I’m shutting off the queue here for now. The behavior I keep seeing where people—among them, some who claim to be librarians, which gives me no hope for the future at all—are posting quotations with no translator attribution is inexcusable. As someone who translates, among other things, I find…
Well this is a tragedy. There’s a hole in my dash where some very good lit used to be.
‘The University of Kansas will be hoping Theodore Sturgeon’s famous maxim that “90 per cent of everything is crap” does not apply to his own work after the papers of the legendary science fiction author were donated to its library.
I really want to see his correspondence with Asimov.
It’s a little sad that this link takes some getting to in the archives site. I think most government websites could do with a decent information architect. Definitely check it out though. There is some awesome stuff there, such as this:
German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann sent this encoded message to the President of Mexico on January 16, 1917, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause. British intelligence intercepted the telegram and deciphered it. In an effort to protect their intelligence from detection and to capitalize on growing anti-German sentiment in the United States, the British waited until February 24 to present the telegram to Woodrow Wilson. The American press published news of the telegram on March 1. On April 6, 1917, the United States Congress formally declared war on Germany and its allies.
I had rather expected everything and everyone would be clearly identified, despite all the archival training and experience that should have had me anticipating the exact opposite. Telegram from William H. Taft to Theodore Roosevelt. Letter from Elihu Root to William Loeb. People legibly signing their full names. Why on earth did I have this expectation? A random romanticization of the past? Was it because I was to be working with primarily government documents? Well, regardless of the reason, foolish me! Instead, I found telegrams signed with only a series of initials and letters addressed merely, “Dear Sir.” Sir who?
This is a new blog that has been making the rounds. If you’re an archivist looking for work, you can go here to see examples of successful cover letters in the field. (It’s a librarian blog, but I’ve linked to the archival section.) If you already have an archival job, please consider submitting the cover letter that got it for you.
…if you put a valentine’s day cookie in your scrapbook, it will still be there 115 years later. It will still look like a cookie. And smell like a cookie. And have an awkward pink picture of cupid on it.
That’s right. Today, while going through scrapbooks and photo albums from 1896, I found A…