I pursue a better understanding of archives work, jazz style.

The Plan

As this is a new blog still, there is not much to look at yet.  But I have the following categories planned:

What I Do. Posts about my experiences working as an archivist.  This may include notes on certain processing projects, interesting finds, and reflections on the whys and hows of what we do.

Media. Posts about writing media, tools and technologies, mostly older ones, since those are what I am most interested in.

Documentary Challenges.  Posts about political, social and cultural phenomena and movements and other things that I see as challenges for archivists who may want to find ways to preserve documentation of them.

Most of my posts will be written in one draft, on a manual typewriter.

At the moment I am writing this mostly for other archivists, and I especially have in mind younger archivists like myself.  I don’t know if I’ll find this a suitable vehicle for promoting the use of specific collections to users.

I am not going to go out of my way to keep my identity private, but I will not be throwing my name around either.  If you want to know more about who I am and where I work, email me: cstanfor(at)nmsu(dot)edu.

The title, by the way, not only describes the usual state of my desk, but is an invention of my younger sister, by way of a childhood game of “20 questions”.

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One response

  1. Julianna

    Hello. I’m currently working on my thesis on independent archival blogs in the NYU Master’s in Archives program. I’m focusing my thesis on independent archival blogs, or those maintained by individual archivists not associated with an archival repository, and how these fit in to our recent history of professional communication. I’ve created a survey which I am sending out to a list of archival bloggers and I was hoping you could take a few minutes to complete my survey. I’d really appreciate it if you can contact me by email so that I may send you my survey. Thank you so much for your time. I really value your opinions and thoughts on archival blogging

    March 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

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