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STL Special Library Spotlight: US Courts, 8th Circuit Library July 18, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.

The Special Libraries class recently visited the U.S. Courts, 8th District Library. What impressed me about this library is its role in organizing and creating exhibits. This is a great way to educate the public and court staff alike about the history of the courts. The library is responsible for permanent exhibits throughout the building as well as those located within the library. Within the library there are small display cases that rotate out monthly, as well as a standing exhibit which can be shipped out to the other court libraries in the district.
In the building one of the more striking displays is the Blackmun Rotunda. On the top floor, the exhibit chronicles the life of Justice Blackmun, who served as an 8th Circuit judge before going to the Supreme Court. The library staff selected the materials for display such as the photographs and did research for and wrote all the text. The exhibit for Judge Theodore McMillian, the first African-American judge of the 8th circuit, was notable as well. It includes clippings, photographs, and one of his robes. Both of these exhibits are well worth a visit in this stunning building.



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