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Educational collections processing project to start in September

In addition to relocating the Manuscripts Division of Special Collections to SUL’s Redwood City (RWC) Location in October, the division is moving ahead with a recently funded Educational collections project.

This two-year project will prioritize processing for collections that contain or focus on the history of education. Those identified at this point are the records of EdSource (educational policy and legislation), and the Amado Padilla papers (faculty in the Department of Education at SU), and the Ruth Asawa papers (San Francisco School of the Arts – SOTA).

The processing team of Franz Kunst and Liam O’Hanlon will join us at Green Library after Labor Day and relocate with us to Redwood City.

Franz Kunst, the project lead, has been with SUL since 2007 when he began working on a three-year bulk processing project for the Manuscripts Division in Special Collections. He has worked for several other departments in the library most notably at the Archives of Recorded Sound both on an NHPRC grant and on the Riverwalk Jazz Project. Franz has also had a few short stints in other departments - notably the Media Preservation Lab and University Archives. With his knowledge of the inner working of SUL and Special Collections as well as his enthusiasm, we are very excited to welcome Franz back to the fold.  

Liam O’Hanlon, the processing assistant for this project, worked most recently on the very successful two-year CLIR project to process over 2,000 feet of material from two large collections: the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund records and the records of California Rural Legal Assistance.  

In September – working on campus, Franz and Liam will process two small collections from the University Archives: the Robert Nelson Bush Papers and the Stanford University. President’s Office. Commission on Undergraduate Education Records. During the early fall they will also be responsible for preparing the manuscripts’ collections for transfer to our RWC workspace. Processing will begin on Ruth Asawa’s papers sometime in November. At the completion of each collection, an online finding aid will be posted at the Online Archive of California.

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