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We are currently planning events for Spring 2014.
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Society of Amer. Archivists SC (SAA-SC) Wine/Sake/Chocolate Tasting and
Networking Event. Meet Archivists in the community, network and learn
about wine, sake and chocolate!
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Society of Amererican Archivists Student Chapter at UH Manoa, Special Libraries Association
The Mütter Museum and Photo
By Storm Stoker
honor of American Archives Month and Halloween this October the student chapter
of the Society of American Archivists presents the Mütter Museum and Photo
Archives! This unusual place is
named for Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter who donated materials for the education of
doctors in 1858. Attached to the
College of Physicians of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, this museum contains
antique medical equipment and medical oddities that bring to mind medieval
of the most unusual items found in the museum include the Soap Lady, whose
corpse turned into a soap-like substance called adipocere, the tallest skeleton
in America and slides of Einstein’s brain. The museum is currently working on a
project to digitize the Hyrtl Skull Collection which features 139 skulls from
all over Europe. These skulls each
come with a story about its owner written in script on the skull. Some are victims of disfiguring
diseases and others died in wars or of natural causes. By scanning these skulls the museum
hopes to assist anthropologists around the world by providing an online archive
of diverse skulls for study. For
example, when finished the collection of microcephaly (small skull) scans will
increase by 15%. This archive will
be free and available to the public online.
historical medical library and a huge digital collection is open to the public.
A fascinating archive of
photographs of people with unusual conditions is also available online.
Frequent events feature medical and
historical experts that discuss everything from the history of viruses to
suffering in civil war battles. This month they are offering a sleepover at the museum where
they will show scary movies; conduct a séance and a lead a candlelit tour of
If you are ever in Philadelphia I highly
recommend that you visit this fascinating museum in person. To learn more about the museum, photo
archives and their library visit: http://www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum/. If you can’t make it there in person check out their
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/themuttermuseum.
Saturday, November 17th
This tour enabled members to see what a government-run
museum and archive is able to accomplish even on limited
funds, and the intricate history that Schofield Barracks has played on
the island of O'ahu. The museum itself is a historic building (it was
once the Officer's Library), and is full of displays and photographs of
the history of the post. Additionally, Kathleen showed our members
the archives, which showcase photographs and documents dating back to
the Month – PhillyHistory.org
Written by Ashley T. Hartwell,
Find out what an entire city's photographic archives collection can accomplish:
PhillyHistory.org is an amazing website
which set off to digitally catalog the 2 million photographs of Philadelphia
dating from the late 1800's that had belonged to the City's photo
archives. All archival photographs on the website can be searched by keyword
and date, and many of the photos have been assigned a geographic location, so
they are also searchable by an address, intersection, place name or
neighborhood. Additionally, users can simply locate an area on the map,
and the website will display photographs taken in that specific location.
Registered users of the site are allowed more access, and can make
recommendations on annotations and metadata. This website won the 2011
Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.
PhillyHistory.org is also compatible with the GPS on a Smartphone,
allowing users to use their location on a map to find photographs for that
area. This organization maintains a blog and can be followed on Twitter,
but perhaps the most interesting advancement that this archive is working on is
an ability to take a picture with your Smartphone, and together with the GPS
technology, the website would overlay the image with a photograph to how the
area once looked; this is known as augmented reality.
Aloha everyone! We had a great first meeting of this school year in the LIS diner, where we discussed what is in store for this year. Thank you to everyone who attended! Here are the notes of what we discussed at our meeting, for those of you who missed it, and even to those who were there but just wanted to keep updated with things. Looks like it's going to be a great year for SAA, see you all soon!!
Part I of Helen Wong Smith's discussion to our Student
Chapter has been added to YouTube! Helen
talked with us about the benefits of joining SAA and taking the ACA exam.
of the Month – Jean Charlot Collection, Hamilton Library
Written by Erin J. Green, SAA-SC Secretary and Treasurer
The Jean Charlot Collection can be found in room 502 of Hamilton Library at the
University of Hawaii at Manoa. It is a collection of artist’s papers – the
artworks and documentary materials that illuminate the study of an artist’s
life, significant achievements and associations - associated with artist and
scholar Jean Charlot. Charlot himself lived in Hawaii for the last third of his
life, and completed many artworks and writings, some in Hawaiian, during this
time. After his death, his will enabled his family members to determine the
future of his papers, which were donated by his widow to UH in 1981. Though
Charlot passed away in 1979, the collection is constantly
with new books, journals and artworks being added every year, mostly as gifts.
Most patrons to the Charlot Collection hear about it through word of mouth,
most commonly from past patrons, or books and bibliographies that list this
location as a resource. Walk-in hours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays;
appointments are encouraged to those wanting to visit the collection any other
time. With an upcoming renovation of Hamilton Library in 2013, Curator Bron Solyom
is currently re-housing the collection, preparing for it to be temporarily
moved from its current location and closed for several months.
For more information on the Charlot Collection, see the Jean Charlot Collection
pamphlet, published April 2009.
Archive of the Month - written by Zoia Falevai, SAA-SC Vice President
The University Archives of Joseph F. Smith Library at BYU-Hawaii is a
home to valuable resources including University Records, Manuscripts,
Photographs, Artifacts, and Rare Books. From the University Archives
page on the Library website, you can access direct links to some of the
Archives resources, such as the Clinton Kanahele Collection. Clinton
Kanahele was an educator in Hawaii. He served as the principal of
Castle High School in Kailua, Benjamin Parker Elementary School in
Kaneohe, and Laie Elementary School in Laie, and was in the Oahu Stake
Presidency for many years. He was fluent in the Hawaiian language, and
dedicated to its preservation. In the year 1970 from June to September,
Kanahele conducted a project with William Sproat, interviewing twenty
individuals in the Hawaiian language who could provide valuable
information and insight for future generations into the history,
language, and culture of Hawaii. The interviews were conducted on
various subjects, including Hawaiian culture, the histories of places
such as Laie, Oahu, and Peahi, Maui, and the life experiences of Native
Hawaiians. You can listen to .mp3 recordings of these interviews at http://library.byuh.edu/library/archives/kanahele.
Simply click on the link to listen, or right click to download.
Transcripts of the interviews in English and Hawaiian are also available
in PDF form.