Showing posts from 2018

Walk-in-the-water (Steamboat)

Yesterday I gave a bibliographic instruction session to HST 580 class which is researching specific shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. I showed them some secondary sources and primary sources including some Luedtke job folders-blueprints, contracts, drawings, images of work that the engineering construction company did mostly in the Great Lakes.It is important to understand the ports and routes of these ships. Also, I showed them various folders of the Feltners maritime history research collection, including manifests, lists of vessels at certain ports and custom houses, and insurance documentation. Lastly the beautiful  original 1819 manifest for Walk-in-the-water, the earliest steamboat on the Great Lakes. I decided this is my next cataloging project, which I am currently working on. We also have a very high quality facsimile of the manifest.

The printed manifest has sections filled in with handwriting in ink. The manifest lists all the cargo being transported and in how many containers…

Tyjuan completes processing of Dutcher

Tyjuan completed his first collection, the papers of 1920 and 1950s CMU graduate and MI teacher, Eva M. Langworthy Dutcher, CMU student, alum, MI teacher, artistic and creative woman. Nice job. Toys will be transferred to the Museum. I'm finishing the catalog record.

Primary resources in teaching and learning workshop at MSU )ct. 26, 2018

October 26, 2018 for Primary resources in teaching and learning
MSU Libraries Green Room, East Lansing Michigan from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Jointly hosted and presented by the Michigan Archival Association (MAA) and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA)
Thinking about developing outreach programs to students on your campus? Not sure where to start? Looking for new ways to integrate primary sources into your instruction sessions? This workshop focuses on integrating and using primary sources in classroom assignments, information literacy sessions, archival tours, learning labs, and more!
Archivists, special collections librarians, and teaching faculty from three Michigan institutions will speak on their experiences and provide hands-on demonstrations to give you the skills you need to do this at home. Some topics covered will include: Archives and Primary Resource Education Lab @ the Reuther Library - including teaching graduate students to bring primary sources into the K…

Brad completed Mrs. Anspach's papers.

Brad has completed the physical processing of Elizabeth Anspach's papers. The finding aid will be completed tomorrow and then the encoded finding aid. It's a good feeling.

In the Williams family papers he's currently processing, there are examples of WWII V-mail, mail which was filmed which then reduced the size of the letters to save on shipping the bulk of the original-size letters during the war.

censored war letters

Brad found an example of a censored WWII letter while processing the Edith Williams papers, which include Civil War and WWII family letters. You can clearly see that a word or two has been cut out.
This type of physically censoring is not uncommon in WWII letters to/from service members. The use of heavy black lines which go all the way through the paper is another form of censored mail.

We have one other collection at the Clarke with war letters, WWI, which was censored:
Cary Albert Post Collection, 1916,  2005, .5 cubic foot total  includes letters written by Post to his family, four of which were officially censored, April 1944-March 1945. Post served in the U.S. Navy in WWII.

We also have two collections with WWI soldiers letters which were stamped "approved by censor."
Clifford "Tip" Carnahan Collection, 1918, 1989, specifically a censor approved letter from Tip to his father, Nov. 12, 1918 about the time directly before and after the Armistice was declared in…

Bazzett correspondence

At the end of a busy week, Lindsey is processing Daisy C. Whalen Bazzett's correspondence, mostly to her boyfriend, later husband, from her time at CMU in the 1930s. She wrote at least weekly, multiple pages, describing her college experience.

September 11th, 2001

Today is September 11th. 17 years have passed since that fateful day.

The Clarke has two collections on the topic:
Gregg A. Lauer Poetry, 2003. The collection includes three poems about Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. One poem is entitled "The Day! September 11, 2001". The other two are entitled "When it all began: September 11, 2001".

Secondly, the CMU Student Government Association Organizational records, 1995-2014, documents commemoration events for September 11, held in 2011.

The digital collections of CMU include CMLife which after the front page coverage of "Another Day of Infamy" Sept. 12, 2001 included much coverage on the topic. .

In the Park Library there are 596 results specifically in the catalog, including audio visual, books, images , journal articles, a musical score, text resources

If there is anyone in the Mount Pleasant/Isabella County Michigan community with collections documenting their lives related to September 11, 2001 and the aft…

Busy in the archives

New term, new interns, new volunteers to train, mentor and process collections. I'm so happy to have them learn all about archives.

My volunteer Brad is nearly done processing the papers of Elizabeth A. Lockwood Wheeler Anspach. That's right. Her second husband was retired President Anspach. Elizabeth earned multiple degrees, including her doctorate from Harvard. She was the first MI woman invited by a U.S. president (Nixon) to attend a White House conference on Food Nutrition, and Health, and the first woman in Michigan History to ever receive an award for health education. Her three dimensional objects, which he sorted, photographed and inventoried, will be transferred to the Museum. He is also beginning to process the family papers of Edith Williams which includes letters from the Civil War and World War II.

My intern Tyjuan is processing the papers of Eva Langworthy Dutcher, who was earned her rural teaching certificate by 1925. After taking a hiatus to raise her family…

Museu Nacional destroyed

Many of us continue to reel from the near total destruction of the 200-year old Museu Nacional, Brazil's oldest, most important historical and scientific museum, and most of its archive by fire. The only good news, no people died in the fire. Originally the Portugese royal palace, the museum housed 20 million artifacts. One of the most important was the skull, bones of a 25 year old woman from 11,000 years ago, the oldest fossil remains in Brazil. The nation is completing evaluating all the government museum in Brazil in an effort to avoid further loss. Sadly, emergency preparedness at the Museu was inadequate. Read more about it here

wooden educational toys

Yesterday we were really excited. Intern Tijuana and I discovered original drawings from Eva M Langworthy Dutcher's 1921 CMU Manual arts class notes. This finally allowed us to link the wooden "educational toys" in the collection to her life and the papers in her collection. Student teachers at CMU in 1951 were physically learning in Manual Arts class how to make various toys from paper designs, wood, how to sew, how to create braided objects, very crafty, very creative. Eva graduated in 1921, got married and took a 20 year break while she raised her family, returning to finish her degree in 1951. She taught in Remus, MI.


Today Tyjuan began really processing a collection. Among other interesting items we found 2 WWII era flags, one is a blue start flag (2 stars) indicating 2 people in the house were in military service and a small 48-star flag.  They show no signs of wear and tear or fading from exposure to light.They are from the Dutcher collection.

Society of California Archivists (SCA)'s fall webinar, Applying Radical Empathy Framework in Archival Practice webinar

Sorting more Anspach

My new volunteer Brad Davis has been busily sorting three-dimensional from manuscripts and books in Mrs. Dr. Elizabeth Anspach's collections. A lot of the books are duplicates of themselves or books we already have in the Clarke. Here are some images:

Michigan's 1835 constitution

While visiting the State Archives recently I finally had a tour of the inner vault and saw the our state's first original 1835 Constitution with original green ribbon and the anti-slavery clause in it. It was found by a janitor in a closet in 1913 rolled up in pieces in a lead tube. How amazing that he realized what it was and did not throw it out. Twice it has been conserved and it is periodically displayed. Awesome! Archives rock!

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