At this point in the archiving game, we are taking inventory, which means we're not supposed to be spending too much time fawning over the material. However, combing through the documents, it's next to impossible not to "stop and smell the flowers" every now and then. I thought I'd share our few indulgences.
We found many fascinating and amusing photos, flyers and paper clippings. The highlight for me was found in a big box of "Program Narratives" from the 1940's. In this box, there are many write-ups by program coordinators describing their activities. A report titled simply "Little Girls -- Age 7 - 9" by Anelle Miller and Virginia Pratt was particularly cheeky. Some excerpts:
There were only two cases of athlete's foot! I'd hate to see a bad year.
I like to imagine that the woman who wrote this would be my friend if we grew up in the same era.
It's not all bad, though, and you start to get a sense how much the instructors cared for the childrens' well-being.
"The last suggestion -- more of a plea -- is that something should be done along the line of tolerance toward other religions and nationalities and colors, perhaps a project about the different countries of the world, but something, for the place to squelch prejudice is in the little children."
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