While adding new photographs to Alliance Memory, a thought occurred to me. Often the library has to do a lot of research to catalog the photographs and documents that are added to the site. We will refer to City Directories to get the correct names of businesses or addresses, studies maps for street locations, and various websites and databases for information on the people in the photographs.
It all gets digested into a few short sentences of descriptive information that you see on the screen. The same happens with reference questions that are fielded by our reference staff. Once the question is answered or the photograph posted, the additional information is often discarded or filed away for future use.
This blog will hopefully make much of this information available to you and will help us to share some of the fascinating history of Alliance with you. I hope you enjoy it!