Process Statement

For this project, I looked at collections from the Pennsylvania State Archives as well as the Dauphin County Historical Society. I spent several hours at both Archives looking through folders of information about Mary Sachs. From the Pennsylvania State Archives, I looked at manuscript group 297 Box 3. Inside of this box, there were folders entitled A Profile of a Distinguished Woman, Tributes to Mary Sachs, Testimonial Dinner, United and Jewish Community Campaign, and more. I spent much time reading through letters and documents to Sachs. Plus, there were pictures in the folders as well. I spent several hours going through all the information, and I very impressed. This collection had four boxes in total and I was able to find several more boxes in this manuscript group to be helpful, including Box 1 and Box 4. Box 1, entitled Personal Files, gave background in the everyday life of Mary Sachs including her life growing up as a child. Box 4, Mary Sachs, Incorporated., was also very helpful in determining what happened to Mary Sachs' store after she passed away. It was interesting to see how her legacy lived on. In addition, at the Dauphin County Society, I was able to look through manuscript group 706 Box 1. I was able to completely look through box one in a couple of hours. It had some articles from Sachs' time, but it also had notes from other current researchers who have studied her. I was a little surprised to find the researchers notes because all I was really looking for were the documents from the 1900s. Therefore, I didn't not spend that much time looking through the researcher notes. Instead, I focused my attention on the original 1900 documents. As I was finding information, I took pictures using a digital camera. I tried to narrow my focus and only take pictures related to Mary Sachs and the City Beautiful Movement. After I had gathered and uploaded my pictures, I saved and organized them according to the manuscript group. Then, I created a Dublin Core Field for my metadata and uploaded it to Omeka. From there, I uploaded my pictures, created my collections, and put together an exhibit from the documents I found.