One collection down

As a member of the PACSCL/CLIR Hidden Collections Processing Project, completing work on our first collection was one of the more satisfying moments of my budding archival career. My previous archival experience was limited to coursework, cataloging the audio collection at the Drexel University Audio Archives, and processing some very small collections at the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives (I believe the largest collection was 1 linear foot). So processing the 45 linear feet of the Abraham L. Freedman Papers at Temple University’s Special Collections Research Center, including creating a full finding aid and folder list (currently pending review), felt like a major accomplishment. While not without its bumps and somewhat minor annoyances, it’s been a true pleasure to finally be working with archival collections and putting this new degree into practice. We’ve since moved on to a newer, and slightly smaller, collection, but I finally got around to making the silly gif you see below (depicting the collection’s transformation) and felt it was time to get this blog rolling! Hopefully more posts will follow.