Category: Special Collections & Archives

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DePaul Joins the Black Metropolis Research Consortium

The DePaul University Library has joined the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC), an association of more than a dozen libraries, institutions of higher education, and archival repositories sharing the mission to “connect all who seek to document, share, understand, and preserve Black experiences.” BMRC promotes the discovery, preservation, and use

Un/Common Copies: Zines in Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives is home to a wide variety of research materials that are rare, unique, and valuable (think vellum, embellished leather bindings, university records, one of a kind letters and photographs, etc.). So why are collections of photocopies getting so much attention? Our zine collections have  attracted recent

Learning from the “Inside”: Prisoner Art and Advocacy in the Archives

DePaul University’s Special Collections and Archives has long been distinguished by the ways in which the university mission is reflected in our collections, services, and programs, with special attention given to DePaul’s commitment to teaching and to social justice. Our current exhibit, INCARCERATION: Art, Activism & Advocacy, showcases the creativity, resilience,

New Tool for Searching the Archives

Searching for, and searching within, library resources has come a long way from the days of physically consulting card catalogs.  Today, faculty and students are most likely to start their searches from a keyboard or smartphone rather than on paper.  Archival materials haven’t enjoyed this same liberation—often researchers are expected

Teaching and Learning with Sr. Helen Prejean

For the past five years, Sr. Helen Prejean has included DePaul University on her packed speaking engagement calendar, with activities ranging from small meals shared with students to in-class discussions to auditorium style lectures and panels. For those of you who have heard Sr. Helen speak or brought her into

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Making Wikipedia Work For You

Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website and the most popular general reference. If you have an Internet connection, you’ve probably used Wikipedia, and students use it as their first stop for research. But what if, instead of just consuming Wikipedia content, students produced it? What would they gain from this experience,

African American Literature Collection Brings New Possibilities for Student Research

In 2015, DePaul alumnus and trustee Arnold Grisham donated his collection of African American books to the DePaul University Library Special Collections and Archives. Mr. Grisham was seeking a home for his books where they would be available to students, consulted, and appreciated. The Arnold and Jane Grisham Collection boasts

Manuscript of Felix DeAndreis’s voyage to the United States. DeAndreis was the first superior of the American mission.

Roman Vincentian Archives to be Digitized by Special Collections

DePaul is home of the largest collection of Vincentian Studies material in the Americas, including over 8,000 volumes, 5,000 pieces of ephemera, and several hundred linear feet of archival material. As libraries and special collections continue to increase digital access to some of their most unique materials, DePaul University Special

Teaching with Special Collections and Archives

Active Learning for Archives and Special Collections

DePaul’s Special Collections and Archives has a long-standing commitment to faculty collaboration and student instruction, yet our own mission starts with verbs describing materials– “collects, preserves, and shares rich primary source materials”—rather than teaching.  This focus on materials is understandable, since we are the stewards of rare, often unique and

No Experience Required

Students come to DePaul to learn.  Faculty don’t expect students to know the content and processes that will be assessed in finals week when students walk into their classrooms on the first day of the term; that first class session starts a journey and a progression. The same process of