Connected \\ August 16, 2016
Wild Primeval Beauty: A Glimpse of Acadia National Park Through the Eyes of Its Forefather
“The only thing constant is change,” a philosopher once observed. We are reminded of this every day in trends, technology, and the general zeitgeist; regardless of whether we are receptive or resistant, we know that change is inevitably around the corner. This adage characterized my work as a graduate intern in the Phillips Library, where I spent most of my time cataloging shipping manuscript material. I am studying Library and Information Science with a concentration in Information Organization, and in the library I had the opportunity to combine what I’ve learned with my passion for rare and unique items.
Perusing the shipping manuscripts collections, I could see change manifested in many ways: political turmoil transformed the need for and intended purpose of vessels; the introduction of new technologies increased efficiency and facilitated more recreational use; the boundaries of municipalities shifted alongside land use, with farmland giving way to more condensed, urban living; and laws were enacted and enforced, prompting new practices and procedures. Letters written on handmade laid paper and sealed with wax were eventually eschewed in favor of typewritten letterhead and machine-produced paper of varying colors. The language employed and attitudes expressed therein were as fickle as our own cultural idiosyncrasies. This variation found amongst the items lent a feeling of chance to creating catalog records—a practice typically characterized by its numerous standards and conventions.
Caves and divots like the ones above line the rocky coastline, especially along this peninsular outcropping on Newport Cove, adjacent to Sand Beach.