Summer In The Library

Here’s what I love about historians: they are storytellers. Whether we know it consciously or simply find our way there, we search the past for a semblance of something relatable or funny or interesting. We further our interests (or those of others) in efforts to remember something worth remembering. On the other hand, archivists and … Continue reading Summer In The Library

Ten Things I Learned As An Archives & Library Intern

This is my last week at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (I can’t believe how quickly that went by!) I have a much longer post planned for next week, but I thought I’d start by sharing the lighthearted pieces of advice I’ve acquired over the summer. Always wear light-colored clothes. Those new black pants might … Continue reading Ten Things I Learned As An Archives & Library Intern

Portland (With Pictures!)

This year, my family and I went to Portland, Maine, on our summer vacation for the National Puzzlers’ League Convention. My brother is an avid crossword puzzle solver/maker, and so he was definitely in his element at the convention, spending the majority of his time in the hospitality suite with every sort of puzzle you … Continue reading Portland (With Pictures!)

An Update: What Am I Working On?

Ack! So many new things happening (and it’s been awhile since I’ve written anything) – where should I start? At the Whaling Museum, I’ve almost completed three new projects. First, I finished the Delano Family Papers, which informed me of the ancestors of FDR and their business in Fairhaven. The collection studied three generations of … Continue reading An Update: What Am I Working On?

I could write about a lot of exciting things that have happned this week, but if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know there’s only one thing on my mind: the Charles W. Morgan is home! The Morgan is a beautiful whaling vessel, the last surviving wooden whaling ship from the 19th century American … Continue reading

Walter Magnes Teller Collection

Walter Magnes Teller Collection Emily Esten from UMASS Amherst is currently interning in the Museum’s Research Library. Her first project centered around Manuscript Collection #131 (Mss 131) with a complete finding aid serving as the finish product. Below are Emily’s reflections on her first completed project.  Check out the blog post I wrote for the … Continue reading Walter Magnes Teller Collection

Mss 131

This week at the archives, I finished Mss 131! I was very excited (though it’s difficult to show excitement in a library – mostly just excessive smiling and reserved self-high-fiving) and I think I had a right to be. It was really weird to realize that my work is going to be in that library … Continue reading Mss 131