By Ray Smock
No, not my mug! There is nothing we can do about that one. It is the coffee mug message that concerns me. “I Love My Country It’s the Government I’m Afraid of!“ I bought this mug at Union Station just blocks from the U. S. Capitol. It was at a vendor stand that in the past would have been filled with patriotic material, U.S. flags, and other emblems of government. You can still find such items in tourist shops in the city, but the new themes have taken on a more jaundiced look at government. Only the first half of this message qualifies as patriotic. The second part is an expression of American paranoia. Maybe to some it is a joke. I am sure it is intended to be one.
By Jody Brumage
One of the largest parts of Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Congressional Papers Collection yet to be explored is the AV (Audio-Visual) Collection. When the CLS acquired Senator Byrd’s records in 2010, over 70 boxes of AV materials were included, ranging in date from the 1950s through 2010 and representing many different types of media. Now, the CLS is embarking on a project to process this collection and open it for researchers.
The first step of this process is to take an inventory of the collection. While most of the boxes shipped to the CLS from Senator Byrd’s offices in 2010 contain inventory sheets, they provide very basic information, such as “DVDs-2002-2004.” While some may list the individual records contained in the box, most do not. We developed an inventory sheet which will provide all of the necessary details about each one of the thousands of AV records in this collection. These details will be essential when the collection is entered into our database and we generate a finding aid.
By Malorie Matos
This week, we’re launching a new virtual exhibit on the Byrd CLS website entitled Senator Byrd and the Carter Administration, spanning the presidency of Jimmy Carter. I created this exhibit over the course of my last semester at Shepherd University in conjunction with my final capstone paper on the topic of archives and online public outreach.
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