January/February 2006 issue

8th Circuit Library Archives Efforts Featured on FJC Television Network


On January 12, 2006, the U.S. Courts Library Eighth Circuit’s archives/history program was the subject of an 11 minute segment on the Federal Judicial Center's "Court to Court" program, the TV magazine for court staff broadcast on the federal judiciary's television network, FJTN. The segment described the library’s work to preserve and display the history of the federal courts of the Eighth Circuit.

In 1998, the headquarters library in St. Louis became the official repository for the circuit’s non-case archives and now houses the collection in its archives and rare books room. Circuit Librarian Ann Fessenden is curator of the archives collection and Joan Voelker is the parttime Archives Librarian. The library also works on permanent and temporary displays for courthouse learning centers, court events, and public outreach.

The program includes interviews with Ann and Joan in the St. Louis library, showing the archives room, the Blackmun Rotunda (a permanent exhibit on the life of Justice Harry A. Blackmun), and table top displays, and with Suzanne Morrison, Branch Librarian in Fargo, North Dakota, showing the Burdick Room (learning center) and an exhibit celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service.