Processing the Abele Collection
Processing the Abele Transportation History Collection:
A Behind-the-Scenes Tour
The Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit of the New York State Library invites you to take a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the processing of a collection, the Fred B. Abele Transportation History Collection, which the Library received in December 2001.
This is a chance to see how State Library staff process a collection of 38 cubic feet of photographs, prints, postcards and other ephemera so that researchers can use it.
Some of the processing steps detailed in this exhibit include:
- Arrival of the collection and initial rehousing and cataloging work.
- Getting ready for the appraisers.
- Creating a preliminary catalog record.
- Conducting the appraisal.
- Looking at the scrapbooks more carefully and taking notes and more notes.
- Sorting and rehousing boxes containing a mixture of photographs, slides, postcards, timetables, etc.
- Relabeling and taking even more notes.
Follow the links in the navigation list at left to learn more about both the process and the Abele collection.