Archivists work hard behind the scenes and usually don't get recognition for their hard work. CUA treats us differently including our exhibits in their magazine. What's better? Additional recognition from a researcher in a feature story of that same magazine! Our Public Affairs/Publications staff is wonderful, and is interested in what we do. Working with Bob to find and scan photos for his book was the most fun I've had scanning hundreds of images. I'd just like to thank both of them for thanking me and our Archives, giving us recognition, and helping us reach another generation of users.
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Entries in Outreach (5)
You know you're doing something right when a professor approaches you, said he heard about a film in your collections from one of his colleagues, and would like to get some people to donate to the cause to have it preserved and digitized! Even though this wasn't a severely deteriorating film I am currently trying to preserve from the Department of Athletics Collection, the film does need some work--slight warping, it broke while playing, very slight vinegar syndrome. The content, however, is completely unique! A former female anthropology professor, Dr. Regina Herzfeld, did field studies and interviews with Native American groups, and there is a lot of interaction between her and the Native American women--a rare occurrence. It's a relatively high-demand film (for the Archives), played about once a year, and having a digital copy would definitely help us out, but because it is relatively playable, it's not high on our priority list.
I received the initial description-based estimate from ColorLab today, and passed it to my interested parties. I hoped to get this project going soon, but once the professor saw the price tag, well, he's still interested, just slightly less so. He's compiling a longer list of people to seek donations from...
CUA's Rembrandt is featured in the exhibit "Fine Lines: Discovering a Rembrandt and Other Old Masters at Catholic University," which was created by my colleague Leslie Knoblauch. The painting is also featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
I have finished my first round of coding on the new a/v website! I have eight webpages and two new finding aids (that previously didn't really have a place on the Archives website). I have also included one new policy--A/V media request fees. I can't wait until it's approved and posted! I know I'll probably have to make changes, but I feel good about the first draft!
Until then, browse the sad little webpage that exists now: