Archival Adventures in Small Repositories

The goal of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's "Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories" (HCI-PSAR) is to make better known and more accessible the important but often hidden archival collections held by the many small, primarily volunteer-run historical organizations in the Philadelphia area. The project is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This blog will document the adventures and experiences of Project Surveyors as they visit historical societies, museums, historic sites, and other small archival repositories in the five-county Philadelphia area.

 

 

10/24/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

Last week, Southeastern Pennsylvania's history and heritage community turned out en masse to celebrate the achivements of small history organizations in the region.

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10/3/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

We are delighted to announce that the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has been awarded funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for two more years of the Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories! Read the entire press release here.

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9/26/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

As the air outside chills (but stays steady indoors under the humming HVAC system), October is nearly here and American Archives Month will be upon us again. The scene is familiar, straight out of a Normal Rockwell painting: sleepy-eyed researchers rush through the archives doors, gather in the glow of UV-filtered light sources, and excitedly unwrap the treasures in their Hollinger boxes. Merry Archives Month to all!

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9/19/12
Author: Michael Gubicza

Well our one year pilot program is coming to an end. We have visited 47 repositories and surveyed 513 collections. That equals 4,666 linear feet of materials. That’s enough to fill 11,190 document boxes!  That’s the equivalent of 58 Blue Whales (the largest mammal on earth), or 175 school buses in length! 

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9/12/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

HSP's upcoming History in Pennsylvania Awards (HIP Awards) next month will honor several participants in the "Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories." We're very proud of them, and hope that you'll join us on October 19, 2012, to celebrate their accomplishments!

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9/5/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

We are very pleased to announce that the finding aid site for HSP’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) is now online. The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) has agreed to include finding aids created through the HCI-PSAR project on their online union catalog at http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/index.html.

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8/29/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

Are you looking for sources on your historical research topic, but desire a fresh alternative to the well-trodden archival canon? Try a small repository!

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8/22/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

Before James H. Hirokawa bought his home in Montgomery Township, Pa., the seller checked with all the neighbors if they were willing to live near a Japanese man. The year was 1945, and Hirokawa had just been released from an internment camp.

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8/15/12
Author: Andree Mey Miller

"When balmy summer breezes blow, and music fills the air . . ." these lines from the song, "My Willow Grove Sweetheart", conjure up thoughts of summertime fun and the endless amusements to be found at Willow Grove Park, an area amusement park well documented in the collections of the Upper Moreland Historical Association. 

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8/8/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

Guest blogger Ashley Harper writes about Bartram's Garden, the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, and home of some amazing archival materials!

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