Friday, October 29, 2010

It is an Honor

The annual Hall of Honor induction was today; and I enjoyed seeing the ceremony. The respect flows here like wine - and for good reason. This year's induction honors Col. Robert L. Howard and BG James R. Owen.

Photos taken by Kelly Griffiths, Library Director

I collected the program from the ceremony for future generations of MMI Cadets and Alumni to remember this important day. Anyone who has pictures they would like to share with the Archives, please feel free:

If you'd rather stop in, the November schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov 2nd
Thursday, Nov 4th

Tuesday, Nov 9th
Wednesday, Nov 10th

Tuesday, Nov 16th
Thursday, Nov 18th

Monday, Nov 22nd
Tuesday, Nov 23rd

Tuesday, Nov 30th
Thursday, Dec 2nd

I'm working diligently on new displays and exhibits. Stop in and see what's new. Also, keep an eye out for tidbits 'From the Archive' the next edition of the Pass in Review.

Looking forward to the next parade,
Erin Jones
MMI Archivist
334 302 1038

Thursday, October 14, 2010

2 Weeks

Hello! It's been a busy couple of weeks for me as I grow more and more familiar with the MMI collections. I've found many interesting things in my exploring.

This scrapbook, along with several others, make up a set of articles on MMI that range from 1968 to the early 80's. Unfortunately, I can't be more specific than that. Until my supplies arrive in early November, I'm holding off on opening some of the more damaged pages. Those I have been able to open speak of community service performers by MMI Cadets and Faculty and some of the amazing awards won by individual and Company, alike. They are displayed in the Archives. I'll turn the pace once a week until we see them all.

Relief Template

I also found the Bas Relief templates for the Lynn M. and Sherwood C. Middlebrooks, Jr. Hall of Fine Arts external walls. I'm currently in the process of writing a description for them.

We received a wonderful package that contained a pair of corduroy pants with S. McCollum written inside the waistband. They're being preserved and combined with the Shivers McCollum collection.

Kelly Griffiths, Library Director, found this photo leaned against a book truck last week - apparently left by someone. It seems as though it was pressed in a book. The edges are worn and frayed. Identity to be confirmed. Speculation gives me James T. Murfee...location? I'm on the hunt for that answer, too.

Many of the Cadets are taking the opportunity to stop into the Archives and take a peek. They have many questions about MMI history and the many Alumni that have come before them.

There are exciting things afoot as I will soon welcome new efficient shelving that will offer more storage and display space. I am beginning to organize the artifacts into relevant collections to allow maximum display with maximum protection. Please feel welcome to stop in and see me when you're on campus.

This weekend is Parents' Weekend at MMI. The Archives will not be open. There is still much work to do. I am here on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be of service. Please, stop in and see what's on display!

I'll share the ongoing progress as it happens.

Erin Jones
MMI Archivist
334 302 1038

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hey, Hi, Hello

Hello! It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Archivist for MMI. I am excited to jump in and learn all the nuances of the collection. I will also be walking the campus in the coming weeks to learn the history and people. Please feel free to stop me and say hello.

Thank you to Terry Barkley for welcoming me and helping me settle into the Archives. Best of luck to him in his new position.

I will be in the Archives on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00am-4:30pm.

This month's Schedule of Hours is a bit off the regular.

Tuesday, 5 Oct, 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday, 6 Oct, 8:00am-4:30pm

Wednesday, 13 Oct, 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursday, 14 Oct, 8:00am-4:30pm

Tuesday, 19 Oct, 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursday, 21 Oct, 8:00am-4:30pm

Thursday, 28 Oct, 8:00am-4:30pm

I look forward to meeting more of you and getting to know you all.
Erin Jones
MMI Archivist