Civil Rights in the James H. Laue Papers

James H. Laue was born in River Falls, Wisconsin, in 1937. In 1959, Laue was admitted to the Harvard graduate program in sociology where he studied race relations and the sociology of religion. During his graduate studies, Laue became involved in the Civil Rights movement, attending lunch counter sit-ins, church Continue Reading

Atkins finding aid available for Subject Print Subseries

The first subseries of the revised Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection is now available. The subjects cover life in Washington, D.C. (particularly John F. Kennedy and family in the late 1950s and early 1960s), American social and political issues, countries in Africa, the Korean War, and even our very own Continue Reading

The Results Are In

Our researchers often give us valuable insights into our collections and point out hidden gems. Just recently, Ross Landis, a City of Fairfax historian who also volunteers at the City of Fairfax Regional Library’s Virginia Room, found such a gem in the Stacy Sherwood Collection. Stacy C. Sherwood grew up Continue Reading

On Exhibit: The 1960s

The 1960s is regarded as one of the most turbulent times in recent history. SC&A has a new exhibit that highlights elements of the dramatic changes that took place during this decade using materials from the collections. The exhibit is divided into three parts: Popular Literature, American Life, and Politics Continue Reading

The Second Phase of Civil Rights: Photographs of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

In December of 1967, when nearly 15 percent of all Americans and 40 percent of African Americans lived below the poverty line, Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) began organizing a national campaign against poverty. The Poor People’s Campaign was to inaugurate a new phase of Continue Reading