archivists

Look at this wall of post-it notes:

These are in the Union Square-14 St. Station in Manhattan. I am a professional archivist and a historian, so I’m already concerned about the future of this ongoing political and emotional outpouring. 

I’ve contacted the New York Historical Society (@nyhistory), the Museum of the City of New York (@museumofcityny), the New York Public Library (@nypl), and the NYC Department of Transportation to inquire as to the future of these notes, and to volunteer for any collections and preservation projects going further.

Because as I see it, the entire wall needs to be carefully photographed so that the original placement of each note is preserved, there has to be some way of denoting/maintaining/preserving original order, and each note needs to be individually photographed and scanned. And that’s before we take preservation and storage into account; all of which would have to deal with the problems posed by the adhesive. 

To any NYC archivists who read this blog–have you seen any discussion of this? If so, who is discussing it and where is it happening? Let me know here, my inbox, by email (historicitywasalreadytaken@gmail.com), wherever.

The National Archives Building was considered the most bomb-resistant building in Washington during the Second World War. After the Pear lHarbor attack on December 7, thousands of cubic feet of records–including the Bill of Rights, constitutional amendments, treaties, and public laws–were moved deeper within the building. Staff also built special boxes in case these valuable documents needed to be evacuated. 

Read more in our special Pieces of History blog post.