Welcome back to another installment of The Archive of An Intern, I hope yesterday evening was pleasant for you and I thank you for joining me again. A new box and challenges awaited me today as well as a schedule shake up that will affect the entries in this blog, if not my fall semester. It could not have started off with the pleasant reminder of the importance of a physical archive.
As I checked in today, Ms. Rubin handed me two printed articles. One was from The Guardian titled “Digital Domesday Book lasts 15 years not 1000” by Robin McKie and Vanessa Thorpe. The article describes how the multi-media project involving the digital version of the Domesday Book was facing a crisis that many digital archives face. As the passage of time goes by and technological advances causes older modes to become obsolete, the trouble of making sure digital artifacts are accessible seems to be an ongoing predicament and that transferring said data would take just as long as the initial digitization. The article also mentions how the United States and its government agencies were in a constant struggle with this and casualties have occurred. I would have liked to cite this in Chicago Style, but the programming by WordPress does not allow me to put footnotes. The best I can do give the link to the article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/mar/03/research.elearning
There was a second article I was given by the UChicago News titled “Papers of laureate Saul Bellow open for research at UChicago Library” by Andrew Bauld. It details how Saul Bellow’s writings were now available for researchers after the University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center archivists had finished processing all the materials. Here is the article: https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/03/21/papers-nobel-laureate-saul-bellow-open-research-uchicago-library
It was nice little reminder of the importance of what an archivist does and they do not usually get to choose what needs to be processed. So, I may not get to do a collection I want, but the work needs to be done or it sits in a backlog waiting to be processed. Lesson taken. Somehow, this tied in to my work today.
I had finished processing the photographs yesterday, but I took a peek on what I was going to work on today. While there were photographs, they were already sleeved. The were some posters there, too, and I am positive I am going to learn how to process them at some point, but the main focus of today was newspapers. More specifically, newspaper clippings. There were newspapers in a bag that no doubt I will take on soon, but Ms. Rubin told me the policy in regards to clippings was different.
For clippings, it was best to scan and copy them to be stored in the collection instead. The first order of business was to sort out the clippings. I did my best to keep articles that spanned multiple pages together as I sorted them and made note of frayed clippings. After sorting them, I was taught how to use the printer. I had to use a card similar to UCF’s ID cards that had a fixed amount of money on it. The charge for using the printer was ten cents per copy. I must have spent a dollar and twenty cents because I kept not getting the alignment right. I felt bad about that, but Ms. Rubin assured me it was not a problem. I will take her word for now.
I tried keeping multiple strips of the same article together on the same copy, but sometimes one of the article pieces were too big for paper and I was forced to make two pages. I also tried to make sure to have a copy of some the clippings that were in the worst condition. While I was working on that, Ms. Rubin informed that I did very well on my Library of Congress Classification Test. I was very pleased to hear this. At the end of the day, I still had clipping to make copies of, but I had some questions that no doubt Ms. Rubin would help me with next week.
Before the end of the Ms. Rubin discussed with me on what my schedule would look like next week, if not the foreseeable future. We agreed that I will be working from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays so that I will be able to log in fifteen hours. So, that does affect how this blog will operate as well. From now on, expect post those days in addition to the “week in review” post. That wraps up on today’s events, but if you have missed any previous posts, please feel to look back on them or I have an abridged “week in review” post that will made shortly after this one. Until next time, stay safe and have a great day!