Monthly Archives: October 2013

Crowdsourcing the Herbert E. Striner Collection

Herbert Striner is a former Dean of the Kogod School of Business at American University. As an amateur photographer, Striner took photos of a variety of subjects in the United States and abroad including the Washington Monument, National Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, plants, and animals.
The collection includes over 8,000 images taken by Herbert E. Striner beginning in the 1940s and ending around 1998. Due to the sheer number of images in the collection, we need your help to correctly label and identify the subjects of each photo, negative, and slide. By lending a hand, you will enable the AU Archive and Special Collections to complete image metadata, which is necessary to make the collection easier to search and use. Not only will you provide valuable assistance, but you’ll also have a chance to view some pretty incredible images from around the globe.
Help us out. Employ your knowledge and expertise of people, places, plants, clouds, animals, events, and general history.

Ready to begin? Here’s how to get started:
1. View the Herbert Striner collection on Flickr.
2. Use the “Comment” box to add information about location, event, people, and dates. You will have to log in, or create an account, to leave a comment.

Thanks for helping us build useful metadata for this collection.

New Online Exhibit -Eagle Lore: Windows into American University History

Are you curious about the history of American University? Have you ever wondered which U.S. Presidents have connections to our campus? Or what issues rallied students to protest for change?
All of those questions can be answered in a new digital exhibit.  The AU Archives and Special Collections recently unveiled an online exhibit exploring American University’s history.  The exhibit uses images from the collection to illustrate the University’s unique history.  Included in the exhibit is information about the physical campus, political protests, student activities, and AU in war time.
Although a great place to start learning about American University’s past, the digital exhibit is far from complete.  Instead, the exhibit will continue to evolve as new images and interpretation are added in the future about campus.
By checking out the exhibit, you’ll gain an understanding of American University’s history while also learning about resources available in the University Archives.