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Charlotte Perkins Gilman​
In 1892 Charlotte Perkins Gilman published The Yellow Wallpaper, a short story about the central character’s ill-treated post-partum depression. The story has since become a classic of earliest feminist literature. A rare, first edition of the story, signed and inscribed by the author, is part of the larger Gilman collection housed at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. Want to see what the author wrote to her best friend about her own real-life depression, life in a mismatched marriage, and her work? The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Conservations is proud to present its newly digitized trove of a recent acquisition of Gilman’s letters.​
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Neilly Series: Jeffrey Allen Tucker
One of the most prolific African American authors of his time, John A. Williams (1925–2015) made his mark as a journalist, educator, and writer. Conversations with John A. Williams collects twenty-three interviews with the three-time winner of the American Book Award, beginning with a discussion in 1969 of his early works and ending with a previously unpublished interview from 2005. 
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Helen Ann Mins Robbins Lecture Series: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
On Dec. 6 – 7, the Rossell Hope Robbins Library welcomed Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Distinguished Professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh, to campus as the Helen Ann Mins Robbins Speaker. Founded in 1993, this endowed Lecture Series is the annual highlight of the Robbins Library’s programming, notable medievalists who have made extraordinary contributions to their field through their scholarship and teaching.​
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The Presidential Diversity Award: Myra Henry 
Myra Henry, Senior Director of Administration, River Campus Libraries was honored with one of two 2018 Presidential Diversity Awards at a ceremony hosted by President Richard Feldman last week. This honor recognizes Myra’s long-standing contribution to an inclusive climate at the University of Rochester, including her work at the River Campus Libraries, where she is a strong and compassionate voice, dedicated to making the UR and Libraries more inclusive and welcoming environments.​ Read More
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