Processing the Leon L. Dubois Collection

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Processing the Leon L. Dubois Collection

  1. 1. The Léon L. Dubois World War I Collection<br />GenaChattin<br />CLSC 646 – Spring 2010<br />The Catholic University of America<br />
  2. 2. Who is Léon Dubois? Why is his collection here?<br />A Librarian in the Archives: Clearing the Fog<br />Research – the fun part<br />Processing, Preservation, and Markup<br />Reflections<br />Agenda<br />
  3. 3. French priest and chaplain with a troupe of tank soldiers in World War I<br />Mailed these materials to CUA for a museum exhibition ca. 1920, friend of curator and fellow French expat Rev. Dr. RomainButin<br />Not much else is known.<br />Who was Léon Dubois?<br />
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  5. 5. Variety of materials:<br />Military intelligence maps, photos, bulletins<br />Postcards<br />Propaganda<br />Realia, memorabilia<br />Why this collection?<br />MA in French (Spring 2009)<br />Collection is in French, German, and English.<br />End Goal: An EAD Finding Aid<br />The Collection<br />
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  11. 11. Adjustment to archival collection-based organization (and way of thinking)<br />Used existing finding aids and their EAD markup as examples. <br />Learned as I went along; backtracked, corrected. <br />A Librarian in the Archives: A New Way to Think<br />
  12. 12. Hard to find info on who Dubois was.<br />Butin was the key<br />General research on the role of French chaplains in WWI<br />French academic journals<br />Unique situation – secular govt.<br />So close to more info, but only 50 hours…<br />Research: The Fun Part!<br />
  13. 13. Small, unprocessed collection<br />Inventoried items<br />more than 30 maps<br />searched for details in maps to illuminate Dubois’s history<br />Organized into series<br />original order lost long ago<br />Photo preservation<br />Badly curled, but no funds, so used what we had: humidity, acid-free paper, and heavy objects<br />Were able to save most enough to put in sleeves!<br />Rest will lay flat in a box, too curled to be scanned<br />Processing, Preservation, & Markup<br />
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  16. 16. EAD Finding Aid<br />Currently also taking LSC615: Organization of Internet Resources<br />“NoteTab Light”<br />“EAD Cookbook” (SAA) <br />The Future?<br />WWI collections at CUA<br />Digitization?<br />More on Dubois<br />Processing, Preservation, & Markup<br />
  17. 17. Appraisal – Questions Brought Up By Processing<br />Accessioned 90 years ago<br />Boxed and forgotten for most of that<br />Contents less exciting than anyone hoped<br />Still, valuable materials, and French chaplains’ situation in WWI was important in Catholic history<br />Learning more about Dubois would help<br />Reflections<br />
  18. 18. A Learning Process<br />Archives vs Library work process, organization<br />Small collection: opportunity to see the whole process<br />Time management: what to spend time on, what to let go<br />Saying goodbye: could do more, but must end the project and move on<br />Reflections<br />

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