~Daily Journal~ Week 7

October 15, 2012:  Intern breakfast, ABC finding aid final review. Research and begin Baba finding aid.  5 hours

The day started out with an intern breakfast for all of Columbia.  I went and grabbed a bagel and some orange juice, I met an intern from China who works at the engineering library??  I think.  She’s working on building a webpage.  I also met her supervisor, but I mostly just went for the food.  I stayed at Butler to look at a book in the stacks to see if it would work as research material for Baba collection.  It was interesting, but it doesn’t help much.  I’ll put it in further resources.  It had an essay in it on how difficult it was for Hindu’s to convert to Christianity and to leave behind all the traditions of their fathers.  It was an anthropological text, but it fit into describing some of the issues that Baba himself went through trying to overcome the traditions of caste, family and religion on his path to becoming a Christian.

  • Dube, Saurabh. Stitches on Time: Colonial Textures and Postcolonial Tangles. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. Print.

I finished my research for final paragraph on FA for ABC, got it  typed out and submitted it to Brigette and Ruth Tonkiss for final review.  I also talked with Brigette about the Baba collection and she said that I could forgo writing out a work plan for the collection since it only consists of one book and that I should just dive into the finding aid.

October 16, 2012:  Research, abstract, biography, scope and contents Baba finding aid.  4 hours

I retrieved a pamphlet (another version of his autobiography translated and edited by someone else) from the Missionary Research Library Archives and finished researching Baba on the web.  After realizing that I should just use the regular version of Baba’s name I was able to find quite a few resources.  It turns out he was a prolific writer.  I wrote the biography of Baba and the scope and contents note.  I finished everything but the photo and the further sources, before I ran out of time and had to leave.  Even though I wasn’t finished with it completely I forwarded it to Brigette, so that she and Ruth could look at it and I would be able to make corrections when I came back on Friday.

October 19, 2012:  Final fixes ABC finding aid. Submission of Baba finding aid, began blog post for Baba. Preliminary look at FCC collection.  3 1/2 hours

Brigette sent me an email last night letting me know that she had a meeting today and that I probably wouldn’t see her before I had to leave.  She left me her feedback on both collections, let me know that we would upload both finding aids on Monday and left a new collection for me to work on at my desk.  She left me plenty to do just in case I finished quickly.   The new collection:

Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America Records, c.1905-1959:

  • Pamphlets, clippings, minutes;
  • Bethlehem Ministerial Association: The Bethlehem Steel Workers Strike, 1910 – 1911: Letters;
  • Committee of Direction of Church and State, 1932, 1934: Essay, reports;
  • Greenwich Conference on Church Union, 1946 – 1959: Letters, minutes, reports, studies.
    5 boxes; 1.75 linear feet; unprocessed

    Federal Council of Churches: unprocessed collection (the box and the additional folders placed on top are the items we pulled the next week from other unprocessed collections in the archives)

In the email Brigette let me know that someone had requested the material so they were trying to get this done instead of the other collection she was going to give me.  She also gave me some direction on other things I could do in relation to this unprocessed collection.

“As you know, the material we are working with went through the water disaster and some/all of the material was separated – we are recreating the collections. I know there is FCC stuff in the UNP (other unprocessed collections). If you want to do a keyword search on the document and make a note of what we need to pull, you will find the file at: Burke Staff: Archives: Kamsler, Brigette: MRL: Sources: [MRL Unprocessed Boxes Survey.] Do a keyword search for federal and you will find 2-3 things at least. You could also try searching for FCC. The important thing to note from the excel file is the location, box number and components. We will pull this material next week.

Ruth hasn’t found any other FCC material for me to give to you. This is a completely unprocessed collection in WAB (so use the WAB finding aid template). It looks like this material is grouped by topic, but you will have to see if that is actually correct. It looks like the Presbyterian Historical Society is the official repository for the FCC – check out their inventory here: http://www.history.pcusa.org/collections/findingaids/fa.cfm?record_id=NCC18. Although ours is much smaller than that, I sometimes will use that as a guide with how to organize collections.”

I looked very briefly at this information.  The finding aid from the Presbyterian Historical Society is HUGE!!  I made a very cursory glance at the material at my desk, but since I had to finish the other two finding aids I turned my attention to those.

I quickly looked at the feedback on the ABC collection from Ruth and all she wanted me to do was add links to the FA for the CLIO records for the books that were separated out of the collection. I resubmitted it to both Brigette and Ruth.

I also looked at the feedback from Brigette on the Baba collection.  She only changed a few things on my Biography, taking out some colloquial portions of the text.  I added a photo and made the changes as per Brigette’s request. I also looked up some additional sources and again almost finished the FA just minus a few citations for those additional sources before I ran out of time and had to leave.  I took a few quick photos of some pages of the Autobiography so I would have quotes for a blog post about Baba.
Total hours: 12 1/2

Running total: 74 1/2

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~Daily Journal~ Week 6

October 8, 2012: ABC finding aid research, citations and blog post. Preliminary research Baba Padmanji collection 7 1/2 hours

It is interesting to note in light of the conversation I overheard last week.  Brigette was unexpectedly detained over the weekend and so didn’t make it back in time, but she had given me so much work to do that I certainly didn’t lack for want of projects.

I worked on creating the finding aid for the ABC through more research.  I created the citations for the books I used for writing the abstract and the history, after I finished those sections of the finding aid.  Even using Zotera for my citations it still takes a bit of time to format them correctly in the finding aid and make sure all the information that is needed is there.  I also worked on my blog post regarding the collection, which takes a bit from what I wrote in my journal here.

I looked at my next collection which is a handwritten copy of an autobiography of a Hindu man and tried to find some sources to use for the research portion of this one.

These are my sources that I looked at for the ABC collection:

  • Kinnamon, Michael & Brian E. Cope. Editors. The Ecumenical Movement: An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices. Geneva : Grand Rapids, Mich: WCC Publications ; W.B. Eerdmans Pub, 1997. (This was an excellent book, I used his forward quite a bit.  It is available from the Burke)
  • Mirus, Jeffrey. The Documents of the Second Vatican Council: A Summary and Guide. Trinity Communications, 2011. (I used this to clarify a quote from Radano about the Second Vatican Council in my history section of the finding aid.)
  • Radano, John A. Editor. Celebrating a Century of Ecumenism: Exploring the Achievements of International Dialogue: In Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 2012. (This is an excellent book, recently written on the ecumenical movement.  It focuses on the international movement so some of the dates seem to be off.  For instance I found records for bilateral conversations with certain parties much earlier in this little collection than what is mentioned in the book.  It was an enjoyable read and I learned a lot about the organization and what they are trying to accomplish. It is available at the Burke)
  • Slack, Kenneth. The Ecumenical Movement. London: Edinburgh House Press, 1960. (A little book that helped me with writing my history.  It is available at the Burke.)
  • Todd, John M. Catholicism and the Ecumenical Movement. London: Longmans, Green, 1956. (This book helped me understand the huge role that the Roman Catholic Church has played in ecumenical conversation.  It is a great book with loads of information.  It is available at the Burke.)

Therese are further sources that I thought might be useful for researchers, I didn’t actually check them out from the library but after reading the abstracts I thought they might be helpful:

  • Norgren, William A. Faith and Order in the U.S.A.: a Brief History of Studies and Relationships. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Pub, 2011. Print.
  • Council on Christian Unity. Further bilateral conversations between Catholics and Disciples : October 16-17, 1968, April 25-26, 1969, November 3-5, 1970, June 8-10, 1971, March 8-10, 1972, June 26-28, 1972. Indianapolis, Ind, 1973. Print.
  • Kasper, Walter. Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue. London ; New York: Continuum, 2009. Print.  (I’d like to find this book, It really looked interesting.)
  • National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. The National Council of Churches : what it is, what it does. New York, N.Y.: The Council, 1960. Print.
  • O’Malley, John W. “Vatican II Opened the Church to the World.” The New York Times 10 Oct. 2012. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. (This I did read since it was in the NYT at the same time I was writing this article.  The link is in the blog post I wrote about the collection.)
  • Obach, Robert E. “Some recent Protestant points of view (1956-1966) concerning the goal of the Roman Catholic Church’s participation in the modern ecumenical movement.” 1968, unpaged. Dissertation.
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Accessed 10/2012. Webpage. http://old.usccb.org/seia/index.shtml

October 9, 2012:  ABC finding aid abstract, history and blog post; further Baba research  5 1/2 hours

Finished refining the abstract and history (I was so nervous with this one since it was my first collection that I spent a lot of time trying to make sure it was perfect.)   I included the list of separated items and submitted it for review.  Brigette took a good look at it and came and sat with me while we went over changes.  Many of the changes were technical in nature, some of the formatting needed to be corrected, but they were things that weren’t covered in the guide.  Like clicking the paragraph button to make sure all the colors of the text were black and not the left over red from the template.  There were some changes to made in the abstract (I was too wordy and some of the info could be placed in the scope and contents notes) and the  history (again too wordy and there was information that was more opinion than fact.)  She also had me move some things around in the scope and contents notes.  I corrected the changes made by Brigette.  I need to add an additional paragraph stating what is happening in modern times, but I left the book at home that has modern information so I will need to do it next week.

I finished  the blog post using a journal entry from my practicum for most of it, transferred pictures to the post using an email I sent myself from home for the Burke Archives blog titled “Unity in the Midst of Diversity

I researched the new archival collection and I didn’t find much (I later realized that it was because I was using the official version of his name with the accents and tildes instead of just typing in Baba Padmanji.  I also took some pictures of the book and worked on the work plan.

Cover of The Autobiography of Baba Padmanji (1944 handwritten translation from Marathi to English)

This was the basic info that Brigette sent me in an email earlier in the week (you can see the official version of his name that I was using to search:

2. Padamanjí, Bãbã, 1831 – 1906
Contents from Inventory  info:  Convert from Hinduism, Bombay, India.
Arunodaya, the autobiography of Bãbã Padmanjí [1888], translated by D.D. Chandekar, 1944, ms, 381p. English
1 box, 0.25 linear ft.
http://clio.cul.columbia.edu:7018/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4492547  (this now has a link to my finding aid in it that of course wasn’t originally there.)

Total hours: 13

Running Total: 62