NEW Spring 2014 Update!

Hello from our PCC Rock Creek storage and archives! First and most importantly, today is the 6th of June, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. On that decisive morning, over 160,000 Allied troops, from over 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft in support, stormed up the beaches and fought their way into

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Finding hidden treasures

Today I found a letter from Mary Augusta (Dix) Gray to Mary Richardson Walker. The letter was in a collection called “Bates family” but I haven’t been able to divine how this letters relates to anyone with the last name Bates. But that quandary is overshadowed by the quite remarkable contents of the letter. For those

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The long arm of the law…creates a lot of paperwork

As we continue work on the photo rehousing and writing of finding aids, we continue to look out for other items in need of organization in the collection. Sometime within the last few years, six boxes of documents came to us from the Oregon State Records Center, and these documents are the first to be

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Finding Aids Now Up!

The library and archives officially has some finding aids online! It’s a great start, though we do have over 800 more collections to go (not including the collections which still need to be fully accessioned and described). The collections vary widely in size, from one folder to 100+ boxes. Many of the collections are currently

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Beginning an Accessibility Project

The most important aspect of archival work for many archivists is finding ways to make your collection more accessible. This can mean undertaking any number of activities, but I have chosen to focus on making the WCM collection more accessible through the creation of finding aids (which I can then post online). To that end, I

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Oral Histories and Storage

Hello all, I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful springtime weather. The flowers are blooming and the ideas are flowing here at the museum! First and most importantly, I wanted to give a big shout out and a huge thanks to Rod and Sally Bunnell, for their wonderful willingness to come in this week and

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Photo Rehousing Project Commences

There isn’t a lot of rehousing work to do in the Washington County Museum library and archives, for which I am very grateful! As we start work on several large projects, I also want to have a few smaller projects for me and the volunteers to work on (for when we need a break or

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Getting a Handle on the Archives

A couple of weeks ago, our esteemed Librarian Winn retired (she’s 92 and certainly deserves it!). She gave over 15 years of dedicated service keeping things in order and helping countless researchers find answers to their questions. I now have the momentous task of bringing this library/archive into the 21st century (or, as Winn put it to

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Greetings from Collections!

Hello all! We are excited to have this chance to keep our public updated on recent projects. As a senior PSU student and collections intern for the last two years, I have had the unique oppurtunity to learn from hands on experience, as well as from the amazing professionals that work here at the museum. There are

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Welcome!

Hi everyone and welcome to the new Rock Creek 2.0 blog! The goal of this blog is to keep everyone updated on the exciting new things happening at the PCC Rock Creek location of the Washington County Museum. This location will still hold the Library, Archives and Museum Collections, and is open to the public for

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