Today marked the official beginning of the 2019 Spring semester at the University of Central. Despite the demolition crew removing the rubble that once was Colbourn Hall, new and returning students flocked the walkways on campus. Likewise, a few of my colleagues returned from the break and new volunteers introduced themselves. Mr. Ogreten finally returned and I reported my accomplishments that happened in his absence. In response, he proposed new assignments for me.
First, Mr. Ogreten wanted me to check if the books denoted by an Anthony Garnett had entries on WorldCat. If they did, my task included printing them out for the catalog department. As noted in previous posts, I am now familiar with the process and what needed to be done with them. The majority of these books consisted of artbooks from Leslie Gerry, notably Portmeirion (in collaboration with Robin Llywelyn) and New York Reflections (in which Gerry used text from Jan Morris’ Manhattan ’45 from 1987 to contextualize his work). Most interesting is that Garnett had the full sized version of New York Reflections and a micro book version.
While WorldCat did not have information regarding the micro book, I found a publication called The Microbibliophile: A Journal of Miniature Books and Book Arts. The December 2015 issue featured the mini New York Reflections on the cover and a book review of it inside. I printed the issue to be added as supplemental material to help the catalog department. When I finished with the Garnett books, Mr. Ogreten prepared my next assignment ready for me.
My next assignment entailed searching through collections to prepare a display for a class titled “Women, Race, and Struggle.” The instructor reserved the reading room for January 31 and, as such, my task included finding “eye-catching material” related to the class’ subject matter. Three collections offered material that would suit the class: “African American Legacy: The Carol Mundy Collection, 1794-2010,” “The Judith and Warren Kaplan Collection, Women’s and Gender Studies, 1792-2016,” and “Lynda Van Scoyoc Women’s Political Caucus, 1970-2000.”
The Van Scoyoc offered a few items of note to be used for the class and I created a Microsoft Word document to note them. A much larger variety unsurprisingly came from the Kaplan Collection. Photographs, posters, and memorabilia remained at the top of the list to examine that fit within the class’ context and appealing visuals. However, the Carol Mundy Collection proved more challenging. Due to its massive depth of materials, I asked Kryslynn for assistance as she worked extensively with the collection.
Her knowledge proved invaluable as she recommended an Excel worksheet she prepared when she worked with the collection. From there, we managed to find some striking photographs that undoubtedly belong in the presentation. Unfortunately, we could not finish our scavenger hunt as my time grew short towards my departure for the evening. I thanked Kryslynn for her assistance and bid everyone farewell.
In review, another list of books in need of examination for WorldCat data and a scavenger hunt for materials for a reserved class consumed my time at the archives. I am not going to be in the office tomorrow, so Wednesday is when to expect the next blog post. Until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe! Bye!