Archivist Eva Guggemos and I have spent the past week enhancing accession records for each of the Pacific University Archives collections. This builds on a previously-created File Maker database which held fairly brief descriptions. We’re about half-way through the collection at this point and will soon be able to upload the information to Pacific’s instance of Archivists’ Toolkit which was downloaded earlier this week.

As part of new faculty and staff orientation activities, the Archives hosted four tours earlier this week. We were also visited by a professor from the English Department looking for resource ideas for an upcoming course on ‘writing local.’ Many other curriculum ideas have also been discussed and will be integrated into Pacific’s outreach and advocacy document.

At the same time this NWDA grant is taking place, the Archives is also working on a LSTA-funded grant in collaboration with local libraries and heritage organizations to digitize historic photographs of the local area. Titled, “Washington County Digital Library,” the project expects to digitize (and create appropriate metadata) for some 6,000 images in its first year. The first batch of images should be available for viewing in the near future.

Submitted by Linda MK