As a continuation of our series on our 2011 Annual Report, please see a description of major activities in processing of the Public Policy Papers:
As a continuation of our series on our 2011 Annual Report, please see a description of major activities in technical services:
- Fiscal Year 2010 was a transitional year in Mudd Library Technical Services, with Christie Peterson and Maureen Callahan hired in September and February respectively to fill open positions and with Lynn Durgin taking and returning from family leave.
- April marked the first time that all Mudd Library Technical Services positions were filled with full-time staff members since 2008. A search for an SCAII to assist with the ACLU processing project also began in late spring 2011.
- Despite staffing issues, well over 1,000 linear feet was processed and described with online records and finding aids in FY2011, with another 1,123 linear feet addressed by the ACLU processing project that will be available by the end of FY2012.
Stay tuned for further discussion of our 2011 work involving processing, accessioning, digital projects, records management, collection development, exhibitions, and more.
As a continuation of our series on our 2011 Annual Report, please see a description of our major activities in public services:
As part of our ongoing effort to improve access to our collections and promote awareness of the Mudd Manuscript Library, we are pleased share a series of blog posts drawn from our annual report for fiscal year 2011 (which ran from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011). We share our accomplishments with the hope that this will encourage a better understanding of Mudd’s work, as well as foster an environment of transparency in the archival field. We begin this series with a summary of our activities in 2011.
- Hired one project archivist for the University Archives project and another for the Public Policy Papers
- University Records Manager hired in January and among many things, with other staff, began planning for an electronic records management program
- Hired an SCAV for public services to replace the departing SCAV
- ACLU project commences and addresses more than 1,100 linear feet of records as part of NHPRC-funded processing project
- Fundraising for The Daily Princetonian digitization completed and the project winds down with 18 of 19 batches scanned and almost all years from 1876-2002 now online
- University Archives audiovisual materials made available via the web on a new blog, The Reel Mudd
- More than 1,000 linear feet processed and described with online records and finding aids
- A record 202 accessions of over 400 linear feet received, including the long awaited Margaret Tutwiler journals
- Continued high level of use of collections, both in-house and remote, with great degree of patron satisfaction, with PDF requests surpassing paper copies.
Update — Back by popular demand! The Moe Berg Lobby Case Exhibition can be once again viewed in the lobby of the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library through August 31st, 2012.
Primarily known as a Major League catcher and coach, Morris “Moe” Berg was also a spy for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II, as well as a lawyer, linguist, and Princeton graduate. As a member of the class of 1923, Berg excelled scholastically and athletically by graduating with honors in Modern Languages (he studied Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Sanskrit), and playing first base and shortstop for the Princeton Tigers. While his batting average was low- Berg inspired a Major League scout to utter the phrase, “Good field, no hit”- he was known at Princeton for his strong arm and sound baseball instincts.
The exhibit highlights the varied roles of Berg in its presentation of Princeton memorabilia from the class of 1923, Berg baseball cards, and other material culled from Mudd’s two collections on Moe Berg: The Moe Berg Collection (1937-2007), and the newly acquired Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Breitbart Collection on Moe Berg (1934-1933). Also on display is a 1959 baseball signed by Berg and other Major League players, on loan from Arnold Breitbart. The Moe Berg exhibit can be located in the lobby of the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, and was originally on display until August 31, 2011.
Noted diplomatic historian Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut has been selected to edit the diaries of George F. Kennan, the renowned 20th century diplomat, historian, and public intellectual. Professor Costigliola holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and is the author of the forthcoming Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War (Princeton University Press, January 2012), in addition to two other books and more than two dozen articles, including an essay on Kennan that appeared in The Journal of American History. He is also a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Costigliola’s was one of nine submissions received for the project which was announced last December with ads in the New York Review of Books and The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as on numerous listservs, and the Mudd Manuscript Library blog. He plans a single volume of approximately 600-700 pages and projects a completion date of December 2014. (See Costigliola’s proposal .) Notified of the selection, Costigliola commented, “I am honored by the opportunity to make available to Kennan buffs, scholars of U.S. and international history, and general readers the magnificent, 80-year-long chronicle of this most gifted diplomat, public intellectual, and writer.”
UPDATE, FEBRUARY 2014: This book has been published by Norton, a full ten months ahead of Costigliola’s original projection. We are very pleased to see Mr. Kennan’s diary printed in a handsome and well-edited volume.
Attention Mudd blog readers — Princeton University Records Manager Anne Marie Phillips has created a new blog. Titled Just For The Records and located at http://blogs.princeton.edu/justrecords/, her blog will help University departments and offices manage their records and information in ways that make work easier, ensure compliance with Princeton’s information management goals and responsibilities, and identify records that are of permanent value to Princeton that should be transferred to the University Archives.
In the coming months, Phillips will also provide updates about records-related news, links to Princeton-specific information about how to store items, and discussions and best practices related to issues like managing e-mail, setting up filing systems, and more.
On January 3, 2011 we welcomed Anne Marie Phillips to the Princeton University Archives staff. Anne Marie is Princeton’s first University Records Manager, her appointment underscoring Princeton’s commitment to maintaining its records at a level of quality that will best support the work of the University and ensure the comprehensive documentation of Princeton’s history. Though part of the Archives, Anne Marie’s portfolio is to serve the entire University community’s records needs.
Anne Marie is responsible for expanding and improving Princeton’s current records management program, which was created in conjunction with the Office of General Counsel and other University administrative units, and consists of records transfer information and procedures, as well as a General Records Schedule. Records transferred to the Mudd Manuscript Library are accessioned, processed, and made available as a component of the University Archives function of Mudd. Anne Marie will be updating and expanding the General Records Schedule, creating specialized schedules for records that are unique to various administrative units, and developing and providing a constellation of policies, procedures, and services that will make it easier for University staff to determine what to do with the records they create and use as they perform their jobs.
- How will your proposed publication be formatted? (number of volumes, amount of annotation, level of indexing, etc.)
- What qualifications do you bring to this project?
- What is your plan of work, including a timetable and strategy?
- What publishers might you work with? Have you worked with them in the past or have they evinced an interest in working with this project?
- Why do you want to undertake this project?
- If you plan to seek outside support, what experience do you have with fundraising?
Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
- John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History and Kennan’s authorized biographer.
- Richard Immerman, Temple University. Edward J. Buthusiem Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Department Chair; Director of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy.
- Daniel J. Linke, Princeton University Archivist and Curator of Public Policy Papers.
- Paul Miles *99, Princeton University, Lecturer in History.
- Bradley Simpson, Princeton University, Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs.