Prior to the institution of shelter-in-place, I had been working on processing the records for the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, a national organization founded in 1895 in California to promote Chinese American rights and community. Physical work has been put on hold during this time.
As the new PBS documentary series the Asian Americans debuts this week, The Department of Special Collections is pleased to make available recently digitized issues of Current Life, a literary and public affairs magazine created in 1940 by Nisei journalist James "Jimmie" Matsumoto Omura (1912–1994), whose papers are held in the Department of Special Co
Among the many great treasures destroyed in the April 18, 1906 earthquake and the fire that followed were the last remaining papers, glass plate negatives, and photographs still in the possession of the ageing Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). This tragic loss is deepened by the realization that days before the massive quake on April 15 Harry C.
In January, the ePADD project team began work on the current phase of development to the software, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The focus for this first quarter of the year is on the redevelopment of the ePADD’s attachment review feature. Attachments are a rich source of information in an email collection, providing context to the archive owner’s work, communications, and relationships.
More than Trees in the Big Tree Collection: The Murphys Hotel & Daily Doings in 1880s Calaveras County, Part Two
Here we are again exploring some of the riches contained in an 1880s hotel register from Murphys California, an item from the Gary D. and Myrna R. Lowe collection relating to the Big Tree of California, 1853-2002. You can catch up on the background of this unique volume in Part One.
This year for Preservation Week we are sharing resources on collection care and conservation that we hope enrich your understanding of our preservation program. In our previous post we covered the foundations of preservation practices. Now we would like to recommend a few webinars and resources to take a deeper dive into special issues in conservation and preservation related to specific treatments, different formats, and collection environments.
A new documentary film by Martin Doblmeier on the life of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement includes a number of iconic images of Day from the Bob Fitch Photography Archive held in the Department of Special Collections. The film, Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story, depicts "Dorothy Day's journey from young, communist journalist, to her awakening as co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper and "houses of hospitality," sheltering and feeding New York City's homeless d