Happy #AskAnArchivist Day!!!

October 4 is #AskAnArchivist Day, a day when archivists open their social media arms to the world for questions about the wonderful, hidden life of people who appraise, acquire, arrange, describe, preserve, and provide access to records of “enduring value.” What does that mean? Ask an archivist! It’ll vary from archivist to archivist based on where they work and what their institution’s collection policy is, … Continue reading Happy #AskAnArchivist Day!!!

Finding Aid Friday: Love for The Cooking Gene

Michael W. Twitty’s first book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, was released August 1, 2017. Twitty, an African-American culinary historian, traces his family tree back to his ancestors’ first steps on New World soil. He explores the possibilities of who came from where based on family lore, DNA testing, and the history of human migration — and … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Love for The Cooking Gene

In lieu of a proper post…

Here’s some yarn. If I’m not actively mom-ing, I’m knitting. Blog? What’s that? I don’t have a blog. I have a quick 10 minute drive to the Lion Brand Outlet, that’s what I have!!! If there is one corporate archive I could dive into, it would be Lion Brand’s. The outlet is decorated with pictures of old advertisements and patterns, like the one pictured above. … Continue reading In lieu of a proper post…

Post-ALA Race Fatigue

Originally posted on At The Intersection:
I just spent the last 5 days at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, and I am suffering serious race fatigue.? Race fatigue is a real physical, mental, and emotional condition that people of color experience after spending a considerable amount of time dealing with the micro- and macro-aggressions that inevitably occur when in the presence of… Continue reading Post-ALA Race Fatigue

On Saturday: Going to MARAC Spring 2017

Guess who’s dipping a toe back into the professional waters?  THIS GAL!! I’m heading to MARAC’s spring meeting in Newark. Yeah, Jersey!!! But only for a day. The Saturday session. Because I can’t get too wild and crazy. Anyhoo, MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference)!! It’s a three-day event, April 20-22, 2017, that includes a day of workshops and committee meetings, a full day of concurrent … Continue reading On Saturday: Going to MARAC Spring 2017

Finding Aid Friday: Curious George and the Reys

Like many children, my kids are fans of Curious George, that cheeky little monkey brought to life by H.A. and Margret Rey. The Liberty Science Center will soon be closing an interactive exhibition, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!, on George, his world, and all the fun things little monkeys of both the human and non-human cartoon primate-kind can learn from it. It’s not just fun and games, … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Curious George and the Reys

On This Day in 1911: A Prize Fight for Suffrage

In the early 1900s, one could usually find a boxing exhibition or prize fight on any given Friday night in New York City. Punches would be thrown and dreams would be made and lost among the cigarette and cigar smoke of the crowd. The card held at the Long Acre Athletic Club on October 27, 1911, was one of these shows, with one notable difference: … Continue reading On This Day in 1911: A Prize Fight for Suffrage

On Archives I’d Like to See: Sticker Art Archives

I like sticker art, or street art graphics, if we’re going to be fancy. The little graphics stuck onto lampposts, mailboxes, newspaper boxes, derelict phone booths, bus shelters, and other public places where people tend to stand around for more than a few seconds. Those things. Sometimes witty, sometimes punny, sometimes venturing waaaay into weirdo crackpot wackadoo territory.  Sometimes they’re political. Sometimes commercial. Many times they’re just plain odd. … Continue reading On Archives I’d Like to See: Sticker Art Archives