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June 2, 2015

Processing is one of the most important and enjoyable tasks we do as archivists--arranging, describing, and properly storing the papers of an individual or family or the records of an organization according to archival standards. For one week this year, I processed the personal papers collection of Alonzo Edmiston, a missionary to the American Presbyterian Congo Mission in the early twentieth century with the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.

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March 30, 2015

On Friday, March 13th, I attended a day-long symposium at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The symposium, organized by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), brought together archivists, librarians, and researchers to discuss the theme of Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Innovation, Collaboration, and Models....

May 18, 2012

On May 1 and 2, the Presbyterian Historical Society hosted a “More Product Less Process” workshop sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. PHS archivists Bill Brock and David Staniunas joined a dozen other archivists to learn more about MPLP, or minimal processing, an approach designed to make archival materials more rapidly accessible to researchers.

Holly Mengel and Courtney Smerz, project managers of a three-year grant project to process hidden Philadelphia-area collections, led participants in hands-on work with four groups of materials from PHS...

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