Before Jon Stewart ’84 and Trevor Noah, before Stephen Colbert and John Oliver and Saturday Night Live, before Tina Fey and Samantha Bee and Andrea Gibson, there was George Jean Nathan and H.L. Mencken. A slice of the Nathan/Mencken story lives in the Special Collections Research Center at Swem Library.
During World War II, thousands of Italian prisoners of war were sent to the United States to help fill labor shortages created by the war.
On August 23, 1812, Robert Stevens wrote to his parents in Rhode Island from New Orleans in the aftermath of a hurricane, “a Scene of horror & devastation.”
In early 1792, Thomas Dobson, a prominent Philadelphia printer in the middle of printing the first American edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, took a much smaller commission: William Currie’s An Historical Account of the Climates and Diseases of the United States of America.
Recent visitors to Swem Library will have noticed a change in the exhibit facing the front entrance.
The Reverend Curtis W. Harris is best known for his role in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Civil Rights organization founded by Martin Luther King, Jr., though he has not been studied closely by historians.
A broadside for the performance of a traveling minstrel show, advertising “an evening of singing, dancing, music, and jokes,” caught the attention of a student in the Special Collections Reading Room this past week.
At the close of the eighteenth century, a series of revolutions broke out throughout the Atlantic World.
Great News! The Office of the Bursar Records have been digitized and are available for researching, right from your computer.