|Visitors on opening day, 1930. Shedd Aquarium Archives.|
- Photographs (1920s and 1930s Chicago, Museum Campus, Collecting Trips etc.)
- Manuscripts (John G. Shedd, Stanley Field, other past presidents and board members)
- Administrative Files
- 1933 Chicago World’s Fair ephemera (Guidebook, Photographs)
- Planning and Design Department (Exhibit design, Gala invitations, etc.)
- Costumes from aquatic shows, original construction blueprints and much more
|First shipment of saltwater from Key West, 1929.|
environmentally controlled space in a building designed to hold millions of gallons of water. Finally, processing a diverse, 300 square foot collection of all types of media is a a full time job, not including the implementation of a database or the running of a library. Luckily, the President of the Shedd Aquarium is huge advocate for archives, and Alisun has the support of her fellow Museum Campus (The Field Museum and Adler Planetarium) archivists, but nowhere has the importance of advocating for oneself seemed more important.
|Blimp over Museum Campus. Date unknown.|
Working as a lone arranger taught me many things and helped me figure out that, in my fast approaching search for a future career, I want to focus on finding a position in which I can dabble in many aspects of the archival field. As challenging as it can be, I would highly encourage everyone to work in a small or non-traditional institution, or as a lone arranger, if only so that you can learn how to better advocate for yourself and your collection.