Elevator Decal Gives Historical Touch to Library’s First Floor – OHIO University Libraries

Elevator Decal Gives Historical Touch to Library’s First Floor

Graphic design by Chance Brinkman-Sull/Ohio University Libraries

The first floor of Alden Library has some new—yet familiar—faces.

Recently, Library staff placed a historical decal designed by Chance Brinkman-Sull, who works as the graduate graphic designer for the Libraries, on the center elevator on the first floor. The decal features the faces of prominent figures, both globally and to Ohio University.

Brinkman-Sull said the inspiration for his design came from the Beatles’ famed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” studio album, released in 1967 by the British band. The album cover depicts historical faces behind the four band members.

“I wanted to get significant people in history, and I wanted it to be a diverse group…but I also wanted to include a couple [of faces] who are significant to OHIO,” he said.

Along with individuals such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Harriet Tubman, the decal features OHIO-related individuals E.W. Scripps, for whom the journalism school is named; Sammy Kaye, alumnus, songwriter and bandleader who got his start in the dance halls of OHIO; and Alwin Nikolais, a leader in American modern  dance.

The Archives and Special Collections at the Libraries houses the three collections: The E.W. Scripps Papers, made up of more than 50 years of papers from Scripps, a pioneer newspaper publisher who founded the Cleveland Penny Press; The Sammy Kaye Collection, made up of musical scores, media coverage and memorabilia from Kaye, who was one of the most successful bandleaders of the 1930s and 1940s; and The Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Collection, made up of hundreds of photographs and videos from Nikolais and Louis.

Scott Seaman, dean of University Libraries, said the first floor was chosen for the decal because the floor houses the Libraries’ Center for International Collections as well as being one of the most visited floors.

“Our international collections in particular highlight thought from other continents and other times in a way that no other place in the Library does,” Seaman said. “Chance has several hundred years of intellectual thought represented with those men and women, and it’s a way of highlighting the contributions of people who have been associated with OHIO and to a smaller extent to our Libraries.”