Thursday, January 21, 2016


As my time at the DSU's Archives comes to end, it is time for me to say farewell. The past few months have been a struggle but also a blessing. Being a full time graduate student and having a part time job plus this internship is a lot to manage, but I have learned so much! Processing collections, creating finding aids and uploading photographs onto CONTENTdm are skills that I know will take me far in this field.

Despite being a Delaware native, I did not know much about Delaware State University. At the end of my internship, I must say, I am quite impressed. After processing the Middle States Association collection, the Hornet Student Newspaper collection and some personal collections donated to the archives by alumni, I have had an inside look at the university's history.  To see the obstacles the university has overcome along with its growth is something special.

This opportunity was not only a huge learning experience but a great way for me to network and meet some amazing new people.  Everyone I encountered was extremely knowledgeable and had a willingness to help me become more successful in this field.

As much as I am excited to finally get some days off, it saddens me that my time is over.  From the bottom of my heart I would like to give a huge THANKS to Joy and Dan!!!! You guys are great and wish you the best!

See you later DSU!
Yours Truly,
Jasmine Smith

Friday, January 15, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Written by Dan DelViscio

The notion of memorializing a day to exemplify King was first proposed by labor unions, but it took 15 years before a federal holiday was created. Following the death of Dr. King, two politicians, John Conyers and Edward Brooke, proposed a bill in Congress to make Dr. King's birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979, but it wasn't until 1983 that President Ronald Reagan officially signed the holiday into law.

Delaware State University will be celebrating its 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. day on January 18th.  Even before Martin Luther King Jr. day was a national holiday, DSU held annual celebrations to honor one of the greatest civil rights activists in history. Thirty years ago, this historically black university  recognized that Dr. King had helped to create a brighter future for its students. 

In commemoration of this special day I thought I would riffle through the archives  and show you some of the past celebrations here at DSU. On the top right Theressa Webster as Miss DSC and Senator Herman Holloway both visit the child development lab on campus in 1978. The photograph to the right shows students posing with signs for a 1985 celebration. Finally, the  photograph below depicts Delaware State College's Gospel Choir performing in 1980.

I hope you enjoy the weekend and at the same time reflect on the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Ross, Shmuel, and David Johnson. "The History of Martin Luther King Day." Infoplease. Accessed January 14, 2016.