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A Retro Copper Country Halloween

NHPRCResearchers can find a trove of ghoulish retro Halloween photographs in the Daily Mining Gazette Photograph Collection. The Daily Mining Gazette photograph collection contains photographs documenting people and events in the Copper Country. Most of the photographs were taken between 1952 and 1979. This collection was able to be fully processed during the NHPRC grant funded Detailed Processing Project.

Young trick-or-treaters inspect their loot on the sidewalk
Halloween in the Copper Country, original image from an October 1954 issue of the Daily Mining Gazette
Another group of trick-or-treaters
More trick-or-treaters from a November 1954 issue of the Daily Mining Gazette

Archives Team Phoenix Competes in the Amazing Challenge

Team Phoenix
MTU Archives Team Phoenix-Dan Michelson, Airen Campbell-Olszewski, Rachael Bussert, and Julie Blair

A band of four merry archivists from the Michigan Tech Archives  competed in the Michigan Tech HuskyPaw Amazing Challenge on June 15. The competition, based on the CBS reality show, The Amazing Race, took teams through both physical and mental challenges in the Houghton and Hancock area. Some of this year’s challenges included scavenger hunts at the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum and Bookworm, mini golf at Portage Lake Golf Course, and an obstacle course at the Michigan Tech Challenge Course. Archives staff trained extensively for the physical aspects of the event by lifting 20 lb boxes above their heads, climbing  ladders, and pushing heavy book carts. The team took sixth place out of the thirteen teams competing. Not too shabby.

A Unique Home Storage Solution

Harold Putnam Photograph Collection Slides
These Slides are Vitamin Fresh

Sometimes when processing manuscript collections we archivists come across unique home storage systems. These slides from the Harold Putnam Photograph Collection have been stored in a waxed paper box with the Harold Putnam’s original filing system.  Although FRESHrap may have kept the slides vitamin fresh for many years the slides will be moved to a less adorable, but more practical archival container.  In the archives we store our photographic material in  enclosures that have passed the photographic activity test (PAT.) The PAT basically uses accelerated aging to predict the interaction that will occur over time between the photograph and the enclosure. Photograph albums and scrapbooking supplies that have passed the PAT can even be found at retailers such as Target and Joanne’s Fabrics. Enclosures that have passed the PAT will always indicate as such on their packaging.

This project is supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and  Records Commission.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission