Correspondence, letters, notes, messages, mail – there are many words for these materials that comprise the backbone of the archives. This year we will uplift the humble letters that pepper our collections. Join us on Friday, March 1 for two archival talks, presented by the Social Welfare History Archives and the James Ford Bell Library.
Please register to attend in person or online. (Registration for the March event opens on Jan 3.) ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events.
Presented by Linnea Anderson, Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives
From search letters to hate mail to telegrams, mail in the archives helps tell the story of social work history. Explore examples of personal and professional communications from the Social Welfare History Archives. Puzzle lovers will have a chance to translate coded messages from vice investigations.
Presented by Marguerite Ragnow, Curator, James Ford Bell Library
In the days before modern technology, it could take people — and letters — six months or more to reach their destination. Imagine conducting business at that pace! It was a waiting game, too, for merchant families as news of their loved ones was scant, scarce, and often disastrous. Join the Bell Library for a glimpse into the merchant life, both at home and abroad.
What: First Fridays, “Delivering History: Messages From the Social Welfare History Archives” and “Trading Letters: Seeing the World Through Merchant Correspondence”
When: Friday, March 1, 2023 | Light buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. | Presentations begin at noon | A tour of the archival caverns will follow the presentation
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120 and ONLINE | Parking and directions
First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.