First Fridays: Thank You for Your Contributions

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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. 

Please register to attend in person or online. (Registration for the May event opens on March 1.) ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events.

How to Handle Hate Mail (rescheduled from Dec. 1)

Presented by Kate Dietrick, Archivist, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

The Jewish community has dealt with various types of antisemitism for decades. But what do you do if you’ve received hate through the post? We’ll dive into the materials of the Jewish Community Relations Council and learn how they have historically handled hate mail, and why we would want to preserve these hate-filled documents in the archives.

Thank You for Your Contributions!

Sherlock in contemplation

Presented by Tim Johnson, Curator, Sherlock Holmes Collections

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sherlock Holmes Collections, a “collection of collections” developed over the years by many contributions from members of the Sherlockian community. This presentation will explore some of the letters which paint a picture of how the Holmes collections grew over the last five decades.


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, May 3, 2024, Noon
End date
Friday, May 3, 2024, 1 p.m.

Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120 and ONLINE