Reprocessing the Association’s archives

Kathleen Dow, of the Special Collection Library at the University of Michigan, which holds the archives of the original Lincoln Highway Association writes:

In addition to the completion of the Digital Image Archive, I also wanted to let you all know that I received a small grant (donated by a local businessman) to hire an archivist to re-process/re-house the papers of the Lincoln Highway Association.

As those of you who have used the 4 linear feet of correspondence, minutes, printed ephemera, and newsletters know, the papers definitely needed some attention. I’ve hired a UM grad student and she has started working on the archive; one of the first things she is doing is removing all of the acidic sheets of glassine that were interleaved between the documents. Not only will we end up with the papers more comfortably housed, but we will also have a finding aid or guide to the boxes. We will be able to mount this document on the web, which will be a great help to all of you conducting research. I will keep you posted as to the progress of the project.

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