Last night, while wrapped in the warm embrace of insomnia, I came across an article on the “Librarian Olympics.” Always one to look over the great LIS divide to see what I can learn from the other side, I wondered what the archivist version would look like. A small part of Archivist Twitter responded and responded brilliantly. In our hypothetical Archivist Olympics, Olympians can participate in technical … Continue reading On the Archivist Olympics: Faster, Higher, Wronger
The New York State Athletic Commission’s history of records management contains as many twists and turns as anything seen in a wrestling ring. Commission meeting minutes, from 1920 to 1977, went missing from the agency’s office in the late 1970s and eventually appeared in the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s collection about a decade later. Neither the Commission nor the State of New York knew about it until 1998.
If any one person in wrestling was a particular thorn in the side of the New York State Athletic Commission in the mid-20th century, it might be Pedro Martinez. Not only did he argue against the Commission regarding its policies towards professional wrestling, he also challenged them on the women’s wrestling ban and specifically called it a violation of civil rights.
Yesterday I toured the barque Peking, berthed at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport Museum, for the very last time. Unlike the dozens upon dozens of tours I’ve done long ago, I’m not leading this one. I’m here to say goodbye to the old girl before she leaves the Seaport for good and departs for her home port of Hamburg, Germany. I can’t just go up … Continue reading On the Peking One Last Time: A Trip to the Seaport Museum
This is part 2 of a multi-post essay on the legislative history of the ban on women’s wrestling in New York State. Part 1 may be read here. Part 3 will be published next week.
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This is the first post of a multi-part essay on the legislative history of the New York State Athletic Commission’s ban on women’s professional wrestling and its overturn in 1972. I didn’t think my research would ever have any relevance to anything or anyone other than a die-hard feminist wrestling history nerd. I was wrong.
An exhibition based on Robert Yasinsac and Thomas Rinaldi’s Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape opened at the New York State Museum on August 20. It’s a photographic exhibition on the decaying — but still interestingly beautiful — industrial, commercial, residential and medical buildings (among others) that have been abandoned and left to time and the elements in the Hudson Valley region. The … Continue reading On the Hudson Valley Ruins at the New York State Museum
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
Several weeks back, I came across a Tweet regarding someone named “Powell” who’d advertised his email address on a billboard in the UK. I have no idea who this person was, but I was in a rare social mood and it immediately popped into my head to go into archivist mode and pimp the profession, so to speak. And I emailed him. Not the most … Continue reading On Powell: Got Archives?
It’s Olympics time!!!! Woooooo!!! Let’s grab some snacks not meant for health-conscious and ultra-fit individuals, eat some chocolate, and browse some Olympic finding aids while we wait for our *cough*illegally-accessed BBC*cough* livestreams to buffer. The Avery Brundage Collection holds the papers of a man who was a former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, renowned globetrotter, and track star who got his ass kicked by Jim Thorpe at … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Olympic Archives Edition