Throughout March, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) will host a series of workshops that will feature our public humanities faculty fellows in person on the first floor of 325 Cooper Street. Scholars will discuss a range of topics from case studies, writing for the public, and personal archives, and will demonstrate ways to succeed in the Humanities.
How to Make a Personal Archive (Wednesday, March 29 @ 11:20 am)
We all have that drawer or shoebox we keep our precious memories in. It’s filled with the tickets from our first concert, a poem written in the third grade that we’re still proud of, and a heart-felt letter written from a close friend. These memories will be cherished by you and your family, but they can be good for so much more than that. Creating your own personal archive will help you organize and keep track of all your important keepsakes. And if you’re willing to share your archive, it will also be useful for future historians who will be able to easily identify objects and better understand their meanings.
This workshop will explain the steps of creating a personal archive. From properly identifying all of the potential artifacts, creating an index for everything, and even more!
Julie Still is a reference librarian at the Paul Roberson Library at Rutgers University–Camden. She has published work as both academic articles and book chapters. She is also an active volunteer in her community through grant writing and web work. Currently, she is working on a dissertation in American Studies at Penn State–Harrisburg.