One of my favourite archive blogs for surprises is Awesome Archives. Here’s the blog synopsis –
A celebration of archives, archival material, and the amazing history that they protect.
I’d highly recommend adding it to your blog feed. Guaranteed every time I check this blog there’s something new to catch my interest. Today it was a colourful map from Beringer Bros Winery in California, which led me to the original blog ‘Quick Kills’. The aim of the ‘Quick Kills’ project at Bancroft Library, California is to increase access to ‘legacy’ collections by speedy processing of about 160 priority collections. The blog provides short insights into collections, usually one or two images with a nice, concise description.
While browsing their posts I noticed some familiar looking documents – suffrage material including a Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) poster for a demonstration in Hyde Park. The material is from the McLean family papers, a family from California. This includes the papers of a daughter Fannie McLean, a suffragist and teacher. The papers shown here even include a leaflet she wrote ‘Why the Teacher should be a Suffragist’ – sounds like she would have been a kindred spirit to NUWT members!
There is a finding aid to the collection, which can be accessed via the Online Archive of California.