This week we focused on timeline organization and branching out with communication to potential interviewees. We printed, cut, and pasted contacts on a large visual-tangible paper timeline, and are continuing to collect more dates to replicate this process. Amanda is trying to gather answers from Pati Bekken regarding her independent research project, but also to add to context behind the timeline dates. If realized, discoveries from Pati will be logged in more detail than the timeline can offer in the corresponding chronological timeline binder. In addition to the timeline process, we reached out to Chris Overvoorde, an artist, professor emeritus at Calvin College, and once-printmaking and painting student of Harry in Holland at his ‘Ottawa Fine Arts Workshop’. To our pleasure, Chris replied in email expressing Harry’s influence on his career, and his interest in The Harry Brorby Project. We hope Chris will help us contextualize Harry’s life, and provide insight on Harry as a dynamic person (artist, teacher, family member, friend, and--perhaps--the influence of Mauricio Lasansky). Correspondence has been regular, and we plan to interview with him.
This week we continued to collect and compile information from various documents containing information about sales and exhibitions. I have laid out four different tasks that we are slowly hacking away at; we are pulling all of the information from exhibition pamphlets and beginning to organize our list of works by date; specifically organizing all of the provenance-related documents we have so far in the archives; collecting information from letters, sales receipts, and gallery correspondences; and beginning to catalogue pieces with accession numbers. We are working closely with the archives group to assign numbers and organize the large collection of projector slides.
Brant: This week I started reading some of the essay’s Brorby wrote to get a sense of his interest during his undergraduate career. I also took out a couple hours to start archiving another box from the room. Most of the box is composed of letters and newspaper clippings, though I am only half way through the box. I am learning that I like to archive generally first, then go back and break up general folders into specific topics.
Austin: The week starting the 23rd was dedicated to uploading some preliminary sources onto the content managing system “Zotero.” Old report cards, a certificate for teaching, and correspondence from employers (school) explaining what was expected of Nancy and her job. I plan to label what has been archived physically and label it digitally using the Zotero application so that people may refer to it if needed. I think it would be a good idea for me to continue this process so that we are able to edit and include new information that we find and include into the “catalog.” This will be a length process, however, I think that it would be useful in the long run when wanting to quickly reference a particular document or photo. I have also been counting looking at newspaper about the First Annual Fine and Applied Arts show. The Holland Joint Archives has nothing on the event, but, I have hopes that the Holland Museum has. I plan to make a trip there once Rick Jenkins, member of the Museum, gets back to me, hopefully giving me the chance to look at some stuff there.
This week has been very similar to the weeks before. More information was archived, much of which was mundane—taxes, investments, and so on. We have started archiving projector slides, however, which is a new development. They are placed in small slots, many of them fit into one page. We hope to use the slides to further the research of the provenance group, and individual projects.