Written on: October 26th, 2011 in Blog Posts
Over the next few weeks in celebration of Archives month we will be hosting guest bloggers. They will share their point of view and stories from the archives. Today’s blog is from Kathy Graybeal, Sussex County Librarian.
Library staffers hear the phrase all the time. “I just didn’t know that libraries did that!” Or “I never thought that libraries would do this sort of thing!” But the tables were turned on us at the 21st Annual Library Staff Development Day on October 20th. Participants in the “Gallop into History with the Delaware Public Archives” presentation were absolutely positive that they understood the organization inside and out. In reality, they had no clue. State Archivist, Steve Marz, Outreach Director, Tom Summers and Research Room Supervisor, Dawn Mitchell took library staff on a resource ride that was the talk of the conference. While we easily recognize the Archives role in documenting dramatic historical events, housing rare objects and discovering our ancestry, we often miss the major part they can play in questions of estate settlements, land disputes, legal precedence or simply noting the persons present in an old photograph. Our experience at Library Staff Development Day reminds us once more that “The American record has enduring value and America’s archives – in all their diversity of form and function – serve as its memory.” Plan a tour of our Delaware Public Archives today. You may well find that you just didn’t know!
Written on: October 24th, 2011 in Blog Posts
Over the next few weeks in celebration of Archives month we will be hosting guest bloggers. They will share their point of view and stories from the archives. Today’s blog is from Barbara Miller, Imaging Supervisor.
Microfilm you say? In the past paper records were put on microfilm for storage and preservation purposes. In the present, it is being used to digitize to make access to the record easier and quicker for the public to access. In the future, the born digital records are also being sent to an archive writer that is able to create a roll of film that enables the record to still be put on a permanent media. So like that old 57 Chevy that is sitting there collecting dust, it is still able to be restored and used to make people happy.
Written on: October 21st, 2011 in Research Room
Over the next few weeks in celebration of Archives month we will be hosting guest bloggers. They will share their point of view and stories from the archives. Today’s blog is from Jim Frazier, Government Services Manager.
The times they are a-changin’ in the Government Services section. The retirement bug is on the loose and we bid farewell to Debbie Sipple, Donna Clendaniel, and will do the same for Marylisa Carey in January. We wish them all well and thank them for their many years of service, but the good news is we have added some stellar talent over the last year or so.
Marian Coker came to us from the Division of Public Health, where she was the Records Officer for 3+ years. At DPA, she assumes responsibility for client agencies DHSS, DSCYF, DelDOT, DNREC and a number of others.
More recently, we added Amber Clendaniel to our staff. Her background in records management includes Records Officer and other records responsibilities with the City of Dover. She will cover the courts and public safety agencies. Welcome, Amber!
Also now on board is Dan Evins, who came over from OMB/Support Services to shore up the Courier Group within Govt Services.
We have completely revised and updated our State General Records Retention Schedule and are in the process of doing the same for our Local Government schedule. The Model Guidelines for Electronic Records and our Files Management manual have updates pending as well.
Written on: October 17th, 2011 in Blog Posts
Over the next few weeks in celebration of Archives month we will be hosting guest bloggers. They will share their point of view and stories from the archives. Today’s blog is from Suzan Voshell, Administrative Assistant.
Among the vast collections housed at the Delaware Public Archives are the World War II propaganda posters. These posters are a tangible and colorful reminder of an era that was experiencing much turmoil. In a pre-computer world the government issued these posters in an effort to educate American citizens and inspire patriotism. Stop in to view these gems from the past!
Written on: October 14th, 2011 in Blog Posts
Over the next few weeks in celebration of Archives month we will be hosting guest bloggers. They will share their point of view and stories from the archives.
Today’s blog is from Stephen Marz, the Archives Director.
During October the Delaware Public Archives celebrates American Archives Month…so what’s an Archives and what’s an Archivist….taking each of these words apart…we get arch—a structure that spans a space while supporting weight (e.g. a doorway in a stone wall) and ives or ivist—a loose meaning word from Latin meaning instrument…put it all together and it’s a building or person that leads you to something….come visit us at the Archives and talk to an Archivist and let us lead you to Delaware’s public recorded history!
Written on: October 10th, 2011 in Blog Posts
Over the next few weeks in celebration of Archives month we will be hosting guest bloggers. They will share their point of view and stories from the archives. Today’s blog is from Sarah Denison, processing archivist.
As the resident newbie here at the Archives, I’m regularly impressed and intrigued by the arsenal of information our vaults hold. Every day I get to immerse myself in the personal histories of Delawareans as I preserve and catalog items in our huge collection of personal records, the Small Manuscripts Collection. I also pick up fun facts about the state along the way. Do you know why the 110th General Assembly in 1946 was followed by the
114th General Assembly in 1947? I do. (You want me on your trivia team.)
But here’s a secret. I’m not from here. I’m from… Pittsburgh. Sorry Ravens fans — I’m still a perfectly nice person. And before Pittsburgh, I grew up in a small city called Johnstown
about an hour and a half east of the ‘Burgh. If you’ve ever heard of this little Rust Belt city, it’s probably because of one of two things: steel and floods. I’ll never understand why they chose to build an industry-driven town
on a flood plane, but they did, and in 1889 they had a pretty destructive flood that put Clara Barton and an organization called the Red Cross on the map.
And why would this be of interest to Delawareans? Well, as I was scanning the shelves in the vault, I came across a collection of letters and ledgers from the Johnstown Flood Relief Fund. It’s possible someone from
your family donated money to the relief effort. Maybe your church or the company you work for sent blankets, food, or clothes to help people survive and rebuild their lives in a small mountain town, hours and hours away from the Delmarva.
Donations from hard working Delawareans helped rebuild the town I grew up in and well, that’s just cool.
Did you know that October is national archives month? Why
not test your knowledge of the Delaware Public Archives?
We were created in 1905 by the General Assembly as the
Public Archives Commission, and are one of the oldest archives in the country.
Our first residence was in the old state house.
We house records from all 3 branches of government: legislative,
judicial, and executive. We also are the
repository for local municipalities. In the late 1990’s a group of citizens
started a petition to get a new archives built. We moved into our new building
in 2001, and we were made our own division in 1999. We have over 4 million
documents, over 800,000 photographs, and over 16,000 audio visual holdings.
No matter what your
interest I’m pretty sure we have something related to it. It’s a great time to
visit your local archives and see all they have to offer. We are much more than just old dusty papers!
We invite you to stop by and visit us.