IMPACT at Vanderbilt 1964-1969

The IMPACT Symposium project began as a Library Dean’s Fellow project in the 2014­2015 school year. The Deans Fellow Program provides students the ability to complete an in­ depth project of a particular focus. With the help of an assigned mentor, these projects aim to produce a final product that will benefit library patrons in some form. Akailah Jenkins (College of Arts and Sciences, senior) served as the initial IMPACT symposium project Dean’s Fellow from 2014­2015, with Kathleen Smith, Associate Director of Special Collections, as her mentor. The goals of the project in its beginning year were tri­fold: 1) research primary source documents associated with IMPACT 1964 from the Special Collections Library; 2) scan the documents and compile metadata; 3) organize and select specific documents to be used on a library website about IMPACT. Following Akailah’s assignment to IMPACT, it is anticipated that new Dean’s Fellows will be selected to add additional years of the symposium to the established website (1970­present).

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