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!

7/5/11
Author: Cary Hutto

Last week, we said a sad goodbye to Celia, Michael, Holly, and Courtney of the PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Project.  They're moving on to other repositories, but in their wake here they left a trail of fantastically processed collections!  One of the final collections they processed at HSP was the William Penn papers (Collection 485)Click here to read about

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6/24/11
Author: Cary Hutto

 

How about a quick game of word association?  What's the first thing that pops into your head when I say the word...

...gremlin!

Topics: World War II
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6/15/11
Author: Dana Dorman

Now that we’re elbow-deep in encoding the 300 or so documents for the Greenfield Digital Project, my colleague Faith Charlton and I are spending a lot of time at the keyboard.

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6/13/11
Author: Matt Shoemaker

Archives, like nearly all fields, are being forced to do more with less.  Coupled with the denizens of the internet growing desire for more content at a more rapid pace and we have quite the dilemma.  Luckily, there are still a few tricks about that can help to lessen both of these trials plaguing cultural institutions.  The most recent of which I was able to experiment with was the usage of long-distance interns.

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6/7/11
Author: D'Arcy White

 

Out of some 600 items in HSP’s collection of cased photographs, the very first one I opened was an absolute gem. My work lets me examine and admire many old photographs, but never before had I encountered one with its own accompanying love letter which brought the photograph to life.

Topics: 19th century
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6/6/11
Author: Cary Hutto

When we chose the Belfield papers (Collection 3159) for the PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Project, we weren't entirely sure what the processors might find in those 3 Musketeer boxes.  We only knew for certain that (1) they contained papers of members of the Wister family, the Starr family, Logan family, and Daniel Blain.

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6/3/11
Author: Willhem Echevarria

As part of the NHPRC Civic Engagement Project we’ve begun arranging the papers of Morris Milgram.

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5/18/11
Author: Cary Hutto

I recently finished processing the fantastic papers of Curtis Bok (Philadelphia attorney and judge) and his wife Nellie Lee Holt Bok (religious educator from Nebraska). This collection has been full of so much wonder and discovery that it’s been hard to know what to highlight – it’s all so great! – from learning about Nellie Lee’s world tour and visit with Mahatma Gandhi in 1926 to Curtis Bok’s landmark obscenity case, Commonwealth V. Gordon.

Topics: 20th century
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5/4/11
Author: Dana Dorman

April was a month of learning, sharing, and inspiration for me, thanks to several conferences and workshops.

First, I attended the annual meeting of the National Council on Public History (NCPH), held in Pensacola, Florida this year.

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