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Recontextualizing History: Fair Use in Archives #WeAreFairUse

Photo of William Dorsey

Photo of William Dorsey

This post was written by Brandy Karl, Copyright Officer, Penn State University Libraries, as part of Fair Use Week 2015

The William Dorsey Scrapbook collection, owned by Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, is a series of organized clippings from newspapers and other sources, meticulously collected and arranged by William Dorsey, a prominent African American artist in 19th century Philadelphia. His scrapbooks chronicled everything from art to crime, but give particular insight into contemporary black life of that era. W. E. B. DuBois’ book The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study was based in part on the material found in the Dorsey Scrapbooks.

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The People’s Contest

Letter from James A Beaver Papers

Letter from James A Beaver Papers

This post was written by Sabra Statham, Digital Project Coordinator, PSUL.

As we head into winter I am once again reminded that another year at The People’s Contest has passed. In fact, this year when February rolls around it won’t just be my fifth year at the Penn State Libraries, it will be the project’s fifth year. This anniversary seems like a good time to go back and look at what we have accomplished. Few digital projects last this long so not only have we achieved that important landmark, it looks like the project is just getting going with lots of new activities planned for the future.

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