Archives & Manuscripts

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 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 | November 20, 2017
Deep Learning in the Closed Stacks: Possibilities for Archives Procedure Automation

Rotunda of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Image via Blake Patterson. Lately, I've been doing a lot of reading about the origins of the "public museum"- a institution...

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Posted by | November 12, 2017
Popular Culture, Publicly-owned

They're coming to get you, Barbra. This iconic line appears in the very first scene of George Romero'sNight of the Living Dead (1968), one of my very favorite horror films....

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Posted by | November 5, 2017
Monument Lab Live: Hidden Histories and Missing Monuments (A Reflection)

Reflect on history. Imagine the future. Change the present. -Monument Lab tagline It's taken me about three weeks to gather my thoughts about the Monument Lab program that I attended at...

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Posted by | October 11, 2017
Preserving “Ancient Energies” and Other Muralistic Quandaries

In 1980, a group of Chicano artists dubbed the "East Los Streetscapers" were awarded a commission from Shell Oil to paint a mural alongside a gas station in a neighborhood...

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Posted by | October 5, 2017
Philly’s Archival Advantage: Frederic Miller’s Vision

It's Archives Month! Time to get maudlin. As I become more familiar with the archival community in Philadelphia, the more at-home I feel. When I first came to the city,...

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Posted by | September 29, 2017
Archives Show & Tell

This week, our Archives and Manuscripts class was afforded the rare opportunity for a peek inside Paley Library's treasure vaults: the archives, rare books stacks, and working spaces of the...

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