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July
17
July
17

The Creation of the Special Olympics

Posted under Collections by Guest authors

This past winter and spring, CHM collections interns processed the Museum’s Special Olympics Chicago records under the supervision of archivist Julie Wroblewski. Erin Glasco handled the manuscript material, while Ashley Clark handled the photographic portion. The Special Olympics Chicago records detail the history and trajectory of the Special Olympics here since the first games were More

    May
    03
    May
    03

    Come and Find Me: Cataloging for Discoverability

    Posted under Collections by Dana Lamparello

    As part of Monday Night Nitrates, our weekly photograph series, CHM collections staff is blogging about the process of digitizing approximately 35,000 nitrate negatives, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In this post, CHM senior archivist Dana Lamparello writes about making the images discoverable for research. In many ways, the More

    March
    13
    March
    13

    Inside the Collection – Garden of Eden Serpent Skin

    Posted under Research by Guest author

      Inside the Collection is a video series that invites you into the Chicago History Museum’s storage spaces to explore unusual, interesting artifacts from our vast collection. In this installment, senior collection manager Britta Keller Arendt shows us the skin of the serpent that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. This artifact came to More

    March
    08
    March
    08

    Fighting for the Right to Vote

    For Women’s History Month, head into storage with CHM collection technician Jessica McPheters for a closer look at two artifacts that document twentieth-century political strife and women’s suffrage in Chicago. In the summer of 2016, the collections team began working on an inventory of the Decorative and Industrial Arts (DIA) collection at the Chicago History More

    March
    05
    March
    05

    Bundled Up for Freezer Storage

    Posted under Collections by Carol Turchan

    As part of Monday Night Nitrates, our weekly photograph series, the Chicago History Museum collections staff is blogging about the process of digitizing approximately 35,000 nitrate negatives, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In this post, CHM paper conservator Carol Turchan writes about how the negatives were prepared for digitization More

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