exhibition:
Exhibit Acknowledgements / Grant Team:
In 2021, Schaffer Library was awarded a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant from the National Archives to digitize the John Bigelow Collection. The grant project team consists of:
- Amanda Greenwood, Bigelow Project Archivist
- Joanna DiPasquale, Director of Content and Digital Library Systems and Sarah Schmidt, Director of Special Collections and Archives, co-principal investigators
- Rebecca Fried, Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian
- Corinne Chatnik, Digital Preservation and Collections Librarian
- Jennifer Byrd, Library Web Developer
Special thanks to Schaffer Library College Librarian Frances Maloy, Cataloging and Digital Services Specialist Kate Grant, and Administrative Assistant/Office Manager Leslee Barkley for their help and assistance throughout the project.