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Cullingford, Alison. Third Edition. London: Facet Publishing, 2022. 336 pp. Hardcover, Softcover, and EPUB. Hardcover ISBN 9781783305384; Softcover ISBN 9781783305377; EPUB ISBN 9781783305407. Reviewed by Jessie Knoles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [PDF Full Text] Alison Cullingford’s The Special Collections Handbook, third edition, provides an overview of special collections librarianship and introduces readers to key practices and concepts in the field. Although I have not...
Feb 16, 2024   AA Reviews
In this episode, cohosts Chris Burns and Camila Zorrilla Tessler speak to counterculture historian and archival music producer Pat Thomas about his new book Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg. Join us for a discussion about Pat’s research process, favorite items from Ginsberg’s collection, and thoughts on Ginsberg’s legacy. Read the transcript. Episode Extras Order your own copy of Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg...
Feb 13, 2024   Archives In Context
https://curiosity.lib.harvard.edu/black-teacher-archive Reviewed by Raymond Pun, Academic and Research Librarian, Alder Graduate School of Education [PDF Full Text] The Black Teacher Archive (BTA) is a newly developed digital resource from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Monroe C. Gutman Library Special Collections that offers access to serial publications and other materials from the Colored Teachers Associations (CTAs). With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation...
Feb 8, 2024   AA Reviews
In this episode, cohost Chris Burns speaks with dindria barrow, Marika Cifor, Sarah Nguyễn, and Anna Trammell about their work on The Community Archives Center Toolkit, which was collaboratively developed by the Tacoma Public Library and the University of Washington. This free resource is now available for other libraries and archives to use in creating community-focused projects. Listen to learn more about the toolkit and how you might use it at your institution. Read the transcript...
Jan 19, 2024   Archives In Context
This post is part of the Intergenerational Conversations series. Review of John A. Fleckner, “Archives and Museums,” The Midwestern Archivist 15, no. 2 (1990): 67–75. By Selena Ortega-Chiolero, Museum Specialist, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (Palmer, Alaska) [PDF Full Text] | [PDF Article + Full Text] In the 1990 article, “Archives and Museums,” John A. Fleckner, archives scholar, past Society of American Archivists (SAA) president, and former senior archivist at the...
Jan 8, 2024   AA Reviews
Hildreth Chen, Amy. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2020. 192 pp. Hardcover $90.00, Softcover $26.95. Hardcover ISBN 9781625344847, Softcover ISBN 9781625344854. Reviewed by Ashley Howdeshell, University Archivist, Northeastern Illinois University [PDF Full Text] Placing Papers: The American Literary Archives Market by Amy Hildreth Chen explores the competitive marketplace of literary archives, which document the lives and work of authors. These papers have become a...
Dec 14, 2023   AA Reviews
By David E. Alsobrook. Mercer, GA: Mercer University Press, 2020. 275 pp. Hardcover. $29.00. ISBN 978-0881467635. Reviewed by Adina Riggins, Randall Library, University of North Carolina Wilmington [PDF Full Text] In Presidential Archivist: A Memoir, David E. Alsobrook (1946–2021) traces his archival career featuring—but not limited to—presidential libraries.[1] Alsobrook was the first director of the George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton Presidential Libraries and the first supervisory...
Dec 11, 2023   AA Reviews
This post is part of the Intergenerational Conversations series. Review of John A. Fleckner, “The Last Revolution and the Next,” Journal of Archival Organization 2, no. 1–2 (2004): 9–16, https://doi.org/10.1300/J201v02n01_02. By Kate Thornhill, Public Scholarship Librarian at the University of Oregon [PDF Full Text] | [PDF Article + Full Text] Author’s Note: For full disclosure, I used ChatGPT-4 to aid me in copyediting this paper. I used the bot as a proofreader, thesaurus,...
Nov 2, 2023   AA Reviews