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July 6, 2012

PHS has recently digitized and made available several collections of 19th and early 20th century missionary periodicals. Through our partners at the Lyrasis Mass Digitization Collaborative, we have added five Presbyterian serials (Missionary Reporter, 1829-1832; Presbyterian Treasury of Education, Religion and General Intelligence, 1848-1849; Presbyterian Monthly, 1867-1870; Presbyterian Monthly Record, 1869-1886; and Church at Home and Abroad, 1895-1898) and a...

April 12, 2012

Preservation Week is an annual education campaign begun by the American Library Association in 2010 to draw attention to the environmental threats collections face. These include everything from light, heat and humidity to hurricanes, vermin and vandals. From April 22 through 28th this year, archivists and librarians are encouraged to educate our patrons, review our disaster planning, and to take a bite out of the discipline's backlog of endangered items by each of us doing one small preservation act.

While...

February 10, 2012

We recently had a call from a member of a session in Florida, routed to me because the session asked to have their records returned. Returns aren't unheard of. Congregations may need to do extensive research in their own records to resolve property disputes, write histories, or celebrate anniversaries.

But archivists are trained to ask questions of our patrons. So I asked, "Do you need to do some research in the materials?"

"No, we were going to photocopy all of them to have a copy here."

This response isn't all that uncommon either. Many...

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