Friday, August 04, 2006

Vertical File Action

There was a run on the vertical file the other day. These clipping files reach back a long way, fifty and sixty years and more depending on the topic. (We just popped open a folder at random and found an article from a 1933 magazine about churches in Santa Fe. The paper wasn't even yellowed.)

There were people looking for material on the Japanese Internment Camp ('SF Concentration Camp') and other World War II topics; for Fort Marcy ('SF Historic Landmarks-Fort Marcy'); and chasing other topics in 'SF Churches and Synagogues' and in 'SF Schools - Private I (Prior to 1990)'. Sometimes we can go a long time without anyone asking for one of these folders, and then just in one afternoon, four different people.

The same day a handful of pamphlets turned up in the donated books which are now on their way into the files. (That doesn't happen every day either.) The small treasures included H. L. James, The Santa Fe Trail (1972); Genevieve La Tourette, Fort Union Memories (n.d., reprinted from a 1951 issue of New Mexico Historical Review ); and The Historic Palace of the Governors, text by Bruce T. Ellis (1968).

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