GHOUL: Guidelines for Haunted and Otherwise Unsettled Libraries (and archives): Protecting Your Collections from Supernatural Infestation

Written by Jamie Marie Wagner, 2nd year October is Archives Month, and while it’s the perfect time to reevaluate your repository’s preservation protocols, the Halloween season also tends to coincide with a rise in supernatural activity in our cultural heritage institutions. You may be thrilled when your patrons show increased interest in local lore, legends,…

Tribal communities and Archives

Written by Emily Goodrich, 1st Year The work of an archivist might seem straightforward – collect records from donors, catalog them, and wait for researchers to use said records – but if I’ve learned anything in my studies this semester, it’s that archiving can bring its own challenges. It has been especially interesting (and often…

Adding Digital Records to the Archives-What Twitter can offer us

Written by Nicholas Miller, first year Long before the age of tapping some keys and pressing a button marked ‘Send’ there was an age where when you wanted to talk to someone you wrote a letter, paid someone to physically deliver it, and waited for a response. Slow and unreliable, those old letters are still…

Box of Negatives from Hell

Written by Sarah Cooper, 2nd year So this summer I volunteered at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) where I processed a number of collections, including a collection of negatives and photographs from the University Theater which were mostly from the 1930s to the mid-1950s.  There was one box from this collection…

Archiving Community Outreach through Baseball

Written by Andy Heckroth, 2nd year Last year, I wrote about the intricacies of archiving baseball moments. This year, I will do the same but for a different context. Last Saturday, the Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees in the final seventh game to go to the World Series. Game Seven in sports is…

The Archives as Art: Creating New Pieces from the Past

  Written by Sam Wolf, 1st year Ahh, the archives. The place where history, the present, and library science collide. And… art? Let’s go back to earlier this year, spring 2017. I’m in my final semester of my undergraduate at UW-Superior, and taking a cross-genre writing course. We have been tasked with creating a writing…

Remember When…

Remember when this was hours of entertainment? Written by Rebecca Kuske, 1st Year Remember when you used to flip open your cell phone?  Remember when you first played Fruit Ninja on a touch screen?  Remember when you used to have to rewind your VHS tape after you watched it, so the next time you needed…

Remembering the Archons: The Archivist and Power

By Nick Trautner, 1st year. What does the word “archive” mean to us? Most people probably think of archivists as people who simply hold historical records, which, maybe, are rarely used. If you research the origins of the archivist, you may find something surprising. The word archive comes from the Greek word “archon,” which entered…

MUKURTU: Indigenous Communities and Archives

Written by Alec Thicke, 1st year In archives and museums today, one area that continues to be challenging to navigate is the management and representation of Indigenous artifacts and, in some cases, burial remains.  This has impacted communities not only in the U.S., but around the world.  A lot of these types of materials and…

Making Sense of Someone’s Something Else

Written by Sean Reichard, 1st year Earlier this month I started reading Deborah Solomon’s “Utopia Parkway”, an illuminating biography about the artist Joseph Cornell. The title refers to the street in Queens where Cornell lived most of his life, but it also, in Solomon’s telling, refers to the path Cornell followed in his artistic wanderings….

Great Grandma’s Rocking Chair is Stored in the Men’s Bathroom?!?

By Melanie Jones, 1st Year Storage space, one of the biggest headaches for an archivist, presents numerous challenges daily, especially for small historical societies. There is only so much room to store the history of the community. It can be hard to turn something away and so it’s easier to just accept it and let…