The University of Delaware Library celebrated the opening of a new research collection, the Senator Edward E. “Ted” Kaufman papers (http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/html/mss0660.html), on March 21, 2014. The Kaufman papers presented new challenges and opportunities for the Library that included managing its first significant acquisition of electronic records and developing its first online exhibition with Omeka.
Book from Thomas Jefferson’s Library at WVU Libraries
Within the last several months, the Delaware Public Archives website, archives.delaware.gov, has undergone a dramatic transformation in order to be more user-friendly for our e-patrons. In addition, two new exciting collections have been added to our growing digital archive. One of these new additions is the Vietnam Mailbag collection. This group of materials features correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs compiled by Nance E. Lynch for her “Vietnam Mailbag” column in the Wilmington Morning News. Correspondence includes nearly nine hundred letters from Delaware soldiers in Vietnam, describing their viewpoints on the war, life in Vietnam, and the home front. These records were used in Lynch’s book, Vietnam Mailbag: Voices from the War, 1968-1972. Following the publication of her book in 2008, Lynch donated the collection to the Delaware Public Archives.
The second new feature added to the DPA digital archive is the Project Delaware collection. Consisting of a set of photographic slides taken of the Delaware landscape from a helicopter
and several airplanes by Lloyd Teitsworth and Dee Andrews, this collection was created in 1970. The project, funded by Mr. and Mrs. Ellice McDonald of Montchanin, Delaware consists of 1,420 aerial view color slides documenting the state, especially the coastline and state boundaries. Other major subjects include the Christina River from its source to the Delaware River, Cherry Island, Wilmington Marine Terminal, Fort Delaware, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Artificial Island, lighthouses, Getty Refinery, Appoquinimink River, Mispillion River, Broadkill River, Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, Indian River, Cypress Swamp, Nanticoke River, and the northern arc boundary. Cities and towns, including Wilmington, Newark, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, and Rehoboth Beach are also represented.
The City Museum’s Ephemera Collections are a treasure trove of tangible and eloquent, but often humble items that survive from a vast range of events and organizations over the course of more than two hundred years. Collections include advertisements, handbills, pamphlets, menus, invitations, medals, pins, buttons, badges, three-dimensional souvenirs, and printed textiles, such as ribbons and sashes. These objects—the minor and transient documents and souvenirs of everyday life—provide visual and material insight into New Yorkers’ engagement with the social, creative, civic, political, and physical dynamics of the city, from the Colonial era to the present day.
The materials will eventually be available on the Museum’s online Collections
Portal – http://collections.mcny.org.
Registration is now open for the fall continuing education workshop, “Introduction to Genealogy for the Unsuspecting Archivist. ” This MARAC workshop is approved for Academy of Certified Archivist credits upon request. To register, please visit http://www.marac.info/workshops!
Date: September 9, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Directions: The library is located at 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD
Parking: Parking is available for a nominal fee. Two hours of free parking are provided by the library. For more information please visit: http://www.fcpl.org/branches-hours/c-burr-artz-public-library/parking-c-burr-artz-public-library.
Archivists have often had very ambivalent relationships with genealogists even though family historians are the primary patron base for many institutions. Those institutions that are not frequented by genealogists regularly utilize family search methodology, whether they know it or not, for such regular tasks as researching donors and writing finding aids. The more archivists know about basic genealogy, the better prepared they will be to locate information on any person, dead or alive. This workshop will provide a crash course on how to handle the “pesky” family historian and provide an overview on basic genealogy methodology. The most popular online tools and subscription databases will also be discussed, with a particular focus on Maryland-related genealogy. You may find that genealogists aren’t that bad after all and that you actually may have collections that will interest this misunderstood, yet very supportive, clientele. Just as genealogists are advised to understand the world of archives and learn to talk our talk, perhaps it is time we all learned to talk genealogy.
About the Instructor:
Mary K. Mannix is the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of Frederick County Public Libraries. She has been active in the Maryland local history community since 1985 and it was at that time that she was first tossed, unsuspectingly, into the world of genealogy. She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies. And no point was she schooled to spend the bulk of her professional life interacting with genealogists. She has been very involved in the American Library Association’s History Section (the home of genealogy librarians) and was the 2011 winner of ALA’s Genealogical Publishing Company Award for service to the profession. She teaches genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland. She learned family history on the mean streets of reference duty; she wants other archivists to come to the discipline in a friendlier fashion. Mary is presently Vice Chair of MARAC.
Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.
New England Archivists (NEA) announces an exciting new professional development award. An anonymous donor was inspired to fund this new award after experiencing the dedication and enthusiasm of the Spring 2014 Meeting, held in Portsmouth, NH, in March. The Audio/Visual (A/V) Professional Development Award, a disbursement of up to $500, will be given annually for the next three years by NEA to promote increased advancement, education, and participation within this specialized area of the archives field.