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

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

#LovecraftCountry

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

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

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

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

 

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)

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

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