Research & Collections News
November 24, 2014
Discovering Sunoco Oil Executive Howard Pew's Soft Spot for Poetry
Sunoco Oil executive J. Howard Pew (pictured) had a soft spot for poetry. From the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, he kept a folder in his personal papers for snippets of verse. Admirers sent poems to him, as did friends in business.
November 20, 2014
Manuscripts & Archives: Women’s Fashions - Geist & Geist Records Open for Research
Geist & Geist, Inc., was a manufacturer of women's knitwear products, typical of the small, flexible family firms that predominated in New York City's famous Garment District, centered along Seventh Avenue between 34th and 40th Street, for much of the twentieth century.
October 23, 2014
Museum Collections: Nitroglycerin Connections
One of the interesting aspects about my job is the connections that can sometimes be made between vastly different artifacts. One day while checking a collections storage room, a large ceramic pitcher with the name “Mowbray” caught my attention.
October 22, 2014
Conservation: The Case of the Mysterious Red Spots - Deterioration of Chromogenic Color Prints
On October 1st Hagley presented a public program on the preservation of family photographs. Since the history of photography now spans 175 years and includes dozens of processes, I was curious to see what types of items the attendees would bring for examination and discussion.
September 11, 2014
Published Collections: Pop Quiz - Can You Avoid the Grave Mistakes of Trademark Management?
Recently added to the Hagley catalog is a variety of trademark publications. The Published Collections Department received an assortment of fliers, leaflets, and pamphlets issued by companies in the interest of safeguarding the value of their trade names.