One of my favourite times of year has come again! That time of year when we get to dig through our new arrivals and old favourite and showcase some of the neat things we have in these archives of ours. Everyone take a deep breath and sing along…
On the 12th Day of Christmas my Archives gave to me…
12 LGBT Buttons
Neil Richard Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity, HQ76.96 B88
11 Ceramic Ashtrays
Duff Spafford fonds, MG 281
10 Sask Artist Greeting Cards
Mac and Beth Hone fonds, MG 183
9 Vintage Matchbooks
Don Kerr fonds, MG 169
8 Sledders Sledding (poorly)
Pamphlet Collection, Postcards, Views of Canadian Sports, LXXVII-134
7 U of S Patches
Sylvia Fedoruk fonds, MG 435
6 Frosh Week Students
University Photograph Collection, A-2976
5 Beer Labels
R.L. Sweet fonds, MG 401
4 Chilean Birds
C.S. Houston fonds, MG 164
3 Antique Keys
Allan Cushon fonds, MG 545 & Artifacts Collections, RG 2000
2 Charging Caribou
Zepp/Varga Collection, PV1014. Jacob Irkok (1937-2009), Arviat Charging Caribou, antler.
1 Explorer’s Letter
Stuart Houston fonds, MG164.
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Ever feel like working to a beat? Well, have we got the album for you. This is our Songs of the Archives playlist, featuring all the hits that speak to archivists and their day to day struggles and joys. We promise after listening to this playlist, you will find your self humming along to your day-to-day tasks!
Who Are You?
Classic song of the 70’s, now commonly associated with that TV hit, CSI (or is that just me?), but anyone who has ever tried to describe a photograph’s scope and contents can appreciate this song. Who among us hasn’t looked at an archival photo and muttered, “Who are you? Who, who? Who, who?”
Can’t Always Get What you Want
It’s hard to admit defeat, but sometimes a researcher comes in looking for something that you just don’t have in your archives. And as much as you want to find it for them, if its not there, its not there. Or they come in with a specific question, but after a reference interview you get to the real crux of their query and “well, you might find you get what you need.”
U Can’t Touch This
Everyone who has handled a research question in an archives and felt that sinking feeling when the item that that patron really wants to see has a big ol’ RESTRICTED label on it. And you have to turn to that patron and say, “I’m sorry, but due to privacy laws U Can’t Touch This”.
A Little Less Conversation
This particular ditty touches the hearts of everyone who works in a library setting. There are some areas that are designated as group study areas, but many libraries still have quiet zones. I’m sure there is not a library professional in the world who hasn’t had to, at one time or other, walk up to patron’s and say, with a stern look, “A Little Less Conversation” please.
You’ve conquered that chunk of backlog that’s been on your list for two years. You’ve found that obscure piece of information for your researcher, in that file that was labelled not-the-greatest. A new order of archival quality folders came in just in time to complete processing that collection for appraisal. Any win, big or small, is worthy of celebration!
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