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?
I hated the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was too cluttered. There were speakers everywhere blasting disjoint sounds that prohibited me from fully enjoying and engaging with whatever I was standing in front of at the time. Plus, the space seemed too confined. I visited a few months ago (in the days before the Hall’s class of 2016 was to be inducted, actually) and … Continue reading On the Queens Museum’s Ramones Exhibition
This weekend I’ll be heading to the Queens Museum to see an exhibition on the Ramones, a local band started by guys from Forest Hills who had a song about Rockaway Beach and played at a small club in the East Village on occasion. In honor of this light shined on some good Jewish boys from the boro of my birth, I am devoting this Finding … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Queens Musicians Edition
Spring 2004 I was finishing up my senior year of college, polishing up my final projects, and rushing back and forth between my job and school. Work was a $15-an-hour per diem educator gig at the South Street Seaport Museum. School was SUNY Stony Brook and I spent most of my paycheck on the Long Island Rail Road shuffling between the two. And then I found … Continue reading On Prince in My Personal Archive
I’ve come across many interesting institutions during my online wanderings and always poke around to see if they have an archival presence, either online or in real life. Arranged alphabetically, here’s a not-quite-an-A-to-Z of archives online that are illuminated pixels in the grand picture that is American life. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. – Yes. THAT Alcoholics Anonymous. No, it’s not just a church basement operation. The site has a timeline … Continue reading On Interesting Archives Online, or “They Save That? Huh.”
I have previously mentioned my fondness for the fistic arts. My online boxing finds are often added to my Pinterest, Boxing in Boxes, that’s focused on representations of boxing in library, archive, and museum collections throughout the world. You can imagine my glee when I was breezing through the latest issue of American Archivist (vol. 78, no. 1, spring/summer 2015) and saw two figures in an upright … Continue reading On Pugilists on a Punk Poster, or More Boxing in Boxes
The title says it all: Leonard Bernstein is AWESOME. My mom would play classical music whenever I was sick as a kid, Vivaldi’s Greatest Hits or something like that, because she said it was calming. I’d sit or lay there and listen. And think about it. People, apparently, took this sitting and listening (and thinking) as a sign of “Yep. She’s calm,” but I didn’t think any … Continue reading On Music, or Leonard Bernstein Is AWESOME!