Archival work is detective work

One of the most important functions, if not the most important– is making archival materials accessible to the public.  In working toward this goal, we’ve explored the collections for interesting and informative photos.  Searching through a large donation, we stumbled across a wonderful collection of mid-20th century photos, accompanied with a note that said something to the effect of, “Where did they come from?”

Based on the subjects in the photos and the writing on the back of the photographs, we believe the subjects of the photos all attended or were affiliated with a nursing school in the Philippines.  Before finding its way to the previous owner of this collection, these photos seem to belong to a woman named Lillian Weiser, who was the dean of the nursing school from the 1920s to the 1940s.  We’re still gathering research, but here’s a sneak preview of the collection.

We love these photos because they are rich in metadata! These photos are also beautiful, even more so with the notes of gratitude and love for Miss Weiser written on the backs of the photos (by the way, never write on the back of photos– the acid will eat through the photo).  She must have been quite a lady!  The sooner we determine the provenance of the collection, the sooner it will be accessible to the public for research, study, and appreciation.  Enjoy!


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