Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in Special Collections? Well, follow me into the Processing Room for a peak at our collections as we preserve, organize, and describe them for researchers – I mean, really, who doesn’t love a backstage pass?
Welcome back my wanderers through time and typescripts! I hope you weren’t too dismayed at my lack of entry last month. I took a little time off from blogging in December to enjoy some holiday cheer. But that doesn’t mean we in the processing room weren’t working like Santa’s elves competing to make Etch-A-Sketch builder of the month.
The wily writings and publications series of the J. Hillis Miller papers has been tamed! Though unlabeled chapters and paper cuts attempted to impede our progress, we valiantly made our way through all of the notes, offprints, unpublished essays, and drafts of twenty-nine separate books! Though the roughly eighteen linear feet of material is just a dent in the side of this project, getting through this complicated material is definitely something of an accomplishment (if I do say so myself!).
You may also recall from the very first post I made here on New and Noteworthy that the Miller collection also contains about 11.8 GB of unprocessed digital material that we hope to be able to get online for research. If you’ve ever wondered what 11 GB of floppy disks looks like, wonder no longer. Gaze at it in all its retro glory.
While I’ve made a first pass through all of the contents on these disks, I’m still working out how to properly evaluate everything I’ve seen. In December, I attended a Society of American Archivists digital forensics workshop at UCLA, and got some great suggestions from the instructor. I plan to start putting them into action soon!
Well, my dears, that’s all I have to report for this month. Keep checking back with me from time to time, and leave any questions in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!