Why Digital Archives Expand Access and Awareness

Why Digital Archives Expand Access and Awareness

I was once the director of an archival collection related to historical buildings around the world. From Babylon to Bauhaus, the collection held just about every amazing world monument you could think of and documented state-of-the-art historic preservation techniques. Here was my challenge: the archives was institutional with no public access, and I was a “lone arranger” in charge of all aspects of archival management at the organization. How could I share these treasures?

The Panoramic Vision of Barthes and Burgin

The Panoramic Vision of Barthes and Burgin

In this essay, I provide a new critical consideration of the works of the semiologist Roland Barthes and the artist Victor Burgin. The influence of Barthes on Burgin’s work is well documented. Equally, Burgin’s prominence as a theorist concerned with text and image offers a productive dialogue with Barthes’ work. The interaction between the two is most apparent in my mind when they discuss the limitless possibilities of the panorama and panoramic vision.

Letter #31: Groom and Lover

Letter #31: Groom and Lover

I'm continuing my series of scanning, transcribing, and annotating my grandfather's love letters to my grandmother leading up to their marriage in June 1940. The letters are chronologically organized and preserved, using the methods I discuss in detail in my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs.

In the final letter of the Grandpa's Love Letters series, Grandpa describes some last minute details before the wedding. Like the letter before, I'm shocked at the prices: $125 for most of the wedding. I compared the results of several historical inflation calculators, and that amount is equivalent to about $2,200 currently. 

Letter #30: Start Living

Letter #30: Start Living

I'm continuing my series of scanning, transcribing, and annotating my grandfather's love letters to my grandmother leading up to their marriage in June 1940. The letters are chronologically organized and preserved, using the methods I discuss in detail in my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs.

In the 30th letter of Grandpa's Love Letters series, Grandpa is making plans for their new apartment. There seems to be a lot of logistical details to take care of before their nuptials. 

The line that stuck out to me was: "The more I think of it I become surer that we will at least have our floor coverings, curtains, kitchen set and either a studio couch or a bed room set in our home by Saturday June 29th and then we can start living." "Living" is underlined twice. 

Dress Well on a Budget

Dress Well on a Budget

In a perfect world, no one would care what you wear. The quality of your work would determine what they think of you. Unfortunately, people really do judge books by their cover. This is true of people who make decisions to hire you, especially if you do knowledge work. As a consultant, I am compelled to dress well so that my clients feel like they have invested in quality. 

The purpose of this post is to help women create the best packaging for themselves with the least amount of time and money so that they shine. It’s hard to find affordable, high quality, modest, and professional clothing for women. I wish there was a female équivalant to the Men’s Wearhouse where you could walk in, buy suits on sale, and get them tailored instantly. Josephine A. Banks, where are you?

Letter #28 and #29: Apartment Hunting

Letter #28 and #29: Apartment Hunting

I'm continuing my series of scanning, transcribing, and annotating my grandfather's love letters to my grandmother leading up to their marriage in June 1940. The letters are chronologically organized and preserved, using the methods I discuss in detail in my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs.

The latest entries for the Grandpa's Love Letters series are double letters. One was written in the afternoon, while the other was written that night. Grandpa is looking for a new place to move into once they get married. The options are interesting--an apartment with a shared bathroom for $23 rent or one in an attic for $25. Is the rent weekly? Monthly?