Title

Celebrating Our Histories: Institutional Anniversaries in Archives and Special Collections

Presentation Type

Presentation

Start Date

10-12-2022 11:00 AM

Abstract

Archives and special collections actively work to preserve the institutional memory of the organizations or communities they represent. This makes these repositories the perfect resources for commemorating institutional anniversaries and other historic milestones. The purpose of this panel is to discuss how four Florida archives and special collections recently celebrated these notable dates. The presenters will discuss how they commemorated their special occasions through exhibitions, events, and more. Each group will give insights into their efforts and share takeaways from their experiences.

Alexandra Vargas-Minor from Ringling College of Art & Design will discuss how the Ringling College Archives commemorated the College’s 90th anniversary through the creation of the inaugural archives exhibition titled 90 Years in the Ringling College Archives in the Spring of 2022. Alexandra will discuss her experience creating an exhibition spanning a 90-year history, tailoring archival programming and events to different audiences, and creating a digital timeline to succeed the exhibition.

Rochelle Pienn and Emily Calderon from the Broward County Libraries will discuss how the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022 with year-long programming. AARLCC kicked off the Vicennial of Black Excellence on February 11, 2022 with an opening exhibition Collector’s Duet: The Lifelong Librarianship of Vivian D. Hewitt and Dorothy Porter Wesley and reception. Broward County Library Special Collections staff will share their experiences and lessons learned from preparing the exhibit and virtual program.

Jeffrey Zines from Florida International University will discuss how the University Archives and Special Collections department is participating in celebrating FIU’s 50th anniversary this fall. The FIU in ’72 celebration includes a curated display of photos and ephemera commemorating notable events in the university’s early years, which is located in the Green Library gallery. Jeffrey will also discuss responding to requests from other departments across campus who wish to develop their own commemorative displays.

Victoria Jones from Florida Gulf Coast University will discuss how the University Archives and Special Collections has celebrated FGCU’s silver anniversary this fall. Recognizing that student involvement has been key to the university's growth and development, the University Archives and Special Collections showcased campus life in their exhibition, Wings Up: 25 Years of Student Life at FGCU. Victoria will share lessons learned from the creation of the exhibition, programming, and the exhibit’s impact on collection development.

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Celebrating Our Histories: Institutional Anniversaries in Archives and Special Collections

Archives and special collections actively work to preserve the institutional memory of the organizations or communities they represent. This makes these repositories the perfect resources for commemorating institutional anniversaries and other historic milestones. The purpose of this panel is to discuss how four Florida archives and special collections recently celebrated these notable dates. The presenters will discuss how they commemorated their special occasions through exhibitions, events, and more. Each group will give insights into their efforts and share takeaways from their experiences.

Alexandra Vargas-Minor from Ringling College of Art & Design will discuss how the Ringling College Archives commemorated the College’s 90th anniversary through the creation of the inaugural archives exhibition titled 90 Years in the Ringling College Archives in the Spring of 2022. Alexandra will discuss her experience creating an exhibition spanning a 90-year history, tailoring archival programming and events to different audiences, and creating a digital timeline to succeed the exhibition.

Rochelle Pienn and Emily Calderon from the Broward County Libraries will discuss how the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022 with year-long programming. AARLCC kicked off the Vicennial of Black Excellence on February 11, 2022 with an opening exhibition Collector’s Duet: The Lifelong Librarianship of Vivian D. Hewitt and Dorothy Porter Wesley and reception. Broward County Library Special Collections staff will share their experiences and lessons learned from preparing the exhibit and virtual program.

Jeffrey Zines from Florida International University will discuss how the University Archives and Special Collections department is participating in celebrating FIU’s 50th anniversary this fall. The FIU in ’72 celebration includes a curated display of photos and ephemera commemorating notable events in the university’s early years, which is located in the Green Library gallery. Jeffrey will also discuss responding to requests from other departments across campus who wish to develop their own commemorative displays.

Victoria Jones from Florida Gulf Coast University will discuss how the University Archives and Special Collections has celebrated FGCU’s silver anniversary this fall. Recognizing that student involvement has been key to the university's growth and development, the University Archives and Special Collections showcased campus life in their exhibition, Wings Up: 25 Years of Student Life at FGCU. Victoria will share lessons learned from the creation of the exhibition, programming, and the exhibit’s impact on collection development.