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!

12/23/09
Author: Timothy Horning

First the belated answer to the “Guess the Story” post.

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12/16/09
Author: Cary Hutto

Well, sometime in the mid 1700s, Thomas Hutchins estimated that such an adventure cost £6163.  (In today’s money, that equals about £902,515 or 1,806,835 USD.  Seems reasonable, right?)

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12/10/09
Author: Dana Lamparello

 

32” x 40” poster titled "Pixels to Purpose: Transforming a Rights & Reproductions Department to Support a Sustainable Digital Collection"

It seems like only yesterday I was schlepping my luggage and 32” x 40” poster around 103-degree Austin, Texas. Alas, four months have passed since I attended the 2009 Society of American Archivists conference!

Topics: 21st century
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12/4/09
Author: Leah Mackin

One of the larger collections in the DCA Project is the Meade collection.  The collection contains a number of volumes, nearly twenty of  which are the General's  correspondence books dated from the early 1860s through the late 1860s.  The books are all of the same make and appear to be all the same state of disrepair.

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12/1/09
Author: Timothy Horning

While continuing to work on the Allen collection I came across a curious set of cards. The cards were numbered in a series and each series seemed to tell some kind of moral story. Since the text is in German we had a lot of fun trying to guess what the story was just based on the illustrations. Tara O'Brien, our Director of Preservation and Conservation Services and resident German speaker/expert clued us in as to what these were and the stories they were telling, but we thought it would be fun to share these with our readers and see what you could come up with.

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11/25/09
Author: Cathleen Miller

Today, I virtually had the processing room to myself since everyone else is out for the holiday.  This is a rare occasion, and one that I usually take advantage of by playing music and sometimes singing out loud.  (And you thought archivists were serious, proper folks who never raise their voices above a whisper except to scold you when you pick up your pen!)

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11/18/09
Author: Cary Hutto

2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of the current home of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, located at 13th and Locust streets.

It is a milestone for a building that most people walk by without giving a second glance.   Just how did HSP come to live at this site?  Here’s a quick rundown of our pre-Locust Street history.

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11/12/09
Author: Cathleen Miller

Spurred by a spate of positive comments about, first, the Chew blog and now Fondly, Pennsylvania, I have been thinking a lot about how readers use the information they gather from following our blog offerings.

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11/11/09
Author: Timothy Horning

Alfred Reginald Allen, Sr.
Alfred Reginald Allen, Sr.

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11/9/09
Author: Timothy Horning

While working with the Allen Family Papers I came across some travel journals with ephemera from the trips (mostly postcards) laid in. The journals span 1909 to 1934 and cover the family’s trips to Europe (with one exception of a trip to California via the Panama Canal).

Topics: 20th century
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