When I was working as an academic archivist, a state Endangered Species Committee contacted me to review some family camping photos that we held. Somehow they’d gotten wind of a photographed, dated sighting “in the wild” of some kind of New England moss or flowering...
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I spent 18 years as “archivist and senior research scholar” at an academic science library, actively trying to add women to the historical record and looking for the women who were already included almost accidentally. I have degrees in women’s history and cultural theory — the latter means that I see the cultural value of everyday practices such as food, clothing, hobbies, and domestic arrangements. Non-famous people matter.