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Analyzing Uncle Tom's Cabin and Associated Works Through a Children's Literature Lens

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Constructing Culture: The African Heritage Room at the Cathedral of Learning

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Darien examined the ethics of separating African and Egyptian objects at educational institutions and how this impacts the visitor experience. She consulted the Nationality Rooms’ archives for the African Heritage Room to study the Room’s symbolic layout, contacts from the Room’s Committee, and information regarding which nations are represented.

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Muscular Christianity in 19th Century Periodicals for Boys

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Melissa researched the youth periodicals from the mid to late 19th century Britain to study the constructions of masculinity being presented to boys during the time period.

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Analyzing, Describing, and Seeing the Physical Book: A Study in Children's Literature

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Sarah utilized the Nesbitt Collection to investigate narrative retellings of previously known stories in children’s literature. She identified at least 5 versions of each story and compared them through descriptive bibliography to draw conclusions about why and for whom these books were created. She also studied the relationship between the book’s physical form and the circumstances of its publication.

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Transition and Ambiguity: Self-Identification Contextualizing Visual Art Production

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Erica researched the links between global identities and how they contextualize works of art. She worked with the artist’ books to examine the interplay of self-proclamation of national identities and their appearance in the artists’ books artistic production.

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Pittsburgh and Communism in the 50's: The Firing of Dorothy Albert

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Tyler consulted the American Left Ephemera Collection to study the rise of United States Communist movements, including but not only the Communist Party of the United States. His research focused on the firing of Dorothy Albert.

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An In-Depth Analysis of a 15th-Century French Book of Hours

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Claudia conducted an in-depth analysis of the 15th-century Book of Hours to gain a better understanding of the book’s artistic imagery, devotional features, and provenance by comparing it with manuscript facsimiles and authentic medieval manuscripts.

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Freedom House Ambulance Service: The Origins of the Modern Paramedic

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Gabriela researched the Freedom House Ambulance Service’s inception to modern EMS in Pittsburgh to discussed the impact that the ambulance service had on EMS development in city and how it was so different from other services.

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Forming a Eurocentric Children's Literary Canon: A Case Study of Clifton Fadiman's Reception to the Black Arts Movement in Children's Literature

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Katherine worked with the Fadiman Collection, studying how Clifton Fadiman created his literary canon “The World Treasuring of Children’s Literature.” She focused on his annotations and notes about African Americans and other non-White people to understand how Fadiman’s work represents these communities.

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