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!

8/31/11
Author: Sarah Newhouse

Phase two of HSP’s Digital Center for Americana Project is well underway. This project has the same broad goals of processing and creating digital access to collections as the pilot phase did, but this time around the focus is on ethnic history collections rather than the Civil War. The collections in DCA2 all come from families and individuals who were immigrants to the Philadelphia area, or groups which documented the lives of those immigrant families and communities.

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8/26/11
Author: Cathleen Lu

With part two of the Digital Center for Americana project underway, collections coming up the digital library pipeline include family album watercolors and oral history sound recordings that provide unique glimpses into Philadelphia family life, as well as how family life changes when individuals leave their country of origin for Philadelphia.

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8/24/11
Author: Cary Hutto

The Cope family papers (Collection 1486) is a remarkable and almost complete collection of record documenting the family’s shipping business and related interests.  The largest portion of the papers is dedicated to the ships and the freight and passengers they carried.  Cope’s Line of Packets, which was started by Thomas Pim Cope and then handed down to subsequent generations, made over 500 voyages between the United States and England (and a few other destinations) from the 1

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8/19/11
Author: Willhem Echevarria

While processing the business records portion of the Morris Milgram Papers I found numerous references to Milgram's expulsion from CUNY (City College, City University of New York). But that's all I had seen so far; vague references and comments about how the event was not only revealing of his political compromise in his early years but also a crucial point of departure.

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8/2/11
Author: Cary Hutto

 

I'm posting this on behalf of Michael Fiorelli.  Last week he completed a summer archival internship at HSP, and we thank him for all his hard work.  Cary.

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7/29/11
Author: Matt Shoemaker

When I started interning in the Digital Collections and Systems Department here at HSP several months ago, I had no idea what was in store. Though I had recently completed my MLIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh, the fact that I was working full-time in another field unrelated to library science, archives or collections made it so that this internship, along with another internship I’m doing here this summer in the Collections area, constitutes the first actual job experience I have in my chosen field.

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7/26/11
Author: Dana Dorman

Given all the headlines about the struggling economy over the last couple years, it feels remarkably timely to be transcribing documents from the early months of the Great Depression as part of the Greenfield Digital Project.

Recently, I’ve been working on letters from depositors of Bankers Trust Company, which became one of the first large banks to fail in Philadelphia when it closed on December 22, 1930.

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7/20/11
Author: Cary Hutto

 

The Magdalen Society of Philadelphia was founded in 1800 to help reform “fallen” women.  White-Williams Scholars is a funding organization in Philadelphia provides scholarships to select high school students in need.  What could these seeming unrelated institutions possibly have in common?  Read on to find out.

Topics: Women
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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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