Category Archives: Communal Studies

Saving the Planet

*Post written by Mona Meyer, Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian. April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  The 1960’s and 1970’s were decades of change, of unrest. The hippie movement of the 1960’s was still going … Continue reading

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Believe It or Not …

*Post written by Mona Meyer, Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian. You probably recognize that tagline from the many Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions, and the phrase has come into common parlance. I’m going to introduce you to the … Continue reading

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Cults of the World: Heaven’s Gate

*Post written by James Wethington, senior library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections. In the blog series finale of “Cults around the World”, cults develop because of an ideology or by a charismatic leader(s). Just like the previous … Continue reading

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Cults of the World: Synanon

*Post written by James Wethington, senior library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections. In part four of “Cults of the World”, some communal groups begin with good intentions. Charles Dederich wanted to help others with substance abuse, after … Continue reading

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Cults of the World: Lundgren Cult

*Post written by James Wethington, senior library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections. In part three of “Cults of the World”, cults are remembered for multiple reasons, whether their ideology, demise, or leader(s). That is what happened in … Continue reading

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