Woohoo Social Media successes!

Meridith Halsey

A good outreach program for any organization includes an initiative to meet your audience where they are. Many Archival outreach programs include Facebook and Twitter profiles, and a growing number are appearing on Pinterest. Unfortunately, many Archives Pinterest accounts fail to inspire much interest.

In Archives nothing can be said to be certain, except shrinking budgets and multiplying responsibilities. Pinterest, like other social media platforms, is free of charge but time consuming. It’s no surprise, then, that so many are struggling to find a following.

In an effort to learn from the best, I’ve put together a list of the top 5 Archives Pinterest accounts. These Archives are getting it right; what can we learn from their success?

5. The Kansas Historical Society

The Kansas Historical Society is hitting Pinterest where it counts, with multiple Pin Boards for holidays and multiple Pin Boards for women’s fashions (popular Pinterest categories)…

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UC Santa Barbara’s “Adopt a Cylinder” Program

What to get the person that has everything? New socks? Zen waterfall?

How about adopting a wax cylinder in need of archival preservation?

via ED́WW day_dae (esteemedhelga)™’s Flickr

It costs the library $60 to preserve a single cylinder, including rehousing, cataloging, and digitizeing it for public access. We currently have a backlog of over 1,000 cylinders that are not yet digitized.

If you would like to “adopt” a cylinder, we will prioritize the digitization of a cylinder and put it online for you and others to listen to. A $60 tax deductible donation* to the cylinder project will ensure the preservation of the cylinder of your choice.

Jump on over to the UCSB Special Collections site, where you’ll find a full list of cylinders available for adoption, those already adopted, and contact information for payments and inquiries! 


This year, as the campaign grew to its most monstrous, the rights of women and their bodies were put on the line by a cadre of men who believed it was high time we ceased having those rights, and the right to ask for more! Women across the Nation knew that their vote was more important than ever before–and we made our voices heard!

Despite the brave efforts of history’s women and their fight to give us that vote, many pieces of propaganda floated around showing the ‘dangers’ of their venture. Here’s an Anti-Sufferage postcard from the Palczewski Postcard Archive, illustrating the utter chaos and topsy-turvy world many men believed would transpire if we got our way.

Silly men.

Click the Image for the full article, and be sure to visit the Palczewski Postcard Archive for their collection!

HT to @mattlodder!

Where oh where…

Gah! So sorry I’ve been absent from this lovely place. Yes, the daily images have been rotating, but alas, Twitter has won over the long form of information sharing. In order for my fingers to get back into the swing of things, let’s simply recap with a few life highlights and some select Twitter findings that are rife for the clicking. Enjoy!

  • Started Interning at the Explorer’s Club, checking quality of previously processed collections and soon will begin some original processing of my own!
  • Gearing up for a fun trip to Austin to visit some friends. The bf and I see pinball, honky-tonk, bbq, line dancing, and the lovely Harry Ransom Center in our future!
  • Visited a great new Science Fiction bookstore in Brooklyn called Singularity & Co., which is filled with whimsy, dedication, and floor to ceiling copies of the most colorful novels I have ever seen. A MUST see.

Alrighty. Here come the Tweets:

Enjoy! Click away! I’ll return soon, I promise.



The Explorer’s Club

The Official Flag of the Explorer’s Club

Interning at the AMNH and seeing the beautifully-displayed specimens got me thinking about the brave men and women who ventured out to provide us with knowledge about our unknown world. Legacy institutions like the Explorer’s Club encouraged adventurers and scientists to pursue that goal and provided a place for them to discuss their findings with other like-minds.

From the Explorer’s Club website:

In May 1904, a group of men active in exploration met at the request of Henry Collins Walsh, to form an organization to unite explorers in the bonds of good fellowship and to promote the work of exploration by every means in its power.

Among these men were Adolphus Greely, Donaldson Smith, Henry Collins Walsh, Carl Lumholtz, Marshall Saville, Frederick Dellenbaugh, W. Furness, and David Brainard. On May 28, 1904, a dinner at the Aldine Association, located at 111 Fifth Avenue in New York City, was attended by fifty men well known in exploration. At this dinner, The Explorers Club was organized.

The Explorers Club was incorporated, and on October 25, 1905, the first regular meeting of the incorporators and subscribers was held during the afternoon. A meeting and “smoker” on that evening inaugurated the Club at its first quarters in the Studio Building at 23 West 67th Street. A year later the Club took up its headquarters at the Engineering Societies Building, 29 West 39th Street, where it remained until 1 March 1912 when the Club moved into new headquarters at 345 Amsterdam Avenue. Here, in an empty loft, the now rapidly growing organization had, for the first time, a home of its own in which to socialize and in which to gather its books, documents, trophies, and artifacts.

Today, members can still read, lounge, discover, and discuss the past AND the future of exploration. The Archives and Library of the Club preserves letters, journals, and collections of past and present members (and the public!) so that their legacy lives on for future adventurous minds.

Visiting the Met and thinking about museums

Recently I had some precious time between interning and work to go and rekindle my love for the Met. I’m a big fan of most museums, but there’s something about the Met, something so perfect and serene, that nothing can hinder my enjoyment there, not even blubbering High School field trips or Midwestern tourist groups. Somehow their gossiping, failures to watch where they’re walking, and insistence on taking illegal photos seems to fade off into the distance when there is such astounding beauty around every corner.

I was perfectly content with lingering in my favorite spots (the Arms and Armory collection, Astor Court, the Temple of Dendur) when I decided that I would instead rather just organically let the exhibits lead me around. After all, it HAD been a while since I was there last, and I’m all about discovering new treasures.

I’m horrible at keeping up with the new exhibit news, so it’s always excellent to wander into a room with such lovely natural light and see this:

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