We started the semester strong by welcoming two new student employees, Sita and Mali. We also participated in the Race & Pedagogy National Conference. Adriana Flores, our Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, spoke on a panel titled “The Liberated Archive: Creating Inclusive Spaces for all Histories”, and Peer Research Specialist Julia curated an exhibit on Japanese-American incarceration and historical memory using materials from our collections.
We held two “Behind the Archives Door” events this semester – one highlighting the Claire and Don Egge Collection on China, and one on student activism in which Dennis Flannigan, Class of 1961, spoke about his work registering African-American voters during the 1964 Freedom Summer. The A&SC also collaborated with Humanities Librarian Katy Curtis to host three zine reading hours utilizing the Collins Library Zine Collection. Professors, liaison librarians, the A&SC staff came together to teach a total of 28 class sessions this semester, allowing students to examine and analyze primary sources firsthand.
Overall, it’s been a great semester here in the A&SC, and we’re excited to see what the spring semester brings. In the meantime, get studying for those finals like the students seen in these pictures! We won’t have open hours during reading period or finals week, but if you want to use archival or special collections materials for any projects or papers, you can make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Julia Masur