Have you ever wondered what life was like on UMD’s campus during the Vietnam War? Or how our university handled sexual assault cases throughout the decades? How did the Civil Rights Movement impact our campus?
Well, look no further because these five fabulous art history projects have all that information and more!
In the fall of 2018, the students in ARTH260 produced a variety of projects about activism, sexual assault gender inequalities and other important topics using research found in Special Collections. Among these creations were four websites and a video.
Each group project was accompanied by a mixture of art, whether it was paintings, photographs or decorative flyers plucked from our very own archives, and extensive information each group researched for their topics.
The homepage of “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.”
“One Step Forward, Two Steps Back” discusses the double-standards that women experience during their education and in the workforce. Using yearbook photos from our archives and speaking with students, the website highlights sexist standards women are given — particularly in the mathematics and scientific fields — while men are provided with different guidelines to follow. Continue reading
Oral history questionnaire for the video project
October 11th marked the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, a yearly event that celebrates individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community who have “come out” to the people in their lives.
Special Collections and University Archives had the pleasure of sponsoring the UMD Pride Alliance event, “What’s Your Story?,” where students, faculty, and staff volunteered to create video testimonies of their own coming out stories. In addition to sharing their own “coming out” stories, interviewees also talked about their experiences at the University of Maryland, and how they’ve been able to develop their own communities on campus.
The video project, a concept created by UMD student Maria Aragon, is an extension of our LGBTQ Oral History Project, which began in April 2018. The project seeks to capture the history of LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff and alumni at the University of Maryland.
Post by Ashleigh Coren, Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning
Participate in our pop-up museum celebrating activism on Wednesday, February 21st from 12-4pm in the first floor lobby of Hornbake Library.
Bring your badgers, flyers, posters, pins, photos, audio and music, video and other material from social media, marches and cultural events for our temporary museum.
We want to preserve your stories of activism. Record your story at the event.
Be a part of campus history!
Contact Laura Cleary with questions
Bobby Seale, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party, will visit UMD on February 1st as part of the Arts and Humanities “2017-2018 Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations”. Seale’s visit prompted us at Special Collections and University Archives to look in our collections for information on Seale and the Black Panther Party.
Student newspapers such as the Diamondback and The Eclipse tell us that Seale spoke at UMD in Ritchie Coliseum in 1972 and in Hoff Theater in 1995. Seale also spoke at the STamp Studnet Union in 1974.
Has your class met with a librarian yet?
We are gearing up for a number of classes with students. We offer a variety of instructional opportunities, but our most common request is to provide students with an introduction to primary source research and the special collections available on campus. Use the resources below to refresh your memory or to learn about research with primary sources.
Research with primary sources
Special Collections and University Archives (find materials now)
ArchivesUM (archives and manuscripts on campus)
Digital Collections (digitized special collections materials)
Research using primary sources (tutorial)
Primary Source Analysis
Newspapers to research topics in 1975
Introduction to Using Primary Sources on Campus (presentation slides)
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