First Fridays: Community by Mail

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Correspondence, letters, notes, messages, mail – there are many words for these materials that comprise the backbone of the archives. This year we will uplift the humble letters that pepper our collections. 

Please register to attend in person or online. ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events.

Light buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. | Presentations begin at noon | A tour of the archival caverns will follow the presentation. 


Off Topic: Letters From the Children’s Literature Research Collections


Presented by Caitlin Marineau, Assistant Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collection

From editorial notes and rejection letters to fan mail, romance, personal lives, and complaints, letters in CLRC collections span a wide range of topics, only some of which are related to children’s books.

Community by Mail: Finding Liberation Through Reader Written Magazines

Presented by Aiden Bettine, Curator, Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies

Before mass print production and the age of the internet, LGBTQ people built community and found each other through reader written magazines. Throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, sending mail to underground publications became a critical way to engage in community. Gain a glimpse into the publications held in the Tretter Collection that were made by mail.


First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.

Start date
Friday, April 5, 2024, Noon
End date
Friday, April 5, 2024, 1 p.m.

Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120 and ONLINE