The adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment enfranchised women in the United States, but it failed to provide women the same rights and privileges under the constitution and laws that men enjoyed. In February 1921, at a meeting in Washington, the National Woman’s Party disbanded as a suffrage organization and reorganized to establish women’s equal rights. The exhibit is separated into three sub-sections: the National Woman’s Party and the Equal Rights Movement, Black women’s involvement in the Equal Rights Movement and their lived experiences in the 1920s, and equal rights movements across the world.
Featuring Autographs, Books and Political Buttons of James A. Jolly who was a member of the Millersville History Department from 1966 until his retirement in 1998. He collected these materials as part of his interest in the American political system.
Several racist and anti-Muslim events took place at Millersville University following President Trump’s election in November, 2016. In a case that received national attention, two white students in blackface shared their photo through Snapchat. In another, a Muslim student had her hijab pulled off by a group of young white men on campus.
The Students of Color Oral History Project explored the campus environment for students of color at Millersville University during the academic year 2017 – 2018
Millersville State Normal School always had a Principal as the head, from 1855 until 1928 when it became Millersville State Teachers College. From 1928 to the present, the head of the College or University has gone by the title of President.
To capture the strike-related experiences of Millersville University faculty, staff, and students; Archives & Special Collections in McNairy Library began an oral history project during fall semester, 2016, that continued into spring semester, 2017. The student volunteer members of the faculty strike project team, and the student employees in McNairy Library’s Archives & Special Collections areas, participated in a collaborative effort alongside Library faculty members over the course of a year and a half. The project team consisted of seven Millersville University undergraduate and graduate students and five Library faculty members. Volunteer university students included: Alex Arnold, Lauren Cameron, Abigail Gruber, Hunter Mengel, Victoria Mueller, Taylor Payne, and Kyle Thomas. The volunteer faculty members included: Katie Barrett, Libby Nelson, Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol, Stephanie Pennucci, and Marilyn Parrish.
Over the years the library has continually grown, beginning as a small reference library, that has grown in size and is now serving as a center of support for academic learning. As we celebrate this growth of the academic library it is well to look back at its foundation.