Integration at Florida State University

FSU Special Collections and Archives are pleased to announce the launch of a new online exhibit, Integration at Florida State University. Created in honor of the 50th anniversary of integration at FSU, the Florida State University Libraries have combed Special Collections and University Archives to bring headlines, stories and images from the era to you. TheContinue reading “Integration at Florida State University”

Holiday Display

Celebrating the Holidays with an Exhibit from Special Collections and Archives Having a winter-theme display in the Reading Room has become something for the FSU students to browse when they want to take a break from studying for finals. With this year’s theme, I immediately started brainstorming and knew I wanted to use cookbooks. TheContinue reading “Holiday Display”

Cooking the Books: A Special Collections Sampler

The simple pleasures of art and food are simmering in the lobby of the Special Collections reading room for a few weeks.  Our current exhibit highlights the art of David Lance Goines and the food wisdom of executive chef Alice Waters as they collaborate and dish out a feast for the eyes. The complete setContinue reading “Cooking the Books: A Special Collections Sampler”

Florida State College for Women Scrapbooks in the Archives

Compiling scrapbooks was a popular pastime for those who attended the Florida State College for Women.    These students filled their scrapbooks with the miscellaneous items that they thought significant and representative of their day to day lives. Working in the archives, we specifically look for these ephemeral objects that people often threw away. These items,Continue reading “Florida State College for Women Scrapbooks in the Archives”

Inez Abernethy: Florida Female College Heroine

Born in Summerville, Arkansas in 1873, Inez Abernethy (or Abernathy) was the head of the Art Department at Florida Female College and Florida State College for Women from 1905 to 1914.  She received her training at the Art Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio and then studied in Europe from 1896 to 1898.  Between 1900 and 1903,Continue reading “Inez Abernethy: Florida Female College Heroine”

A Book for Christina of Markyate

Christina of Markyate lived a span of sixty or so years in early twelfth century England. This Anglo-Saxon woman was born into nobility but chose a path contrary to the conventions of her inherited social class. At some point in her young life, Theodora (“gift of God”), Christina’s birth name, found herself at a crossroadsContinue reading “A Book for Christina of Markyate”

The First Programmer

In these times where computers are nearly ubiquitous, nearly one in every household, it seems especially important to remember one of the first women of computers, Ada Lovelace. The only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron, with Anne Isabella Milbanke, she was age 9 at the time he died in the liberation of Greece. Seeking toContinue reading “The First Programmer”

17 February 1940: Eleanor Roosevelt visits FSCW

From the 23 February 1940 Florida Flambeau: Know Government Says First Lady Women Urged to Take Interest in Democracy “Girls, take a vital interest in government in all its details,” Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt advised Florida State college students when she spoke on “Citizenship in a Democracy” here last Saturday. She cautioned, “You won’t likeContinue reading “17 February 1940: Eleanor Roosevelt visits FSCW”

The Flying Lady

Last year in March, when preparing for The Women For FSU event, I became familiar with the Betty Wood McNabb Collection and was intrigued by it.  In celebration of Women’s History Month I thought it was a perfect time to highlight an extraordinary woman and this collection.  The collection of memorabilia from her life and careerContinue reading “The Flying Lady”

Dickens 1812-2012: Dr. John Fenstermaker Lecture 2/29

Charles Dickens is one of the most important writers in English Literary History. Our celebration of his bicentenary in February 2012, presented in collaboration with the FSU English Department, continues on the evening of February 29th with the second of two public lectures, sponsored by the Friends of FSU Libraries and the History of TextContinue reading “Dickens 1812-2012: Dr. John Fenstermaker Lecture 2/29”