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

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

Finding Aid Friday: Labor Union Edition in Support of #LIUlockout

I usually try to feature a few interesting finding aids with a digital component, related exhibitions, or are just really cool (like the musical Mary Elizabeth Hallock Greenewalt finding aid by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania). This week’s edition of Finding Aid Friday is inspired by the #LIUlockout of faculty at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. What follows aren’t finding aids, but a small compilation of archives and library … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Labor Union Edition in Support of #LIUlockout

Finding Aid Friday: Newspaper Morgue Edition

Gawker is dead. Long live Gawker! I am theoretically pouring one out for the site that broke the monotony of endless staple-removing sessions and kept me from weeping with boredom back when I was an active archivist. Since the future of Gawker’s archive is still up in the air, this edition of Finding Aid Friday is dedicated to newspaper morgues. May they all be fully … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Newspaper Morgue Edition

Finding Aid Friday: General Mills Pathfinder Edition

This quickie edition of Finding Aid Friday was inspired by the news making its way around my Facebook feed: Those delightful little marshmallows scattered in boxes of Lucky Charms cereal (or a product incredibly similar to them) are available for purchase on Amazon. I am not going to lie: I have stood in the pantry and eaten those marshmallows out of my kids’ cereal. I’m a grown up. … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: General Mills Pathfinder Edition

Finding Aid Friday: Propaganda Archives Edition

A few weeks ago, I put out a call for Finding Aid Friday ideas in WordPress’s Community Pool. Sarah, who runs Prejudice and Politics, suggested political propaganda.  (Prejudice and Politics is a really awesome blog in which countries are personified as if they were drunks at a bar sharing sob stories. The post on Brexit is great. I won’t mind if you bail on me to read it.) I really wanted to … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Propaganda Archives Edition

Finding Aid Friday: Philadelphia Edition

This weekend I’m heading to Philadelphia to see the Bearded Ladies Cabaret school Kronenbourg 1664 drinkers, drag queen adorers, history aficionados, and free show lovers on the French Revolution and current events. Today’s Finding Aid Friday is honor of this lovely little town. First up, Eastern State Penitentiary! The prison-turned-museum (ESP, for short) not only hosts the Storming of the Bastille celebration, but it is … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Philadelphia Edition

Finding Aid Friday: Get Out of Town Edition

On Monday, July 4, Americans will be celebrating Independence Day. They will observe this holiday, of course, by taking to their cars, trains, buses, boats and planes to enjoy their three-day weekend elsewhere. This edition of Finding Aid Friday features transportation collections. Learn a little bit about some popular modes of travel and the records preserving their histories. Onward! Or, rather, skyward! The first finding aid is … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Get Out of Town Edition

Finding Aid Friday: NYC Pride Edition

NYC Pride is an annual event that marks the Stonewall Riots, an uprising against the discriminatory anti-LGBT raids conducted by the New York Police Department on the eponymous pub on June 28, 1969. The first March was held on the riot’s first anniversary. This upcoming Sunday, it’ll be a massive parade that will recognize the struggles that New York’s, the country’s, and the world’s gay communities face, memorialize … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: NYC Pride Edition

Finding Aid Friday: Wrestling Edition

Let’s lighten the mood a bit. In honor of this Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view event, today’s Finding Aid Friday features collections based on professional wrestling. Professional wrestling doesn’t get much consideration, appreciation, or serious thought by many outside its fandom, but it is an art form in the same vein as commedia dell’arte that has been in existence for well over a century. It’s growth … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Wrestling Edition