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August 17, 2016

Despite controversy in the lead-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, international participation in the Games is robust. A few athletes have stayed home to avoid contracting Zika, and a large segment of the Russian team has been banned for doping violations, but no country has withdrawn its entire team.

Eighty years ago, participation in the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Berlin, was much less certain. The International Olympic Committee awarded the Games to Berlin in 1931, two years before the Nazi Party came to power in Germany. Hosting the games provided the Nazi government the...

June 2, 2015

Processing is one of the most important and enjoyable tasks we do as archivists--arranging, describing, and properly storing the papers of an individual or family or the records of an organization according to archival standards. For one week this year, I processed the personal papers collection of Alonzo Edmiston, a missionary to the American Presbyterian Congo Mission in the early twentieth century with the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.

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March 14, 2012

The Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, was to impact the Congolese region of Africa irrevocably. Major European imperialist powers, including France, Portugal, England, and Belgium, had laid claim to Congolese land and resources in the larger context of the “Scramble for Africa” during the height of the colonial period. The General Berlin Act of February 1885, led to King Leopold II of Belgium taking personal control of the Congo, provided that Belgium assume responsibility for the “protection of the natives” and “help in suppressing slavery.”...

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