On this day in Claude Pepper History: January 18, 1983

From his early days in the United States Senate, Claude Pepper continually advocated for the expansion of Social Security accommodations for all older Americans. The Claude Pepper Papers trace this advocacy from the Senate, to the U.S. House of Representatives, where in 1983 he was appointed to the National Commission on Social Security Reform. InformallyContinue reading “On this day in Claude Pepper History: January 18, 1983”

Spring 2023 Service Update

During Winter Break, Strozier Library’s basement and sub-basement experienced water damage due to an air handler coil freezing. Due to this, our services here at Special Collections & Archives will be altered for the Spring 2023 semester. Thankfully, we did not lose any collections or sustain significant collections damage in the flood. Damage to flooring,Continue reading “Spring 2023 Service Update”

Interacting with the Archives

In honor of October being Archives Month, I wanted to go over all the ways and places you can interact with our collections. There are multiple ways you can visit the archives at FSU. You don’t need an appointment, you don’t need to be doing deep research, and you don’t even have to come toContinue reading “Interacting with the Archives”

Special Collections & Archives Summer 2022 Hours

Special Collections & Archives will have adjusted hours for the FSU Summer semester, May 9 through August 19, 2022. Strozier Research Center Hours: Monday: By appointment T, W, TH: 12-6pm Friday: By appointment Pepper Library Hours:  M-F: By appointment Interested in making an appointment for either space? Just fill out our appointment request form https://www.lib.fsu.edu/form/special-collections-appointment-request-form.Continue reading “Special Collections & Archives Summer 2022 Hours”

A Strange Find at the Claude Pepper Library

One of the strangest items that I’ve ever come across in the archives is not a document or an artifact, but rather something more organic. In the Spring of 2018, the staff at the Claude Pepper Library were in the early stages of reviewing many of the smaller political collections with the end goal ofContinue reading “A Strange Find at the Claude Pepper Library”

Preparing for a visit to FSU Special Collections and Archives

As classes get started, syllabi are passed out, and projects are being scheduled; we have a few tips for preparing for your future visits to the Special Collections and Archives research spaces on campus. A few things you can do ahead of your visit now, and a few extra steps once you get into theContinue reading “Preparing for a visit to FSU Special Collections and Archives”

FSU Special Collections & Archives Reading Rooms are Open

Photos and editing by Kristin Hagaman Welcome back students! FSU Special Collections and Archives is looking forward to seeing you again, and we are ready to assist you this semester with your research or class visit needs.  As we return to in person research services, there have been a few changes implemented to ensure youContinue reading “FSU Special Collections & Archives Reading Rooms are Open”

Older Americans Month 2021

In March of 1944, a 43-year-old Senator Claude Pepper introduced a resolution to designate the second Sunday in October as “Old Folks Day.” While the resolution did not pass, Pepper would go on to devote much of his energies in the Senate and later in Congress, to ensure that elderly Americans retained the ability toContinue reading “Older Americans Month 2021”

Everything but paper: what else does SCA collect?

A lot has been written about our rare books and manuscripts collections on this blog, but did you know SCA also collects all kinds of objects, art, and recording formats? Take a look to learn more about our non-paper collections.

Maggie Kuhn, Claude Pepper and the Repeal of Mandatory Retirement

“Some persons dodder at 30, others at 80, and some pass through life without “doddering” at all. Our concern should be with competency, not age, race, sex or religion” – Representative Claude Pepper, 1986 There was a time for many professions in the United States when a person’s 65th birthday signaled the end of theirContinue reading “Maggie Kuhn, Claude Pepper and the Repeal of Mandatory Retirement”