Digital Projects and Exhibits

 "A Mighty Long Way":
Black Representation in American Politics

“A Mighty Long Way” showcases books and documents, many from the Charles L. Blockson Collection of African-Americana and the African Diaspora, that highlight some of the many African Americans who have held office or made an impact on the political system.

A mighty long way exhibit

Beneath the Surface and Cast in Steel:
Forging the American Industrial Union Movement

This digital project provides researchers unprecedented access to Penn State’s extensive collection of primary sources related to the history of industrial unionism in the United States. 

Digital Projects - Cast in Steel - Father reading to children

Black Student Alumni Oral History Project

Founded and led by Maia Hill (Penn State, 2020), the oral histories document the experiences of 13 Black Alumni who attended Penn State between 1969-1971. As one of the interviewees Carol Merrill-Bright comments, "the struggle did not start nor end with us, but we were a template for what student organization and activism could look like/could be." A short film about the project entitled The Struggle Continues and produced by students from the CommAgency can be viewed on the Introduction to the Project page.

students from the Black Student Alumni Oral History Project

Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State

A digital exhibition that explores the first 100 years of national disability rights and movements and their impact on the Penn State University community, including resources to proactively learn and influence future efforts.

Digital Projects - Penn State ADA 1990s

Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in April of 1970, this exhibition explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, and the documentary record.

Digital Projects - Earth Archives

Indigenous Roots/Routes

This student-produced digital media project was created as part of the Public Humanities Fellows Program at the Humanities Institute at Penn State and expands on the Indigenous Roots/Routes exhibition, which encompasses a wide swath of history, geographic range, and varied Indigenous people and cultures and explores the processes of social, religious, and political adaptation.

Digital Projects - Indigenous Roots/Routes (Map)

International Solidarity:
Highlights from the
Ken Lawrence Collection

The exhibition explores the visual culture of political protest in the late 20th-century.

Digital Projects - "Fight Racism" button

Judy Chicago Research Portal:
Learning, Making, Culture

A collaboration between The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America at Harvard, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, and the Center for Art + Environment Archive Collections at the Nevada Museum of Art, the Judy Chicago Portal features examples from each collection and serves as a gateway to each partner organization's full offerings of resources illuminating the work of the pioneering feminist artist and art educator.

Judy Chicago Portal


Inspired by HBO’s Lovecraft Country, the exhibition pairs historical, literary, and cultural events presented in the show with published and primary source materials from Penn State’s Special Collections Library. The site takes visitors through the show episode by episode and focuses on Black and LGBTQIA+ creators and experiences. 

Lovecraft Country exhibit

Olympic Lions: A History of Penn State's Participation at the Olympic and Paralympic Games

This digital exhibit documents the accomplishments of Penn Staters who have participated in the Olympic movement dating from 1904 to the present Games. The exhibition not only highlights the athletes but the many who work behind the scenes such as coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, research faculty and graduate students, and volunteers.

Chick Werner-1952, Horace Ashenfelter-1952, 1956, William Ashenfelter-1952, and Curt Stone-1948

Penn State Education Activism Archive

Using primary sources from Special Collections, students in Professor Steudeman’s Contemporary American Rhetoric: Educational Activism in the United States (CAS 478) class created The Penn State Educational Activism Archive, which aims to complicate and expand our historical knowledge of student and faculty activism at Penn State University.

Digital Projects - White observers surround black protesters on Old Main Lawn, 1968

The World According to Doyle: Editorial Cartoons from The Jerry Doyle Papers at Penn State

The Doyle Papers contain over 1,300 original ink-and-pen political cartoons, drawn by one of America’s leading editorial cartoonists of the 20th-century. Jerry Doyle (1898-1986), a native Philadelphian and self-taught graphic illustrator, penned daily cartoons for The Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Daily News from the mid-1930s to the early 1980s. This exhibition highlights and provides context for original cartoons and illustrations, photographs, correspondence with U.S. presidents and prominent state and national legislators, as well as the family relationships that surfaced in his work.

cartoon from John Doyle Papers