Doing Public History

Thoughts from a budding public historian.

Two Really Belated Finding Aids

Better late than never is what I always say…

Here are two finding aids I created in April 2010.

The first finding aid was the culmination of a group processing project. Last spring, I took the first course in Temple University’s archives concentration. We processed a collection held by Temple’s Blockson African-American Collection. The collection were the various records and documents generated by the Downingtown Industrial and Agricultural School. Want to know what that is? Click the link! Many cheers to my groupmates Sara Borden, Lyndsey Brown, Jessica Clark, Jenna Marrone, and Megan Miller. DIAS_Finding_Aid.

The second finding aid is one I created at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The name is quite a mouthful… The Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s collection of Civil War Papers. Lower-case ‘c’ intended. Processing this collection was especially fun. This collection consists groups of Civil War-related documents that were too small to stand as their own collection outright. Therefore, “Civil War Papers” was an artificial collection that was added to piece by piece over time. That meant I got to impose my will on it and create order. This is the result.


August 10, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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  1. […] Blockson collection at Temple. Blockson doesn’t have much online at the moment, but groupmate Tim Horning posted the PDF some months ago. So, for those of you interested in Temple’s holdings on the Downingtown […]

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