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Warren Peterson's daughters holding Christmas Seals poster next to a live seal during Christimas Seals campaign, November 12, 1957
Warren Peterson's daughters holding Christmas Seals poster next to a live seal during Christimas Seals campaign, November 12, 1957

In keeping with the seasonal theme, herewith the first in a series of brief posts about photograph collections which I have cataloged recently (mainly thanks to my snowy exile working at home, which allowed me to focus on getting to grips with a developing “frontlog” of “ready to catalog” EAD finding aids for photograph collections).

The American Lung Association of Washington photograph collection (PH COLL 670) is a set of mainly publicity photographs separated from a related archival collection, American Lung Association of Washington records (Manuscript collection 5271).  Here’s what I came up with, after some minimal edits, for the scope and content note field in the catalog record:

The American Lung Association of Washington photograph collection primarily contains portraits of the organization’s early leaders and those members involved in public outreach and health services, as well as photographs taken in sanatoriums throughout Washington State. The collection also documents activities, projects, and outreach campaigns of various county anti-tuberculosis organizations (particularly those in King and Pierce Counties) and includes images of Christmas Seals and Christmas Seals campaigns. Other items of note include film strips relating to tuberculosis education and a collection of lantern slides illustrating research on nutrition and children done by Dr. William Emerson.

Hopefully, it’s true.  Among those items from the collection that have been digitized is the example above, which has to do with Christmas seals (get it?).

Question: Will this blog be of any use in helping us find the answer to such unanswered questions as:

  1. Who was Warren Peterson?
  2. Since the original image is credited to Richards (studio?) of Tacoma, can we surmise that the picture may have been taken at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium?

Of course a follow up question would be, if we were able obtain that sort of information, would we have the time to go back and update the record?

Image credit: American Lung Association of Washington Photograph Collection, PH Coll 670, Order no. SOC0815

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Helice

I joined The Shubert Archive as Processing Archivist in 2015, having worked previously at numerous archives and special collections, including the University of Washington, New York Public Library, King County Archives, and New York University. I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hunter College, City University of New York and an M.L.I.S. from the Palmer School of Library & Information Science, Long Island University. I have been a Certified Archivist since 2005. Throughout my career, I have been active professionally and held several leadership roles. Among my favorites are: Dance Librarians Discussion Group convener and editor of the newsletter of the Performing Arts Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists. I also was involved with the American Theatre Archive Project, a national grassroots initiative dedicated to assisting active performing arts companies with the preservation of their legacy. In addition, I have significant experience as a freelance archival consultant.

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