New Year, New Look, More Stories

Thank you to Katie McCormick, Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives, for this post to kick off our new blog redesign.

Welcome to Illuminations, the FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives blog. Whether you are a regular reader or this is your first time here, you’re in a new place. We’re excited about our new look, about telling more stories, and about all the new possibilities a new year brings.

Woman with mask covering her nose and mouth. The mask has superheroes printed on it.
Masks in the stacks are part of day-to-day life now. Katie’s mask matches the comic book collections we have in the module to her right.

2020 was quite a year. We went into pandemic quarantine with the rest of the world. We learned to navigate as our lives and routines were turned upside down. We felt the pain of injustice in communities across the country and in our own. Through it all, we have reflected, pivoted, adapted, and imagined new.

Whether we’re Zooming or answering emails or designing online classroom learning modules, we continue to pursue projects and to connect with students and researchers. We’ve been hard at work thinking about how our collections tell the stories of many communities and reflecting on how we can become more inclusive and welcoming.

One of the many videos we made in response to moving SCA Instruction online.

Our goals have always been to connect you to the people, places, and events documented in our collections, to share the stories of students and researchers on their journeys of discovery, and to illuminate our work. We look forward to the day when many of you are researching with us again in person, but we are also excited about all the ways we can continue to connect with those who can’t travel to Tallahassee.

The redesign of Illuminations is an expression of renewed efforts and new thinking. We hope that the new design allows for more opportunities and more connections. Click around. Explore the stories. And let us know what you think!

Published by Florida State University Special Collections & Archives

The Special Collections & Archives Division of the Florida State University Libraries advances research by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to rare and unusual books and original primary source materials. The division includes the Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Heritage & University Archives, The Claude Pepper Library, and the Digital Library Center. Through exhibitions and programs, the division supports active learning and engagement. Collections of unique manuscripts, historic maps, rare books, photographs, and university archives offer abundant opportunities for discovery and scholarship. Strengths of the collections include Napoleon and the French Revolution, poetry, political papers, Florida history, Southern business history, and the history of Florida State University.

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