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