Processing Plan

Hi everyone! 

I was on spring break last week so there were no blog posts. 

As I was drafting the processing plan for the Yao family papers, I was surprised by the freedom I was given in determining the arrangement method and potential research value of the collection. Because the materials in the Yao family papers varies vastly in their forms, ranging from official documents to film rolls, I decided to generally arrange the collection into series based on the format of the materials. 

Initially I was going to determine that the collection had medium potential research value because the events Norman Yao documented as a commercial photographer did not have an inherent connection between them. But after much hesitation, I determined that the collection has high research value because it reveals much about the local history of Claremont and tells a story of an immigrant family. Additionally, the collection would be accessible to the researchers because most of the documents in this collection are well preserved and can be dated, and certain parts of the collection are even systematically labeled.

I hope one day the Yao family papers can be available for researchers and benefit them in their research. 

Hope you have a good week! 


Spring Break Scanning

This week I continued scanning Frankish Letters Book 2. I am just over half way through scanning the book. I am very excited about this, and I think I might finish scanning the book by April!

This week I scanned letters from July and I noticed that Charles Frankish wrote less letters in July than in June. I find this very interesting and I wonder if it is because on average more business was conducted in June than July. Hopefully as I continue to read the letters I will find out.

More Next Week,


Hello Everyone!

This week I continued scanning Frankish Letters Book 2! It went really well. I am proud to say I have learned how to use the book scanner. I am excited to continue working on this project and seeing it develop. 

All the best, 

Almost There!

Hello Everyone, I now have nineteen of the twenty-seven boxes completed and I am almost finished with the initial phase of processing the records boxes. I am going to try to work fast next week and may be able to finish up and move on to the next phase in processing the collection. The volume of club records speaks to the club's longevity within the Claremont community. It is inspiring to think that a club which began with a few members meeting during the First World War to do Red Cross sewing, knitting, and community service was able to grow in membership and purpose, and endure an entire century. The day the Woman's Club of Claremont moved out of meeting at member houses and into their new clubhouse was a big event which the ladies recorded in notes and photographs. I have included more images found in a record book titled, Woman's Club of Claremont 1924 - 1944, for your consideration.

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Procession to the new clubhouse. Images found in a record book titled, Woman's Club of Claremont 1924 - 1944.

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At the new clubhouse. Images found in a record book titled, Woman's Club of Claremont 1924 - 1944

Frankish Letters Book 3

Hi everyone,

This past week I started scanning letters from Frankish Book III. It has been really interesting working hands-on with archives. The experience so far this week has been very insightful. The delicate nature of Book III has made me more conscious of the work that archivists conduct. The book scanning process is also interesting. The positioning of the book is critical to scanning a clear and legible letter page from Frankish Letters Book III. I am really looking forward to continuing this work and having more hands-on experiences with archives.

Hope everyone has a great Spring Break,

Angel Ornelas

First full week!


My name is Hazel and this week was my first full week as a CLIR CCEPS Fellow. It has been really awesome to see all the different steps that go into uploading just one document. I spent the first half of the week looking over scans and transcripts for the Chaffey Letters book II, making sure that everything in that file was oriented correctly. Then for the last half of the week, I started separating individual scans of the Frankish Letters Book I from the larger ongoing PDF. After I separate a scan then I rename it and pair it with the corresponding transcript. I have found that through working this week, I have learned a lot about the systems within which I will be working for the remainder of the semester, as well as more about the team. I'm super excited to see what's next!



On July 18, 1884 William Chaffey wrote a scathing letter to C. N. Ross. Because it is so juicy, I thought I would include the body of the letter:

Reliable parties inform us that you made statements which no gentleman much less one with whom our relations have been so friendly would have uttered and we are at a loss to understand it. What right had you to accuse us of being swindlers? Did we ever swindle you in any way, or have we ever taken any mean advantage of you?

Unless we hear from you, about this matter and you apologize we shall be compelled to...have you do so in a way which will not be very pleasant--or inexpensive.

I personally suggest reading it out loud in your most intimidating voice. Unfortunately, I have no context for what happened before or after this letter explaining why C. N. Ross called the Chaffey Brothers swindlers. I am hoping that as I continue to go through these letters this mystery, as with all the mysteries I have found among these letters, is solved.

The more I read about the Chaffey brothers the more I consider them as pretty ruthless business men. The possible allusion to litigation is also interesting to me--were the Chaffey brothers planning on suing C. N. Ross? Or was something more nefarious going on when he wrote "we shall be compelled to...have you do so in a way which will not be very pleasant--or inexpensive?"

These are the letters I am most excited to read. They break up the monotony of everyday business transactions but they also inspire me to continue to ask questions.

Week of March 5-9

Hi all,

Today I worked on scanning more documents from the Ontario Mutual Water Companies Collection. A lot of them were excluded from the digitizing process because they contain sensitive information. For example, I couldn't scan insurance documents, tax receipts, invoices, and so on. This led me to think about whether the things I was leaving un-scanned would have an impact on the work of a historian or researcher. I sometimes like to think of these documents as puzzle pieces, or clues in an investigation, but it's hard to tell how significant each one might be. I'm sure someone with more historical context would be able to distinguish this more accurately, but for now I'm left wondering!


Connecting with Claremont

Hi Everyone, 

I have been working as a CCEPS fellow for three weeks now, and I am done surveying the first half of the Yao family papers. Having examined so many Norman Yao's photos of Claremont, I gradually developed a deeper sense of connection with the college town. When I ascended the stairs on the south side of the Honnold/Mudd Library, a black and white photo that Norman Yao took in the late 1960s flashed in my mind. Four students about my age were walking down the stairs, chatting; one was fixing her hair, while another student was staring north at Mt. Baldy. For a brief moment, I felt that had I waved at them, they would have waved back at me. In other instances, as I walked around Claremont and saw the places photographed by Norman, I felt like I was visiting places that I had seen in movies or read about in novels. But Claremont is not a distant and strange place, but the city where I reside. Yet, seeing the town through the lens of a camera and with a historical dimension prompted me to take a step back from my many frustrations with Claremont in my daily life to view myself as a part of its changing history and appreciate the many beauties of Claremont. 

Moving on, I will be processing the Yao family papers. Basically, I will draft a processing plan, rearrange the documents under different themes and evaluate their research value. 

Hope you have a good week! 



Claremont students during a protest

Processing Plan

Hello everybody,

I made a processing plan this week. I read the OAC Guide to the Kruska Japanese Internment Collection and the Guide to the Addison M. Metcalf Collection of Gertrude Steiniana for reference and now I am fascinated with both collections. (Dr. Allen told me that a Picasso painting of Gertrude Stein is housed at UCLA special collections! How cool!) 

CCEPS work honestly does not feel like work. It's mainly just me fan-girling over fascinating, age-old documents. But back to T.S. Eliot, the three series are correspondence, photos and memorabilia, and printed materials. Ruth George Collection of T.S. Eliot is a very small collection, so I will have time later on to work on an online exhibit. 

I am excited for next week (though because of spring break, I will only work two days of the week). I plan to meet with librarians of both Honnold-Mudd and Denison to further discuss my plan. 

Thanks for reading!