— Howard Zinn
genna. the city on a hill. archivist, grad student, writer, activist, curmudgeon.
— Howard Zinn
— Joseph Deodato, “Becoming Responsible Mediators: The Application of Postmodern Perspectives to Archival Arrangement and Description” (via thefriendlyarchivist)
~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~
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.
Why do I have a feeling someone in the Archives/History program made this up to inspire the rest of us with hope?
I am torn between reacting, “PRETTY!” and “WHY WOULD YOU DEFILE OLD BOOKS?”
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.”
I could quite happily be an archivist.
…and I will be, about three years from now.
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
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.”