Sound of the Archives

a podcast dedicated to archives

Hot Town, Summer in the Archives

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Here’s our third episode!

Dana, Sarah (though she was not able to record with us), Laura, and Katherine, a new guest, all contributed to this podcast. This episode has a summer theme, focused especially on travel and how we love to tell the story of how we experience the summer.

Katherine talked about the hand oil companies play in maps we use to travel from maps cataloged by her at the Newberry Library. You can find the records of some of these maps through a search on Standard Oil of Ohio.

Sarah, a contributor who was on the last episode, could not be here for the recording but was gladly going to chat a bit about the Travel Film Archive. It’s a lovely little website with videos from all over the place and throughout the decades that Dana briefly went over.

Laura described the Wisconsin Historical Images gallery website and the benefits both archivists with limited resources and users with expectations. The State Fair gallery is especially fitting for the summer’s festivities!

Lastly, Dana veered a bit away from everyday American travel and focused on the Root Commission of 1917. President Wilson sent Elihu Root and other diplomats, including Cyrus McCormick Jr. to Russia in June, which was a tense time indeed — between the February Revolution and the October Revolution. The Wisconsin Historical Society has some unique images from this trip, plus a large map in its collection. The photos of this map are below — photos taken with permission from the McCormick collection’s archivist, Lee Grady.

(1) map of Root Commission trip 1917, McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection; Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin

(2) map of Root Commission trip 1917, McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection; Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin

(3) map of Root Commission trip 1917, McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection; Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin

(4) map of Root Commission trip 1917, McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection; Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin

(5) map of Root Commission trip 1917, McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection; Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin

(6) map of Root Commission trip 1917, McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection; Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin

(7) map of Root Commission trip 1917, McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection; Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin

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Author: Dana

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