Hey! Come look at this!

Creating this website (which, embarrassingly, has been on my “To Do” list for two years) caused me to revisit projects I have worked on since entering the wonderful world of library science.  When processing or digitizing archival collections, it is easy and almost expected for one to stumble upon a hidden gem. This item may not be the most valuable document in the collection, but typically warrants interrupting your colleagues hard at work and dragging them over to see what beautiful/interesting/strange thing you unearthed. Here are a few of my favorites.

Lincoln and Washington, 1865  |  Abraham Lincoln Collection  |  Iowa Digital Library

Lincoln’s profile on a horse, undated  |  Abraham Lincoln Collection  |  Iowa Digital Library

Phylliss Henry, 1973  |  Iowa Women’s Archives Founders Collection  |  Iowa Digital Library
Henry was the first woman to serve as a patrol officer on the Des Moines, Iowa, police force. I highly recommend Louise Noun’s More Strong-Minded Women, which tells the story of Henry and other Iowa feminists.

Burning synagogue, possibly from Kristallnacht, undated  |  William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection  |  Lowcountry Digital Library