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Archive for February, 2012

Rumsfeld’s Rules

Friday, February 17th, 2012

By Ben Chartoff, William Safire Graduate Student Assistant When I told my friends and family, who are almost all left-leaning politically, that I would be working with William Safire’s papers, some of them worried I would be bothered by his politics. Safire was a libertarian conservative, and my opinions differ from his on a number […]

Lick a little piece of collection material! (or at least affix it…)

Monday, February 13th, 2012

When people imagine how special collections library materials are used, what most often comes to mind is probably images and transcriptions in academic books, articles, theses. Perhaps people also think of materials showcased in exhibitions or shown to classes. These are certainly common and important uses, but our materials also see their fair share of quirkier uses. Take, for instance, […]

Some people save lives, I preserve legacy formats: Contents of an archivist’s kit-bag

Monday, February 6th, 2012

It’s one of my favorite scenes from an iconic film. The young Archie Graham is playing baseball on the Field of Dreams with Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver and Eddie Cicotte, when he sees Karin Kinsella choking on a hot dog in the stands.  Archie sees she needs help and runs forward. He pauses then […]

For the Love of Language

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

By Ben Chartoff, William Safire Graduate Student Assistant William Safire’s research files are filled with dozens of letters, e-mails and clippings sent in by the world’s most respected grammarians and linguists. Safire was a bridge between these formal, scholarly language experts and the broader public. As a thorough and knowledgeable researcher on language, he gained […]