Vintage Valentine Cards, Gender in Afghanistan, Major Grant for a Digital Project, Undergraduate Research Award, Frederick Douglass Statue
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The History of Love: Valentine's Day Cards through the Ages

Like Valentine’s Day itself, the definition of love and how it is celebrated have changed over time. Many of these changes can be traced in our collection of Valentine cards, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the mindset, traditions, and attitudes that have become associated with the celebration. Through these simple greeting cards, we can learn a great deal about how people used to love and how they may love in the future. Read more

Neilly Lecture Series: Jenny Nordberg

Award-winning journalist, columnist, and television producer, Jenny Nordberg, will talk about the circumstance that led to the writing of her book, The Underground Girls of Kabul, where she explores the lives of Afghan girls who are raised disguised as boys. Join us on February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. More details are available here
The Seward Family Archive Project Wins Major Grant

The Seward Family Archive Project was recently awarded a three-year $300,400 grant from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation. This renewed support follows an initial $360,000 grant distributed between 2014-2016. The grant will allow further digitization, transcription, and annotation of family materials from the William Henry Seward Papers, and the addition of thousands of new items to the Project. Read more
Enhancing Nanotube Functionality: Research Initiative award for Undergraduates

New scientific discoveries often help to improve our lives, but sometimes it can take years or even decades before scientists realize the practical applications of their findings. In many cases, scientists have to be visionaries and wait patiently before they can reap the fruits of their labor. This kind of visionary approach is shared by Austin Bailey ’17, who received the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries' Research Initiative Award for Undergraduates on January 19. Read more
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Celebrating Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month and Frederick Douglass' birthday, we are happy to share this postcard of Douglass' statue from our Frederick Douglass Project. Created by Stanley Edwards, and dedicated on June 6, 1899, this was the first statue to honor an African American. Now standing in Highland Park, Rochester, NY, it represents hope, freedom, and civil engagement, and continues to spark lively debates and scholarly conversations about the legacy of this well-known figure. 
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