Special Collections

Bill Gentile Photojournalism Collection
Bill Gentile was Newsweek Magazine's Contract Photographer for Latin America and the Caribbean. His collection (1983-2002) of over 30,000 images covers 16 Caribbean and Latin American countries including Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua. The slides and negatives document agriculture, daily life, demonstrations, earthquakes, elections, religion, politics and women’s health. The collection also includes images of the Persian Gulf War. This digital collection is a companion to the full collection housed in Special Collections, and contains a representative sample of images that highlight the major subject areas and showcase the variety of images available in the collection.
Drew Pearson's Washington Merry-Go-Round
Andrew Russell (Drew) Pearson (1897-1969) was one of the most successful newspaper and radio journalists of his day. The collection presented here consists of Pearson's syndicated Washington Merry-Go-Round column published between 1932 and 1969. American University Library Special Collections Unit holds the typescript copies for the column that the syndicate sent to Pearson's office at the same time the typescripts were distributed to newspapers around the country. Articles as published in various newspapers may differ slightly from the original typescripts represented here.
Jack Child Slide Collection
A collection of images collected by Jack Child, alumnus and former faculty member at American University. Child was a specialist in Latin America and Latin American culture, with an emphasis on Antarctica, Chile and the Falkland / Malvinas Islands. The Jack Child Slide Collection is one component of the Jack Child Papers which document his career and research interests. The Jack Child Papers are housed at the American University Library in the University Archives and Special Collections department.
Jack Child Stamp Collection
A collection of stamps, first day covers, stamp covers, and stamp albums collected by Jack Child, alumnus and former faculty member at American University. Child was a specialist in Latin America and Latin American culture, with an emphasis on Antarctica, Chile and the Falkland / Malvinas Islands. The Jack Child Stamp Collection is one component of the Jack Child Papers which document his career and research interests. The Jack Child Papers are housed at the American University Library in the University Archives and Special Collections department.
John R. Hickman Collection
The John R. Hickman Collection consists of broadcast quality audio recordings of vintage radio news and entertainment programs, from the 1920s through the 1970s. The digitization of this collection is a work in progress. Select reel-to-reel tapes of major news events from 1939 -1953, and episodes from Amos 'n' Andy, Biography in Sound, The Cavalcade of America, The Goldbergs, Hear It Now, Life Can Be Beautiful, Lux Radio Theatre, Mary Margaret McBride, One Man's Family, Our Gal Sunday, The Original Amateur Hour, and The Romance of Helen Trent have been digitized.
Patrick Frazier Political and Social Movements Collection
This collection contains broadsides, flyers, handbills, photographs and posters and covers all of the major political and social movements of the 1960s and 1970s including civil rights, gay and lesbian rights and feminism as well the anti-nuclear and the Vietnam War protests. The protests featured in this collection are mostly from the Washington, DC area including student protests at American University and the University of Maryland at College Park. This companion digital collection is a snapshot of the full collection housed in Special Collections. It features examples of all analog formats with an emphasis on protests against President Nixon and the Vietnam War. This digital collection is a work in progress. New content will be added on an ongoing basis.
Peace Corps Community Archive
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
Herbert E. Striner (1922-2015) was an economist and the former Dean of the Kogod School of Business at American University. His collection consists of over 9,000 negatives, prints, and slides depicting a wide variety of subjects in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States from the 1940s to 1998. Striner took numerous photos in and around Washington, DC region depicting landmarks such as the National Cathedral and C&O Canal. Some of the earliest images in this collection document life on a troop ship. Striner also photographed the Chinese table-tennis delegation’s April 1972 visit to the United States.
Story of the Bonus Army Slide Show
The Bonus Army march took place in June and July of 1932, when 17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups gathered in Washington, DC to demand cash-payment redemption of their service certificates awarded by the World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924. The Bonus Army demonstrators were accommodated in abandoned buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue and set up shantytown camps on the Anacostia Flats. On July 28, President Hoover ordered the forceful eviction of the Bonus Army demonstrators, first through police action, then through military action led by General Douglas MacArthur, which resulted in several deaths., This collection contains selected images from a hand colored lantern slide show depicting the Bonus Army demonstrations, including images of the camps, protests at the Capitol Building, and the forceful eviction by the Washington, D.C. Police and the United States Army.