The Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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I Love Big Folders and I Cannot Lie!

Supplies came in and look at what I got! Gigantic folders! Now, Reader I know what you are thinking: “Really random internet archivist, those folders seem a bit excessive.” Not to worry kind Reader, I answer. Just look at what… Continue Reading →

Plastiklips: Friend or Foe?

Last week, I shared my brilliant co-worker’s cat sculpture. The binder clips used in the sculpture were originally part of an already processed acquisition. After reviewing the collection, the clips were found to be causing harm. Once a helpful tool… Continue Reading →

New Day, New Box!

  This past November has been a busy month! Sadly, my blogging was pushed aside in favor of a big research request, but now I’m back and ready to start a new box. My first impression is that this box… Continue Reading →

The Whistle: Lyrics by Benjamin Franklin, Music by Allan Blank

Much of Allan Blank’s inspiration came from great works of literature and poetry. Usually, I find the completed score, or sketch without the accompanying reference material. Such as the case with “Four Poems by Emily Dickinson”, where I have processed… Continue Reading →

The More You Know: Music Archiving

I’m not a musician. I was once…for about a month in sixth grade, but quickly discovered that I didn’t have the dedication to practice. Yet, here I am now, archiving music written by one of Richmond’s most prolific composers. How… Continue Reading →

Attention! Or Keeping Folders Upright

    Have you ever looked at the bottom of a file folder and thought what those accordion lines are for? Probably not. Conversely, if you work in a law office or in medical administration, you are excessively familiar with… Continue Reading →

Processing Update!

When I originally began this blog the purpose was to highlight Allan Blank’s compositions, share musical observations and impart a bit of archival knowledge. Hopefully Readers, I’m hitting these goals on the mark! In an effort to keep you apprised,… Continue Reading →

Archival Arch-Enemies!

Paper that is not acid free breaks down over time and outside influences can cause irreversible damage. While preservation cannot alter harm already caused by time, its main purpose is to make sure that no more injury happens to artifacts… Continue Reading →

What on Earth is Archival Processing and Why Do You Need to Do It?

The Allan Blank Paper Collection is large; encompassing twenty seven acid-free boxes and an entire shelving unit. And this is only part of the original collection. To ensure that all of these materials continue to be accessible for generations to… Continue Reading →

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