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!

4/23/14
Author: Dana Dorman

We may have wrapped up the William Still Digital History Project (for now), but we’re still up to our elbows in digital history work here at HSP.

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4/2/14
Author: Dana Dorman

After many months of hard work, we have now completed the prototype web site for the William Still Digital History Project!

This new resource, titled "Family Ties on the Undergound Railroad," weaves together the manuscript journal and published book of William Still, who was the chairman of Philadelphia's Vigilance Committee in the mid-nineteenth century.

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3/26/14
Author: Cary Hutto

Welcome once again dear readers to Fondly, Pennsylvania and more transcriptions from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). If you're just joining us, in 2012 HSP acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War dating from 1863 to 1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry. In celebration of Parry's work and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, I'm providing monthly posts on Fondly, PA of transcripts of entries from his diaries.

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3/11/14
Author: Erin Paulson

We in the conservation department are excited to share that many of the volumes in the Bank of North America collection are now available to researchers. Over three hundred volumes and boxes are now finished, covered in sleeves for their further protection, and labeled.

Upon the completion of this huge percentage of the collection (almost half!), we made the decision to move the volumes to their permanent home in our newly renovated second floor vault so that they can now be accessed by public researchers.

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2/26/14
Author: Cary Hutto

Hello again folks, and thank you for coming back to Fondly, Pennsylvania this month for more transcriptions from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). If you're just joining us, in 2012 HSP acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War dating from 1863 to 1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

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2/12/14
Author: Dana Dorman

As we finalize our new digital history project centered on the Underground Railroad, we're looking for volunteers who can give us 15 minutes here at HSP on Wednesday Feb. 19 between 5 - 8 pm.

If you're in the Philadelphia area and can help us out, please email project manager Dana Dorman at ddorman@hsp.org ASAP.

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2/5/14
Author: Charissa Schulze

The financial records that fill the 671 volumes in the Bank of North America Collection offer up a veritable goldmine of historical information, vital and pertinent to more areas of research than can be readily imagined.   And yet these pages, being written out by hand, also contain a sort of history that goes beyond the academic. 

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1/29/14
Author: Cary Hutto

Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for returning to Fondly, Pennsylvania for more transcriptions from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). If you're just joining us, in 2012 HSP acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War dating from 1863 to 1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry. In celebration of Parry's work and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, I'm providing monthly posts on Fondly, PA of transcripts of entries from his diaries.

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1/23/14
Author: Sarah Leu

This past fall I worked as an archives intern for the Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR). It was a great experience, and it’s not hard to understand why. I was exposed to both large repository and small repository environments, I was able to work with a variety of collections and produce multiple finding aids, and I met a lot of great people. For all of these reasons and more, this internship was not only fun, but also rewarding.

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1/15/14
Author: Kelley Hirsch

Last fall we delved deeper into the interactive geographic map for the William Still Digital History Project.

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