The Fox-Adler Lecture series was founded in 1991 as a “town and gown” event to celebrate the relationship between nineteenth-century literature and art.  The series commemorates the Norman M. Fox Collection, which features approximately 400 books by prominent Victorian authors and illustrators.  Housed in Special Collections in the Lucy Scribner Library, the Fox Collection has fostered scholarship and played an integral part in students’ learning in courses and independent academic work.

(Above) Students utilizing the collection

Each year, a distinguished scholar or practicing artist comes to campus to share insights into the creation, history, culture, and/or theoretical significance of illustrated works ranging from books and magazines for adults to children’s literature. The website preserves the history of this lecture and book collection by including biographies of each “Fox-Adler Lecturer” and information on the lectures themselves.

Norman Fox (1919-2016), a renaissance man with a passion for rare books and first-day covers, originated the lecture series that continues today as an established named lecture annually attended by students and faculty of Skidmore College and members of the larger Saratoga Springs community. This event, generously endowed by the Fox family, provides a yearly opportunity to hear an outstanding lecturer speak on a topic enlightening to literature lovers of all ages.

* All images in the rotating head are cited in the body of the website; the pictures from George Landow’s 2018 lecture can be attributed to Skidmore College. 

Cover of The Ingoldsby Legends