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Thaddeus Stevens Collection: Last Remarks Print Email
Written by Erin Berry, Archives Intern   
January 13, 2016

    This is the last blog that I will be writing for my archives internship. I mostly want to say how grateful I am for being able to get the opportunity to work with the LancasterHistory.org staff and learn everything that I could from them. Everyone has been extremely kind and helpful throughout my time here. The collection that I worked with was a great challenge and I feel as if I have gained so many new skills from working with it. I have learned a great deal about how an established archives works and operates. Through the cataloging systems to the collections committee processes, it has been a great learning experience from coming from an archives that was just being created. This internship has solidified my wanting to further my education in archival management and to hopefully gain a career in this field. I will be forever thankful for this opportunity that I was given and maybe I will come back one day to volunteer to read some more Thaddeus Stevens letters. 

 
Thaddeus Stevens Collection: Finishing the Second Box Print Email
Written by Erin Berry, Archives Intern   
January 13, 2016

    I am on the last week of my internship at the LancasterHistory.org archives and I can finally say that I have finished my second box, the seventh box of the collection, of Thaddeus Stevens letters. There were about 170 letters within this box and all of them taught me something new about Thaddeus, Congress members, and the Civil War, during 1863. Many of the letters were very difficult, where many people had to help me try to figure out exactly what it said. Within this box I also saw that Thaddeus could have good hand writing. When he wrote to President Lincoln his hand writing was so much neater then when he wrote to anyone else. Therefore, Thaddeus chose to write extremely sloppy, the man knew how to write better but chose not to. The letters that are legible are definitely written by him because it is his hand writing so a secretary did not write them for him. Every time I saw a letter where he wrote neatly it frustrated me because he was such an important man and we cannot completely read what he was discussing because he chose to write so terribly. I am sad though, even after everything Thaddeus’ writing has put me through, I am officially done reading his letters. I love how much I could learn about the people and the era by one simple letter and I will miss that feeling.

 
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