Celebrate Archives Month with the Special Collections Division of University Libraries


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An image of Old Main seen from the Dickinson Ranch. Extract from the Berry, Dickinson, Peel family papers (MC 1372)

October is American Archives Month, and university libraries are celebrating with the virtual public event “This Hill: An Archives Month Panel Discussion” at 2 pm on Thursday, October 21. The event is offered free of charge to participants, and registration is required.

The theme for this year’s Archives Month is “The Power of Collaboration”. The discussion will focus on how various members of the University of Arkansas campus community have used historical records from the Special Collections Division of University Libraries in their research. On the panel will be Lisha Estes, student engagement specialist for innovation in teaching and pedagogical support; Laurel Lamb, curator of education and engagement for the University of Arkansas museum; Jennifer Ogle, University of Arkansas Herbarium Collections Manager; Terrell Page, Honors College student; and Lesley Speller, student engagement specialist for the University of Arkansas Global Campus. Joshua Youngblood, Head of Special Collections Education and Outreach Unit, and Catherine Wallack, Architectural Records Archivist, will moderate.

“As the university turns 150, it has been thrilling to see how members of our university community, from students to professional staff and faculty, have sought to understand their place in this ever-ongoing history,” said Youngblood. “With ‘This Hill’, Libraries and Special Collections hope to learn more about how different scholars have engaged with Special Collections resources to understand and share their own perspectives on the legacy of the University of Arkansas. ”

Special Collections supports the University of Arkansas’ research, teaching and learning mission by collecting, preserving and providing access to unique and rare materials.

“Archives Month is designed to raise awareness of important historical documents and ephemera found in archival repositories,” said Jason Battles, Dean of Libraries. “This provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the wealth of resources, including photographs, correspondence, rare books and more contained in the special collections of university libraries. “


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