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American University History Photograph and Print Collection

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.

American University Publications via the Internet Archive

  • American University Course Catalogs (1914-2009)
  • AUCOLA and The Talon (yearbooks - 1927-1998)
  • The University Courier (1892-1926)

American University: The Formative Years

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

American University Historical Sheet Music Collection

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.

Drew Pearson's Washington Merry-Go-Round

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

The Eagle (AU's Student Newspaper)

The John R. Hickman Collection

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

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.

The Latin American Visuals Online Repository 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.

Paula Diehl Collection

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.

Peace Corps Community Archive Digital Collection

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.

Photographic Material and Other Art Work of Herbert E. Striner

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. A portion of Striner Collection is also available through Flickr.

Washington College of Law Historical Collection

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.

AU Digital Research Archive (Institutional Repository)

American University Library Digital Collections Guidelines