The faculty has been charged with trying something altogether new this semester. Ideas were collected and approved and my project is to bring Arline's papers into the classroom to be read as women's literature. The students have read letters by published authors, but this should be new to everyone. … [Read more...]
Back in the Trenches
It is great to get back to Arline's papers after a long hiatus (getting son married, celebrating holidays, back to work teaching etc.) Thinking about editing processes and am now reading Mary-Jo Kline A Guide to Documentary Editing. The first thing I learn is that every project should start with a … [Read more...]
After spending nearly the entire summer on this project, I think I am beginning to get a grasp of the problem, and it isn't pretty. Just when I think I have determined a good system for filing the AAK Papers, I realize that I need more information about someone named in a letter. Then, off I go to … [Read more...]
It is a real challenge to keep a record of searches and research goals, but I can see that this entire project will only be as good as those records. Last week I didn't get too much done, but did manage a few rather random searches; at least they have familiarized me with the look and information … [Read more...]
Chamblin or Chamberlin?
Yesterday I sorted more letters, photos, and papers. I can hardly believe the quantity of material that we have to work with. Yet, there are still big gaps...Mom has a death certificate for Minnie Chamblin Kinsel listing Samuel and Mercy Ann Winsor as her parents, but who are Mercy Ann's parents?I … [Read more...]
It could be a little game -- how much information can I find for free! I went to the Pubic Library and found out that my library card will give access to the heritagequest databases which include all the US Census reports. Unfortunately, the local library is having a problem with the database so I … [Read more...]