History in the Palms of My Hand (literally)

Hello all,

My name is Alfonso Casares, I am a second-year student at Pomona College, originally from Northern California.

Today marks the end of my second week here at Special Collections working with Southern California water documents. Perhaps because of my interest in History, it has been just a bit surreal working with all these documents. History is always described as the past but I think we often forget that History is both the past and the present (and as a matter of fact very much so the future!) and working with these texts has shown me that both figuratively and literally, history is right in front of me.

I’m currently working on digitizing a record of transactions for Bear Valley Irrigation Company, (from the late 1800s!!) that is pretty thick. I’m on my second day of scanning with this text and I am not 100% sure I’ll finish today. Perhaps because I’m new I’m a little slow. If so, I’m sure that’ll change soon.

Apart from that, I’m really excited for what’s to come as a CLIR CCEPS Fellow.
Talk to you soon!