Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Archival research, the people.

I know of no one, and I mean no one, who is better at it than my husband, known to you as The Historian, whose book is now a real thing, printed on paper and bound in cloth, with a dust jacket and dedications, historical photographs and captions, fat chapter titles, footnotes galore, and an index that his co-author did himself.

Did I mention the archival research? This meant looking at microfilms of newspapers and minutes, then searching newspapers online, not to mention looking at all manner of other dusty documents with their relevant secrets well hidden. It meant trips to Special Collections and the LDS Church History library. It meant reading more socialist writing than you can shake a stick at.

It required patience and diligence and persistence and invention. It is the completion of a many years' long task, and it tells a story that almost no one knows about.

And it is a damn book, the people, and that--that is something to celebrate.

Find out more about it here. And the authors will be at the Book Festival on Oct. 22 (more information here).

7 comments:

Mary said...

Cheers! What sweet news!

the crossover said...

This is fantastic.

radagast said...

Magnum opus cum laude.

Stephanie said...

Huzzah and congratulations!

Nik said...

I want a copy now! Awesometown!

Ann said...

YAY!!!!!!! Congratulations, Historian! I want a signed copy, for sure.

gilian said...

This is very cool. And very cool doesn't do it justice.

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