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Photograph of Virginia Matthews in black and white, at a podium with a white screen behind her. Virginia Mathews speaking during the 1978 White House Pre-conference on Indian Library and Information Services on or near Reservations. Box 83, Virginia H. Mathews Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Intern Spotlight: Libraries, Self-Determination, and Collaboration: Virginia Mathews and the 1978 White House Preconference on Indian Library & Information Services

Posted by: Ryan Reft

In 1978, Native American library professionals from across the country gathered for the first time to hash out their visions for tribal libraries. The papers of Osage literacy advocate Virginia H. Mathews document the significance of that meeting in the history of Native librarianship.

Handwritten copy (with deletions crossed out and additions added) of the first few sentence of Jefferson

USA Today at 40

Posted by: Ryan Reft

Forty years ago, Allen Neuharth and Gannett launched USA Today, but a year before its publication, the newspaper sent out prototypes to media figures, politicians, and selected readers whose collective responses provide a window into the status of the print media of 1981 and its future over the next four decades.

Harris smiling at camera with piles of papers on table in background

Boundary Crossing for a Better Future: Pauli Murray, Patricia Roberts Harris, and the 1982 Mayoral Election in the District of Columbia

Posted by: Ryan Reft

Forty years ago, Patricia Roberts Harris went down in defeat to Marion Barry in the 1982 mayoral election in the District of Columbia, yet, her campaign correspondence with legal scholar, feminist, civil rights activist, and unofficial political advisor Pauli Murray reveals the impact of gender on the outcome, the role of intersectionality in the lives of Black women, and the way defeats can lead to future victories.