Every trip I make to the Blaisdell room (where the Irving Wallace papers are kept), I seem to find another item pertaining to a series that I thought I had finished processing! This can be frustrating, but I suppose it’s par for the course for such a large collection stored in such a haphazard fashion. Today, I found this interesting movie poster for The Man, which came out in 1972 and starred James Earl Jones in the role of President Douglass Dilman.
Interestingly, the movie was adapted from Wallace’s novel by Rod Serling, the creator of the Twilight Zone, who died not long after the movie’s release (making the project the last of his storied career).
Tomorrow is presentation day! I’m looking forward to hearing from my fellow CCEPS fellows about what they’ve been working on this semester. I’ll have some closing thoughts to share in next week’s blog, my last for the semester.
This week I spent a lot of time uploading files onto
CONTENTdm Project Client. In other words, I watched the culmination of all of
my work from the past few months make its way into the world. It is exciting to
think about what some of these documents could be used for. Maybe someone will
use them for a project, paper, or maybe even a book. The other day I was in a
meeting with my advisor and he was even curious about what he could use some of
the documents for. I am excited to think that someone might actually be able
to access these documents that were previously only available in the Upland Public Library. Although uploading these large files on CONTENTdm Project Client is a
little tedious, it is nice to see all of the documents uploaded!
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This week, I mainly worked on the presentation that I will be giving next Wednesday. Based on my knowledge of the collection, in the presentation, I am going to talk about the Yao family’s history of education, work, and migration. Additionally, I will show some of my favorite photographs from the collection, including photos of Hong Kong, the Claremont Colleges, and art works. Finally, I plan on talking about one object that interested me the most: a 1938 graduation book from University of Shanghai, where both Norman and Anne Yao attended.
The book is very fascinating for me on many levels. The bloody Battle of Shanghai was fought a year before the book was published, and the Japanese captured the city. University of Shanghai had to relocate to the International Settlement, but the university’s president was assassinated by the Japanese. In the year book, in which students reacted differently to the war. As for Norman, he was upset because he lost his collection of photographs in the war.
The presentation is going to be at Honnold/Mudd Library’s Founders Room at 1:00 on Wednesday, December 12. I am presenting along with other two CCEPS students. Please come to our presentations if you have time.
See you then!
The culminating presentation was a new and interesting experience.
One thing that surprised me as a presenter was the type of audience
that was present. Being a Masters candidate, the audiences that I have
presented in front of so far are usually professors or fellow students.
But the audience that was present on that day had consisted of archivists, staff from the special
collections, as well as other people who work in the library and a few general
audience members (that includes students from the Claremont Colleges). I felt the audience was
responsive during my presentation, especially when I was comparing maps
and sharing my knowledge and experience with water wars in Southern India. I was very keen on talking about the movie ‘Chinatown’ (1974) directed by Roman Polanski. While I was doing research for my presentation and forming comparisons between the water wars that existed in Southern India to the one in Southern California, I figured that there was a pattern in the flow of water (from the north to the south) in both the countries, which I also mentioned during my presentation.
presentations made by my fellow students were all very intriguing and
informative. I could see that each one of them had a different
perspective on the whole issue of water in California. Rather than
talking about the processes that were involved, which would have brought
a layer of similarity between all the presentations, each of the CLIR
Fellows chose a particular issue from the documents they were
digitizing in the CLIR project and compared it to the work they were
doing in their respective careers while also giving their perspective
on the issue at hand. Additionally, it was very satisfying to
see the audience pose questions towards the end of the program as
this indicated that they actually paid attention to all the
presentations and were able to remember them till the end.
Apart from the presentation, the rest of the week consisted of continuing my ‘meta’ work from the Willis S. Jones Papers. I also look forward to my last week before the winter break.
it was raining like crazy. It was a day that won’t soon be forgotten. I know
what Mr. Frankish would say…. something like “rainy days are great.” I know he
would be excited about it. I get it. I know we need rain. But I only
love rain in the movies. In “the Shawshank
Redemption” after crawling through piles of mud and trash, Tim Robbins
emerges into “a glorious, hammering rain that seems to sum up the spirit of
freedom.” But of course, that is just in the movies. Rain damaged my moccasin shoes last year. Yes, it was my fault for wearing them. But
really, if I was in a movie, I would still be wearing them this year.
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I am pleased to announce that the CLIRWater Presentations went wonderfully! It was so amazing getting to see students, library staff, and representatives of other CLIRWater partner institutions come and support the fellows presenting. It was my first time seeing what collections other fellows were working on. Their presentations did not disappoint! Learning about other waterways in Southern California, and founding fathers of various Inland Empire cities was indeed the highlight of the day. Below is a photograph of myself presenting on Tuesday.
After working with the correspondence of Mr. John Seymour for the last month and a half, I was sure that all the letters have been organized and placed in folders. Well… not completely. Today, I discovered that there are more letters that were hidden between other materials in two other boxes. This is the fun part of working with primary sources that you never know what else will you find. So back to unfolding letters, greetings cards, and other notes. This Christmas card/letter below actually reminded me to send my own soon.
How to capture the breadth of a recently surveyed land before the invention of the digital camera and its movable viewpoint? Water Project worker B.C. Noe approached this challenge with a do-it-yourself solution, involving a steady hand and a little tape. Like his composite photo below, the photos in this collection which portrayed panoramas, often of the untouched landscape before the beginning of a project (similar to Fortification Mountain and Hemenway Wash in the Boulder Canyon series), were regularly framed photos attached at the sides. This imitated a modern splicing effect and folded out over the report page.
NARA Series: Boulder Canyon Project Series, 1948-1966. Record Group 48: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1826-2009. National Archives Identifier: 2292774
Since the ascension of our Holiness, Lord Gates, when PowerPoint was first introduced to mankind, too many humans have been forced to sit through the constant stream of colorful slides filled with text. During the war for the attention of the millennials, for a brief moment, Prezi was thought to be the new champion, with its seamless flow of giant texts, to tiny a** pictures, back to humongous rotating letters, and back to slightly angled and edgy Youtube videos; but no, PowerPoint remained strong, even with the mounting effort from Google to replace it with Slides and the promise of easier distant collaborations (and we all know how effective group work is). On 2018-12-04, in the Hobbit-sized Keck 3, PowerPoint was once again wielded to mesmerize a curious crowd. Life goes on, but presentation never changes.