Save The Institute

Save The Institute

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Chelsea Young started this petition to John E. Thrasher and

Since 1997, FSU's Institute on World War Two and The Human Experience has been collecting the stories of those who served our country in the form of artifact donations from veterans or their families. Whether in the form of letters, photographs, uniforms, maps, or other memorabilia, a dedicated team of undergraduate interns ensure these precious stories will never be lost to the sands of time by archiving them for use by students, faculty, or visiting researchers. 

But now, we find these valuable archives are on the verge of being transferred out of our possession and absorbed by the FSU Library. A somber email to prospective artifact donors will direct them to FSU Special Collections instead of where the materials truly belong: with us. Our emphasis on experiential learning and daring to allow undergraduates to archive materials, to read the collections, and to tell the stories of our fallen heroes has always meant we are deemed somewhat unconventional. But that has never stopped the flow of WWII materials being donated to us. From 1997 until now, every single donation has been made with the intention that it would be left in a place dedicated to WWII only, archived by us and only us. Most of those who donated have died with the belief that we are the caretakers of their story. This is why the preservation of the Institute is vital. 

Without the collections, the undergraduate interns who process them, and our archivist Mike Kasper, there is no Institute. We (the interns) will accept no compromise that deprives us of these vital components of our mission. The campaign against us is a concerted effort to undermine experiential learning, but also directly ignores some of the last wishes of our fallen heroes. It is an insult to the pursuit of history and the undergraduates who dedicate their time to keep it alive. 

And so, we reach out to you. Perhaps you have a grandparent that served in WWII, perhaps you have a passion for history, or perhaps you just want to see the little guy win for a change. Whatever your reason, please sign our petition so we can present our case to the Dean of the FSU College of Arts and Sciences, and FSU President John Thrasher, and thus continue to keep these precious stories alive in the way so many veterans and family members intended. 

Thank you, sincerely, from the interns at the Institute on World War Two and the Human Experience. 

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