Hispanic Heritage Month Begins September 15


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September 15 –October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, why the mid-month dates? Read more about the unique date designation and the supporting federal government documentation here .  The month is meant to celebrate a deep and diverse community and there is continuing debate as to how to do so in an inclusive and constructive way.  The New York Times el space column discusses the divisive history of labeling and framing “Hispanic Heritage Month” and suggests ways to move forward

Throughout the month we will be highlighted resources and ideas both in and outside of our collections that highlight the depth and breadth that make up the Latinx community through art, music, science and more. To begin let’s look at a snapshot of the Latinx population in the United States today from NBC News.  In July, 2020, the Pew Research Center released some recent stats on the community.

Hispanics By the Numbers
Hispanics By the Numbers

Finally we’d like to suggest you take a deeper dive into the rich and varied contributions of Latinx Americans in this nation’s history by watching episodes of PBS’s The Latino Americans.  Available from Films on Demand.

Keep your eye on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter presence for more resources this month.

Virtual Student Poster Exhibit: African-American Women in Indiana History: Finding Their Voices

Dr. Kim Stanley, Assistant Professor, History: 

Spring 2020:  Black Women’s History {HIST 213}: In honor of Women’s History Month,  students embarked on locating the voices of African American women in Indiana’s history. The historical record is often silent or only provides fragments on the lives of black women.  Because of this, we often do not know their experiences—and, if we do, it is often through the voice of someone else. Using Indiana State University Library’s Special Collections, students were tasked with placing and centering the voices and lives of black women within the history of Indiana.

>>African-American Women: Indiana State University {Vigo County}
>>African-American Women: Boone and Putnam Counties
>>African-American Women: Cass County
>>African-American Women: Clark County
>>African-American Women: Delaware and Randolph Counties
>>African-American Women: Greene and Vigo Counties
>>African-American Women: Hamilton and Madison Counties
>>African-American Women: Hendricks and Morgan Counties
>>African-American Women: Howard and Miami Counties
>>African-American Women: Johnson and Marion Counties
>>African-American Women: Lake County
>>African-American Women: Marion and Rush Counties
>>African-American Women: Montgomery and Tippecanoe Counties
>>African-American Women: Orange and Washington Counties

Special Collections Highlights Debs Collection (September 28)

Special Collections staffer, Dennis Vetrovec, and visitor, Cathy McGuire

On Saturday September 28, the Debs Foundation sponsored numerous events leading up to the Debs Award Dinner. This included special Saturday access to Special Collections’ Debs Collection.  Special Collections staffer Dennis Vetrovec chose many unique items from the Collection to display and staffed the open hours from 1pm – 4pm. Based on the reaction of the many people who took advantage of this opportunity, he chose well. People from all around the U.S. (California, North Dakota, Illinois, etc.) spent time poring over materials that included:

  • Photographs
  • Editorial Cartoons
  • Records from the National Archives, including court cases
  • Postcards
  • Correspondence
  • Proceedings of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
  • Magazine of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (Debs was a contributor and editor)
  • Manuscript of BLF membership written by Debs in part
  • Journals contemporary with the creation of the Debs Foundation
  • Leftist newspapers like the Appeal to Reason and clippings

middle: Michelle Morahn, Kate Debs researcher and Debs Foundation Secretary

In addition, two cases focused on Seymour Stedman, Debs’ lawyer and running mate, and David Karsner, Debs’ contemporary biographer.

Debs Collection materials displayed in the Cordell Dictionary Room

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