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Category: War and Society

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Vietnam: Staying in the Room and Holding the Conversation

Posted by: Josh Levy

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. The Manuscript Division recently joined an event with veterans and Gold Star families that became more about listening than telling, and offered powerful insights about national healing and the power of conversation in a shared space.

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Behind the Scenes: Preserving the Edwin Swillinger Scrapbook

Posted by: Josh Levy

Manuscript collections often include scrapbooks, which tell unique stories but can be challenging to preserve. With Edwin Swillinger’s scrapbook, archivist Katherine Madison chose to disassemble it in order to provide the best care for the many photographs and other documents depicting Swillinger’s military service and life in post-World War II Japan.