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 

On the Other Side of the Window: Being an Archives Researcher

It’s different being a researcher in an archive as opposed to being an archivist in your own archive. I guess it can be likened to being a guest in someone’s home in a different country and culture: You’re not sure where things are, what exactly you’re supposed to do, or what’s going to happen. You just hope to not fumble around like an idiot or break things. … Continue reading On the Other Side of the Window: Being an Archives Researcher

On Not Going to WAR, but It’s an Honor Being Asked

Last month I received an email encouragement to nominate myself for a position on SAA’s Women Archivists Roundtable (WAR) Steering Committee. I let out a hearty “Hah!” Then a “Huh?” Then a “Hmm.” After asking the suggester if my inactive status was known (it was), I said I’d consider. A post I’d written a while ago was read by a few people, then a few … Continue reading On Not Going to WAR, but It’s an Honor Being Asked

On Finding Aids: An Archives Quickie

I named this blog “Finding Aid” and, outside of the About Me page, I never explained what a finding aid is. Considering the overwhelming majority of the blog’s followers are not people from the library and information science fields (seriously, I don’t know how you people found your way here or why you followed, but thanks!), I figured I’d shine some light on the subject. A finding … Continue reading On Finding Aids: An Archives Quickie

To the People Reviewing My FOIL Requests: An Apology

Dear Records Access Officers, Hi. I’m the person who’s responsible for coming up with two FOIL requests that might be proving bothersome to you. I tried my best to be as clear and concise in my initial requests: providing dates, names, even links to finding aids and record entries in the State Library catalog. Maybe I should have been a bit more clear about the fact … Continue reading To the People Reviewing My FOIL Requests: An Apology

On Missing Minutes, or the Curious Case of the Commission’s Records

Did you ever have a small question evolve into a bigger, more complex question through no fault of your own? That’s the situation I find myself in. In the archives of the late Hank Kaplan, who was referred to as the “Sweetest Scientist” for his knowledge of the fight game (boxing’s version of Dave Meltzer, of you will), there was a file on women wrestlers, many of whom have … Continue reading On Missing Minutes, or the Curious Case of the Commission’s Records

On WAR Stories, or a Guide for Co-Workers

On Friday, December 4, the Women Archivists Roundtable (WAR) hosted a live tweet to discuss family leave, surviving it, and returning from it. Mothers, non-mothers, and a smattering of fathers participated in a conversation that was a virtual version of a lunchtime stitch and bitch — a breast pump and post, if you will. WAR co-chair Leslie Van Veen McRoberts and steering committee member Helen Kim hosted the chat and … Continue reading On WAR Stories, or a Guide for Co-Workers

On the Women Archivists Roundtable Live Tweet, or a Timeline of Awareness of Awkward Silence

I started this blog under the orders of a friend (hi, Emily!!!) as a means to de-stress and figure out how to get my groove back; a finding aid, if you will. It is a bitching post. One of the early bitching posts was on my experience at the 2014 Society of American Archivists (SAA) meeting in Washington, DC. I went hoping to catch up on the field and … Continue reading On the Women Archivists Roundtable Live Tweet, or a Timeline of Awareness of Awkward Silence

On the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive: Part 1, or Initial Impressions of an Archivist-On-Hiatus

Earlier this month, I spent two business days going through files in the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive, housed in Brooklyn College Library. The collection is absolutely huge and, while my subject was narrow (boxing and wrestling promotion at Madison Square Garden in the early- to mid-twentieth century, with a focus on the intersection of boxing and wrestling promotion — purely for my own interest, as I doubt there … Continue reading On the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive: Part 1, or Initial Impressions of an Archivist-On-Hiatus