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You know you’re an archives nerd when . . .

Sorry I’m not doing this on my usual typewriter.  But this afternoon I found myself pacing my office, talking to myself as I tried to draw a schematic diagram of the principles in Terry Cook’s “Mind Over Matter” and Richard Cox’s No Innocent Deposits according to a template modified from Charles Peirce’s semiotic categories.

And it was fun. It was a real drag having to pull myself back to writing a personnel evaluation.  But then again, when have personnel evaluations ever been fun?

I don’t know if I can resist taking the special Diplomatics issue of American Archivist home for the weekend.


A souvenir from the Holy Land

Lately this blog has become a place to post cute or fun things I find while processing.  I’ll try to write up some content of debatable substance soon.

I found this in a collection that I am processing with a volunteer.  This is the same collection that contains the note about girls in the choir that I showed in a previous post.

Translation: A memory of the Holy Land; compliments of Cotera Brothers [I arrive at this translation because I can’t find a meaning for “cotera” and surmise that it might be an example of border Spanish; I would have expected “Hermanos Cotera” for Cotera Brothers.]

Our “Monkey” brand coffee is positively of the best quality that we can obtain in Mexico’s best producing centers.

Our chocolate, Mexican style, is made, positively also, with the best cacaos and in an absolutely hygienic way.

A wild flower from the Mount of Olives (Holy Land) from which place our Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven.

(There’s also a letter on the back from a priest expressing confidence in the authenticity of the flower based on the supplier’s good reputation.)

I can’t say I’ve ever seen advertising quite like this.  Although Hebrew National comes close . . .


Conflicting thoughts about censorship


Another thing from Seattle

I also presented a poster in Seattle with Linda Meyer at the Colorado Agricultural Archive in CSU’s Archives and Special Collections.  It’s in my Presentations pages.

We are working on an article about the same subject as the poster: namely, using volunteers for selected processing (and appraisal) work.  Based on some of the comments we got from conference-goers, I hope our article will provoke some thought and discussion.


An impetuous post that comes to a sudden stop