Oh, the many questions I have been asking myself: Why are archivists so busy? Why does it take so much time to get what I’m looking for? Why am I doing my thesis at the same time as this class? Why am I not an archivist? Why can’t I do historical research full time, just because? (Yep, I may be crazy, but this research is really fun.)
In lieu of actually answering any of these questions, I am plugging away at my research and doing my best to get to the point of knowing what materials I can use or not. I now know some of the documents and photos I would like to use from a couple of archives, but getting a hold of the person in charge and figuring out if I can actually use the stuff is my next course of action. They told me to look stuff up and ask later about uses and options and copyrights. I’d rather it was the other way round, but since they weren’t entirely sure I would find what I wanted, I guess I can understand.
I want to work through this so I can start in on my website. I know that creating the site to be how I intend will take some time (my lack of knowledge in website design will really shine), so I better start soon. So much to do! This is going to be exciting!