On the blog this week, Curator of Special Collections Sam Lemley reflects on the legacy of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, the founding benefactor of CMU’s Special Collections and an important collector and scholar of early books on botany. CMU’s Hunt Library, named for Rachel and Roy A. Hunt, was dedicated 59 years ago on 10 October, 1961.
Every October, archives around the country celebrate American Archives Month and Ask an Archivist Day to raise the public’s awareness of our profession and the collections we care for. This October we are excited to share a new exhibit with you, What We Don’t Have: Confronting the Absences of Diversity in the University Archives.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit in a lecture from Nobel Prize winner, Turing Award recipient, and artificial intelligence expert Herb Simon? Attendees at the June 11 event "The Power of Pioneers: Preserving CMU's Computer Science Videotape Collection," hosted by the University Libraries and the School of Computer science, had the opportunity to do exactly that, thanks to a vintage recording that has recently been digitized.
How do you honor Carnegie Mellon University’s unique and most beloved tradition as it marks its centennial? A team from the University Libraries and the Entertainment Technology Center created “Nuts, Bolts, & Wheels: 100 Years of Buggy,” a new history of the sport and an engaging preview of what’s to come when they complete their artistic vision.
Carnegie Mellon University is well-known for its work in computing technology, but how did that legacy begin? In fall 2019, an interdisciplinary class of CMU students traced the history of computing at the university, which culminated in an exhibit in the Gates and Hillman centers.
Students paint the Fence one last time before Spring 2020 classes moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of the University Archives.
Over 100 years after the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 disrupted operations on the Carnegie Mellon University campus, the university found itself once again adjusting to a new normal with the move to online instruction and closure of many campus facilities as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mary Kay Johnsen’s career as the Special Collections Librarian at the University Libraries began September 15, 1982. Before it comes to an end this summer, with Johnsen’s retirement after 38 years of service, we sat down to capture some of her favorite memories.
Andrew Meade McGee is the University Libraries’ CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Science and Computing. An historian by training, he specializes in the political, cultural, technology, and business history of the twentieth century United States, with a particular focus on the history of the information society.
You previously served as visiting faculty in the History Department before going to the Library of Congress. What brought you back to CMU?
Lou Scheimer (A 1952) had a life and career that encapsulates and embodies CMU’s current vision and mission to have “a transformative impact on society through continual innovation in education, research, creativity, and entrepreneurship.”1 He cofounded Filmation Associates in 1963, and advocated for racial diversity and gender equality in many of the production company’s popular, children’s television shows, such as She-Ra, Fat Albert, Isis, and BraveStarr.