Monday, April 23, 2007

Archives Project

I began and finished a project in Archives last week for Erika, pulling letters dealing with budget, political, and labor problems written by university researchers working on finding ways to use latex from Russian dandelions to make rubber during World War II. See this article for more information about this process. I found it fascinating reading. There were a number of letters dealing with the problem of getting gas to travel and also with finding housing when visiting Washington, D.C. There were even a few little snippets of personal information--the birth of a daughter and a couple of lame jokes.

I'm now in the middle of a project for Larry. This one involved adding html-encoded finding aids to the Northwest Digital Archives database.