Author Archives: Maureen Callahan

What in the World?

What in the World? was the Penn Museum’s Peabody Award-winning popular weekly half-hour television program which was first seen in 1951 and broadcast for 14 years. By the early 1960s it was one of the oldest programs on television, bringing positive reviews and a steady stream of fanmail to the Museum. On each What in […]

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Copyright for dummies (like me)

As far as I can tell, many archivists take a cross-your-fingers-and-pray-like-hell approach to copyright. We err on the side of openness, make a lot of reproductions, and generally feel embarrassed that we haven’t slapped *more* images onto the internet (ergo this blog). If there’s ever a struggle between access and copyright concerns, access usually wins […]

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Intimate Moments in the Archives

This week’s FFIOW is an image by Jotham Johnson, a classical archaeologist and later the president of the Archaeological Institute of America, and was taken at the site of Minturnae, in Italy. The woman in this photograph is Agnes K. Lake, a scholar of Roman religion, and member of the faculty at Bryn Mawr College. […]

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Converting Legacy Finding Aids to EAD (Forgive the Archival Mumbo-Jumbo — Pretty Pictures Coming Soon)

At our archives (as at any archives) public access is the goal and the grail — while our collections provide us joy in their very existence, we understand that their value is greatly diminished when they are inaccessible and under-studied. Our current approach to resource discovery is decidedly analog — finding aids live in folders […]

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Groupe de Bedouines Syriennes (Group of Bedouin Women)

Cross-posted to the International Council on Archives’ “Young Professionals, New Archivists” blog. This image, produced at some point between 1876 and 1885, was the work of Maison Bonfils, a photography studio in Beirut. A studio image, obviously staged, this photograph shows a group of Bedouin women from Syria. Bonfils is credited with introducing the genre […]

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Welcome to the Archives

Welcome to the weblog of the University of Pennsylvania Museum Archives, our latest effort to give glimpses into our wonderful collections and to share news about upcoming projects. The archives’ collections document archaeological and anthropological fieldwork as well as the administrative and collections history of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Archival organization reflects the museum’s […]

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