Hello Everyone, I have managed to get
quite a bit done this week. I have completed entering all the note headings
into ArchiveSpace and transferred the series scope and content notes into them.
I am working on the biographical history of the Woman’s Club of Claremont to
enter into ArchiveSpace and hope to have it completed by next Tuesday. In
researching the Club’s history for the narrative, I came across some
interesting information. The women first purchased their clubhouse, known as
the Elegant Lady, in 1925 through
fundraising efforts, donations from the townspeople of the city of Claremont,
and a loan procured from Claremont First National Bank. Twenty-five years later
the women celebrated their silver anniversary by having a grand jubilee which culminated
with the original Club President Mrs. Hill and the then President Mrs. Kennard
burning the paid-in-full mortgage. The event was recorded in the local
newspaper and a toast and response was recited at the celebration commemorating
the club, and the original thirteen members that brought the dream of the
Woman’s Club of Claremont into reality. Take a look at the images below. Have a
Club of Claremont celebrated their
Anniversary with a grand Jubilee.
Toast and Response to the Original Thirteen Members of
Woman’s Club of Claremont.
This week I continued to work on metadata for the Chaffey brothers’ letters. Recently, a lot of the letters have been about advertising in various periodicals, inviting people to move to Ontario, California. As I learned last week, the Ontario colony was only a year old in 1883 so it is not surprising that the Chaffey brothers were interested in spreading the world. One letter I read today stated that in December 1883 the population in Ontario was around 200 people. 200 people isn’t very many people when you consider that the current Ontario, California population is over 170,000 people.
Today I started metadata. After two hours of studying the upload process and understanding CONTENTdm Project Client, I have a new appreciation for those individuals who devote their professional lives to uploading metadata. In order to better understand the process itself, I am going to be spending a lot of time these next few weeks on the process and I hope to become skillful in the art of metadata.
See y’all next week!
Last week I finally finished processing the majority of the collection. Hopefully I can finish the remaining of the collection this week. As I went through the photos yet again, I found a few that I especially appreciate. So here a few of my favorite photos:
The doctor seems to be pleasantly surprised that the child has a heartbeat. I really appreciate the humor.
The bride looks genuinely happy in this picture, and I hope she has(d) a good marriage.
United States Post Office really did not change at all since the mid-1960s, when this photo was taken. I just went there this morning to send my tax forms to the Department of Treasury.
As a cat lover, I would most certainly include a cat. This casual yet adorable sketch of a elegant cat is by renowned English-American sculptor Albert Stewart (1900 – 1965) who was appointed the head of sculpture program at Scripps College in 1939. If one looks closely, one can find his works all around the Claremont area (Pomona College, Scripps College, Community Church, United Church, Padua Hills Theatre).
Hope you have a good week!
I realized I never uploaded my blog post for the first week of April. I apologize and here is my belated post:
Happy April! April is a special month for this CCEPS fellow because it’s practically T.S. Eliot’s month… One of Eliot’s most famous poem, “The Waste Land,” begins with “April is the cruellest month.”
Here is a little excerpt:
“April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers.”
This week, I just worked on disposing old files and moving the materials to new folders. Nothing too exciting but productive.
I finished reboxing the collection and arranging them alphabetically!
This week I found T.S. Eliot’s drafts of “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” The musical “Cats” is based on this book. Eliot had sent initial drafts to Emily Hale. It reads “for Miss Emily Hale, this not quite final text from Old Possum.” I love that he signed it not as from “T.S. Eliot” but from “Old Possum.” Next week, I want to compare this original text to the final version and see what changes were made.
Thanks for reading!
Again, not much to report this week. I have been spending
the week working on the finding aid for the Woman’s Club of Claremont collection.
I have been writing the series and collection scope and content notes. These
notes summarize what is in the collection. It was more difficult than I thought
it was going to be. I found myself having to go back to my box survey, as well
as the records boxes themselves, to formulate how I was going to summarize the
contents and what I was going to include in the scope and content notes. I
began with the series scope and content notes and will finish those and move on
to the collection scope and content notes next week. There is a lot to learn
and I am really enjoying the journey. Have a great weekend!
This week I continued working on verifying files and renaming the verified files to ont file names. While verifying the files I have had the opportunity to read a few more of the letters and while reading them I have been trying to determine what Charles Frankish’s role in the community was. Thus far, I have learned that he sold items to people in the community including rubber packaging, Gas Cox and Hose Valves. I am not sure what these items were used for, but I know that he helped people get them!
This week I have also been working very closely with Hazel (another fellow who is also working on the Frankish Letters Book II). The work has been going well and I am proud of the progress that we have made! I have really enjoyed collaborating with Hazel on the book because I am able to discuss the progress with her and I feel like we work more efficiently together!
Until next time,
This week Sydney and I worked together with the goal of finishing scanning and renaming all of Frankish Letters Book 2. I finished scanning the book in the Special Collections room and then worked on matching, checking, and renaming the scanned files. This took a bit of time, because unlike Sydney, I checked and matched my files before I started renaming the files. I think this way is better for me, because even though it’s slower than Sydney’s way, I think I would get confused if I did it the other way (switching from window to window). Next week we will finish remaining files and then work on turning them in to PDFa-1b files for when we finally upload them.
This week I finished up converting the remaining PDFs in Frankish Letters Book 3 into PDF/As. I finished up drafting my presentation that I will be using to document my experience with the CCEPS CLIR Water fellowship! I am very excited to share my experience with the CLIR Water project and present alongside the other fellows that have also gone through this experience. After presentations, I will help categorize letters and add labels. Looking forward to the future!
Talk to you all later,