Special Collections entertained thirty-five visitors in June. Researchers sought out materials on the history of the psychology department on campus, the William and Stella
Vaughn Papers, and the Dan Prince-Self Taught Artists Resources Collection. Teresa Gray and her minions answered forty-five phone and e-mail reference questions
this month. Second month in a row that no snail mail questions came in, makes you want to go hmm...
David Stringfellow and Jodie Gambill responded to thirty-eight requests for material from departments inquiring about items held in the University Archives.
June 2nd the staff attended the University Librarian's open discussion about the strategic plan implementation.
June 21st Juanita Murray, Kathy Smith, Teresa Gray, and Chris Skinker passed their P-Card audits with flying colors. Whew!
Kathy Smith reviewed thirty-one NEH preservation grants in June. Her report states she enjoyed the experience but needed a break afterward to recoup her weary brain.
Juanita Murray and Kathy Smith met with Joe Rively of big Development this month to discuss some potential collections.
Ashley Via, a grad of the LSU Library School started her internship with us on the 13th. She is processing the Peter Taylor Papers and any other collections she can get through this summer. She also will be assisting in reference and at the reference desk. A big Special Collections welcome to Ashley!
Chris Skinker worked on the summer exhibit, a series of posters and original drawings by professor emeritus Robert Baldwin. It is way cool, come down and check us out.
Juanita Murray and Teresa Gray attended the webcast on Google Digitization on the 15th.
Chris Skinker and Juanita Murray toiled over the budget concocting up all sorts of ways to spend our last few dollars before the gig was up. When all was said and done, we had some new archival supplies and courtesy of our buddy Madame Walker some new exhibit supplies. You rock Celia!
The week of June 6th was our D-day and Battle of the Bulge all wrapped up into one. We closed the department for an inventory of the book collections and ended up moving literally tons of boxes at the Annex. It was truly monumental, folks, your correspondent would not lie to you. More detail will be revealed in each section below.
Henry Shipman continued to plan and research for ideas about ways to update our webpage for the fall.
Jodie Gambill continued work on the serial finding aids making a goal for completion by November 30th, which according to her spreadsheet is when it will be all done. Very organized she is!
Henry Shipman answered a number of requests for images this month, with topics ranging from the Fugitives to Divinity Deans. He also began the arduous process of
organizing the Fugitive and Agrarian photograph collection which has languished for years on mobile shelving (a shelving cart) in his office. Good luck ol' boy and my
Karin Sack completed edits on four-hundred and forty-six metadata sheets and filled out one-hundred and eighty-eight new metadata sheets for the Conini-Volterra Collection. She also began entering in new data on the Buildings Series this month.
Kathy Smith busted a move on the GPC Alumni Series this month and identified over two-hundred unidentified images to complete that long suffering series. In July she plans on basking in her glory, just ask her!
Molly Dohrmann was given a well deserved break from the abyss of the Nicholas Papers in order to assuage her fears that she would never have an opportunity to work on
anything else for the rest of her career. Molly is afraid, very afraid that she will never escape from manuscript collections. And boy howdy is that true!
Ashley Via, Meghan Brawley, and Tom Crawford dove into their respective collections and were last seen rolling around in them in order to get a feel for their contents. Actually, much progress is being made and their is a good vibe running through the office about their headway.
Teresa Gray and Karin Sack completed an inventory of the William and Stella Vaughn Collection this month.
Well, where to begin, I guess at the beginning... A long time ago in a land far, far away there was this brave band of anarchists oops! I mean archivists who endeavored to
find what they really had in their precious vault. With the wisdom of their elder they gathered in lists of the collections from a member of the LITS clan and began their
quest to find the lost and missing. They scaled the heights and valleys in search of all of the Sevier, Memorabilia, Southern Civilization, and Wills books.
After toiling for five days they completed the inventory and turned to gaze upon their work. The results of this unholy mission are still being processed, but many of the lost have been found and reunited with their brethren and cistern, no I mean sisters. In wake of their success this jolly band of archivists and library types rejoiced and made merry with much cake and ale. Everybody Wang Chung tonight!
Oh, and we visited with a family in town to talk to them about donating their father's Civil War books to us this month too!
David Stringfellow and Jodie Gambill were hard at work at the Annex this month. Jodie reports completing six more boxes of University Press archives and
processing forty-two men's basketball tapes thus completing the athletic tapes project. You go girl!
The staff moved heaven and earth at the Annex this month, moving everything out of the Peabody Room in preparation for the compact shelving and then moved even more stuff in the former stockade. Man, even writing about this makes me tired!
This month the University Archives received:
241 cu. ft of records from Alumni Relations
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