The presenters will illustrate means by which collections themselves can be used to address researcher needs, approaches that may resonate with and/or inform special collections colleagues. David Sharrons presentation, For Whom the Bells Toll, will display how one archival collection slowly developed from a quiet acquisition from a local African American family the Bells – to a sought after resource for students, researchers, magazines and cultural institutions. It is the collection that keeps on giving. Rick Stapletons presentation examines two frequently asked questions of him and his colleagues: Who was Bertrand Russell and Whats in his Archives? How to provide answers that are informative, engaging, and wide reaching? This presentation highlights two projects that make use of the Bertrand Russel Archives to provide those answers: a partnership with a community arts publication (Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the acquisition of the Russell Archives, and a web project to highlight some of the amazing letters in the Russell collection. Both projects answer the Who? and the What? in new and interesting ways.
When: Wednesday, Jan 30 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm