Archival Spring Cleaning

Winter has finally passed and while you revel in the return of green things, you might also think about doing some Spring cleaning. Brushing out the cobwebs of a neglected basement or attic, you find some ancient treasures, boxed up and passed down over the generations. As you page through fragile letters and photographs fromContinue reading “Archival Spring Cleaning”

Mardi Gras Reimagined

Mardi Gras may look different this year, but this isn’t the first time that the fete has been changed… Mardi Gras is a pre-Lenten celebration that has been part of Catholic tradition for centuries. It is usually characterized by hedonistic excess in preparation for the deprivation of luxuries starting on Ash Wednesday. While today weContinue reading “Mardi Gras Reimagined”

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 ourContinue reading “New Year, New Look, More Stories”

Happy Holidays from FSU Special Collections & Archives

With the library closing for winter break beginning this Saturday, December 19th we wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Below is an animated card created by FSU Libraries using illustrations from one of our very own herbals! While a lemon tree might seem like an odd choiceContinue reading “Happy Holidays from FSU Special Collections & Archives”

“Archive of Me” by Jennifer F.

This post is the second part of our “Archive of Me” series for American Archives Month. Earlier this month Kacee kicked us off with a post about her collections of slides inherited from her grandmother. Below, I will be talking about a few of the things that have ended up in my own personal archive.Continue reading ““Archive of Me” by Jennifer F.”

Archival Profile: The Life and Times of a Preservation Librarian

Ever wonder what a preservation librarian does? Sit down with our own Preservation Librarian extraordinaire, Hannah Davis, to learn more.

We Stand Against Racism and Systemic Brutality: Special Collections & Archives Commitment

Special Collections & Archives staff condemn racism and systemic brutality in all its forms. We grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, Tony McDade, and David McAtee, and other lost lives. We recognize their deaths as a part of our nation’s long history of marginalization, disenfranchisement, violence, and oppression. As Special CollectionsContinue reading “We Stand Against Racism and Systemic Brutality: Special Collections & Archives Commitment”

Share Your COVID-19 Pandemic Story with the University Archives

Heritage & University Archives is launching a campus-wide project to encourage FSU students, staff, and faculty to document their personal experiences during the coronavirus outbreak and contribute them to the University Archives. In accordance with FSU’s University Archives Policy, we are already collecting records related to FSU’s official response. We want to also ensure thatContinue reading “Share Your COVID-19 Pandemic Story with the University Archives”

Update #2 on Coronavirus and FSU Special Collections

As many institutions are doing at the moment, Florida State University is changing operations for a period to respond to coronavirus. What does that mean for Special Collections & Archives? Until further notice, the Special Collections & Archives public areas, including all reading rooms, are closed to the public for the safety of our staffContinue reading “Update #2 on Coronavirus and FSU Special Collections”

Update on Coronavirus and FSU Special Collections

As many institutions are doing at the moment, Florida State University is changing operations for a period to respond to coronavirus. What does that mean for Special Collections & Archives? Until further notice, access to all FSU Libraries is limited to holders of FSU IDs and students from the joint FAMU/FSU College of Engineering. CommunityContinue reading “Update on Coronavirus and FSU Special Collections”