Kate Cruikshank to give SLIS Talk: Lee Hamilton 9/11 Commission Papers

Photo of Kate Cruikshank

Along with SLIS students and faculty, the public is invited to attend a talk by SLIS alumna Kate Cruikshank (MLS'02) on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. (SLIS, Wells Library, Room 033) - titled:

• Lee Hamilton 9/11 Commission Papers.

The talk is a part of a series of events being planned at Indiana University to "observe the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the United States. 9/11 was a singular event in American history, the global repercussions of which are, of course, still being felt today." [IU Provost Karen Hanson, email]

Overview of talk:

  • How Indiana’s long-time 9th-district Congressman ended up as vice chair of the commission investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks;
  • How IU came to acquire his personal papers from his work as vice chair;
  • How those papers document the work of the commission;
  • What was involved in preparing the papers for public use, including national security clearances;
  • And why a collection like this matters.

Notes about Kate Cruikshank:

  • Has been Political Papers Specialist for the IU Libraries since June 2004;
  • In charge of 2000 linear feet of collections, including the papers of Congressmen Lee Hamilton, Frank McCloskey, J. Edward Roush, and Steve Buyer and of Senator Birch Bayh;
  • Has done oral history interviews of former staff of both Lee Hamilton and Birch Bayh to complement the paper collections;
  • Is focused on achieving detailed access to collections so that their potential can be made obvious to users and in particular instructors and students;
  • Is leading a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for detailed processing of Senator Birch Bayh’s papers.

The talk is co-sponsored by the SLIS student chapters of the American Library Association (ALA-SC) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA-SC).

Posted August 15, 2011