Hi readers! This is my first semester working in the Archives so I am relatively new. But I can already tell you that I LOVE working up here! I mostly just do random tasks around the Archives wherever I am needed but I have recently been given the PERMANENT task of updating the Faculty Cards collection we keep in the Archives. If you ever need to know when a Concordia College faculty member started or stopped working at Concordia, these cards are for you! And luckily, they have all been recently updated by yours truly.
I also have done my fair share of preprocessing donations that Tessa mentioned earlier, but I have also done quite a bit of picture processing as well. A short time before I started working in the Archives, we received a very large donation of pictures. In order for these pictures to be accessible to you all, they need to be given identification numbers, added into our picture database, and then filed away into Nathan's vertical picture files. This was a very large task, but I am proud to say that it is nearly finished and all of the pictures I added and MANY more are available up here on the fourth floor of the library for your viewing pleasures! I really enjoyed processing all of these photos because I love pictures! But especially OLD pictures and we have lots of those! So you all need to come up here and check them out!
I have also dabbled in working with OMEKA, which is the Archives' online exhibit where you can view various articles, written by our very own archivist Lisa Sjoberg, and plenty of pictures as well. I helped to upload pictures to the Cord Radio exhibit that is on the site now. Go check it out! There are some cool old pictures of radio at Concordia from years past! I also helped to put up the Archives bulletin board located at the entrance of the Carl B. This bulletin board is changed each month and corresponds with the online exhibits! Make sure you look for new bulletin boards each month as you come into the library! I had fun putting it up so I hope you enjoy looking at it!
The most recent task I completed in the Archives was reading through former Concordia President Knutson's chapel speeches! I was helping to look for information for a partron who was using the Archives to help research. If you would like to read some of the interesting things our former president talked about come on up and see for yourself!
And remember! If you are ever doing research, don't forget to look in the Concordia Archives! You never know what interesting things you might find up here!