Entries Tagged as 'Behind the Scenes'

Friday, January 25th, 2019

The Castañé Collection Series: “One: ‘Miscellaneous Items’”

By Michael Austin, Manuscript Cataloger, Houghton Library The Castañé collection, donated to Houghton Library in 2015 by Spanish businessman and collector José María Castañé, comprises over 10,000 items documenting the major conflicts of the 20th century involving European powers. Papers, photographs, and realia from the Second World War are most strongly represented, followed by material […]

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Born-Digital Blog Post #7: Accessioning Workflow part 2

This post continues the series, “Behind the Scenes at Houghton,” giving a glimpse into the inner workings of the library’s mission to support teaching and research. Thanks to Magdaline Lawhorn, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Resident & Project Archivist, for contributing this post. In Born-Digital Blog Post #6 we began to discuss the […]

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Opening the Drawers of the Harvard Theatre Collection

This post, by Project Archivist Betts Coup, continues the series “Behind the Scenes at Houghton,” giving a glimpse into the inner workings of the library’s mission to support teaching and research. When processing a collection, the ultimate goal is to make the materials discoverable by researchers and easily accessible by library staff. When I started […]

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Summer Spotlight: John Wilkes Booth and the Theatre of Our Discontent

Not all the objects in Houghton Library’s collections have such illustrious, proud histories as a Shakespeare First Folio or Gutenberg Bible.  Objects of less reputable association can provide just as striking of an encounter as these treasured relics, however. During the behind-the-scenes tour of Houghton on my first day of work at the library, I […]

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Born-Digital Blog Post #6: Accessioning Workflow part 1

This post continues the series, “Behind the Scenes at Houghton”, giving a glimpse into the inner workings of the library’s mission to support teaching and research. Thanks to Magdaline Lawhorn, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Resident & Project Archivist, for contributing this post. Library and information professionals love developing workflows! Workflows make our […]

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Summer Spotlight: Soldier-Poets of World War I

Announcing the Summer Spotlight Series     I am a recent graduate of Harvard College, and I began working as a library assistant at Houghton in May.  Mostly, that means I hunt down books for patrons and return them to the shelf when they’re done.  An indelible part of my subterranean stack-roaming has been a whole […]

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Born-Digital Blog Post #5 : Analyzing Results of the Survey

This post continues the series, “Behind the Scenes at Houghton”, giving a glimpse into the inner workings of the library’s mission to support teaching and research. Thanks to Magdaline Lawhorn, Administrative Fellow & Project Archivist, for contributing this post. So far in this series, I have discussed Houghton’s first steps in the born-digital initiative, the […]

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Born-Digital Blog Post #4: Digital Forensic Workstation

This post continues the series, “Behind the Scenes at Houghton”, giving a glimpse into the inner workings of the library’s mission to support teaching and research. Thanks to Magdaline Lawhorn, Administrative Fellow & Project Archivist, for contributing this post. A functional workstation is pivotal to every archivist’s work, especially when dealing with the born-digital environment […]

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Born-Digital Post #3: Space

This post continues the series, “Behind the Scenes at Houghton”, giving a glimpse into the inner workings of the library’s mission to support teaching and research. Thanks to Magdaline Lawhorn, Administrative Fellow & Project Archivist, for contributing this post. Our born-digital journey continues to be filled with research, trial and error, and lots of excel […]

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Born-Digital Blog Post #2: Generating the Report

This post continues the series, “Behind the Scenes at Houghton”, giving a glimpse into the inner workings of the library’s mission to support teaching and research. Thanks to Magdaline Lawhorn Administrative Fellow & Project Archivist, for contributing this post.  Houghton’s born-digital survey journey continues to the next stage, beginning with the procurement and analysis of […]