Fondly, Pennsylvania

Fondly, Pennsylvania is a joint blog of HSP's archives, conservation, and digitization departments.  Here you will find posts on our latest projects and newest discoveries, as well as how we care for, describe, and preserve our collections.  Whether you are doing research or just curious to know more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at HSP, please read, explore, and join the conversation!

11/9/11
Author: Tara O'Brien

This past weekend I attended a Guild of Bookworkers, Delaware Chapter workshop taught by Pamela Spitzmueller.  Pam is the first James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections in the University Library and the College Library at Harvard University. The workshop was to inform us about considerations that must be taken into account with folded items within an atlas structure.

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11/2/11
Author: Matthew Lyons

Last week, Cary wrote here about the end of the PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Project at HSP. While she was composing that post, two local news organs were covering one of the HSP collections that the PACSCL team processed.  The Harold E. Cox transportation collection caught reporters' attention because of an unusual stipulation from the donor.

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10/28/11
Author: Cary Hutto

Earlier this year, I posted about the end of the PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Project at HSP.  Well...it wasn't quite the end.   Earlier this month, Holly and Courtney, spent time finalizing the finding aids for the six collections that they and Michael and Celia processed during their months here from January to June.  It was very sad to see them go (for real, this time), yet what they left behind is nothing short of exciting.

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10/24/11
Author: Willhem Echevarria

Work on processing the Indian Rights Association records (Collection 1523) has begun and will continue for the next three months. This is another one of the Civic Engagement collections funded by NHPRC.

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10/13/11
Author: Cary Hutto

Thanks to HCI-PSAR Project Director Jack McCarthy who wrote the following introduction to one of HSP's newest endeavors. CM

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10/5/11
Author: Faith Charlton

Postmodernist theory, which emphasizes the inevitable existence of individuals’ subjectivity and bias, has for the most part, become commonplace thinking. Within academe, postmodern critical analysis has affected all disciplines, including the “pure” sciences, which are no longer viewed as completely objective and neutral.

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9/29/11
Author: Cary Hutto

 

The following recollection of one of my work days is dedicated to (1) anyone who’s ever asked me “So what do you do at HSP?” or (2) anyone curious to know what an archivist might actually do on any given a day.  This "day in the life" represents my own experiences and does not speak for archivists working in the field generally. Even other archivists who work at HSP have completely different chores and take on many other challenges.

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9/22/11
Author: Matthew Lyons

If your archives has limited resources and lots of collections that need attention, how do you decide which ones to focus on? In the HSP Archives Department, one of the main tools we use is the HSP collection survey methodology, which has become a model for collection assessment work at dozens of institutions around the U.S. In this blog post I'd like to give an overview of our survey method -- how it works, how we use it, and where we're headed with it in the future.

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9/6/11
Author: Cary Hutto

We just produced a brand new video introduction to HSP that contains useful information on our policies and procedures.  (Further visitor information can be found on our website.) Whether you're a first-time visitor, a seasoned patron, or just someone curious to know what we're all about, we hope you take a moment to watch!

 

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