10,000 Items Catalogued (Cont.)

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John Taylor Wood search
Searching for John Taylor Wood in the Archives catalog

Well, now that the Library has catalogued all these items pertaining to Monitor and Virginia, how do you the reader search for them? Let’s start out by talking about the Archives catalog at www.marinersmuseum.org/catalogs. You can search here for anything that we as a museum care for. But if you want to search for these newly-catalogued Monitor and Virginia-related items, click on the “Archives” link. Once you’re there, I really recommend you read the Help. It can truly improve your searching.

Let’s say you’re interested in anything we catalogued about John Taylor Wood, who served aboard CSS Virginia. Now, I like the keyword search, but I like to limit the number of bad hits I get, so I will find a short and uncommon couple of words that go together and enclose them in quotes, like “Taylor Wood”. Select the Item Level, and hit the Search button.   Read more

Got a Maritime Research Question? Ask Us!

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The Mariners' Museum Library, circa 1944. We have come a long way since then!
The Mariners’ Museum Library, circa 1944. We have come a long way since then!

This past weekend, a reader who follows this blog wrote in a response to a blog post that was in itself a great research question.

I’m happy he asked it! We might very well have what he is looking for.   Read more

10,000 Items Catalogued (cont.)

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Memo from Irwin Berent to John Newton, ca. 1980, MS0164, Irwin M. Berent Collection
Memo from Irwin Berent to John Newton, ca. 1980, MS0164, Irwin M. Berent Collection

Here is our final guest blog post, from Alex, who worked with us this past summer during the big drive to the finish line. Alex, yours is the last word:

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10,000 Items Catalogued (Cont.)

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Page 1 of Letter from Fran DuCoin to E.W. Peterkin, MS390, Series 6.1
Letter from Fran DuCoin to E.W. Peterkin, MS390, Series 6.1

Here, readers, is another post from Allie, a student volunteer whose work helped us this past summer. Allie, the floor is yours:

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10,000 Items Catalogued (Cont.)

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Sailing Orders
“CSS Virginia Orders for Observers of Battle of Hampton Roads Reenactment” from MS0164, Irwin M. Berent Collection.

So how, you might ask, does a small Library and even smaller Photographic Services staff undertake and complete the digitization and cataloguing of 10,000 items in the space of 12 months? We may have declared victory, but victory belongs as well to a veritable army of interns and volunteers we found when the crisis was upon us. Twenty-two young men and women from around the Commonwealth came to our aid when we most needed them. They gave us anywhere between 12 and 162 hours apiece of their service. Considering how detail-oriented and repetitive the work can be, even 12 hours is grueling.They added not only much-needed labor but also a great spirit of camaraderie and good humor to the place. We are so grateful to them! And we hope they learned something about archival and library science in the mix.

I have asked a few of these volunteers to write in and tell us which piece they remembered most and why. What you will see are their own words. Here, then, is what Ashley wrote:   Read more