Today we are starting a new weekly series. In Quotable Friday posts, we will highlight quotes we have read, heard, or discussed that inspire us to continue with our archives project. Today’s quote comes from John A. Fleckner in his 1990 presidential address at the Society of American Archives annual meeting. His address was titled, “Dear Mary Jane: Some Reflections on Being an Archivist.”
The records could speak to me in whatever voices my curious ears could hear, with whatever messages I could understand. ~John A. Fleckner
You never know what will be uncovered in the warehouse.
Check out the interns’ newest find!
Dated from 1900, these Indictments are still in possibly their original drawer.
Indictment Files from 1900
We recently uncovered the very first Circuit Court Order Book while working on records requests recently.
Did you know the first Court term was held in February 1818?
The first murder case heard in Vanderburgh County was heard by Judge Hugh McGary and involved his brother, Jesse McGary, who was accused of murdering his wife.
Recently, we welcomed Alan and Kelsey from the Indiana Historical Society’s Local History Services for a Collections Care Site Visit. They viewed our collection and helped us identify areas of concern. They helped us set some priorities for upcoming projects and we were able to ask questions we had regarding the environmental factors in our storage areas.
Additionally, we enjoyed their presentation on common types of deterioration in paper based collections.
Thanks, Alan and Kelsey!
We enjoyed having you.