A very clever blog reader, while sending in his nominations for the Best Archives on the Web awards (deadline Friday) suggested that next year we add a category for web sites that feature innovative uses of documents in non-archival settings. His examples:
I won’t attempt to describe them–go find out for yourself, if you haven’t already experienced these sites.
I think he’s got a point. Amidst all the serious work we need to do promoting the archival profession, we need to remember that some documents–inside and outside of our collections–have lives that are more wild, or maybe just plain odd, than the majority of the stuff we spend our days processing.
Or maybe it’s just in the way you look at them, as these two sites sponsored by archives and special collections suggest:
- Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century (University of Kentucky Archives)
- Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities (Beinecke Library, Yale University)
Any more sites to share that allow people to connect to documents in unusual ways?