New to Diginole: Commencement Invitations and Programs

The Spring 2022 semester just came to a close and with it meant a new class of graduating Florida State University students. Here at Special Collections & Archives, we have commencement materials from almost every graduating class in the history of FSU. Our Commencement Program collection contains various materials related to commencement, including programs, announcements,Continue reading “New to Diginole: Commencement Invitations and Programs”

Digitizing Local History

One of my favorite programs I oversee is our Community Digitization Partnerships. These partnerships allow me to work with local organizations in the North Florida area to bring their materials online via DigiNole: FSU’s Digital Repository. We often work with non-traditional organizations like schools and churches, bringing collections online that would otherwise be unknown toContinue reading “Digitizing Local History”

Student Archival Investigations, Part III

Guest Authors: Nadia Rassech and Eli McKown-Dawson, with Tarez Samra Graban, Associate Professor of English and Honors Teaching Scholar This is the last installment of three highlighting the work of students in Special Collections and Archives with HUM 2937/IDH 3109 Sustainable Public Discourse during American Archives Month 2021. You can read the first and secondContinue reading “Student Archival Investigations, Part III”

Student Archival Investigations, Part II

Guest Authors: Miranda Fuller and Kate Kramer, with Tarez Samra Graban, Associate Professor of English and Honors Teaching Scholar This is the second installment of three highlighting the work of students in Special Collections and Archives with HUM 2937/IDH 3109 Sustainable Public Discourse during American Archives Month 2021. You can read the first installment onContinue reading “Student Archival Investigations, Part II”

Student Archival Investigations, Part I

Guest author: Tarez Samra Graban, Associate Professor of English and Honors Teaching Scholar Florida cannot develop its parks too rapidly or conserve its attractiveness too zealously. Governor LeRoy Collins, Dec. 1960 During American Archives month, the 17 students enrolled in HUM 2937/IDH 3109 Sustainable Public Discourse embarked on an archival investigation that invited them toContinue reading “Student Archival Investigations, Part I”

Women of the Movement: The Press and Emmett Till

On January 6, ABC aired the first two parts of the historical drama Women of the Movement, centered on Mamie Till-Mobley and her devotion to justice for her murdered son Emmett Till. Among other sources, the series draws heavily from Devery Anderson’s 2015 monograph Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled theContinue reading “Women of the Movement: The Press and Emmett Till”

Archiving the pandemic: catharsis, trauma, and responsibility

It is American Archives Month, and today is also #Ask An Archivist Day on Twitter. It seems fitting to write specifically about the work of archivists. The Covid-19 pandemic as created a strange temporal space in our lives, one that many of us encounter when we talk about events before and during the past almostContinue reading “Archiving the pandemic: catharsis, trauma, and responsibility”

Settling into a new Digital Library

In mid-July, we successfully migrated DigiNole, the home of our digital library and research repository (over 30TB of data!) to a new digital platform. While it’s still on the same software, we were able to give the whole site a fresh new look and, hopefully, improve the speed and searchability of the entire site. WeContinue reading “Settling into a new Digital Library”

Hymn To the… Purple and Gold?

Happy College Colors Day! To celebrate, we wanted to share an interesting bit of our university’s history with you. Though Florida State University is recognized by its garnet and gold school colors, FSU’s predecessor institutions went through several color changes before settling on the iconic combination that we are so familiar with today.  The storyContinue reading “Hymn To the… Purple and Gold?”