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Women on the Air: Cokie Roberts

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On September 17, 2019, award-winning broadcaster, journalist, and author Cokie Roberts passed away at the age of 75. In her memory, on this episode, we’ll share a recording of the speech that Roberts gave at the University of Minnesota Law School Commencement Exercises, held on Saturday, May 9, 1992 at Northrop Auditorium.
Students sit in groups, on strike for peace and protesting against the Vietnam war. Student protests. Strike. 1970. University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives., umedia.lib.umn.edu/item/p16022coll175:4717 Accessed 27 May 2020.

1970 Student Strike–50 Years Later

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Throughout the spring of 1970, tensions were high among students and the campus community at the University of Minnesota in regards to the United States' military efforts, which ignited student strikes across the nation, including the University of Minnesota. Now fifty years later, we look back on the history of the student strike and the impact it had on campus.
A photograph of the ceremony for the conferment of an Honorary Doctorate (Law) on the Honorable Arthur E. Schneider. The date is unknown. Source: University of Minnesota Archives, Photograph Collection.

‘Sister Relationship’: Cooperative Project with Seoul National University

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What started as an act of post-war technical aid led to the fondly known “sister relationship” between the University of Minnesota and Seoul National University (SNU) beginning in the mid-1950s. Spanning eight years, the partnership left a historic mark on both institutions
Marion English (Watson) was a member of the WLB Radio Guild while a student in the 1940s (with Del Dusenbury).

Marion Watson

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We are saddened to learn of the passing of Marion Watson, a long-time station manager for the University of Minnesota's radio station – KUOM. 
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Women on the Air: Dr. Joyce Jackson

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KUOM radio's Minnesota School of the Air series People Worth Hearing About first aired in 1969 with programs that featured biographies of prominent African Americans. In 1971, the program broadcast an interview with Dr. Joyce Jackson, the newly appointed Principal of Central High School in Minneapolis.

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American Jewish World March 31, 1933

Putting the American Jewish World online

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After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the American Jewish World newspaper is being digitized by the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the Libraries — making it “available online for people across the Midwest, indeed across the world..."
Lara Friedman-Shedlov

Handling the digital stream

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Email, PowerPoint presentations, Google documents, and spreadsheets — these are just some examples of born-digital materials that make up the digital stream coming to the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC). “ASC has wanted/needed a position to help us deal with born-digital materials for several years,” says Kris Kiesling, Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections. Managing these born-digital materials is now the role of Lara Friedman-Shedlov.

A map that reveals and conceals at the James Ford Bell Library

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By Jeff Bishop W. Jeff Bishop provides guest commentary on the Bell's "Map of the British and French dominions in North America" by John Mitchell...

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