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!!!
Really! I did! And it’s not just because it was a few hours out of the house, away from the kids, and I got to be an adult pretending to have some relevance in the professional world — I actually enjoyed myself. Saturday, April 22, 2017, was the final day of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference’s spring meeting. It was my first MARAC gathering and … Continue reading On MARAC Spring 2017: I had fun!!
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
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
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
Sometimes a collection’s provenance, the history of ownership and/or physical custody, is very straight-forward: creator -> repository or creator -> donor -> repository. Occasionally, it’s more of a mess. Things leave the creator’s custody without permission, end up somewhere else, things get lost… That’s what happened to the New York State Athletic Commission’s meeting minutes. Some background info: I fell down the research rabbit hole on a … Continue reading On the Provenance of the Commission’s Meeting Minutes: From the Garage to the Hall to the Archives
In time for Labor Day, the very long-form version of my post on gender-based discrimination and its role in the legislative history of the women’s wrestling ban in New York.
Is there a library or archive that collects labels from alcohol bottles? Outside of individual distilleries, vineyards, and hooch factories, of course. An institution with an all-encompassing (or at least a regionally-focused) collection dedicated to the preservation and study of those artistic ads slapped onto the sides of hooch containers. There are menu collections at New York Public Library, Cornell, University of Washington, and Culinary Institute of America — so … Continue reading On Archival Collections I’d Like to See: Booze Labels
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.