To our Monday volunteers…
Thank you all for us lending a hand,
with your skills and talents - preserve the history of your land.
Never fear’d of staple, or fastener, or band,
or researcher’s trees - sewn in foreign stands.
To Pamela, Johnathan, Melissa and Nancy
you are appreciated and certainly fancy-dancy!
…in the spirit of Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 21-27, 2013)
Sometimes you move for better schools or an easier commute, but when the National Personnel Records Center moved, they did it for the records:
What a Difference a Move Makes
When the National Archives at St. Louis National Personnel Records Center moved into its new building, we did it for the records.
NARA monitors temperature and relative humidity throughout our buildings with electronic dataloggers called Preservation Environment Monitors, or PEMs. The PEMs constantly gather temperature and humidity readings, which we collect and evaluate. The data can alert us to problems with our HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems before they become serious.
The first graph is from our old building on Page Avenue. The second graph is from one of Archives Drive’s archival bays. Notice how often the PEM recorded temperatures at Page Avenue that were above 100° F and humidity levels that were above 60%. Under NARA Directive 1571 the proper temperature and humidity for archival records is 65°F/35% (±5%).
So, the move made not only the employees but our holdings much happier.
Preservation Haiku Round-Up!
We asked, you delivered. For your reading pleasure, haiku* reflections on preservation and archives:
Photos of the past
maps, memories, page
held in time for all
Records saved through time
Histories’ secrets unwind
Memories to find
Stacks cold as new snow
Negatives belong here but
I need three sweaters
Ancient dust and mold
Hands covered in copper stain
but I save not kill
We preserved your heart
sugar and a cool dry place
really did the trick
Find hidden treasures
Open the dusty boxes
There lies history
*We looked this up, and apparently the plural of “haiku” is either “haiku” or “haikus.” Just FYI.
Thank you, Info. Sci. Antelope, for the reminder.
[Remind friends to date their notebooks/sketchbooks/journals,
Archival outreach quota met for the week]
probably late to this nerd party. FASHIONABLY.
FLOTUS Michelle Obama recognizes Public Servant Recognition Week! At the National Archives at Riverside, we have some special things planned as well—just wait and see :)
Here at NARA-Riverside, we call that a “safety hazard,” someone get this brave lady a ladder!
Wisconsin Historical Society librarians in the stacks, 1896.
This week, Wisconsin Heritage Online celebrates National Library Week with historic photographs of Wisconsin librarians at work. This 1896 image of Minnie Oakley and Florence Baker Hayes was taken in the Wisconsin State Capitol building, which housed the Wisconsin Historical Society library and archives from the 1860s until 1900.
via: Wisconsin Historical Images, Wisconsin Historical Society