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Processing Primer Pt.1, Let's Eat Some Cake

By T.J. Szafranski (BMRC Processing Intern)

A Two-Part Processing Primer: Part 1, Let’s Eat Some Cake

After I began to work for the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, I had a variety of people ask me about my job. My aunt cornered me at a family party, I ran into an old friend at the bar, and my dentist interrogated me while I was in the chair (Yes, please continue to ask me questions while you’re sticking sharp objects in my mouth).

Here’s how those conversations usually go:

Lessons from a Novice Archivist by Elise Zerega, Novice Archivist.

By: Elise Zerega (BMRC Processing Intern)
  • People choose to save some pretty random things.

As a current history student, I find myself wondering what, if anything, I should be saving for future historians. Sometimes doing archival work, you wonder, why would anyone think this would be necessary to future historians? Dr. Margaret Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History, saved three to four copies of nearly every piece of correspondence sent out with regards to The Friends of the Elam Home Foundation.

Captain Harry Dean Papers

By: T.J. Szafranski (BMRC Processing Intern)

The first collection I processed at the DuSable Museum of African American History was the Captain Harry Dean papers. Captain Dean (1865-1934) was an African-American sailor who supported the Pan-Africanism movement. He believed that the mastery of nautical science was essential to the African race returning to glory in their homeland.


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