The Allan Blank Papers

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Music and Measurement: Linear Feet in the Archives

Measuring by linear feet is the most common method of calculation in archival spaces. It’s an absolute necessity in libraries, museums and archives to know how much space could potentially be needed for a collection and new acquisitions. 9.5 boxes… Continue Reading →

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 →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 2, Meeting Margot

My first stop on day two of the Richmond Trip (okay maybe Dunkin Doughnuts was the real first stop…anyway…continuing on…) is the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Current home of the Blank Family Papers, a collection that focuses on Margot Blank, wife… Continue Reading →

Ask This Archivist: What’s the Hardest Part of Processing?

Happy International Archives Day! In celebration I will answer a question posed to be a few months ago. What was the most difficult part of your job? Since, my work is comprised primarily of processing the Allan Blank Papers Collection… 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 →

Original Order: What is it and why use it?

Unless you are a library, or museum professional, you have probably not heard the term original order. So, what is original order you ask? It is an archival practice of keeping paperwork in the order it was first organized by… Continue Reading →

Sadly, you have passed away. What happens to your paperwork?

Do your loved ones simply recycle all that paper? Perhaps they take it home and leave it in a box at the bottom of a closet? Maybe, they leave the paperwork in the attic for the next homeowner to find?… 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 →

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