Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fred Hill

Query as to whether he was a local school superintendent or not. Per a 1927 Brockport Republic article he was. The local "Hill school" is named for him, he was one of those early pioneers of centralizing school districts in the state.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Arts Festival

Had a voice mail from someone looking for the dates of some Summer Arts Festivals that they participated in back in the '80s. Luckily we do have some of those programs, and was able to find her name in three of them.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Caroline Parker

Interesting, had a retired prof interested in this woman, a Seneca of the 19th century, sister of Ely Parker, and now another researcher has contacted me about her for a biography she is working on. I shared what I know, plus some links to Dedman's book, Butler's thesis... It's a challenging time to research, the 1840s, the college records are limited, the village newspaper of that day no longer exists...

Jessie Hillman update

Heard back from the library assistant at the Fredonia archives who inquired about Jessie Hillman, she compared the image I sent with some they have there and is quite sure it is her! That's great, so I sent her a high res image via Dropbox, and shared some more about nyshistoricnewspapers.org which she hadn't been aware of.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Public History class

Was contacted by Jamie Spiller, he is taking over from Bruce Leslie who is stepping down on the Public History class. We're getting together, talk over the presentation I do, the internships...

Stylus online

Was told someone had called re the Stylus, accessing back issues. Called the person, got their email, sent them an email with the link to nyshistoricnewspapers.org, how to use it...

Alumni House archives committee

Met with Cathy Applebee and Karen Owen yesterday. They are the two members of the Alumni House archives group still around. (The committee was actually disbanded c2016.) The committee was started back in the very early '90s after the Alumni Association had acquired Alumni House, the former residence of the presidents thru Tower, restored it etc. I worked a lot with George Rich '54 on getting things organized, accessioned and so forth. He and I traveled together some to archives workshops being held back then by a now long defunct historical association.

Anyway, their document archives may end up coming here, as the space is wanted for other things. The house may become less of a house museum, more of a center for Advancement...

Hickerson columns

As mentioned in early June, Doug Hickerson, an emeriti, who has in retirement written many local history and feature articles for the Suburban News, brought me his files to be digitized. Four large scrapbooks, covering some 20 years, it is taking some time to scan them, then will need to merge, add a list of contents etc.., but once on Digital Commons it will be a great additional resource for local history. The Brockport Post, and it's predecessor, the Brockport Republic, are long gone, and the SN is one of the few remaining sources for local news.

Fall 2017 interns

Already had 2 interns lined up for this coming fall, may have a 3rd! All 3 credit internships, one is working on the bio of Mary Mortimer, another is a bit novel, she wants to do creative writing based on some of the student scrapbooks we have, which should be interesting.