Friday, March 20, 2009

One Last Note

Here it is guys, the last note from 2M11. With the finding aid done, we've been taking care of last minute details this past week, and are now nearing the finish line. Thanks to everyone for reading and occasionally commenting. I hope you enjoyed reading the blog as much I as I enjoyed writing it! The email address for the blog account is so if you have any questions about the blog in the future, you can address them there. Otherwise, you can visit the RBML at Columbia University to finally see all of the stuff I've been writing about in person (or send an email to There are many wonderful archivists and librarians there waiting to assist you.


Friday, March 13, 2009

"'The time has come,' the Walrus said . . . "

Its been a very long while, it seems, since I've had a chance to catch up with this blog. The past couple of weeks around here have been mostly devoted to writing . . . . THE FINDING AID! With two hundred years of history to cover, and 24 series and sub-series statements to write, not to mention the usual LC subject headings hunt, description, linear feet calculation, abstract, etc., etc. . . . it obviously took a while. But just this morning I dotted the last "i" and crossed the last "t" and now you only have a few weeks (at most) to wait until you can see the description in all its multi-page glory. For those unfamiliar with the Archival Portal on the Columbia Libraries website, here's a screenshot for you (click on the image and it will take you directly to the portal):

When you arrive at the page, you can do a search for "Chamber of Commerce" and the finding aid should pop up for your viewing pleasure. But, like I said, you'll have to wait for a few more weeks before its available. In the meantime, I thought I would just share some images from the collection that I scanned during the course of the project for one reason or another, but that I never managed to post on this blog:

1950s cover of a folder stuffed with NYCC promo materials

Photograph of winners of an essay contest held by the NYCC, circa 1950s

Reproduction of a handbill announcing the formation of the NYCC in 1768

Fraunces Tavern, the first headquarters of the NYCC, date unknown

Textiles found with an arbitration case from the late 1800s

Monthly meeting in the Great Hall, circa 1960s

Now that the finding aid is finished, Katie and I have the whole next week to devote to wrapping up loose ends, and most importantly, boxing up all of our oversize volumes in their newly arrived, specially made boxes. Then we will send off the last of the boxes to our off site storage facility, where they will wait with the rest of the collection until researchers ask to see them.