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!

1/21/11
Author: Dana Dorman

In honor of this week's holiday (yes, I'm a few days behind), I thought I'd look a few decades beyond my usual focus on the 1920s and 30s.

I am still elbow-deep in the Albert M. Greenfield papers (collection 1959), which includes materials on an impressive array of topics, events, and notable people. Even Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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1/13/11
Author: Cary Hutto

Over the course of 2010, you saw several of the society’s Civil War-related collections come to light through our Digital Center for Americana project.  2011 marks the beginning of a four-year event organized by the Civil War History Consortium (CWHC) to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a member of the CWHC, which serves as a meeting ground for organizations and researchers.

Topics: Civil War
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12/14/10
Author: Dana Dorman

Is it ever good news if a business associate sends you a telegram at 4 a.m.?

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12/10/10
Author: Matthew Lyons

What does it take to develop an active archival collecting program? How can we focus our acquisitions on the materials we really want to collect, rather than simply the ones people offer us?

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12/1/10
Author: Dana Dorman

Though I'm now working with more recent materials, I couldn't resist one last Civil War-related post as we approach the 150th anniversary of the war.

Much attention will be placed on the anniversary of the start of the war: April 12, 1861, the date that Confederates opened fire on the federal Fort Sumter in South Carolina. But obviously tensions had been rising for years before that final breaking point.

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11/19/10
Author: Cary Hutto

While going through some pamphlets for an upcoming question of the week on the Philadelphia Bourse, I came across this one:

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11/10/10
Author: Dana Dorman

I recently began work on a new digital history project here at HSP that will highlight one of our flagship collections related to the history of Philadelphia in the 20th-century: the Albert M. Greenfield papers (collection 1959).

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11/3/10
Author: Matt Shoemaker

As alluded to in a previous blog entry, we have been working on the creation of a musical finding aid for the Mary Elizabeth Hallock Greenewalt collection.  I am happy to announce that this finding aid is now complete and available for use!

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