April 2018 Archives

Week Eight - Last Week

Hey Everyone!

Last Friday we had our final presentations and I think it went really well! I got to learn so much about what some of the other fellows learned and what they thought about their jobs. I was a bit nervous about presenting but I think I did a good job not showing that while I was presenting.

Today is my last day working as a CLIR CCEPS fellow. I learned so many great skills and felt really good about my contributions to the whole. Learning about all that goes on behind the scenes has really changed the way I view and appreciate sources available online. This was probably one of my favorite jobs that I've had so far. I've always been really interested in gaining hands on experience with the archival process, and this job has given me that.  It has also helped me feel more independent as a person and has helped me budget my time better as a student.

"California Sorrows"

Hello everybody!

This week something exciting happened. While I was going through one of the "miscellany" folders, I found a wonderful poem about T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale's time in Claremont. 

The following is my favorite part of the poem: "Eliot wished to ride with Emily Hale / east in her little roadster / across a scrubby desert / to a hamburger place called the In and Out / that became famous with the poets." How funny is it to imagine THE T.S. Eliot at In n Out? 

It's written by Mary Kinzie and I became curious to know her connection to the poets and Claremont. So I wrote to her. She responded back within minutes: "My source for information about Eliot and Emily Hale is the Eliot biography by Lyndall Gordon. I wrote parts of this sequence when I was visiting my daughter who was then attending CMC." 

I hope to invite her to the Athenaeum to speak about her poem!

Here's the full link to her poem if anyone's interested: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20607437?seq=4#page_scan_tab_contents

Thanks for reading!



Presentation Day!

Hi everyone!

Today in about 2,946 seconds, I will be sharing my experience as a CCEPS CLIR Water Fellow! It has been an awesome year working alongside other CCEPS Fellows. Although my last work day for the semester is almost here, I am excited to start up again in June! So even though I might be ending my CLIR Water work next week, I will be back during the summer to further explore southern California water documents!

Until next time,

Angel Ornelas

Week Seven!

This week has been super exciting! I got to learn a new step of the process: metadata. It was a slightly draining task but it was worth it to see all three of the document bundles uploaded! I didn't think that it would mean that much to me to see the process all the way through, but I was definitely more fulfilled after seeing the whole process from start to finish. In addition to this, I worked on renaming ONT numbers and converting PDFs to PDF-A1b files like I did last week.

I'm really excited to present my findings today at the CCEPS CLIR Water presentation!

Almost to the Finish Line

Hello Everyone, 

I can't believe my time at CCEPS is almost over, next week will be my last. I am so close to being finished with my goals for this project! I am almost done with the basics of the finding aid. I have been able to work on condensing the boxes down even further and will continue to work on it next Tuesday. My goal is to get it all done by next Thursday and be ready for my CCEPS project presentation by next Friday. Wish me luck!

Project Progress

The CLIR Water project is a little over a year old and we've made a lot of progress. However, there is still plenty to do. I have been working on metadata for the Chaffey brothers letters--a mere fraction of the collection--all semester and there is still more to do. Still, I am proud of the progress that that project has made, especially since I started last August.

Everyone here has been working hard doing a variety of different tasks to scan documents, create metadata for them, and upload them on the Claremont Colleges Digital Library. However, there are other tasks involved in this project. We have created a social media campaign to spread awareness about the project and collection. We have contributed to this blog in order to track the project's progress and share our experiences. We have been to conferences and some of us have even presented at conferences so that we can participate in the larger discourse about archives, special collections, environmental history, and water resources.

There are many facets to the project which is one reason it has been so amazing to be a part of the CLIR Water project. I can't wait to see how this project continues to evolve.

Photo Albums

Last week I finally finished working on the scattered photographs and moved on to the much easier task of processing the photo albums. As I will be traveling to Hong Kong during the reading days, this is the last week I am working as a CCEPS fellow this semester. I will resume archiving when I return to Claremont in late August. 

The photo albums mostly contain old photos that Norman Yao took in British Hong Kong, some for the US Information Service and others of his own interest. Norman documented many local events such as Zhang Daqian's (1899 - 1983) visit to an art exhibition, the catastrophic 1952 fire in Kowloon, and industrial exhibitions of native goods. A number of these photos were published in local newspapers as they showcase Hong Kong's search for identity as a one of the last Asian colonies in the postwar era. 

There is also a particular discourse among Norman's photo albums. The albums usually begin with a photo of Norman with his camera, and they proceed with a few auspicious photos, usually eagles or Chinese junks. Then Norman would include a few photos of his beloved wife, Anne Yao, before the actually contents begin. 

Have a good weekend! 



Chinese sailor on a British ship, c. 1954


Anne Yao in Hong Kong, c. 1953

Archive Space

Hello all, 

Last week I started uploading the files to Archive Space! 

I still need to do the item by item for each file. This week I will be starting Omeka and start preparing for the presentation I will give!

My presentation will be on T.S. Eliot, the Claremont Connection. I can't wait to see what you all have been working on as well. 


Zoey Ryu

April 20th, 2018

Hello All!

Today Hazel and I finished all of the file verification for all of the Frankish Letters Book II! I am very excited about this and proud of us! Over the next couple of weeks hopefully we will start working on converting the PDF's to PDF a1b and even a little meta data.

Until Next Week!

Week Six

Hey everyone,

This week I continued to work on renaming the files to ont numbers. In addition to that, it turned out that we were accidentally naming the ont numbers wrong, writing 00013 and 000113 instead of 00113. Today I went through and started to correct that but it's going to take a while to go through all the files and excel spreadsheets.

Lets hope this doesn't set us back too much!

The Finding Aid is Coming Together

Hello Everyone, I have managed to get quite a bit done this week. I have completed entering all the note headings into ArchiveSpace and transferred the series scope and content notes into them. I am working on the biographical history of the Woman's Club of Claremont to enter into ArchiveSpace and hope to have it completed by next Tuesday. In researching the Club's history for the narrative, I came across some interesting information. The women first purchased their clubhouse, known as the Elegant Lady, in 1925 through fundraising efforts, donations from the townspeople of the city of Claremont, and a loan procured from Claremont First National Bank. Twenty-five years later the women celebrated their silver anniversary by having a grand jubilee which culminated with the original Club President Mrs. Hill and the then President Mrs. Kennard burning the paid-in-full mortgage. The event was recorded in the local newspaper and a toast and response was recited at the celebration commemorating the club, and the original thirteen members that brought the dream of the Woman's Club of Claremont into reality. Take a look at the images below. Have a great weekend!

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The Woman's Club of Claremont celebrated their

25th Anniversary with a grand Jubilee.

Toast to Original 13 Members.jpg   Response to Toast.jpg

Toast and Response to the Original Thirteen Members of the 

Woman's Club of Claremont.

200 People

This week I continued to work on metadata for the Chaffey brothers' letters. Recently, a lot of the letters have been about advertising in various periodicals, inviting people to move to Ontario, California. As I learned last week, the Ontario colony was only a year old in 1883 so it is not surprising that the Chaffey brothers were interested in spreading the world. One letter I read today stated that in December 1883 the population in Ontario was around 200 people. 200 people isn't very many people when you consider that the current Ontario, California population is over 170,000 people.

Metadata, metadata, and more metadata...

Hi everyone!

Today I started metadata. After two hours of studying the upload process and understanding CONTENTdm Project Client, I have a new appreciation for those individuals who devote their professional lives to uploading metadata. In order to better understand the process itself, I am going to be spending a lot of time these next few weeks on the process and I hope to become skillful in the art of metadata.

See y'all next week!

Angel Ornelas

My Favorite Photos

Hi Everyone! 

Last week I finally finished processing the majority of the collection. Hopefully I can finish the remaining of the collection this week. As I went through the photos yet again, I found a few that I especially appreciate. So here a few of my favorite photos: 


The doctor seems to be pleasantly surprised that the child has a heartbeat. I really appreciate the humor. 


The bride looks genuinely happy in this picture, and I hope she has(d) a good marriage. 


United States Post Office really did not change at all since the mid-1960s, when this photo was taken. I just went there this morning to send my tax forms to the Department of Treasury. 


As a cat lover, I would most certainly include a cat. This casual yet adorable sketch of a elegant cat is by renowned English-American sculptor Albert Stewart (1900 - 1965) who was appointed the head of sculpture program at Scripps College in 1939. If one looks closely, one can find his works all around the Claremont area (Pomona College, Scripps College, Community Church, United Church, Padua Hills Theatre). 

Hope you have a good week! 


Blog post for first week of April

Hello everyone, 

I realized I never uploaded my blog post for the first week of April. I apologize and here is my belated post:

Happy April! April is a special month for this CCEPS fellow because it's practically T.S. Eliot's month... One of Eliot's most famous poem, "The Waste Land," begins with "April is the cruellest month." 

Here is a little excerpt: 
"April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers."

This week, I just worked on disposing old files and moving the materials to new folders. Nothing too exciting but productive. 

From Old Possum

Hello everyone, 

I finished reboxing the collection and arranging them alphabetically! 

This week I found T.S. Eliot's drafts of "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." The musical "Cats" is based on this book. Eliot had sent initial drafts to Emily Hale. It reads "for Miss Emily Hale, this not quite final text from Old Possum." I love that he signed it not as from "T.S. Eliot" but from "Old Possum." Next week, I want to compare this original text to the final version and see what changes were made. 

Thanks for reading!


Creating a Finding Aid

Hello Everyone,

Again, not much to report this week. I have been spending the week working on the finding aid for the Woman's Club of Claremont collection. I have been writing the series and collection scope and content notes. These notes summarize what is in the collection. It was more difficult than I thought it was going to be. I found myself having to go back to my box survey, as well as the records boxes themselves, to formulate how I was going to summarize the contents and what I was going to include in the scope and content notes. I began with the series scope and content notes and will finish those and move on to the collection scope and content notes next week. There is a lot to learn and I am really enjoying the journey. Have a great weekend!

April 13, 2018

Hello All!

This week I continued working on verifying files and renaming the verified files to ont file names. While verifying the files I have had the opportunity to read a few more of the letters and while reading them I have been trying to determine what Charles Frankish's role in the community was. Thus far, I have learned that he sold items to people in the community including rubber packaging, Gas Cox and Hose Valves. I am not sure what these items were used for, but I know that he helped people get them!

This week I have also been working very closely with Hazel (another fellow who is also working on the Frankish Letters Book II). The work has been going well and I am proud of the progress that we have made!  I have really enjoyed collaborating with Hazel on the book because I am able to discuss the progress with her and I feel like we work more efficiently together!

Until next time,

Week Five


This week Sydney and I worked together with the goal of finishing scanning and renaming all of Frankish Letters Book 2. I finished scanning the book in the Special Collections room and then worked on matching, checking, and renaming the scanned files. This took a bit of time, because unlike Sydney, I checked and matched my files before I started renaming the files. I think this way is better for me, because even though it's slower than Sydney's way, I think I would get confused if I did it the other way (switching from window to window). Next week we will finish remaining files and then work on turning them in to PDFa-1b files for when we finally upload them.

Frankish Letters Book 3 and CCEPS CLIR Water Presentation

Hi everyone,

This week I finished up converting the remaining PDFs in Frankish Letters Book 3 into PDF/As. I finished up drafting my presentation that I will be using to document my experience with the CCEPS CLIR Water fellowship! I am very excited to share my experience with the CLIR Water project and present alongside the other fellows that have also gone through this experience. After presentations, I will help categorize letters and add labels. Looking forward to the future!

Talk to you all later,

Angel Ornelas

The Climate Situation

This week I was creating more metadata from the Chaffey brothers' letters. In the letter, William Henderson, a colleague of the Chaffey brothers writes to a man in Canada about the status of the colony. In this 1883 letter, he explains that the Ontario Colony is young, less than a year old. I couldn't believe it! I have been creating metadata for this series of letters for nearly three months and I have covered less than a year of materials!

The letter explains that the principle occupation for colony settlers is fruit and wine grape farming. William Henderson explains that the Chaffey brothers don't "expect a great city to rise up here in a day." This quote reminds me of the famous phrase, "Rome wasn't built in a day." I wonder if William Henderson did that on purpose, predicting the eventual future success of Ontario.

William Henderson also mentions the benefits of Southern California, which happens many times in these letters. He writes, "As to the climate situation and fruitfulness of soil, this part of California is, we believe, unsurpassed anywhere and undoubtedly has a great future." Given the sunny weather we are experiencing this week I have to say I must agree. The "climate situation" is great!

Week Four


This week was really fun because I got to scan the second half of the Frankish Letters Book 2 in the Special Collections Room. This was the first time I got to use the scanner and it was super interesting to learn how to scan and all the various issues that have come up in relation to it. I learned which settings, and in what order I should do things so that Adobe wouldn't crash or have any errors. Other than the occasional crash it went pretty smoothly for me and I got to finish the book! I got to test my theory that the writing on the pages would be more visible if we started using white paper behind them rather than black paper. It turns out that it actually does make it clearer to read the words. It was also really cool to spend more time in the Special Collections Room. Now I get to start checking, matching, and renaming the files I scanned.

More to come!

Getting Acquainted

Hello Everyone,

There is not much to report this week. I have spent the week getting acquainted with materials, sites, and tools associated with creating the Finding Aid for what will become the Woman's Club of Claremont collection. This involves learning how to use an open source archival data management system called ArchiveSpace. The program is fairly user friendly and it will just take some time to get familiar with using it. I started out slowly, a little hesitant to make a mistake, but eventually just dove in to creating headings and writing paragraphs for the Scope and Content notes. The Scope and Content notes will let researchers know the content of the archive, so they can determine the material's relevance to their research. Luckily, I was provided many examples to follow so I just allowed the work of those that came before me to guide my way. I am wrapping up my week happy to have learned something new. Have a great weekend! 

Reading Frankish Letters

Hello All,

This week I continued working with the Frankish Letters Book verifying the file transcripts and scans. I am currently working on the letters that were written in August 1887.

After reading several of the Frankish letters, I have noticed that Charles Frankish often corresponded with the same people over a long period of time. I have also noticed that he addresses different people with different greetings. For some people he says "My Dear Sir" or just "Dear Sir". I wonder if he addresses people that he is closer to with "My". I also noticed that some of the letters he writes go all the way to Kansas, I found it very interesting that he had business with people so far away!

I am looking forward to continuing to read the letters next week.

All the best,

Conversions and Renaming

Hi everyone!

This past week I have spent my time renaming PDF and and scan files in Frankish Letters Book 3! As of now, I need to scan more letters from the book and I just finished renaming the files I have scanned to their appropriate object names. Next, I will be converting these newly renamed files into PDF/As in order to start finalizing my work with Frankish Letters Book 3. I can't wait to see what next week will bring!


Angel Ornelas

Even More Letters!

I don't have a lot of updates this week. I have been doing metadata as usual, but recently the letters have not been very compelling. A lot of the letters I have worked on have been about advertising for the Ontario colony and other business correspondences. The Chaffey brothers sent a lot of pamphlets and maps to potential land-buyers in order to give them information about the colony. In some cases the Chaffey brothers even invited people to visit the colony in order to really understand what living in Southern California would be like.

Other recent letters have referred to the progress of land development in the colony. Some letters are directed to land-owners who are being updated on the state of their farm. Other letters are directed to manufacturers and shipping companies regarding the shipment of building materials, furniture, and other goods to the colony.

Hopefully more inspiring letters come my way soon so that I can share some of the new and interesting things that the Chaffey brothers did!

More Processing Problems

Hi Everyone! 

This week I continued processing the photos. First, I laid out all the photos on the table and then split all of them into three groups: people, arts, landscape. However, the borderlines between the three categories are hard to define. For instance, a photo of an artist who is working on an art piece can be categorized as both "art" and "people," and a photo of a person posing before stunning landscape can fall into either "people" or "landscape." So I had to create subcategory under the existing three major categories. 

Another problem is dating the photographs. Although some of the photos are in envelops that has dates on them, the majority of the photos are scattered and cannot be dated. However, I am able to discern the events portrayed in some of the photos, so I looked up the dates of those events. But that only consists of a small minority of the photos. 

Besides, because laying the photos out and sorting them back to the boxes is quite a time-consuming process, I will work on a different schedule in order to work longer shifts on fewer days from this week onwards.

The library hosted a taco party today to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment of the fourth floor, and it was really awesome to chat with my colleagues outside the setting of the work place! 

Hope you have a good week!