Unhiding Philadelphia's Archival Collections

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Presented to the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies to make fellows aware of newly available archival collections in their fields of study

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  • 1. UnhidingPhiladelphiasArchivalCollec5ons UniversityofPennsylvaniaMacNeilCenter February2,2011 HollyMengel,ProjectManager CourtneySmerz,ProjectArchivist
  • 2. WhatisPACSCL? PhiladelphiaAreaConsor5umofSpecialCollec5onsLibraries Coopera5vegroupofspecialcollec5onslibrarieswithsharedgoalsfortheir collec5ons Foundedin1985with16memberlibraries Today,PACSCLiscomposedof35memberlibraries 4,000,000rarebooks 260,000linearfeetofmanuscriptsandarchivalmaterials 9,000,000photographs,maps,architecturaldrawings,andworksofartonpaper BUT,PACSCLitself,doesnotowncollec5ons Longhistoryofconsor5alwork www.pacscl.org
  • 3. HiddenCollec5onsProject PACSCLdevelopedandadministered FundedbyCouncilonLibraryandInforma5on Resources(CLIR)CatalogingHiddenSpecialCollec5ons andArchivesini5a5ve www.clir.org/hiddencollec5ons/ Processandmakeaccessibleforresearchapproximately 200hiddencollec*onsofmanuscriptsandarchives 23par5cipa5ngPACSCLrepositories 27monthlongproject
  • 4. Whatarehiddencollec5ons? Hiddencollec5ons: Unprocessedorunderprocessedcollec5ons NOTresearchready NOTadver5sedtotheresearchingpublic 1000sofhiddencollec5onsinPhiladelphia
  • 5. WhyaretheyNOTresearchready? Notphysicallyor intellectuallyaccessible Havebeenontheshelffor along5me Repositorystadoesknow whatsinthem
  • 6. Theproblemwithhiddencollec5ons Managingarchivalcollec5onsis5me consuming BACKLOGofworktobedone BUTIfnooneknowsitsthere,andnoone usesit,whykeepit?
  • 7. HowPACSCLisdealing withHiddenCollec*ons FollowuptoPACSCLsurveyproject, 20062008 Processing/makingaccessible200 hiddencollec*ons Processing: Theactofarranginganarchival collec5on, Providingarchivalqualityhousing, and Describingthecollec5on,orwri5nga ndingaid Findingaid:acatalogofthecollec5on,whichcommunicatesto archivistsandresearcherswhatisinthecollec5onandhowtoaccess thematerialsquicklyandeasily
  • 8. Experimenta5on,archivallyspeaking UsingMPLP Processingatalessintensiverate Collec5onsrangefromthe17thtothe21stcenturies Usestudentlabor UsetheArchivistsToolkitdatabase CreateamodeltoeliminateprocessingBACK LOGs
  • 9. Makingcollec5ons researchreadyBeforearchivalprocessing AVerarchivalprocessing
  • 10. Andeasiertond Createdacentralonlinendingaidsite DevelopedbytheUniversityofPennsylvaniaLibraries Findingaidsfromall23repositoriesinoneplace Weareaddingnewndingaidsallthe5me WeareNOTdigi5zingcollec5ons ndingaids.pacscl.org Relatedcollec5onsalloverPhiladelphia i.e.theWisterfamily,womenshistory,hor5culturalcollec5ons, etc. Collec5onsandinforma5oninunexpectedplaces WordWarIIphotosattheAcademyofNaturalSciences
  • 11. Searchingcapabili5es Searchacrossrepositories Keywordsearching Facetedsearching Selectasmanyorasfew facetcategoriesasyoulike
  • 12. Oneyearin90unhiddencollec5onsin18repositories:AcademyofNaturalSciencesBrynMawrCollegeChesterCountyHistoricalSocietyCollegeofPhysiciansofPhiladelphiaDrexelUniversityDrexelUniversityCollegeofMedicineFreeLibraryofPhiladelphiaHaverfordCollegeHistoricalSocietyofPennsylvaniaIndependenceSeaportMuseumLibraryCompanyofPhiladelphiaLutheranSeminaryatPhiladelphiaPresbyterianHistoricalSocietyUniversityofDelawareTempleUniversityWagnerFreeIns5tuteofScience
  • 13. Upcomingprocessingwork Another60collec5onstogo TempleUniversitySpecial Collec5ons HistoricalSocietyofPennsylvania PresbyterianHistoricalSociety PhiladelphiaMuseumofArt UniversityofDelaware Na5onalArchives RosenbachMuseumandLibrary Thisisjustthe5poftheiceberg
  • 14. Whatareweprocessing? TheAmericanRevolu5on TheArts:FineArts,Music,Performing Arts,andWri5ng BusinessandCommerce ColonialHistory Educa5on FamilyHistoriesandGenealogy Justaboutanything! HistoryofPhiladelphiaCulturalAllwithaHIGHresearchvalue Ins5tu5ons Law,Poli5csandGovernment Mari5meHistory clir.pacscl.org Medicine MilitaryHistory RaceandEthnicHistory Religion Science TravelandTourism WomensHistory Wri5ng,PublishingandBookselling
  • 15. Collec5onsbyTopic clir.pacscl.orgPre1850sStrengths AmericanRevolu5on Colonialhistory Medicine Quakerfamilies Womenshistory
  • 16. DillwynandEmlenfamilycorrespondence,17701818 AttheLibraryCompanyofPhiladelphia
  • 17. PierreEugeneDuSimi5re papers,14921784 AttheLibraryCompanyofPhiladelphia
  • 18. SarahWistarRhoadsfamily papers AtHaverfordCollege
  • 19. ThomasLeiperandfamilybusinessrecords,17711947 AttheLibraryCompanyofPhiladelphia
  • 20. MinimalProcessing Designedforlate20thcenturyrecords Sosmallerrepresenta5onofpre1850material ExtensiveholdingsNOTnecessarily represented: ChesterCountyHistoricalSociety CollegeofPhysiciansofPhiladelphia FreeLibraryofPhiladelphia GermanSocietyofPennsylvania HaverfordCollege HistoricalSocietyofPennsylvania IndependenceSeaportMuseum LibraryCompanyofPhiladelphia LutheranTheologicalSeminaryatPhiladelphia PresbyterianHistoricalSociety RosenbachMuseumandLibrary UniversityofDelaware UniversityofPennsylvania WagnerFreeIns5tuteofScience
  • 21. HistoryofMedicalEduca5onFromtheLoganfamilypapersatthe LibraryCompanyofPhiladelphia FromtheRushfamilypapersatthe LibraryCompanyofPhiladelphia
  • 22. WomensHistoryFromtheElizabethGraemeFergussonpapers atLibrarycompanyofPhiladelphia FromtheLoganfamilypapers atLibrarycompanyofPhiladelphia
  • 23. Howtondus andthecollec5ons clir.pacscl.org ndingaids.pacscl.org www.pacsclsurvey.org/ www.pacscl.orgwww.clir.org/hiddencollec5ons/

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