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”

Windsor Milk Soup

I’ve always wanted to take part in the Great Rare Books Bake Off and this year I seized my chance just in time for my favorite time of year: Soup Season. I knew I wanted a comfy soup that I could (hopefully) enjoy for a few nights while it’s been rainy and cold here inContinue reading “Windsor Milk Soup”

Sweet as Molasses: Making a Molasses Cake

When thinking about a recipe to try for this year’s Great Rare Books Bake Off, I tried to find something that required minimal ingredients and was something that I had never tried before. A lot of the required ingredients for cakes that I kept finding required a large amount of eggs, flour, and sugar, untilContinue reading “Sweet as Molasses: Making a Molasses Cake”

The Scare of Smallpox Through the Lens of 18th Century Correspondence

Living through life post-2020 pandemic has made us learn a lot of things about preparing for the unknown. But humans aren’t new to the phenomenon of epidemics. While working with the Florida State University’s Special Collections and Archives, I came across a series of letters from the 17th-20th Century Correspondence and Documents collection that mentionContinue reading “The Scare of Smallpox Through the Lens of 18th Century Correspondence”

Lemon Snaps

This is a guest contribution to Illuminations for The Great Rare Books Bake Off, from Alex Challenger, a member of Special Collection’s Reference Assistance Team. When I began researching recipes for the Great Rare Books Bake-Off, I quickly found that the recipe books from Special Collections assumed that I knew quite a bit more aboutContinue reading “Lemon Snaps”

Get Ready to Vote on Election Day!

November 8th is National Election Day! Election Day is the annual day set for general elections, both for federal, state, and local governments. The University has an important resource, FSU Votes , that may come in handy before casting a ballot. There, you can learn more about obtaining a sample ballot, tracking a mail-in ballot, instructionsContinue reading “Get Ready to Vote on Election Day!”

The Bee’s Knees

This is a guest contribution to Illuminations for The Great Rare Books Bake Off by Mila Turner, FSU’s Social Science Data & Research Librarian  Today I’m sharing a recipe for a Bee’s Knees cocktail with a delicious taste and an even richer history.  It’s simple and easy to make yourself, or to enjoy at yourContinue reading The Bee’s Knees

How Working with Special Collections Made Me a Better Historian

My name is Daniel Arenas and I am currently a doctoral candidate at the FSU history department but I have also been working as an intern with Special Collections and Archives. Specifically, I am working as a digital curator intern for the FSU Special Collections collaboration with the John G. Riley Center and Tallahassee CommunityContinue reading “How Working with Special Collections Made Me a Better Historian”

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”