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This collection of photographs documents the early history of American University and its campus in northwest Washington D.C. Photographs trace the physical development of the campus from the groundbreaking for its first building in 1896, through rapid growth in the 1920's, up to the mid 1960's. Also included are photographs of commencement ceremonies from 1916 through 1970.

This collection includes: American University Course Catalogs (1914-2009), AUCOLA and The Talon (yearbooks - 1927-1998), and The University Courier (1892-1926).

A selection of documents dating from the 1890s to 1920 relating to the development of American University.

Contains digital images and catalog descriptions of public domain sheet music selected from AU's 2,500 piece collection of historical sheet music. The digitized collection has a focus on late 19th-century and early 20th-century art songs.

This collection features a representative sample of images taken by Bill Gentile, Newsweek Magazine's contract photographer for Latin America and the Caribbean, that highlights the major subject areas and showcases the variety of images available in the collection.

The collection consists of the typescript copies of Andrew Russell (Drew) Pearson's syndicated Washington Merry-Go-Round column published between 1932 and 1969.

AU's Student Newspaper.

The John R. Hickman Collection contains broadcast quality audio recordings of vintage radio news and entertainment programs, from the 1920s through the 1970s.

The Latin American Visuals Online Repository is a unique resource which will feature materials gathered by Latin Americanist scholars from multiple institutions for use by students and scholars alike. By combining these materials on one web site, individuals will be able to experience the rich culture, heritage, and natural beauty of Latin America and Antarctica. It is a joint project of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University and the American University Library Archives and Special Collections. The project was spearheaded by Dr. Jack Child and has been carried out in commemoration of his life and work.

This collection is a snapshot of the analog Frazier Collection and contains flyers, photographs, and posters with an emphasis on protests against President Nixon and the Vietnam War.

Paula Diehl began her in-depth study of music theory and composition at American University and later continued it at Temple University where she received a Master of Music degree in composition. As a result of her studies, she developed a new total composition system called "Separation." This collection of more than seventy manuscripts includes vocal pieces, piano solos, string quartets, chamber music, and various instrumental music including non-traditional instruments such as a prepared-piano. This digitized collection will allow scholars, students, and musicians to explore her pioneering composition system.

The Peace Corps Community Archive consists of materials created and acquired by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers during their service such as correspondence, diaries, films, photographs, reports, scrapbooks, and sound recordings.

Robert Nickelsberg worked as a TIME magazine contract photographer for nearly thirty years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. After covering Central and South America and the conflicts taking place there in the mid 1980s, he established his base in Asia. Living in New Delhi from 1988 to 1999, Nickelsberg recorded the rise of religious extremism in South Asia. His work has also encompassed Iraq, Kuwait, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia. Nickelsberg has documented Afghanistan since 1988, when he accompanied a group of mujahideen crossing the border from Pakistan. The digital collection features selected images from Latin America and the Caribbean in the 1980s. More images will be added in the future.

This collection consists of black & white negatives, color slides, and color negatives depicting a wide variety of subjects in the United States and abroad from the 1940s to 1998 including Washington, DC landmarks such as the National Cathedral and C&O Canal taken by the former Dean of the Kogod School of Business at American University, Herbert E. Striner.

The Washington College of Law Historical Collection from the Pence Law Library contains class schedules, correspondence, newspapers, programs, scrapbooks, and yearbooks documenting its history from 1851-1960. In addition, there are materials relating to the 1902 Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic in Washington, D.C., Kappa Beta Pi (a legal sorority), and WCL founder, Ellen Spencer Mussey, and her family.

Archive-It Information

Search the archived copy of American University's website including student organizations and online publications (2009-present)

Collection Guidelines

American University Library's digitized collections are accessible for purposes of education and research. We have researched the contents of these digital collections to ascertain any possible legal rights embodied in the materials. In cases where copyright holders could not be reached or identified, the materials are provided here under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). We are eager to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified so that the appropriate information may be provided in the future.

Upon request, we will remove the material from public view while we address a particular complaint. Requests for removal should be in writing and directed to our Archives and Special Collections office.

An acknowledgement of a request for removal will be sent to the individual making the request. At the conclusion of the review into the request, notification of whether the material has been removed will be sent to the address or email on file.