About the Stories from the Stacks Series

Stories from the Stacks is an ongoing program from the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society featuring interviews with researchers who share the excitement of discovering the rich and varied historical materials in Hagley Libary’s collections.

Press release about the Stories from the Stacks series:

Historians Tell Tales from Corporate History

(November 2014) Hagley Museum and Library announces the launch of a series of interviews, “Stories from the Stacks,” on November 7. These audio programs contain four-minute interviews with researchers who used Hagley’s collections. New programs will be released every Friday at 10 a.m. 

"For many years Hagley has attracted scholars with diverse interests from all points of the globe," explained Roger Horowitz, "We created the Stories from the Stacks series so the community could learn about the scholars’ projects and the great resources at Hagley that support them."

The first “Stories from the Stacks” is an interview with Princeton graduate student David Reinecke who used the Robert B. Watson papers at Hagley. He describes a comedy of errors generated by government efforts to expedite development of high-speed passenger train service between New York City and Washington, D.C., during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Daily reports in the Robert B. Watson papers describe cars sent into service untested, toilets not working, and trains catching on fire.

Additional “Stories from the Stacks” episodes include Professor Kate Holliday (University of Texas) discussing the architecture of telephone exchange buildings; Japanese accounting historian Professor Shinchi Korogi (Kurume University) explaining his use of the DuPont Company papers: Professor Helen Veit (Michigan State University) discoveries about children’s eating habits in the Ernest Dichter collection; and Vanderbilt University graduate student Jessica Burch’s exploration of direct selling methods through the Avon archive and other collections.

Follow the link for full access to the Stories from the Stacks episodes. If you have questions about the Stories from the Stacks series, please contact us at askhagley@hagley.org