Library Gazette

Special Collections Visits Data Chambers

Monday, October 25, 2010 11:48 am

[See Audra's post for video]

Well, my first thought was, as I began traipsing the miles of tall, dim, heaped and variously deployed chambers that make up DataChambers conglomeration of spaces, “What a great place for the climactic shoot out in a seedy thriller.” Lots of places to hide; lots of twists and turns; strange spaces.

Our little video is certainly not a thriller, but the visit did confer an up beat mood among us. A chief source of our rising spirits was the realization that dozens and dozens — perhaps as many as 200 — of boxes contained multiple copies of Howlers. Soon these will all be digitized, leaving us only with the problem of finding a respectful method of divesting ourselves of the boxed duplicates. Space found can feel like “Paradise Found.”

The lion’s share of our boxes contained the personal and working papers of Kyle Hayes, a Wilkes County attorney who lost the 1956 Republican gubernatorial nomination. Maybe our excellent reference staff can help me figure out why Kyle merits so many linear feet in our storage facility (I have not found much ). At the very least, we can certainly shred some of the many files of debt collection suits that seem to have been the bread and butter of his law practice.

We also found several dozen boxes of sports films, entire games, mostly football, going back to the late 1940s or early 1950s (e.g. 1956 Wake vs Duke). These are deteriorating quickly. If anyone knows sports fans, historians, or marketing folks that might have a burning interest in paying for the digital rescue of these films, I’d appreciate knowing.

In shor,t there were no really ugly surprises or complex mysteries, amid our storage stash, and some reason to hope that we can reduce its volume in the near future.

Afterwards we went to Estrellas on Silas Creek and everyone ate fish tacos with relish.

2 Responses to “Special Collections Visits Data Chambers”

  1. I LOVE the idea of having a seedy thriller shoot out there! Maybe something we can get Gretchen to do. “Shoot out in the Stacks”

  2. It is such a relief to know what is in those boxes! Thanks for sharing this info.

August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
May 2006
April 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
October 2005
August 2005
July 2005

Powered by, protected by Akismet. Blog with