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Archive for May, 2012

Happy Accidents: The Grove Press Records and the Pleasures of Discovery in the Archive

Monday, May 21st, 2012

By Joseph Hughes, Grove Press Graduate Student Assistant When students and researchers go into a major university archive to conduct research, they often have an exact item in mind. If they are lucky, sometimes simply finding the right box leads directly to that item with little fuss. More often, archival research means painstakingly sifting through a […]

This is not your grandmothers’ authority record

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Just the phrase “authority records” is probably enough to put any non-librarian to sleep — and maybe some of us in the profession, too. I mean, how interesting can they be? A name, some dates, maybe a reference as to the source from which the information was taken. Snooze, right? Well, authority files are about […]

The Accidental Archivist

Friday, May 4th, 2012

I was reading “Recorded Sound” the Newsletter for the Recorded Sound Roundtable from the Society of American Archivists and found myself identifying with the lead article by Robin Pike. The following two lines stuck out at me the most:  “Colleagues in libraries and archives frequently ask how I was trained” and “Many audio archivists start […]

Daring to Speak ‘That’ Love’s Name: Grove Press and LGBT Literature

Friday, May 4th, 2012

By Joseph Hughes, Grove Press Graduate Student Assistant For much of the 1950s and 1960s, the view of homosexuality as a pathology or symptom of moral weakness tended to prevail in public debate. McCarthyism raised the specter of the “Lavender Menace.” New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. exploited the open secret of Bayard Rustin’s homosexuality […]