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Peek in the Stacks

Old stacks area.

This summer is an exciting time in Special Collections and Archives. Last year, we began a two phase renovation project and much to our delight, Phase I has been completed! Special Collections and Archives now has a new, environmentally controlled and secure closed stacks area for our rare books, artifacts, and archival collections, as well as a new Reading Room that...

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Cover, Angel City Chapter of Links Handbook, 1967-1968

Special Collections and Archives holds the papers of Links, Incorporated, Angel City Chapter, one of more than two-hundred eighty chapters across the United States. In 1946, Philadelphia residents, Margaret Hawkins and Sarah Scott, founded Links, Inc. envisioning a community service organization that would meet the needs and aspirations of inter-city African-American women. The ...

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Cropped image, Postcard mementos from Shanghai and The Great Wall, Alex D. Kennedy Collection

Summer is arriving soon and for many that means taking trips with family and friends, or going to different events that are happening around town, otherwise known as a "stay-cation". In Special Collections and Archives, we have many collections that highlight summer travels and local activities. Some of these include ...

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Cropped image from Perfect Womanhood for Maidens, Wives, Mothers: A Book Giving Full Information on All the Mysterious and Complex Matters Pertaining to Women ... by Mary R. Melendy, 1903

Mother's Day has its roots in early Egyptian festivals which honored the goddess Isis,  known as Mother of the Pharaohs. Other ancient cultures also honored mother figures, worshipping and celebrating mother goddesses like Cybele and Rhea, among others. With the spread of Christianity across Europe and England in the sixteenth century, celebrations of motherhood became focused ....

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