From Their Perspective: Student Assistant Discoveries in A&SC, Part 1


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Archives & Special Collections student
assistants work with some of the most rare and unique materials on LMU’s campus.
From Their Perspective: Student
Assistant Discoveries in A&SC
, curated by the students themselves,
features some of these objects and why the students find them interesting,
compelling or, simply, fun.  This post is
the first of four installments highlighting what the students have uncovered.  Below are some exhibit selections by Michael
Morgenstern and Rachel Deras:

Michael Morgenstern, a History Major, made a thought-provoking observation concerning postcards found in
A&SC’s Werner von Boltenstern Postcard Collection:

“These are two postcards from Germany. The
first one, postmarked August 15, 1933, has a stamp of  President von Hindenburg
and the second postcard, postmarked June 10, 1942, has a stamp of AdolfMichael_Postcards Hitler.
The stamps are significant to Germany history. Hitler came to power in 1933.
Hindenberg characterized an older generation of Germany, and was unpopular with
the youth who worried about Germany’s future. This was one thing Hitler was
able to use to his advantage in appealing to them. Maybe this is unintentional,
but it is interesting that Hindenberg is facing backwards, towards the past,
and Hitler is facing forward, towards a new Germany.”

English Major Rachel Deras was drawn to the Which Way, L.A.? Collection.  In her
reflection, Rachel explains her experience of working on the collection as well
as the delight of working with Clay Stalls, A&SC’s Manuscripts Curator:

Which
Way, L.A.?
has been a large part of my Spring 2013 semester. Working
closely with Manuscripts Curator Clay Stalls, I was able to help create its
online finding aid. A finding aid serves as a guide
to a collection.  It typically provides an overview of the Photocollection’s
history and provenance as well as a detailed description of its contents.

Which Way, L.A.?,
hosted by Warren Olney, advertises itself as discussing “Issues Southern
Californians Care About.” While working through this collection, I realized
that I, a native of Los Angeles, had never heard of the show.  For a few months
now I have been listening to both old and new episodes and I have really
enjoyed tuning in to Warren Olney discussing the topics that impact the
citizens of Los Angeles.”

I cherish my time spent working with Clay
Stalls on this collection and learning about something new that I can really
appreciate. I suggest that if you have the time, stop by and listen to some of
the audio cassettes or read the transcripts. As a student, faculty, or staff
member of LMU the topics discussed on this radio program are bound to relate to
your life in one way or another.

Art History Major Bri Wong went the literary route with her selection of Arabian Nights, or, A Thousand and One Nights:

“Arabian Nights consists of 1,001 stories that take place in
what is now considered the Middle East. TheIMG_0257 work is a frame narrative in which
a new bride named Scheherazade tells her husband, King Shahryar, 1,001 tales as
a way to postpone her execution. LMU’s 1838 edition contains the complete 1,001
stories, while the 1898 edition is
written for children and contains only a few of the more popular stories such
as ‘The Seven Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor.’ It is my personal goal to read
all 1,001 tales.”

From
Their Perspective
will be viewable in the Archives
& Special Collections gallery until July 26th.

Archives & Special Collections is located
on the third floor of the William H. Hannon Library.  The exhibit gallery is open to the public
from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.