Blog Round-up: AHHA Fall 2021

This is a guest post by Diana Gibbs, program manager for the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship program.  

Separating meats from shells. Pecan shelling plant. San Antonio, Texas. Russell Lee, 1939. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. [//lccn.loc.gov/2017782711]

The Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship program wrapped up its Fall season in November 2021. The cozy cohort of 14 remote interns worked on the Library’s digital collections and wrote blog posts and an essay highlighting the gems they discovered within those collections.

Camryn Blackmon provides teacher resources in the blog post Early Labor Rights and Activism: Learning About the 1938 Pecan Shellers Strike. Camryn’s second post explores how newspapers covered the 1938 Pecan Shellers Strike: Coverage of an Early Labor Movement: Using Historical Newspapers to Analyze the Pecan Sheller Strike.

Adding Context: Photographs of Japanese Americans Imprisoned During World War II describes intern Mitsuko Brooks’ discoveries.

Jade Vaughn looks at the work of photographer Peter Angelo Simon and the directors, composers, and choreographers he captured: Internship Reflection: Photography Collection Captures Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Cearra Harris shares writing and thinking prompts for families and teachers in the blog post, Best of the 2021 National Book Festival: Kekla Magoon and Revolution in Our Time. Activity prompts connect kids and families with Library resources in Cearra’s Best of the 2021 National Book Festival: Houdini and Me.

Joseph Mitchell and Julie Miller (project mentor) wrote a short essay to accompany the By the People Crowdsourcing Campaign for George Washington’s Farm Reports.

Stay tuned later this spring when the applications for AHHA Fall 2022 open! We’ll announce the open application period right here on the blog.

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Connecting the Dots with Baseball and Library Online Resources

We hear you! After learning that applicants for CCDI opportunities want to know more about the Library digital collections and how to navigate our website, this post is one in a series of blog posts designed to highlight our various online resources.

What follows is a visual journey of how I was browsing the Library’s digital collections, discovered the By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s collection, found a photo of Cuban-born U.S. major league baseball player Armando Marsans, and began to explore the myriad of resources that emerged.

I knew about the Chronicling America website so Marsan’s image led me to research the collection. This is another resource that provides access to historic newspapers and allows you to select digitized newspaper pages. If you search ‘Armando Marsans,’ you will get 685 results containing his name and a wealth of information about this historical period. Marsans is believed to have left Cuba just before the Spanish-American War in 1898. We invite you to discover sources related to this period within these newspapers collection as well. And if you want to research more about Cuba this guide prepared by librarians of the Hispanic Reading Room is great start.

As I continued the research, I thought of searching the Prints and Photographs online catalog. I discovered more images about Armando Marsans, like the one below of his baseball card portrait, part of the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection.

Armando Marsans, Cincinnati Reds, baseball card portrait (1912)

Searching the main Library’s website resulted in finding the exhibition Baseball Americana (2018-2019). The physical exhibition has now ended but you can still explore the materials here. It includes a section of “Cubans in the Majors” with many useful resources.

I also found classroom materials about baseball. You will find primary sources sets and a teacher’s guide in the online presentation Baseball Across a Changing Nation.

Also, you can view, César Brioso discussing his book, “Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League,” which captures the excitement of the Cuban League’s greatest pennant race and the anticipation of the looming challenge to Major League Baseball’s whites only policy. You can watch the recording of his 2016 presentation here.

Finally, LC Labs, a program that supports the digital transformation at the Library, developed two cool experiments about baseball. Mapping an American Pastime lets you explore baseball collections from the Library and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The other experiment, Library of Congress Colors, lets you discover the Library’s collections through color with this application by Laura Wrubel. Choose the collection “Baseball cards” and browse it by colors.

As you can see all these items narrate a deeper history about baseball in the United States. We leave you now to explore our digital collections with your hands full.

As a tip, refining your results is a good strategy when researching topics such as this one. Also, keep in mind the vocabulary used in the historical period you want to learn more about. All searches can be narrowed down by adding filters to your search. You can limit searches with different options, for example: Original Format, Date, Location, Online Format, and Language. In this video, former Library of Congress interns describe ways to access materials online, and this research guide explains several search strategies to explore our collections.

Until the next post! 👋🏽

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