First, allow me to apologize for the lateness of this blog post.
Now, one to what I have been up to. I have recently caught up with what we have of the John Hayes collection, though more is hopefully coming in Hayes is pleased with my digitization of the collection so far. I have also been working on a new collection. I cannot remember the official title, but the material is almost all tourism booklets, pamphlets, and brochures on Asheville and the surrounding area from between the 1890s to the 1930s. I am excited to be working with some older material, and also a bit nervous, as it is far more sensitive that anything I have worked with so far. Rusted paperclips seem a much greater threat than ever before, as I am getting an in person look at the discoloration and distortion they can cause in a centuries’ time. Many of these clips are so well ingrained in the paper, the sheets of paper need to be taken off of them one at a time. I should also mention I am only scanning these items, and giving each one its own folder title, to be placed into DB Textworks at a later date. One other challenge I have found is dating many of the items, as most were meant to be disposable and dating them was possibly considered a waste of ink. Thankfully many of them advertise popular buildings and resorts that are easy enough to date, such as the Kenilworth Inn. The existence of certain automobiles is also a way to help assign a general age for the pieces. I will end this post by simply remarking that I find it odd, but also rather funny, that Asheville’s place as a tourist city has changed little today.