Team Meeting, 12 December 2012

Allison Marsh, Jennifer Betsworth, Celia James, Caitlin Mans, and Sarah Scripps were present at the meeting.

Caitlin said that she will commence newspaper research next semester. During break, she plans on updating information from Chronicling America onto Omeka.

Jennifer stated that she has completed newspaper research through 1951-1952. She plans on uploading some of her research on Omeka.

Celia stated that she took part in a conference call with Allison, Anjuli, and Claire to discuss the ELE working group at NCPH. The group has three outside participants. The team will send detailed information about ELE to participants in January and will start a separate blog. Celia requested that someone write a learning module on putting things up on Omeka to share with the working group.

Allison will apply for the next NEH round in January by editing our current proposal. She also recommended that team members post their current research onto Omeka. Given that the majority of research the ELE team has conducted is prior to World War II, she suggested working on the research in two phases, with the first phase focusing on our current pre-WWII research and the second phase extending the exhibit into the postwar era. She offered to speak with Caroline Vereen about putting up a draft of the current exhibit script onto Omeka over break.

Sarah is applying for a USC “SPARC” fellowship to get up to $5,000 in seed money for ELE. The fellowship money will be used for expenses such as image rights, travel for research, and hiring a web developer to help us with the website. The application is due January 31.

According to Allison, Katharine Klein has accepted a position at NMAH to work on American Enterprise!!! Way to go, Katharine! Allison says that Katharine would like to work with ELE as part of her job responsibilities.


Research Meeting, 30 April 2012

Katharine, Celia, and Sarah met to discuss plans for research moving forward. Peter would like a portion of the Olympia website completed by mid-June, so we agreed to focus on Katharine’s sections first regarding globalization and legislation. Once Katharine completes her sections, the group can use the format as a template.

According to Katharine, Olympia Fest was a major success and she made fantasticf contacts (including community leaders Jim Jaco, Larry Gates, and Olympia Fest organizer Joby Castine). Katharine encouraged us to make contact with these folks ASAP for oral histories and to get a list from Jaco of other community members to interview. Hopefully Katharine can write a blog post about her experience.

We also discussed long-term strategies for research. Rather than focusing on drafting particular sections, we agreed that we should divide the research according to sources (following Jennifer Betsworth’s lead). Sarah stated that she could develop a team research plan moving forward. We also developed a template to guide all thematic sections:

Format of Thematic Sections:

  • Prequel/Introduction (provides background information and introduces section
  • Sub-themes (additional sub-headings under major section)
  • Bibliography (list of relevant sources)
  • Tags to relevant American Enterprise themes (the tags will link to a page that explains how the major themes of American Enterprise relate to our project)

Katharine’s To Do List (due June 1):

  1. Come up with drafts for section(s) and identify specific objects and images to incorporate on website
  2. Identify primary and secondary sources from thesis research that are relevant to the project and list what sections they relate to (ie, Habits of Industry, Political Collections, etc)
  3. Write part of other sections regarding legislation post-WWII (technology, labor, etc)
  4. Think about a major timeline for textile industry- make one adapted for Olympia Mills
  5. Identify all Smithsonian objects/collections that are relevant to both individual sections and entire project
  6. Write draft of major American Enterprise themes (knowing these definitions will change as the project progresses)
  7. Dump all objects/images onto Omeka
  8. Write blog post about Olympia Fest

Team hours worked at meeting: 4.5; Sarah’s additional hours this week: .5

Newspaper Update

It’s time for your weekly Pacific newspaper update. I’ve now made it into December 1947. Overall, it was a bit of a slow 6 month period for news on Pacific but there were a few highlights.

Pacific workers got another raise – along with thousands of workers throughout the Southeast – as a result of union organizing. A nice puff piece was printed about the curriculum and extracurriculars at Olympia High School that includes a picture of students silkscreening.

Richland Mill was once again profiled for their safety streak. Each of the workers were given a bonus, had their photograph taken (in groups) for the newspaper, and had their names printed. There’s certainly some potential value in this piece!

Hours: 4


Newspaper Update

Good afternoon!

As of today, I’ve gotten through June 1947. The spring was a busy time for Olympia Schools at all levels, and many of these articles are full of names. A major development for the high school was its reclassification to Division A for sports. Its size still classified it for Division B, but its continued excellence was cause to bump them up a category. Also, after 30 years of teaching kindergarten for the children of Pacific Mills employees, the teacher retired. There’s a nice article about her. Social columns have also reappeared.

Labor issues are there, but subdued. Pacific Mills raised wages by 10%, and developed a new contract with the local CIO. Environmental issues have popped up for the first time, as Pacific Mills was indicted for polluting streams with dye. There were even a few articles regarding technology – one about mill mechanization and another about Pacific Mills’ new “Pacifixed” wool blend. Richland Mill was also profiled twice for its impressive safety record.

I’ll be putting all of these on the external hard drive this afternoon. I’ll be out of town and will be missing the meeting (and my research day!) next week. Let me know if there’s anything I should prepare in advance of the meeting.

Hours: 4

Newspaper Research Update

Good morning!

First – as of yesterday afternoon, all of the newspaper articles (Jan. 1944 – Jan. 1947) are on the external hard drive. You can use the spreadsheet as a guide, or just take some time to glance through the headlines.

If you check out the updated spreadsheet, you’ll notice a new category – advertisements! In September 1946, the Columbia Merchants Association held Pacific Mills week. Downtown merchants featured Pacific Mills products in their stores, and in large newspaper advertisements. It seems to have been very successful at raising awareness about Pacific products. Also, as the editor tellingly stated, “For too many years there has been a feeling on the part of some people that Pacific was a section by itself and was not to be considered part and parcel of Columbia. Such false reasoning has done neither the community nor the city any good.” As well as excellent advertisements for both Pacific Mills itself and their products, the newspaper ran several articles about Pacific’s history and importance as a local business.

In other Pacific news, a new community center was dedicated in November. In December, there were two articles about the Pacific Mills dispensary (the second is nearly identical to the first, but has some differences). It’s unclear what inspired them, but they provide some insight on Pacific Mills’ workings.

The Olympia High Red Devils football teams had one of their longest and best seasons ever. They forfeited the state football game (after attempting to change the date – they already had a game scheduled the night before) and played a bowl game in Miami. Even though we’re not researching football, this certainly was hugely important to the Pacific community! Toward the end of my day, I began seeing mentions of the Pacific Terrifics again – you might hear about them next week.

There wasn’t much in the way of labor or larger political themes. Cotton prices are rising, and so is production. However, there was a front page rant from the South Carolina governor about northerners owning textile mills.

That’s all – have a great weekend!

Pacific Mills Week - Sept. 13, 1946

Hours: 4 (not including the meeting)

Newspaper Research

This week in newspaperland, I started with the end of the war in the Pacific. I only came across a few articles that directly relate to Pacific Mills, but I found a lot that are very telling of the uncertainty of the textile industry immediately following the end of the war. Labor issues dominate, of course. I’ve updated the spreadsheet, so take a look and let me know if you see anything you’re interested in.

Hours: 3

Caroline’s weekly work

Ok, so last week I spent time working on the panel text for Mill Village Social Life as well as spent some time playing around with some graphics for possible future projects.  I spent about 2 hours designing graphics for possible use in future documents for ELE and 4 hours researching and writing the panel text. Overall- 6 hours of work this week (minus our two meetings which have already been accounted for).