Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fashion in the U.P.

Fashion at NMUAn article in the latest edition of The North Wind examines fashion at NMU. This article is surprisingly similar to an article posted in The North Wind in September 1984 and asks a lot of the same questions: how do students in the rural Upper Peninsula find fashionable clothes that fit their style?

Current students have the luxury of buying clothes online, but in 1984, students typically went to Green Bay to buy their clothes. One of the featured students in the article was in a band that traveled nation-wide and said his clothes came from cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

The article features four students and asked them to describe their look. Of the three looks, the student on the left is “straightforward,” the center picture is “trendy” and the right, who is the student who traveled with a band, is “loud and rockish.” The fourth student said in the article that she tries for a “comfortable but ‘frightening’ look,” and described her style as “not typical.”

Though the fashions are considered outdated today, the advice that students offered remains true. The student in the center of the three pictures said that finding the right style is important for self esteem: “If you feel you look nice, you feel better about yourself.” And the student who goes for an atypical look said that because of the culture in the Upper Peninsula and at Northern, “Up here, anything goes.”

Written by Lucy Hough


King Salmon in the U.P.

King SalmonAs mentioned in last week’s Beaumier Center blog post, the Center has many types of items in its collection. We have a number of stuffed and mounted animals that represent the fauna of the Upper Peninsula. Our most recent addition of this type is a King Salmon that was caught by Communications and Performance Studies Professor Dwight Brady off the lower harbor in Marquette on Oct. 10, 2011. It weighed 18.5 lbs. It is currently on display in the Superior  Dome along with a bear, moose and other fish.

Written by Stephen Glover of the BHC

Allison Engblom Accessioning a Collection

Step by Step: The Archival Process, Part 2

Allison Engblom Accessioning a Collection After last week’s explanation of appraisal, the first step in the archival management process, it is time for step two: accessioning. When material is given to us, it is often extremely unorganized. Our first job is to sort through it and give it a general order.  Not a lot of time is spent sorting things out at this stage; scrapbooks go in one pile, newspaper clippings in another, etc.

Allison Engblom is the Accessions Specialist here at the NMU Archives. She is responsible for the initial overview of new material. Along with general sorting, emergency preservation is an essential part of the accessioning process. Some of the documents and books sit in an attic or garage for years before they get to us, which means that Allison has her work cut out for her.

Kacey Lewis and Allison Engblom, ready to preserve a collection.

Sometimes the techniques required for preservation can be a little… intense.

The material can be moldy, dusty, or just plain beat up. Allison’s job is to either try to salvage the material or make reproductions if the quality of the original is too poor. She then puts the material in acid free archival boxes and folders. We keep our material in acid free boxes and folders because it helps with the long term preservation of documents.

Once the material has been sorted and quality control as taken place, Allison creates an inventory with a brief description of everything in the collection and then assigns it a location on our shelves. This information is entered into the Archivist’s Toolkit database, which indicates the content, size and location of each collection in the Archives. At this point, although the information is in the database, the collection isn’t quite available to the public.

Next week, we’ll find out what happens in the third step of the archival management process!

Prepared by Savannah Mallo and Olivia Ernst.