Storytelling Video Blog #1: Little Songs of Shade and Sunshine

& Catherine Robertson

Introducing the first Conversant video post!  This is the first post in a new series called “Storytelling.” Inspired by the recent Mass Poetry Festival, we picked a lovely illustrated book from our collection and read the poems aloud. It can be difficult to feel a sense of energy when viewing only still images of largely textual objects. We hope this post, and others in future, helps bring some of those objects to life. Read more

An Unexpected Find in the Ropes Family Papers: Sketches and Watercolors by Elizabeth Ropes Orne

Watercolor, box 11, folder 4

Oftentimes, when thumbing through a collection, an archivist finds something unexpected.  This recently happened to me when I was updating the Ropes Family Papers finding aid, MSS 190.  I happened to come across a folder filled with beautiful water colors and pencil sketches which have been attributed to Elizabeth Ropes Orne, not highlighted in the original finding aid.

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