Looking Over Our Shoulder: The Cold War and Civil Rights in the United States

Cover of pamphlet "House Un-American Activities Committee: Bulwark of Segregation" by Anne Braden

This blog post is most of the exhibit case text from “The Cold War and Civil Rights in the United States,” part of the Special Collections Research Center’s “Looking Over our Shoulder: the Cold War in American Culture” exhibit, on display through January 2022. In the aftermath of World War Continue Reading

Looking Over our Shoulder: Art and Entertainment During the Cold War

State department letter to Arena Stage

This post is part of a series pertaining to SCRC’s current exhibition, Looking Over Our Shoulder: The Cold War in American Culture. Through the Cold War years, artists working in a variety of mediums in both the United States and the Soviet Union used their work to challenge the narrative Continue Reading

NEH Buchanan papers project update – introducing GRA Rachel Barton

We are now approaching six months of renewed processing work on the James M. Buchanan papers. A lot of hard work has happened in that time, and Project Archivist Rebecca Thayer has made significant progress and moved into new phases of the project since her last blog post. I’ll let Continue Reading

The James M. Buchanan Papers Processing Project: Beginnings

Way back in spring 2020 (as noted by SCRC director Lynn Eaton in an earlier post), SCRC received some welcome good news at a moment when it seemed in short supply. We were informed that our application for a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to finish processing the James Continue Reading

Women in American Politics, from the 19th Amendment to Madam Vice President

March 2021 is the first Women’s History Month where the phrase “Madam Vice President” is a reality, and Kamala Harris’s election to the second-highest office in the land in the year of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States makes this year’s celebration extra meaningful. While major Continue Reading