Exploring unusual finds from the University Archives.

Ask An Archivist: A Behind the Scenes Look at the University Archives

Shelves of archival boxes

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.

Hear from Some of the Greatest Minds in Computer Science

Image of CS lecture from vintage video

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.

Improving Access to the University Archives’ Audiovisual Materials

Improving Access to the University Archives’ Audiovisual Materials

This spring the University Archives launched a new Vimeo channel to highlight and provide online access to some of the remarkable audiovisual holdings in our collections. Over the coming months we will continue to add newly and previously digitized content from the university’s history. The new site will also be the future home of recordings from the CMU Oral History Program.

Our Interlude

Students of the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College.

What do we call this period when the library is physically closed, but we’re continuing to work? Inspired by our boss, we like to call it our “interlude”. While that name might suggest we’re idle or taking a break, we think of it as our work-from-home workcation. Instead of a staycation where you get a lot of little projects done around the house, we’re tackling all the work projects we never quite seem to have enough time for.  That’s our interlude, and here’s what we’ve been up to.

University Archives COVID-19 Toolkit

University Archives COVID-19 Toolkit


General Submission Guidelines

The University Archives are working to document the effect of COVID-19 on our community.  To do this, we are asking community members to consider documenting their experiences and submit them to the archives.  We will enact restriction periods as appropriate, but our ultimate goal is to make these documents available for research.

A Legacy Lives On: The Life and Work of Lou Scheimer

Lou Scheimer yearbook 1952 photo

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.

It's Time to Celebrate: A History of Past CMU Inaugurations

Past CMU Inaugurations

This Friday Carnegie Mellon will inaugurate it’s 10th president, though we don’t actually have much experience with inauguration ceremonies.  Not only are we a relatively young institution, but most of our presidents served relatively long terms.  Hamerschlag stayed for 19 years, Doherty for 14, Warner for 15, and Cyert almost broke Hamerschlag’s record with 18 years.

The Remarkable Women of the Mellon Institute, Part I: Dr. Alice G. Renfrew

Dr. Alice Renfrew in lab

While organizing and preserving the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research papers, I have kept my eyes peeled for women who contributed to the many scientific discoveries made at the Mellon Institute. Nearly 7 months into this project, two women have captivated my attention thus far: Lois B. Whittle and Dr. Alice G. Renfrew.


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