December 2017

Posted by | December 21, 2017
Florence Kelley and Foucault Walk Into an Archive

I often say that I'm lucky that I study the reformers of the Progressive Era (roughly 1890-1917) because they obsessively documented everything they ever saw or heard or thought. As...

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Posted by | December 16, 2017
The Role of Archivists: An Elevator Pitch

Archivists need an elevator pitch. They need to use it widely and often, and they should encourage the people who work within them (for example: historians, teachers, genealogists, and journalists)...

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Posted by | December 10, 2017
Protected: Panoramic Vision/Specular Dominance

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Posted by | December 6, 2017
Goodbye, Gothamist

Because the calendar seems to have reset to 1899 (or a dystopian 2099?), last month the billionaire owner of a major online news syndicate shuttered the sites a week after...

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Posted by | December 2, 2017
No Archive is an Island (So Please Stock Some Tissues)

Plaque marking the site of S. Weir Mitchell's House on Walnut Street. Author's photo. I'm frequently shocked at how much of the world I've been missing out on when I...

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Posted by | December 2, 2017
The Mnemonic Landscape of Society Hill: Or, You Already Know That This Blog Entry is About “Urban Renewal”

As part of an exercise in analyzing the physical surroundings of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum, and more specifically the Cruiser Olympia, our Studies in Material Culture class took an hour...

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