July 26, 2009
Paper for Discovering AYPE

Last month I wrapped up my research into the Chicago Association of Commerce. It was published as Boomers and Boosters on the City of Seattle and Museum of History and Industry's site AYP 100.

I intended to post more updates along the way, but it didn't end up that way. I have about 50 iterations of the paper, as I gathered material and shaped it into a story. But there were few real milestones to blog about. I started, I worked on it for six or eight months, and suddenly it was done.

I have a list of unused bibliographical sources that I'd like to post later, in case it comes in useful to someone in the future. For now, though, I'll settle for a more-or-less stacked list of institutions and portals that I drew from in putting the paper together:

Lorraine McConaghy, Helen Divjak, and my fellow participants of the Discovering AYPE project
Seattle's Museum of History and Industry
Chicago History Museum
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle Public Library
Library of Congress
Rainier Club
Seattle Municipal Archives
Google Book Search
Montana Historical Society
George Washington University Gelman Library
Internet Archive
Everett Public Library
Northwestern University LIbrary
Washington State Library

It's tough to put these in any order. Sometimes a small shared resource can be incredibly important. After seeing Melinda Van Wingen present a speech about the Snohomish County connection to AYP, I exchanged email and learned about the Association's visit to Everett. That led to the discovery of Dick Little's wonderful article, during my final research session at the UW.

Thank you to everyone who lent me a hand. It was a great experience.

Written by Rob Ketcherside at July 26, 2009 10:56 PM
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