Curators at Home: A Letter is Worth a Thousand Words

Time Period
16,000 BCE to 1622 CE
1623 to 1763
1764 to 1824
1825 to 1860
1861 to 1876
1877 to 1924
1925 to Today
Media Type
Domestic Life
L. Paige Newman and Laura E. G. Stoner

This program from May 22, 2020, is part of our Curators At Home Series taped by curatorial staff members from their own homes as they worked remotely in response to COVID-19. 

Processing manuscript collections that span nearly four centuries can present significant challenges as well as exciting opportunities for discovery. VMHC archivists must use their detective skills to uncover the real stories that lay beneath the written word and hone their organizational toolkit to make them discoverable for the public. Explore the journey manuscripts take as they make their way into the collection and the sleuthing techniques archivists use to reveal their substance.

Presented by L. Paige Newman, Manuscript Collections Curator, and Laura E. G. Stoner, Sallie and William B. Thalhimer III Senior Archivist