The rebellion of the archivist against his normal role is not, as so many scholars fear, the politicizing of a neutral craft, but the humanizing of an inevitably political craft.

— Howard Zinn 

(Source: librettina)

From the postmodernist perspective, every discourse, every text, every document, every artifact, is just one representation of reality; one narrative among many, and inevitably, one constructed by the most powerful elements in society. Nothing is neutral and nothing is objective.

— Joseph Deodato, “Becoming Responsible Mediators: The Application of Postmodern Perspectives to Archival Arrangement and Description” (via thefriendlyarchivist)

How do I write a cover letter to a Fortune 500 Company?

~Working with old musty manuscripts is my jam but I hear you are willing to pay an archivist a lot of money to intern with you this summer doing some sort of corporate thing.  Please hire me because there are no jobs for historical archivists kthx~

(Source: trinomials)

chelseaunfun:


Charlotte Brontë, writer of Jane Eyre and eldest of her writer-sister clan, was apparently extremely prolific from a very young age. A manuscript has been uncovered that the author wrote when she was just 14-years-old and is soon to be sold at auction. It just so happens to include a precursor to Bertha, Mr. Rochester’s mentally ill wife from Jane Eyre. The news is huge but the book itself? Very, very tiny. 

!!!

I read in another article that the manuscript had a title that involved “young men’s magazine.”  Even as a child, she took on the masculine as her writerly self.  This is me never letting go of my undergraduate thesis.

chelseaunfun:

Charlotte Brontë, writer of Jane Eyre and eldest of her writer-sister clan, was apparently extremely prolific from a very young age. A manuscript has been uncovered that the author wrote when she was just 14-years-old and is soon to be sold at auction. It just so happens to include a precursor to Bertha, Mr. Rochester’s mentally ill wife from Jane Eyre. The news is huge but the book itself? Very, very tiny. 

!!!

I read in another article that the manuscript had a title that involved “young men’s magazine.”  Even as a child, she took on the masculine as her writerly self.  This is me never letting go of my undergraduate thesis.

teachingliteracy:

by Luther College _ Photo Bureau

teachingliteracy:

by Luther College _ Photo Bureau

Why do I have a feeling someone in the Archives/History program made this up to inspire the rest of us with hope?

Why do I have a feeling someone in the Archives/History program made this up to inspire the rest of us with hope?


old map of boston

old map of boston

(Source: thenowill)

I am torn between reacting, “PRETTY!” and “WHY WOULD YOU DEFILE OLD BOOKS?”

I am torn between reacting, “PRETTY!” and “WHY WOULD YOU DEFILE OLD BOOKS?”

(Source: honingpoes)

My history reading is about the traditionally gendered view of historical research and the “masculine” pursuit of truth.  In it is a subsection entitled “Sex in the Archives.”  

sister-morphine:

Who the devil are you?
Victorian calling cards.

sister-morphine:

Who the devil are you?

Victorian calling cards.

onemoredamsel:

I could quite happily be an archivist. 

…and I will be, about three years from now.

onemoredamsel:

I could quite happily be an archivist. 

…and I will be, about three years from now.

lesangmauvais asked: 3 & 19 :D

3.  I’m about to start a dual Master’s program in Archives Management and History, which I hope will lead to work as an archivist or historian.  I love libraries and am interested in international development; I’d love to work for UNESCO or some sort of repatriation work at a cultural organization.  

Of course, I also want to be a writer.  By the broadest definition I am a writer now, but I want to be a more serious writer.  And I want to be happy.

19.  In no particular order:

  1. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  2. Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake
  3. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  4. The Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier
  5. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Italo Calvino (in translation only so far, unfortunately)
  6. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  7. The Red and the Black, Stendhal (in translation)
  8. Daniel Deronda, George Eliot
  9. A Laodicean, Thomas Hardy
  10. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

I know my list skews heavily in favor of white Westerners, but I’m working on reading more widely in order to fix that.

gothiccharmschool:

The Dracula toy theatre by Edward Gorey.

When I worked in Special Collections, we received a massive donation of pop-up books, and this was part of the collection.  <3

gothiccharmschool:

The Dracula toy theatre by Edward Gorey.

When I worked in Special Collections, we received a massive donation of pop-up books, and this was part of the collection.  <3

Let’s go to a library. Find the most ridiculous titled book we can and then spend the day reading it. I won’t mind if we kiss between the bookshelves.

libraryporn:

dearestfutureboyfriend:

This is ridiculously cute, but at the same time will be a total pain in the ass to deal with if I ever make it as a librarian.  I don’t want to have to make signs that say, “PLEASE DO NOT MAKE OUT ON THE AUDUBON’S BIRDS OF AMERICA CASE.”

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