Blogs are excellent for highlighting treasures in archival collections. Below a few posts that I particularly enjoyed researching and writing.
The only native Dutch speaker at Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives, I have made it a mission to list Dutch materials in the collections, which nobody had been able to read before. The search yielded some surprising results.
At the Curtis Institute of Music I found a lot of new information about the history of the main building (a former mansion). One of the first findings was that stories previously told about the ceiling murals in the “Bok Room” were based on a misunderstanding.
A day before the 75th anniversary of VE day, during an oral history with piano faculty member Seymour Lipkin (1927-2015) we learned that he had actually been in Germany at the time, as the 17-year-old accompanist of the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz, playing for American troops.
The papers of Junius Wilson MacMurray (1843-98) at Mudd Manuscript Library do not only include Civil War diaries and letters, but also notebooks and reports concerning his investigations of land disputes of the Lower Columbia River Indians in 1884, and his observations about their religious beliefs.