Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

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Old Dominion University Closed

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Old Dominion University has decided to close until March 23, 2020. Below is a statement from the university. In keeping with Gov. Northam’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people and in… Continue Reading →

Old Dominion University Special Collections and Archives COVID 19 Update

Currently, ODU Special Collections and University Archives is remaining open during the Covid 19 health crisis. However, research assistance will be by appointment only with a focus on remote requests. This is subject to change at any moment and while… Continue Reading →

Meet the Archivist: Celebrating Archives Month

In honor of Archives Month, my wonderful director decided to highlight Old Dominion Special Collections and University Archives staff. Everyday, I’m surrounded by professionals who are passionate about their work and extremely knowledgeable. I feel incredibly lucky to work with… Continue Reading →

Learning to Speak “Archives”

Last week I had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes with the newest intern in Special Collections. What was originally supposed to be a quick explanation of what I do everyday, turned into 45 minutes of archival theory… Continue Reading →

Finding the Music (Collections) at ODU!

In the summertime when the weather is hot Special Collections is the right spot For researchers who have music, music on their mind! The summer months are usually the busiest time for Special Collections, when historians, musicians, professors and researchers… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Art in the Archives

Usually, cats aren’t allowed in the library, but Special Collections made an exception for this one! Clip art at it’s finest!

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 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 →

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