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“Photographing Stalin's Revolution: An American in Moscow, 1930”

Lecture by Bill Husband, Professor, School of History, Philosophy and Religion

Wednesday, October 28 at 4 p.m. in the Archives Reading Room, fifth floor of the Valley Library 

In 1930, Joseph Stalin reached a critical point in his transformation of Soviet Russia. Peasants had been forcibly moved into collective farms, heavy industrialization moved forward at the frenetic pace of his first Five-Year Plan, and a cultural revolution reconfigured Soviet life so thoroughly that no sphere of human existence went untouched. Armed only with a camera and a perceptive eye, a schoolteacher from Ohio named Elizabeth Day traveled into this world of political oppression and economic shortage, and the photographic record of her journey provides insights that go far beyond conventional textbook photographs. 

Day possessed an unusual talent to see what was extraordinary in scenes that might superficially appear ordinary. She caught rare images of Stalin’s remaking of the country that range from village life to industry to urban reconstruction. These photographs were donated to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at the Valley Library by Dan and Lucy Hilburn of Salem.

“Photographing Stalin's Revolution: An American in Moscow, 1930”

Lecture by Bill Husband, Professor, School of History, Philosophy and Religion

Wednesday, October 28 at 4 p.m. in the Archives Reading Room, fifth floor of the Valley Library 

In 1930, Joseph Stalin reached a critical point in his transformation of Soviet Russia. Peasants had been forcibly moved into collective farms, heavy industrialization moved forward at the frenetic pace of his first Five-Year Plan, and a cultural revolution reconfigured Soviet life so thoroughly that no sphere of human existence went untouched. Armed only with a camera and a perceptive eye, a schoolteacher from Ohio named Elizabeth Day traveled into this world of political oppression and economic shortage, and the photographic record of her journey provides insights that go far beyond conventional textbook photographs. 

Day possessed an unusual talent to see what was extraordinary in scenes that might superficially appear ordinary. She caught rare images of Stalin’s remaking of the country that range from village life to industry to urban reconstruction. These photographs were donated to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at the Valley Library by Dan and Lucy Hilburn of Salem.

The library’s fall workshops wind down with a session on November 2 about Graduate Publishing Tips for grad students that want to get started on publishing their scholarship. The last workshop will be a repeat of Zotero (Intro and Intermediate/Advanced) on November 3, which is an excellent online tool for capturing, managing and citing your research sources. 

Registration is encouraged but not required, and registration can be done at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Stay tuned for the schedule of workshops that will be happening during winter term. 

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

The library’s fall workshops wind down with a session on November 2 about Graduate Publishing Tips for grad students that want to get started on publishing their scholarship. The last workshop will be a repeat of Zotero (Intro and Intermediate/Advanced) on November 3, which is an excellent online tool for capturing, managing and citing your research sources. 

Registration is encouraged but not required, and registration can be done at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Stay tuned for the schedule of workshops that will be happening during winter term. 

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

The library’s fall workshops wind down with a session on November 2 about Graduate Publishing Tips for grad students that want to get started on publishing their scholarship. The last workshop will be a repeat of Zotero (Intro and Intermediate/Advanced) on November 3, which is an excellent online tool for capturing, managing and citing your research sources. 

Registration is encouraged but not required, and registration can be done at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Stay tuned for the schedule of workshops that will be happening during winter term. 

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

The library’s fall workshops wind down with a session on November 2 about Graduate Publishing Tips for grad students that want to get started on publishing their scholarship. The last workshop will be a repeat of Zotero (Intro and Intermediate/Advanced) on November 3, which is an excellent online tool for capturing, managing and citing your research sources. 

Registration is encouraged but not required, and registration can be done at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Stay tuned for the schedule of workshops that will be happening during winter term. 

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

The library’s fall workshops wind down with a session on November 2 about Graduate Publishing Tips for grad students that want to get started on publishing their scholarship. The last workshop will be a repeat of Zotero (Intro and Intermediate/Advanced) on November 3, which is an excellent online tool for capturing, managing and citing your research sources. 

Registration is encouraged but not required, and registration can be done at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Stay tuned for the schedule of workshops that will be happening during winter term. 

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

The library’s fall workshops wind down with a session on November 2 about Graduate Publishing Tips for grad students that want to get started on publishing their scholarship. The last workshop will be a repeat of Zotero (Intro and Intermediate/Advanced) on November 3, which is an excellent online tool for capturing, managing and citing your research sources. 

Registration is encouraged but not required, and registration can be done at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Stay tuned for the schedule of workshops that will be happening during winter term. 

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

See actual student culture and activities from late in the last century. As part of the continuing fun around Oregon Archives Month, join us for dance, music, big hair and catwalks from Oregon State in the 1980s and 1990s. To celebrate amazing footage that we archived from KBVR-TV this year, there will be a showing of excerpts from historic student performances captured on video — including the 1987 Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show, 1994 Indonesia Cultural Night, and the 1992 Ms. OSU Pageant.

The screening of selected TV news clips will happen on Wednesday, October 21 from noon-1:00 p.m. in the Willamette Room East on the third floor of the Valley Library. Snacks and beverages will be available. For added flair, we will also show Benny Beaver on the slopes for the Chips Invitational Mascot Ski Race. Can Benny really ski? Here’s your chance to find out. 

See actual student culture and activities from late in the last century. As part of the continuing fun around Oregon Archives Month, join us for dance, music, big hair and catwalks from Oregon State in the 1980s and 1990s. To celebrate amazing footage that we archived from KBVR-TV this year, there will be a showing of excerpts from historic student performances captured on video — including the 1987 Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show, 1994 Indonesia Cultural Night, and the 1992 Ms. OSU Pageant.

The screening of selected TV news clips will happen on Wednesday, October 21 from noon-1:00 p.m. in the Willamette Room East on the third floor of the Valley Library. Snacks and beverages will be available. For added flair, we will also show Benny Beaver on the slopes for the Chips Invitational Mascot Ski Race. Can Benny really ski? Here’s your chance to find out. 

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