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!!!

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 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

On the Provenance of the Commission’s Meeting Minutes: From the Garage to the Hall to the 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

On Lawsuits for Licenses: The Fight for Women’s Wrestling in New York (long-form)

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.

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On Archival Collections I’d Like to See: Booze Labels

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

On the Archivist Olympics: Faster, Higher, Wronger 

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