Author Archives: Calley Nelson

About Calley Nelson

Calley Nelson is a freelancer based in Chicago who enjoys collecting records, going to rock shows, and writing fiction. She is currently Director of Communications at Lpdeezign and the editor of I AM FEMINISM MAGAZINE. Follow her @calleynlsn

How to Archive Your Life

Working at an archives is all about keeping organized. Here’s what I’ve learned from my two years of being an archival assistant, researcher and writer at Columbia College Chicago Archives & Special Collections: 1. Discard duplicates and declutter. If you have one … Continue reading

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Honoring Leonard Nimoy

To honor the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the actor famous for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek, the Archives searched for the footage of his visit to Columbia College Chicago in 1980.  Some of the video skips in parts, but most … Continue reading

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We’ve changed our name!

Our department’s name has changed from Columbia College Chicago Archives to College Archives & Special Collections (CASPC) Since we acquired new collections and a new name, we’ve decided to update our mission statement to better fit our work and philosophy. … Continue reading

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Nena Ivon: 16-year-old gets first job at the Magnificent Mile Saks Fifth Avenue, becomes assistant fashion director one year later

With the recent opening of the Chicago Styled exhibit at the Chicago History Museum, we are reminded of the impact that The Magnificent Mile and Nena Ivon had on the fashion industry.Nena Ivon, the head curator of the exhibit, is … Continue reading

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Columbia College and The G.I. Bill

Since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill in 1944, Columbia College Chicago has assisted thousands of US Veterans in attaining occupations in their fields of choice. Today, we would like to honor our veterans by highlighting our digital exhibit, … Continue reading

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Letter from the editor

Lately I’ve been eager to uncover and curate collections beyond college. I’ve recently considered applying for masters programs upon graduation in the spring, and I am beyond excited to look into furthering my education. My experience at Columbia College Chicago … Continue reading

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Columbia College Chicago may inundate paper scheduling for winter semester

Scheduling classes is a less tedious process today than it was in the 70s, but it’s about to get harder. Imagine you are in your senior year at Columbia College, only it’s not 2014: it’s 1974. You’ve been through the … Continue reading

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Student Convocation: “HELL YEAH”

What’s better than starting college at the biggest art school in the country? Starting it with a HELL YEAH! Convocation FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 12:30PM TO 3:00PM GRANT PARK New Student Convocation is how Columbia welcomes students to its unique and … Continue reading

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Student Perspective: On Social Media

How do you convince the internet to read what you have to say? Do you need a witty, attention grabbing title? Do you intersperse your posts with gifs to keep the interest of your audience, but wonder if your audience … Continue reading

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Creative Writing Department: 1998

The archives has a collection of Oral Histories from 1998 featuring the Creative Writing Department and faculty. Here are some notable excerpts from the interviews. You can read more of each Oral History by clicking on the name of the … Continue reading

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