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's Archive for November, 2010

What’s this? Adventures in archival processing

I was working on the Samuel Holcenberg papers today.  This is a fine collection of 20th century personal papers. Holcenberg was a prominent figure in Jewish life here in the Bay Area and in Seattle, most notably as the Executive Director of the Jewish Committee for Personal Service and as the Executive Director of the [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-11-28

Tools & methods for #magnescollection study presented today by @spagnoloacht at GTU's "Cultures of the Jews" http://bit.ly/fqw6Xu #berkeley #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-11-21

Yesterday, a wonderful visit from Barbara Johnson (Ithaca College), accompanied by excellent findings in the David… http://fb.me/IH5ZDM4c # The week started with a visit to The Robbins Religious and Civil Law Collection, School of Law (Boalt Hall) at UC… http://fb.me/MvZb58rx # A wonderful visit yesterday by Barbara Johnson (Ithaca College), a good findings in the [...]

Context, Context, Context! A Lesson in Archival Description

Right now I am working on a collection known as the Louis Getz papers and photographs in the Western Americana archival collections of the Magnes. I finished physically housing (foldering, sleeving, boxing) the collections and am now working on the catalog record. My job in creating this catalog record is to provide enough of a [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-11-14

Like surgical instruments? Who doesn't? http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/sets/72157624311640862/ # Visit @magnes on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/12090437@N04/ # @larchivist processing the Louis Getz papers and photographs…. on Twitpic http://t.co/FGscvju via @Magnes # Why #singlesearch Ability to explore innovative cultural and professional horizons – @spagnoloacht @larchivist @p_sully what do you think? # @spagnoloacht Why singlesearch? Culture: a 360degree perspective on culture [...]

The joys (and power) of cataloging

I am knee deep in the Western Americana archival collections of the Magnes–physically processing them and cataloging them for access at the Bancroft. I  find myself reflecting frequently on the power of the cataloger, that creature who selects and categorizes and classifies and shapes our access to so many things. Oh, I know. All things [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-11-07

Updated on magnes.org: Over 600 postcards from the Magnes Collection available on Flickr. http://fb.me/vfTYP6rb # New Opensource blog post: http://blog.magnes.org/opensourceblog/?p=1146 http://fb.me/zIO40CcD #