11 episodes

Archival Fever aims to recover narratives, treasures, and life stories from undeserved obscurity.

Archival Fever Amy Vidor and Caroline Barta

    • Education
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Archival Fever aims to recover narratives, treasures, and life stories from undeserved obscurity.

    Episode 8. Christmas Cards

    Episode 8. Christmas Cards

    In this episode, we consider the close relationship between art museums and the practice of commissioning artwork for commercial Christmas cards.

    • 15 min
    Episode 7. Rejection Letters

    Episode 7. Rejection Letters

    Today, we’re back with more letters! Except instead of last letters, we thought we’d cheer things up with—rejection letters. We’re reporting from the Harry Ransom Center as we dive into a massive collection of business papers—namely, the records of the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc publishing company.We dug through boxes and boxes of Knopf business records to find letters explaining why the firm rejected the work of two famous authors, Langston Hughes and Ray Bradbury.

    • 20 min
    Episode 6. Last Letters

    Episode 6. Last Letters

    This season, we’re diving deep in letters in archives near and far. Today, our topic is suitably spooky and morbid in anticipation of the holiday at the end of the month. We’re looking at last letters by two queens—one Scottish, one French—written upon anticipation of their death by execution.

    • 19 min
    Episode 5. Lucille's Treasure Chest

    Episode 5. Lucille's Treasure Chest

    To kickstart this episode, we visited Baylor University’s Texas Collection, an archive which houses over 1,500 Texas cookbooks. Many of these are family volumes.

    We hope through diving through a mountain of cookbooks to give you a taste of a rich American food tradition, complicated by relationships to the family unit and economic reality.

    • 18 min
    Episode 4. Frankenbooks

    Episode 4. Frankenbooks

    Today, we’re looking at objects at the Harry Ransom Center we’re calling “Frankenbooks.”’ Join us for an interview with Aaron Pratt, the Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center.

    https://archivalfever.com/2019/02/15/episode-4-frankenbooks/

    • 56 min
    Episode 3. Dictabelts

    Episode 3. Dictabelts

    On today’s episode we’re going to talk about a piece of technology your grandparents may remember — the dictabelt recorder.

    • 51 min

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