Welcome our new Head of Special Collections

Greetings! My name is Cheryl Oestreicher and I am the new Head of Special Collections and Archives in the Albertsons Library. We’re located on the 2nd floor in Room 222 (look for the glass exhibit cases).

Special Collections and Archives is responsible for caring for and making available unique materials. We preserve Boise State’s history through photographs, books, papers, publications, film, and other materials that document the people, buildings, athletics, student life, faculty, and other aspects of BSU. We also have material from former senators and governors (Frank Church, Len Jordan, and Cecil Andrus), Basque culture, Idaho authors (Ted Trueblood), and other subjects pertaining to Boise and Southwest Idaho. Our materials allow for research into numerous topics, such as political science, environmental studies, Idaho history, literature, Basque studies, ethnic studies, gender, geosciences, and music.

I started here in May, which also marks 10 years I’ve been working in libraries and archives. I received a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University and just last year finished a Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature from Drew University. I moved here from Atlanta, where I worked with Civil Rights collections, including former aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. /U.N. Ambassador/Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. I also worked with Chicago jazz and contemporary poetry collections at the University of Chicago; managed the University Archives at Drew University; and was the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fellow at Princeton University.

I’m very excited to be here and to share our great collections with faculty and students. We welcome anyone to use our collections – whether it’s for a term paper, thesis or dissertation, or even just for fun. Please stop by and visit us between 8-5, Monday through Friday. Hope to see you soon!

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