The accessioning and sorting of the original work was more time consuming than I expected. With a little over three weeks remaining on this project, I feel like I am just getting started, and I am feeling a bit rushed. I need to keep reminding myself that this is not the end. This project is just the beginning, a way to get it started.
The first step was to take a walk down to the Mount Holyoke Archives and locate the glass plate negatives that are already accessioned and in the collection. This part really hit home for me. It immediately gave me a new understanding and perspective on Kinney's work. The work that I was sorting and organizing was Kinney's personal collection. There were very few images from MHC and just one fifth of the total number of 5x7 plates.
Halfway down the corridor of boxes, on rows and rows of compact shelving, I found four shelves about three feet across, containing 16 archival boxes. (Just a side note, whenever I am in these stacks, I can't help feeling like I am in some twisted version of the Star Wars trash compactor scene.)
The completeness of Kinney's work took my breath away. Each box was organized by student group, academic department or building, just to name a few categories.
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