|Examples of crumbling carbon paper and newspaper clippings:|
just some of the problematic materials that can slow down the
processing of a collection
In addition to being ecstatic, I was idealistic. I was assigned to process the Moses and Frances Asch Collection, one of the most important in our stacks, and man, I felt AWESOME. This was going to be exciting! The things I would get to touch (with white gloves, of course)! The correspondence I would get to snoop around in! The photos I would discover! Being an archivist was going to be JUST LIKE THE MOVIES!
|Little boxes, all the same: Part of the Moses and |
Frances Asch Collection, now manageable for
our beloved researchers
For more on how archival processing works, see Jennifer O'Neal's earlier post on "The Art of Processing an Archival Collection."